Men’s soccer continues to roll, keeps winning streak alive

Matt Stallknecht ‘17, Staff Writer

The men’s soccer team kept its winning streak alive this week, beating both Roberts Wesleyan and St. Anselm in dominating fashion.

The Dolphins got off to a rocky start to the season with a rough 3-1 loss to Nyack. But ever since that game, the Dolphins have been on an absolute roll, not allowing in a single goal since the season opener.

The team’s momentum was clearly evident in the first game of the week last Tuesday against Roberts Wesleyan, with junior back Trevor Creedon knocking in a goal early in the first half, courtesy of an assist from fellow junior back Kaleenna Onyeaka. Onyeaka ended up scoring himself off of a header at the 46:12 mark of the game to bring the score to 2-0.

The Dolphins continued to attack the goal after Onyeaka’s strike, but they were unable to put any more goals on the board.

But those two goals proved to be enough, as they easily cruised to a 2-0 victory.

Roberts Wesleyan was never able to mount much of a charge during the contest, and could only muster two shots on goal compared to the 15 shots on goal attempted by Le Moyne, clearly highlighting the level of control the Dolphins had throughout the game.

The team’s contest on Saturday against Northeast-10 opponent St. Anselm saw them come out of the box strong yet again, with Onyeaka and senior midfielder Zachary MacNabb both scoring midway through the first half of the game.

MacNabb scored again at the 60:12 mark to bring the score to 3-0; and after that, the game morphed into a one-sided scoring frenzy for the Dolphins. The team  scored three more goals after MacNabb’s strike, two courtesy of senior forward, Emmanuel Chanelo, and one from freshman forward, Liam Roohan, to put the final score of the game to 6-0.

St. Anselm never put up much of a fight in the game, and appeared to be stymied by the Dolphins’ defensive effort.

The Dolphins defense continues to be the story of the season thus far, as senior goalkeeper Matthew Silva is currently on a streak of four-straight shutouts that extends back to the second game of the season against Daemen. Silva has amassed eight saves over the course of the season with the help of a defensive squad that has only allowed 12 shots on goal so far this season.

Now sitting at 4-1 after the victories against Roberts Wesleyan and St. Anselm, the Dolphins will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 against Bentley at Ted Grant Field.