Men’s soccer wraps up solid regular season

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Union’s Nicholas Hall-Risko ‘16 challenges an opponent for possession. The Union Men’s Soccer Team has had a solid regular season, garnering only two losses so far, with two games left to play in the regular season. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

The Union College Men’s Soccer Team started off the year strong and haven’t slowed down since.

The Dutchmen went into the second half of their season with a solid 5-1-2 overall record. They then closed out the month of September, adding another win to the tally, with a 1-0 victory over New Paltz on a late winner from forward Ethan Strauss ’18.

Confident due to their early season success, the Dutchmen looked to start off October with a big win over archrival RPI.

After falling behind 1-0 late in the first half, Union answered with Strauss scoring his second goal in two games.

However after a strong push in overtime, the clash between rivals ended in a 1-1 draw.

It wasn’t long until the Dutchmen got back to their winning ways with a crushing, all-around team victory over Bard College, with a final score of 6-1 in favor of the Dutchmen.

This impressive triumph brought Union to a 7-1-3 overall record.

The following weekend, the team traveled to the north country where its hot streak was chilled. The men started off with a tough draw Clarkson University.

Although Union seemed to be the superior squad, goalie Jack Weitzman ’18’s third clean sheet of the year wasn’t quite enough to get the win, as the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Dutchmen ended the weekend with their attack struggling to find the back of the net, while opponent St. Lawrence’s seven second-half goals brought Union an 8-0 defeat and its first loss in over a month.

With a tough Alfred University team coming into town Oct. 21, the Dutchmen looked to get back to their winning ways.

After falling down 1-0 early, Union bounced back with a goal from forward Carl Faber ’16 in the first half.

Union closed out the scoring with a soaring header from Trevor Pauldine ’17 off of a corner from captain Andrew Fontaine ’17.

Weitzman preserved the team’s victory by blocking two free kicks in the second half.

The Dutchmen went on to close out the week on Saturday with a 1-0 win over RIT that saw Pauldine with his second goal of the week and another clean sheet from Weitzman.

The win made two in a row for Union, now with a 9-2-4 record, as the team wraps up its regular season which closes out this week.

The Dutchmen will host Vassar, whose record stands at 7-5-2, on Oct. 28, and Skidmore, whose record stands at 9-4-1 and who is ranked 23rd nationally, on Halloween.

 

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