NYU’s men’s soccer team entered last night’s match against the City College of New York looking to remain undefeated after a 3-0 start to the season. With a 4-0 rout, the Violets continued their perfect start to the season and proved themselves a force to be contended with in the young season.
The Violets had a favorable matchup against the struggling Beavers, who were just 1-2 on the season.
They jumped out to an early lead in the second minute of the match. Freshman forward Nicolas Notero headed the ball in for a goal off a cross from sophomore midfielder Hector Rojas.
That was just the start of Notero’s strong first half. In the 18th minute, he put the Violets up by two when he scored again off an assist by freshman defender Liam Stimpson.
In terms of both possession and shots on goal, the Violets completely dominated the half. The team took seven shots on goal while the Beavers only managed one.
The Violets would not let up in the second half and once again got off to a fast start, scoring within the first minute on a goal by Stimpson to extend the lead to three.
But, it did not stop there. They scored again in the 64th minute off a cross 30 yards out by sophomore midfielder Ryan Cerqueira that was headed in by freshman forward Malcolm Montilus.
“We were able to push forward through our fullbacks and distribute the ball into the box and capitalize when the fullbacks joined the attack,” Cerqueira said. “The team played a great game altogether and we came away with a well-deserved win.”
The Beavers did come close to scoring in the 65th minute when Felipe Maidana was awarded a penalty kick. Junior goalie Nico Cantor was able to save the goal, however, and preserve the shutout.
While the offense shined for the Violets, the staunch defense was also instrumental in the victory, keeping the Beavers off the board and holding them to only four shots on goal during the entire match. Even when the Violets pulled ahead, their defense never let up.
The Violets will look to build upon their stellar start this Saturday when they take on St. John Fisher College at home, with aspirations of winning their fifth-straight game.
“The chemistry among the players grows more and more every day,” Cerqueira said.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 11 print edition. Email Kyle Luther at [email protected]