Game one of the two day Drew University Fall Festival saw coach Lenny Armurth’s team fight back from one goal down to claim a well deserved 3-1 win against the Centenary University Cyclones. The Friday afternoon season opener game at Ranger Stadium carried with it much excitement. The diverse fans in the stands were ready to support their Drew University Men’s Soccer team, and the team was equally ready to play quality soccer.
The first half in actuality began when the Cyclones converted from the penalty shot to put the score at 1-0 just 16 minutes into play. Nathan Han (’23), an impressive new addition to the team, sent a beautiful long cross over to Nick Caicedo (’20) who scored a dynamic first goal of the season and his first ever collegiate goal. Caicedo’s goal at the 33 minute mark gave the team motivation to take control of the rest of the game and the fans hope for a win.
Securing a win was no tough test for Aidan Cserhat (’20). Wearing the orange captain’s armband alongside goalkeeper Jason Adamo (’20), Cserhat stepped up to the challenge. With a powerful cross to goal-scorer Nate Race (’21), Cserhat assisted in giving Drew University a comfortable lead 56 minutes into the game. A well-placed free kick allowed for Cserhat to secure the win with an important goal coming just after 65 minutes. This goal now puts him one ball in the net away from challenging the career total goals record in the Landmark Conference.
COURTESY OF DREW RANGERS
With this, the boys in navy blue made it through to what would be a challenging tournament championship game on Saturday afternoon. In minute 24 of the game, the visitors, SUNY’s New Paltz Hawks, scored a header that would secure them the championship title. Although a disappointing result for the Rangers, there are a lot of positives to look to from this game and take into this new season.
The best of matchweek one saw the Ranger’s attackers, although not converting a goal, doubling the Hawk’s shot on goal total (16-8) for the 90 minutes played. Forward Matt Asante (’20) and Cserhat fired several convincing shots. The midfielders played fine soccer, with exceptional play and fanciful footwork from the underrated Tyler Kwaak (’20). The defense worked hard to prevent another Hawk’s goal, and Ryan LaRocca (’21) in both games proved that his fitness and classy defending skills would be critical in ensuring less threatening opportunities from the opposition. This can be seen by the low shots and shots on goal taken by the Hawks in the second half. And of course, with three important saves, Adamo’s agility and superb play in the goal gives reassurance that Drew University’s last line of defense is no easy test. #InAdamoWeTrust.
The men’s soccer team heads into matchweek two with a win that showed their potential and a loss that displayed their passion for the game. And also, a new Nike jersey that blends clean and crisp with charisma to bring an athletic flair cool enough for a team looking to have a title challenging season.