Offensive prowess, solid goalkeeping make men’s soccer successful

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Courtesy of Union Athletics Carl Faber ’16 heads the ball as others look on. Faber has been a force on the field for the Dutchmen, leading the team in scoring with eight goals netted so far this season.

The Union Men’s Soccer team’s record currently stands at an impressive 6-1-2. So far, the team has played a little more than half of its regular season, although they have only competed in one league contest.

This means that the second half of the Dutchmen’s season will be filled with league matchups, which are important in earning a berth in the NCAA playoffs.

The team started off their season on the Sept. 1, upending Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences by a score of 9-1.

Carl Faber ’16 and Ethan Strauss ’18 each netted two goals for the Dutchmen.

Other scorers included Andrew Fontaine ’17, Another Kushiana ’19, Sam Eddy ’17, Charlie Leonard ’18 and Pedram Malakiam ’19.

Goalkeeping was split between Peter Cohen ’18 , Jonathan Graziosi ’19 and Daniel Walsh ’19.

Next, the Dutchmen hosted the Union Soccer Classic, a tournament consisting of the Dutchmen, along with Mount Saint Mary, RPI and Sage.

Union played their first game against Sage to a double-overtime 0-0 draw. Next, they took on Mount Saint Mary, defeating them 3-0. RPI concluded the tournament as victors, going undefeated through the weekend.

Following these contests, Faber was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll, thanks to his contributions to the team in the early part of the season.

Next, the Dutchmen traveled to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to compete in another tournament.

The team split its matches, falling to WPI but prevailing over UMass Dartmouth.

The Dutchmen continued their away play, traveling to take on SUNY Canton and then Western Connecticut State. The team defeated Canton 3-0 and Western Connecticut 3-1. Key players in these victories were Faber and Fontaine.

The Dutchmen then welcomed Liberty League opponent Hobart for a matchup on College Park Field. The evenly-matched teams played to a double-overtime 0-0 tie.

The star of the game for Union was goalkeeper Jack Weitzman ’18, whose six saves kept the Statesmen off the board to prevent a loss.

Following its stalemate with Hobart, the team narrowly defeated New Paltz by a score of 1-0. The lone goal of the game was scored by Strauss.

Of the Dutchmen’s next eight games, the last of their regular season, seven are against Liberty League opponents.

The Dutchmen will take on tough competitors including RPI, Bard, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, RIT, Vassar and Skidmore.

These games will seal their fate in regards to the team’s post-season, NCAA tournament action.

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