Soccer Season Ends on the Up

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams celebrated their final games of the regular season on a picturesque fall day at their home Gaelic park.

It was an exciting Saturday for the NYU soccer teams as both the women and men concluded their regular seasons, hosting the Brandeis University Judges at Gaelic Park in a pair of thrillers, with the women tying at one and the men winning 1-0.

The NYU women kicked off the senior day festivities with a hard fought 1-1 draw in the beautiful afternoon sun. Both teams honored six seniors who played their final game at Gaelic Park. NYU took an early lead on senior midfielder Lexi Clarke’s goal from the top of the box in the 19th minute. The Violets were able to withstand Brandeis’ pressure until a 75th minute equalizer off a free kick. The teams battled for another 35 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net, ending the game without a victor.

The Violets were able to earn a draw despite being outshot 23-8 and allowing over 20 corner kick opportunities. Clarke led NYU with three shots on goal, while freshman Alex Benedict had two with numerous chances created.

The draw moves the Violets final record to 10-3-5 overall including 1-2-4 in UAA play. This secured the NYU women’s seventh place finish in the UAA. With the regular season over, the NYU women now await a potential postseason bid.

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Later that day, the NYU men controlled play throughout a 1-0 victory over Brandeis.

Junior forward Tristan Medios-Simon scored the game’s only goal on a beautifully curled free kick in the 24th minute. The goal was Medios-Simon’s team leading seventh of the season. The Violets managed to hold off a late charge from Brandeis, who recorded five shots in the final 10 minutes, securing the victory to close out the regular season. Medios-Simon also gifted all the players home-made leis of candy strung together in a nod to his Hawaiian origin.

The win moves the Violets to 9-7-2 overall and 3-4-0 in UAA play, good enough for fifth place in conference.

After the game, junior defender Greg Suter said he was excited to get a win for the senior leaders.

“There was no greater joy than to give our six seniors a win to cap the regular season. The win was also significant because it marked the first time since 2010 that we had three wins in UAA play,” Suter said. “This is a validation to the team and coaching staff that the team is on the up and we are excited about what the future holds.”

Junior forward Nicolas Notaro also focused on the team’s improvement, reflecting on the good feeling of ending the season on a high note.

“The upward trajectory that we have had this season is extremely important,” Notaro said. “This group of graduating seniors is special and will be missed, but the young guys on the team are only looking better and better and are more than capable of keeping this momentum going.”

The NYU men will find out what their postseason schedule looks like early this week, as they await their seeding in next weekend’s opening round of the ECAC tournament.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 7 print edition. Email Ben Goodkin at [email protected]

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