By Rachel Clarey
On Nov. 1, the Union Men’s Soccer team’s 2014 season came to a close. The Dutchmen enjoyed a solid season, earning an overall record of 8-9-1 and a league record of 2-5. Seven of the team’s nine losing games were lost by only one goal, and two of those games were lost in overtime.
The Dutchmen fought hard this season but, more times than not, the end results did not fall in their favor.
The men’s season began at the end of August, when they beat Hilbert College and host Oswego State at the Oswego Soccer Tournament. Following this strong start, the Dutchmen came up short against Curry College and were defeated 1-0 at the MCLA CIAO Fall Classic.
Their first home game was played against SUNY Brockport at a fan-filled College Park Field. The men put on a show for their supporters as the game went all the way into double-overtime. Unfortunately, Brockport came out on top, winning 2-1, but the Dutchmen definitely did not make it an easy victory for them.
After that tough defeat, the Dutchmen lost to SUNY Plattsburgh 3-0 and, just seven days after their first double-overtime match against Brockport, played the Sage Colleges to a double-overtime 0-0 draw.
In their three subsequent games the Dutchmen finally got some positive results, with a 6-0 win over SUNY Canton, a 2-0 win over SUNY New Paltz and an 8-0 league victory over Bard College. Ten different players scored in those three games, a true showing of the versatility present in the 2014 squad.
The Dutchmen then suffered an unlucky streak, losing four league games in a row, all by a score of 1-0.
The men lost to Clarkson University, Hobart College, RPI and St. Lawrence University, with the St. Lawrence game going into overtime.
Following this mid-season funk, the Dutchmen won two in a row, defeating SUNYIT 2-1 and Castleton State 2-0, then losing 4-1 in a non-league match against Alfred University.
Continuing league play, the Dutchmen split two league matches, defeating RIT 1-0 and losing to Vassar College 1-0 in a game that stifled the team’s hopes of making it to the playoffs. The Dutchmen concluded their season on Nov. 1, in an away league match against Skidmore College. The men defeated Skidmore 3-1, with goals by Kevin Janson ’15, Tyler DeWaltoff ’15 and Matthew Christal ’16.
The soccer team is losing five senior student-athletes this year: Ryan Carter ’15, Travis Barker ’15, Tyler DeWaltoff, Will Poetzsch ’15 and Kevin Janson.
Carter played as starting goalie for the Dutchmen, earning a 0.767 save percentage and making 56 saves this season. In September, Carter was named to the Liberty League Honor Roll for his exceptional performances in the Dutchmen’s games against the Sage Colleges and SUNY Canton. On top of being a great athlete, Carter is also a laudable scholar; he was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team in 2013.
Travis Barker played in six games this year for the Dutchmen and was named as the 2014-2015 Ronald Matthew Obenzinger Pre-Medical Scholar.
Tyler DeWaltoff saw action in 17 games for the Dutchmen this season, scoring one goal in the team’s victory over Bard College.
Will Poetzsch played in five games this season, also recording a goal in the team’s game against Bard.
Kevin Janson started for the Dutchmen, scoring three goals and one assist this season. In 2013, Janson was named as an Honorable Mention to the Liberty League All-Star Team.
While the loss of the seniors will affect the team, the underclassmen show great potential.
Particularly promising is Ethan Strauss ’18. He was twice named as both the ECAC and Liberty League Rookie of the Week. Strauss recorded five goals and three assists this season, including game-winners against SUNYIT and RIT.
It will be interesting to see how well the team will adapt to the loss of goalie Ryan Carter. The two other goalies on the roster are both first-years: Peter Cohen ’18 and John Weitzman ’18. Weitzman saw limited action in three games this season and Cohen saw no action.
With plenty of talented underclassmen, next season may be just as strong for the Union Men’s Soccer team.