First home loss for men’s soccer team
Jaylen Carr- Sports Editor
Matt Cain– Contributor
The university’s men’s soccer team lost their first home game of the season giving up a season-high of three goals.
Coming into the Wednesday, Sept. 14 matchup with Queens College, the team was undefeated at home.
In the first half of the game, Bryce Cherry, from Queens College, scored with no assist at the 42:20 mark to get Queens on the scoreboard first.
Later in the first half, Queens was able to get another goal by Adolfo Martinez Paquet,
The university was playing from behind 2-0 going into the second half which put the team in a tough deficit. he college’s Men’s Soccer Head Coach, Tom Lang, said, “We gave away a couple of goals in the first half and that put us behind the eight ball and then we were chasing the game at that point.”
At the 53:58 mark in the second half, Queens was able to score their third goal in the game which propelled them to victory.
The players and coaches had a point of emphasis or goals they wanted to work on throughout practice and achieve coming into this game.
Coach Lang said, “I felt like the game we played before against Saint Rose, we didn’t do a good job in keeping the ball.”
Lang said he knew Queens was going to be an aggressive team.
Lang said he saw some improvements with maintaining the ball in the Queens game, but they will continue to practice getting better at it.
Umberto Catale, the midfielder, said, “We talked about the game from Saturday, and it was a little bit of a step back for us.”
Catale said that “We responded very good. We tried hard in the second half. We didn’t find a lot of opportunities.”
With the university playing close in, that gave Queens an early lead and the advantage.
“This is our home field; we must defend it. We are a good team, with a good group of guys,” said Caradolfo.
Caradolfo said, the team is looking ahead to the next game because the only way they can put this loss behind them is to learn from their mistakes and prepare for the next game.
“We have a lot of work to do to get better,” said Caradolfo. “We start from tomorrow and we try to learn from this game.”
At the second half of the game, both teams racked up two yellow cards.
This played a pivotal part in the university’s loss. The soccer team, next game, will be full of adjustments and changes to get a better result. The next four games on the schedule are all home games for the soccer team where they only suffered this loss against Queens.
The team is looking to bounce back next at home.