It’s been a victorious weekend for the New Paltz Men’s Soccer team, with back to back wins against SUNY Brockport on Friday, Sept. 24 and SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, Sept. 25.
In the first two minutes of Friday’s game, SUNY Brockport scored, which made the Hawks more determined to secure the win on their home turf. However, it wasn’t until the end of the first half that the game became even.
First-year midfielder Joseph DiPreta scored a penalty kick goal in minute 43. Courageous efforts were made prior, but the team was facing a tough opponent, resulting in a few yellow cards in the first half.
The second period was more intense than the first, and it was becoming difficult for a moment for the Hawks. Third-year midfielder Philip Varner attempted a goal at minute 50, but the shot was saved by Brockport’s goalie. Another attempted shot was made by second-year midfielder Papis Konate.
At minute 62, second-year defender Owen McGarrity swooped in to score, assisted by second-year defender Tim Kane and DiPreta. A few more shots were attempted during the final minutes of the second period.
The final score of Friday’s game was 2-1, with the Hawks succeeding over Brockport in a close knit game.
Following their Friday win against SUNY Brockport, the Hawks took to the South Turf once again on Saturday against SUNY Geneseo.
The game started out strong, with the first attempted shot by third-year forward Brandon Davenport in minute four. A few more shots were made, but the first goal was scored by Kane. He was assisted by both Davenport and DiPreta.
“[They] were able to control the game and play how [they] wanted to play,” said Kane.
Another goal was scored at minute 30 by fourth-year midfielder Ryan Stevens, which was assisted by Varner. This was the final goal scored for the duration of the game.
The final score of the game was 2-0, with the Hawks claiming victory against SUNY Geneseo.
Both of this weekend’s games were the Hawk’s first SUNYAC match-ups, and it’s very impressive to conquer the competition on their home field.
This weekend, the Hawks are competing against SUNY Potsdam on Friday, Oct. 1 and SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 2. Both of these games will be held on the SUNY New Paltz South Turf.
“Going into these next two games we know it’s going to be another weekend of physical play so we just have to be prepared to fight for 90 minutes,” Kane said. “Every session that we have going into Friday has to be locked in and high intensity to make sure we are raising the level even more than this weekend.”
Catch the victorious Hawks this weekend as they play their next two SUNYAC games on the South Turf.