This season has been a frustrating season for the Union Men’s Soccer team, but the team finally broke through with two victories last week against State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and Castleton State College, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.
The two wins ended a rough stretch of play for Union, where the team lost four straight games and failed to tally a single goal. All four losses were by a score of 1-0, as the Dutchmen saw very strong play from their defensive backs and goaltenders, but just couldn’t find a way to score.
Last Tuesday night, Oct. 14, Union traveled to Marcy, N.Y., to take on SUNYIT. After falling to a 1-0 deficit early in the game, Union responded with a goal of its own late in the second half, scored by forward Carl Faber ’16. The goal was Faber’s team-leading sixth of the season.
Both teams headed into the second half tied at 1-1, with the game still very much up for grabs.
The second half saw a number of quality scoring chances for both teams, but it was the Dutchmen who broke through with a go-ahead goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Midfielder Ethan Strauss ’18 connected on an unassisted strike and drove the ball past the SUNYIT goalkeeper to seal the win for Union and end the team’s four-game losing skid.
Last Saturday night, the Dutchmen hosted Castleton State in a non-conference matchup at College Park Field.
Midfielder Andrew Fontaine ’17 was the clear star of the game, as he scored both Union goals and led the Dutchmen to a 2-0 victory.
The score however, could easily have been even larger, in Union’s favor, as the Dutchmen clearly outplayed the Spartans.
The Dutchmen had a handful of quality scoring opportunities in the first half, as Carl Faber saw two scoring chances of his own ring off the post.
Goalkeeper Ryan Carter ’15 had a solid game in net for Union, as he recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
Union finished the game with a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks and outshot Castleton State 16-3.
The Dutchmen are still very much in contention for a Liberty League playoff spot, despite their losing record within the conference.
The team’s next game is a non-conference matchup against Alfred University before they finish the season with three enormous Liberty League contests against RIT, Vassar and Skidmore.