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Men’s Soccer shuts out Incarnate Word 1-0 earns program record, Kuta, Cicerone shine

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Joe Kuta earned his fourth straight clean sheet to start the season, a new program record, and Russell Cicerone notched his nation-leading 7th goal in the Men’s Soccer’s 1-0 matinee victory over Incarnate Word.

Stu Riddle’s team only outshot IW 13-10 over the course of the match, and both teams only managed to put 2 shots on net a piece. Both teams went back-and-forth for much of the first half with Buffalo earning the first 3 shots coming from newcomers Tommy Fogarty-Cameron, Rikard Lindqvist and Cicerone.

After not entering the Stony Brook match until the 87th minute, Fogarty-Cameron took advantage of the start against the Cardinals. He had one of UB’s closest chances in the 48th minute pushing a header just high of the upper-right hand corner of the Incarnate Word goal.

CIcerone would then earn a PK in the 59th minute and he buried his try with ease, earning UB the 1-0 lead, and the national lead in goals scored. Cicerone is already past halfway to matching his total of 12 goals scored from a season ago and is on pace to shatter the single-season goals record held by UB great Steve Butcher.

On the back end, Joe Kuta continued his hot streak and earned his fourth straight clean sheet, earning two saves. Kuta’s four game shutout streak to start the season is the first ever in program history and the longest shutout streak for the program since a five game stretch in the 2008 season.

UB will hit the road this coming weekend for a trip down to Virginia to take on VMI on Friday and Liberty on Sunday looking to extend their winning streak.