RIT scores three first half goals en route to shutout win over Elmira

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ROCHESTER, NY — The RIT (2-2-0) men’s soccer team won its second consecutive game with a 3-0 victory over Elmira College (1-4-1) at sunny Tiger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers have now scored nine goals over their last two games.

RIT dominated from the outset, out-shooting the Soaring Eagles 23-2, while taking 12 corner kicks to none for Elmira. David Kofi, Mark-Vincent Sansone (Hilton, NY/Aquinas Institute) and Simon Garno(Hilton, NY/Hilton) each scored for RIT, while Garno and Gene Sicoli (Commack, NY/Commack) each had an assist. Peter Cinibulk (Bellbrook, OH/Bellbrook) got the win in net, making one save. Patrick O’Mara (Queensbury, NY/Queensbury) played the final 36 minutes and did not see a shot on goal.

RIT took a 1-0 lead on Koffi’s goal in the eight minute, the first of his collegiate career. Sicoli sent a corner into the Elmira penalty area that Koffi ran onto and buried into the for corner on the volley. The assist by Sicoli was his fifth straight after handing out helpers on RIT’s final four goals versus Keuka last Thursday.

The Tigers took a 2-0 on Sansone’s goal in the 31st minute. Garno sent in the service off a corner kick that Sansone got a head onto and steered into the near corner for his first goal of the season. Garno made it 3-0 with his shot from 25 yards out that found the top corner moments later.

“I thought we showed good mobility again today in our attacking third,” said RIT head coach Bill Garno. “We executed our set pieces very well and stayed organized defensively.”

RIT generated some good scoring chances in the second half, but could not find the back of the net. Akram Meza (Troy, NY/Troy) ahd a couple good looks, but his shots just missed the net. Elmira’s best chance came in the second half when Yaniv Kogan fired a shot from 20 yards out that rang off the crossbar and out of harms way.

RIT returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 16 at noon when the Tigers host University of Rochester for the sixth annual Hillside Community Shield, a fundraiser aimed at supporting the youth and families served by Hillside through the game of soccer.

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