By Andrew Stinchfield
The Union College men’s soccer team improves its win streak to three with a 2-0 win over SUNY New Paltz on Saturday.
The Dutchmen took an early lead in the contest, scoring in minute 18 after SUNY New Paltz goalkeeper committed a foul in the box. Senior forward Sebastian Jansen scored on the penalty kick at 17:43 to put Union up 1-0. SUNY New Paltz’s Steven Browne nearly tied the contest minutes later, but his shot went just wide of the net in minute 20.
The Dutchmen sealed the deal in minute 59 when Jansen scored his second goal of the game by firing home a shot after receiving a long pass from senior defender Alex Pack.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Carter made two saves in the contest, and Union now has three shutouts on the season.
With the win over SUNY New Paltz, the Dutchmen have improved their record to 5-1. The team will play The Sage Colleges on Tuesday and will open conference play Saturday against Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jansen has been on a tear this season, already having scored nine goals in just six games. The forward has been playing with a chip on his shoulder after a disappointing end to last season.
“Plain and simple, last year we fell apart. We became complacent,” said Jansen. “This year, I think the team is a lot more focused and everyone on the team has meshed well together.”
The next few games the Dutchmen play will tell us a lot about what the team is made of. October 13 is a date that should be circled on everyone’s calendar, as it is when number two ranked St. Lawrence comes to town. “If this team is going to make the playoffs and compete for a championship, we are going to have to stay motivated and continue improving each and every day.”
Union takes on the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday at 2 p.m. at College Park.