Men’s soccer drops season opener, bounces back against Daemen

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Thomas Stamas '14, Staff Writer

The Le Moyne men’s soccer team may have lost their season-opener this past Thursday to visiting Nyack College, but they came back in full force for their second game of the season to take the victory over Daemen College.

Thursday, Nyack drew first-blood on their first scoring opportunity with 11:35 to go in the first half after a defensive struggle for most of the half. George Siotis received a pass to the middle of the box and then scored after a shot to the lower left corner of the net.

The Dolphins responded about four minutes later as junior Cal Filtch sent a cross pass to junior Jaime Carolissen who headed the ball in for the goal.

“I didn’t necessarily pick him out,” Filtch said of his assist to Carolissen. “I just try to put the ball in the right spots and it’s their [his teammates’] job to get there. Jaime did a great job on that one.”

After going into halftime tied at 1-1, senior goalie Matthew Silva opened the half with a highlight-worthy save. However, a defensive lapse by Le Moyne led to an easy goal for Nyack as Maxi Fuchs scored on an open net to take the lead, 2-1.

The Dolphins struggled for the remainder of the match to find the equalizer as Nyack’s defense, coupled with missed opportunities from Le Moyne, resulted in the Dolphins coming up short.

Ultimately, the lack of goals in the second half cost the Dolphins the game, as Nyack put the game away with a third goal with just 4:39 left in the match. Alex Schmidt chipped the ball over the Le Moyne goalkeeper making the score 3-1 as the Warriors secured the win.

“Trailing is never a position you want to be in, especially when there is not much time left,” Carolissen said after the game. “I don’t think they [Nyack] were defensively good; I just didn’t think we executed well enough. We didn’t take our chances as well as they did.”

Fortunately, the Dolphins bounced back on Saturday with a win over visiting Daemen College, 3-0.

Senior Emmanuel Chanelo opened the scoring in the first half with a shot that tipped off the goalkeeper’s hands and into the net.

About 20 minutes later in the game, Filtch added another score to put Le Moyne up 2-0 with a penalty kick.  The Dolphins’ defense held strong as junior Keleenna Onyeaka added a third goal at the end of the match, making the final tally 3-0 in favor of Le Moyne.

The first two games leave the Dolphins with a record of 1-1, as they look towards their conference opener this Saturday at St. Michael’s. You can catch Le Moyne’s next home match on Tuesday, Sept. 17 as they take on Roberts Wesleyan at 4:00 p.m.