Soccer Recovers from Losses, Shuts Out Opponents

Stern freshman, Owen Smith, scores the last goal in the Violets’ game against Maritime.

After a rough weekend away, the men’s and women’s soccer teams both looked onward and upward Thursday night, with the men’s team heading to Throggs Neck to play Maritime College and the women’s team staying home at Gaelic Park against Stockton University.

The men’s team, playing way up in the Bronx, were coming off a pair of tough losses, going down 4-0 and 5-0 in their two weekend outings. In a bit of a bounce back game, they overtook the Privateers 2-0.

The goals came from junior midfielder Tristan Medios-Simon and freshman forward Owen Smith, both in the first half, while senior goalkeeper Lucas Doucette was able to hold onto his clean sheet through the final whistle.

Freshman Drew Enyedi was very pleased with the team’s execution and hopes to keep the good times rolling.

“We were able to keep a lot of possession today creating a lot of space and creating a lot of chances,” Enyedi said. “We finished our chances early and were able to get the game locked down in the first half.”

Freshman defender Matteo Schlitz added in that it’s nice to finally have hard work pay off.

“It was a solid win and clean sheet going into this weekend and our final three [University Athletic Association] games,” Schlitz said. “Good to see some of the defensive midfield shape and transition we worked on in practice”

The women, playing at home, were victorious for the first time in three games. They scored just once, but it was enough — thanks to senior goalkeeper Cassie Steinberg, who only had to make one save on the night — as they effectively shut out the Stockton Ospreys. Junior forward Marquel Love notched the lone NYU goal to move them to 8-3-3 on the season.

Freshman standout Alex Benedict, who sits in second on the Violets in both goals and assists, was happy with tonight’s rebound from a trying weekend.

“We outplayed them the whole game, but especially during the first half,” Benedict said. “It was great to get a goal after a few games of no scoring and we plan to continue this on Monday and into the remainder of our conference games.”
The men’s team will be back Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. at Aviator Field in Brooklyn against York College, while the women’s team has the extra day of rest, playing next on Monday. Oct. 24 against Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

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