The Pirates earned a 1-1 tie against Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game of the day before falling to the NJ Rangers, 2-1, in the second abbreviated exhibition.
Freshman Damian Bziukiewicz (East Rutherford, N.J.) put Seton Hall on the board early against Fairleigh Dickinson, but the Knights countered back with a score in the second half to earn the tie in what amounted to a tale of two halves, with the Pirates controlling early but FDU surging late.
"I thought that it was a pretty good game. We got an early lead but they came back to tie us, so it was pretty back and forth," men's soccer head coach Gerson Echeverry said. "I thought in the second half our guys let down a little bit and FDU made a big push."
After falling behind early in the second game against the NJ Rangers, the Pirates came back to tie the score, 1-1, thanks to a goal from freshman Andrew LoManto (Massapequa, N.Y.) with an assist coming from sophomore Victor Manosalvas (Clifton, N.J.). But the Rangers tallied a late strike to come away with a 2-1 win in a game that Echeverry thought the Pirates played well enough to win, but they were unable to create offense down the stretch.
"It was back and forth, but we controlled most of the tempo. They scored first off a mistake we made, but Victor (Manosalvas) slipped a good ball to Andrew LoManto that he finished really well, it was a good goal," Echeverry said. "We really controlled most of that game but just could not generate enough good chances offensively."
Seton Hall will play one more spring exhibition as the Pirates will head to Iona College on Sunday, April 29, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to get their final action of the academic year.
"I think we are moving in the right direction, but we are having some trouble with scoring goals," Echeverry said. "Defensively we're improving and at midfield we should have a team that is able to dictate the tempo of the game.