Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Purple Eagles rewarded for hard work
September 26th, 2012 1:29AM

TAGS:  college men


[NIAGARA] One of the hottest teams in the country is Niagara. Strong play late in games has been key for the Purple Eagles, who are 6-0-3 entering MAAC play next week.

Canadian Bryan Da Cruz scored his third goal of the season in the 83rd minute Sunday to give Niagara a 3-2 comeback win over St. Bonaventure two days after a header from sophomore defender Michael Hanton lifted Niagara to a 2-1 overtime victory over Saint Francis (Pa.).

“It was another game where were on our heels, but the guys worked tremendously hard from start to finish to get the result,” Purple Eagle coach Chase Brooks said. “St. Bonaventure is a good team despite their record and they’re definitely better than that.  They worked hard and wanted to get the result on their home field, but we were very fortunate that our team kept the faith and didn’t give up.”  

Da Cruz is second behind Englishman Callum Willmott in scoring. The sophomore had his fifth goal in the win over St. Bonaventure.

De Cruz is one of four seniors who are starting for Niagara along with fellow Canadian Rene De Zorzi, defender Ben Thorne and Brett Petricek in goal.

The Purple Eagles have been boosted by the play of two freshmen in midfield: Julian Ekeze and German Daniel Ulicny.

“We believe we are one of the hardest working teams in the country and because of it we were rewarded late in the game," Brooks added.  "Now we are looking forward to start conference play.”  
Email: Send releases to Soccer America
Friend Soccer America
Follow Soccer America Twitter
Sign up College Soccer Reporter

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent College Soccer Reporter
Women: Duke stuns Stanford on penalty kicks    
After Virginia, Stanford became the second No. 1 seed to fall in the quarterfinals of the ...
Irwin steps down as Portland head coach    
Bill Irwin, who has been with the University of Portland staff for 29 years, the last ...
Women: Florida State buries Texas A&M    
Defending champion Florida State is headed back to the Women's College Cup for the fifth season ...
Women: Rutgers reaches College Cup for first time    
Rutgers came back from missing its first two shots in the shootout to beat Virginia and ...
Iowa Central takes first NJCAA DI women's championship    
Iowa Central defeated previously beaten and untied Eastern Florida State, 1-0, in rain-drenched for the NJCAA ...
Blackmore's 34th goal gives Louisburg NJCAA men's title    
English freshman Max Blackmore scored his 34th goal of the season, redirecting a cross from classmate ...
CIS: York repeats as national champion    
York University won Canada's CIS men's national championship for the second year in a row with ...
CCAA: Nine-man Humber claims fifth championship    
Humber, which lost two players to red cards in the first 30 minutes, beat Capilano, 5-3, ...
Texas A&M sends North Carolina packing early    
Texas A&M sent 21-time NCAA champion North Carolina home before the Sweet Sixteen for the first ...
Schedule: NCAA Division I Women's Tournament    
The second round of the NCAA Tournament kicks off on Thursday at Stanford, where the No. ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives