By Kaitlyn Beauregard
Despite the brisk breeze, the beautiful fall sunshine, and a late attempt at a rally, the Union College Dutchmen were unable to celebrate on Saturday, as they fell to 7-2-1 in a 2-1 loss to William Paterson University.
Throughout the first half, the William Paterson Pioneers kept the pressure on the Union defense, finally managing to score in the 35th minute of play.
William Paterson forward Mike Lowe, who would score both goals for the Pioneers, was blocked by junior goalkeeper Adam Margulies, but then rebounded and scored an open-net goal to put William Paterson ahead, 1-0.
Far from demoralizing the team, this early deficit seemed to spark the competitive spirit in the Dutchmen.
In the second half, the Union offense took control and had several opportunities to tie the game. Senior forward Chris Chiodo fired a shot which flew wide of the net from the right side, and shortly thereafter junior forward Craig Santangelo missed the net on a straight-away shot.
In spite of these missed opportunities, the Dutchmen were still playing to win, and they did not slacken their effort even after Lowe took control of the ball and scored his seventh goal of the season, and the second goal of the game, giving his team a 2-0 lead.
With just over ten minutes left in the game, Union endeavored to tie the game. At 89:35, with mere seconds left to play, senior defenseman Ben Stewart scored his first goal of the season on a header off of a free kick by senior forward Jamie McDonald to cut the lead in half.
Unluckily for the Dutchmen, this would be the closest they would get.
Although the rally came too late to give Union the win, Head Coach Jeff Guinn liked the heart that his team showed throughout the game.
“Our team spirit was great,” Guinn said. “I’m proud of the effort.”
While disappointed in the final outcome, Guinn felt that his team played very well against a formidable opponent, saying that his team “made a defensive error to give them their second goal—you just can’t make errors against such a good team,” but adding, “In the second half we dominated play; I thought we could have tied it.”
According to Guinn, every loss is hard, but this is not one which will have a significant impact on the team’s overall success. Guinn says, “It’s unfortunate because I thought we had some opportunities to win against a very good team, but it won’t affect our overall season plan.”
He then went on to praise the talent on the William Paterson team—a team with only one loss—and to elaborate on the goals of the Union College Dutchmen.
“We want to have a winning season—which I think we will—and we want to be in the top four in the Liberty League. We’re in first at the moment, but we still have a long way to go,” Guinn said.
The Dutchmen will travel to Clarkson for their next game on Friday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.