DELHI, N.Y. (September 20, 2018) – A close first half turned into a rapid series of goals in the latter half for the SUNY Delhi's men's soccer team in their 7-1 win over Southern Vermont on Wednesday. Ahead just 2-1 at halftime, the Broncos erupted for five second-half goals, including four in a three-minute span, all scored by Alhasane Sako. Head coach Brian Mitko's squad improved to 4-2 on the season.
Delhi got on the board first at the 16-minute mark thanks to a fortunate bounce. Goalie Marcos Andrino punted a ball that sailed to the opposite end of the field, where a Mountaineers defender redirected the ball that rolled past the keeper. Southern Vermont tied the game in minute 30 when Nikolas Joseph dribbled a ball past the diving Andrino. The Broncos picked up steam late in the first half in a sign of things to come, as Darion Arango received a feed from Jose Leiva to connect for the go-ahead score in the 41st minute.
Mitko's team didn't hold on to their one-goal lead for long in the second half, as team-leading scorer Sako put on a spectacular four-goal performance in a span of three minutes and two seconds. The junior found the back of the net in minute 48 off a Matthew Cassidy assist. Sako again connected for his second score just over a minute later. On the ensuing kickoff, Brody Rettle stole a Mountaineers pass at midfield, finding an open Sako who calmly capitalized for a hat trick just 12 seconds after his previous score. Sako again linked up with Rettle for his fourth goal of the day in the 51st minute. Rettle then got in on the scoring action with a goal in minute 58 to cap the scoring.
Andrino earned the win to improve to 4-2 on the season, gathering two saves before giving way to Corey O'Toole and Noah Blake late in the contest; O'Toole tallied one save. The Broncos held a 23-9 lead in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Sako boosted his season scoring totals to 16 points on eight goals, ranking him atop the ACAA stat leaders in both categories. Rettle tallied his season total to ten points on three goals and four assists, putting him second in the ACAA in assists.
The Broncos' next contest is a road trip at Elmira on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3:00 p.m.