Continuing with its recent trend, men’s soccer dominated the field in last night’s game against the SUNY Maritime Privateers, a team that was previously undefeated. The Violets rounded out the game at 6-0. This was the team’s first shutout win, which had been one of the team’s goals earlier in the season. The game moved the Violets up to a 4-0-1 record, which is the best start of a season they have had since 2014.
The Violets’ first goal of the match came from Stern sophomore Drew Enyedi, within the eighth minute of the first half bringing the team to an early lead. This was followed by CAS freshman Pedro Goldberg’s first collegiate goal, which was scored off a corner kick. Goldberg also assisted the next goal, with CAS junior Inder Sharma scoring, following a well executed give-and-go.
Stern freshman Richie Rambarran scored the final goal of the half in the last five minutes, pulling the Violets to a 4-0 lead. The Violets far outshot the Privateers, only allowing one shot on goal in the first half, which was defended by the crossbar.
In the second half, the Violets continued to control the match, keeping the ball in the Privateers’ end for majority of the rest of the game. CAS freshman Jake Velvel scored his first collegiate goal as well in the 52nd minute, assisted by CAS junior Robert Shellow.
The Violets continued to shut down the Privateers in the midfield, making sure that goalkeepers LS sophomore Grant Engel and CAS freshman Angello Lazar didn’t see any action, with no shots on goal in the second half. The final goal of the match came from Steinhardt sophomore Marc Waldeck, who scored off a crowd-pleasing header, assisted by Stern freshman Carter Atman.
LS sophomore Owen Smith commented on the team’s win.
“Feels great to get the shutout and win,” Smith said. “We’ve taken care of teams but let in some easy goals, so it’s nice to be solid all around.”
He specifically gave shoutouts to teammates Daly Tucknott and Jake Velvel, who he said played phenomenally.
CAS junior Tucknott led the defense this game, while Velvel worked in the midfield to help generate opportunity for shots. Young talent and upperclassman mentorship can be pinpointed as the reason for the Violets’ success this year — half of the goals were scored by freshmen, as well as three-fifths of the assists. With this upward trend, there is hope for a greater fan turnout in the future.
“It is an exciting season for us and the fans have been great so far,” Smith said. “It’d be great to see some more and keep the support going.”
The Violets play at home again next Saturday against Manhattanville College. The match will take place at Gaelic Park at 7:30 p.m.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 18 print edition. Email Tyler Crews at [email protected]