Men’s Soccer Kicks Potsdam and Plattsburgh to the Curb

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The Men’s Soccer team is defeating every opponent thrown their way. This weekend, they played a few tough games against SUNY Potsdam on Oct.1 and SUNY Plattsburgh on Oct. 2. 

The Hawks took to the South Turf on Friday, and came out on top. The first goal of the game was scored by the Hawks at minute 37 when fourth-year midfielder James Maltes scored for the Hawks, with an assist from first-year midfielder Thomas O’Neill. 

It wasn’t until the second half that the game started to heat up, when goals were scored by third-year forward Brandon Davenport.

At minute 47, Davenport scored with an assist from second-year defender Owen McGarrity and first-year midfielder Joseph DiPreta. SUNY Potsdam scored at minute 59, which motivated the Hawks even more. Davenport scored again at minute 71 with an assist from DiPreta, making the final score 3-1.

“Going 4-0 in the SUNYAC is huge and is something I’m not sure this program has ever done before,” said Davenport in a post-game interview. “Everyone’s playing really well and owning their roles. Whether they are playing the full 90 [minutes], sub for 15 minutes, or don’t play at all, everyone’s completely invested in the team and helping to keep the level and intensity very high.”

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Hawks dominated the South Turf once again, with SUNY Plattsburgh as their opponent. The game was a clean sweep for the Hawks, with a final score of 2-0. 

There were no goals scored in the first half, although the Hawks tried with every shot they could. It wasn’t until minute 49 when third-year midfielder Philip Varner scored, with an assist from second-year midfielder Papis Konate.

At minute 72, another goal was scored for the Hawks. First-year forward Gino Mazzella scored with an assist from fourth-year midfielder Ryan Stevens. 

The Hawks have had quite the winning streak lately, and are pushing for more wins in the future. “As far as preparing for the next few games, we’re all just making sure we stay locked in and focused at practice,” Davenport said. “We have our game plan and style of play and make sure to stick to it. We take the season game by game and don’t take any opponent lightly.”

Catch the Hawks as they take on SUNY Oneonta next Saturday, Oct. 9.