Men’s Soccer Drops Home Opener 3-0
By Andrew Liberatore
It was a sunny day on campus on August 30 as the Men’s Soccer team opened up their season against the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The game started out well for the Dolphins as they possessed the ball early and often as they tried to generate offensive chances.
Once USMMA was able to settle in, gain control, and possession of the ball more often, they were able to create many offensive chances and once they started they didn’t look back. In the fifth minute USMMA was able to get a golden one on one chance but CSI goalie John Gioeli made a terrific save to try to keep the Dolphins in the game early, but the chances just kept on coming for USMMA.
In the tenth minute they were able to break the tie early on a goal by Nick Vogel to make it 1-0. After the early goal the Dolphins would buckle down nicely and played some solid defense, defending corner kicks in particular, and a couple of really nice saves by Gioeli who despite the outcome played really well. In the twenty-fifth minute USMMA was able to tack on their second goal of the half, from Gavin Yingling to expand their lead to 2-0 off of a rebounded save by Gioeli.
The Dolphins had one good scoring chance at the end of the first half on a ball that nobody could get a piece of. Towards the end of the first half the Dolphins would generate more chances as Midfielder Horatio Reid and Forward Alfonso Castaneda had terrific ball movement up front and were able to get control of the ball and push forward on the attacks with the ball being played in well mostly by Midfielder Nobel Hadgu.
“We didn’t pressure the ball enough throughout the game,” said Defender Matthew Bessler.
This was the case throughout the second half as USMMA was able to generate whatever offensive chance they wanted and was able to get as many shots on goal as they wanted. Gioeli was able to keep the Dolphins in the game as he finished with 15 saves, but in the 67th minute USMMA was able to add an insurance goal on a tremendous strike from Kyle Arestivo from almost 18 yards out to all but seal the deal and make it 3-0.
At the end of the day USMMA was able to finish with 25 shots to CSI’s 3. It should be noted that CSI Defenseman Ruben Diaz was able to put forth a terrific defensive effort while playing with a cast on his arm. When asked what needed to be done to improve and get better for the next matchup against Trine University, Bessler noted, “We need to come out and be more organized.”
There is plenty of time to improve and to find their groove over the course of the season. The Dolphins will look to get back on track when they host Trine University on Labor Day at 7PM. After that the Dolphins will travel to New York University Gaelic Park on September 3 at 7PM before coming to take on Purchase College at 2PM on September 6, and Kings College at 3PM September 7, than they will play a stretch of road games against Rowan University, Farmingdale State, and NJ City University.