Men’s soccer breaks record with 6-0 start

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fifth place in career points. Green now has 59 points, 24 goals and 11 assists.

“It is great to get some goals and move up on the points list,”  Green said. “But, at the same time, the stat that I’m most pleased with is that we are 6-0.”

Brandeis University is the only other team that is undefeated in the Violet’s Conference with a record of 7-0.

“They have improved over the last three to four years, and I’m not surprised,” coach Behan said.

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The NYU women’s soccer team also had an impressive win, defeating the State University of New York at Old Westbury 8-2 on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Panther Park in Old Westbury, NY. Seven different players found the back of the net, and the Violets had a shot advantage of 26-10.

Senior captain Serra Tumay had a big game with two goals and one assist. Junior forward Erin Ahmed scored the first goal 11:30 into the game. Tumay assisted Cami Crawford on her goal in the 15th minute and then scored in the 25th and 29th minutes.

“We just wanted to come out strong and high pressure from the start,” Tumay said. “That helped us get an early goal and an early lead.”

Senior forward Ashley-Simone McKenzie made the score 5-0 right before halftime. Freshman midfielder Haley San Giacomo scored her first career goal 1:49 into the second half.

Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Patten noticed a change in the team.

“I think we played a lot more fluidly, which helped us create better and more creative attacking movement,” Patten said. “We were also a lot more organized in the back in the first half of the game, which helped us establish a solid tempo.”

There was a surge of action in the last 10 minutes of play. After the Panthers made the score 6-1, the Violets reacted immediately with sophomore midfielders Claire Shanahan and Taylor Francoeur scoring one goal each. The Panthers scored their second goal with 47 seconds left in the match.

“We are using these first few games to perfect our style of play before conference games start,” Tumay said.  “We hope to have a solid winning record in our conference to put ourselves in the best position we can to get into the NCAA tournament.”

The men return to the pitch at Gaelic Field on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. against the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The women play their next game on Thursday, Sept. 20, at home at 7 p.m. versus Farmingdale State College.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 17 print edition. Francisco Navas is a contributing writer. Email him at [email protected]

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