WEST POINT, N.Y. Iona scored three unanswered goals in the second half, erasing a 1-0 deficit at halftime en route to a 3-1 victory over Army Friday night at West Point’s Clinton Field.
Chase Hunter put the hosts on top in the ninth minute when he tapped a pass from Bill Watts over the goal line for his second tally on the season. Freshman Andrew Kydes created the opportunity with a through ball to Watts, who walked in on Iona goalkeeper Nils Binstock. Watts lifted the ball around Brinstock and then sent a pass across the goalmouth to an unmarked Hunter for the finish.
Army (0-4-1) took that one-goal lead into the break. However, the Gaels struck just four minutes into the second half when they capitalized on a scramble in front of the Black Knights’ net. Pasquale Abiuso had one shot blocked and another stopped by an Army defender at the goal line, when Sliwinski stopped the Black Knights’ clearing attempt and banged home a goal from 15 yards that found its way through a crowd.
Sliwinski notched his second goal of the contest six minutes later off a direct kick from 22 yards away when he bent a shot around the Army wall and into the near side, giving Iona (2-2-1) a lead it would not relinquish.
Felipe Faundez put the game away with a finish off a cross from Nicholas Smaldone with three minutes left in the match.
Army goalkeeper John-Michael Gallogly made four saves and Binstock was credited with six saves in the contest.
The Black Knights are back in action next Saturday when they host Patriot League rival Colgate in the team’s first league match of the season. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Clinton Field.