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Men's soccer opens UAA play with win against NYU

The men’s soccer team pressures New York University’s defense, keeping the ball away from their side. (credit: Lisa Qian/ Staff Photographer) The men’s soccer team pressures New York University’s defense, keeping the ball away from their side. (credit: Lisa Qian/ Staff Photographer)

The 12th-ranked men’s soccer team opened up University Athletic Association (UAA) play against New York University (NYU) on Saturday. The Tartans won 3–1, advancing to 7–1–1 for the year (1–0 in the UAA) while the Violets move to 5–2–1.

Both sides started the game aggressively, with NYU taking their first shot within the first minute of play. In the third minute, junior forward Anthony Guili attempted a shot blocked by NYU’s goalkeeper. On the rebound, junior midfielder Zack Masciopinto successfully scored his fifth goal of the season on a header to give the Tartans the early 1–0 advantage. Shot attempts stopped until the 29th minute after an NYU shot went wide. In the 32nd minute, junior midfielder Jamie Wheaton’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. In the 34th minute, sophomore midfielder Elliot Cohen also made a shot that was saved by the opposing goalkeeper. No further shots were attempted in the half.

In the second half, the Tartans regained the offensive. In the 51st minute, a corner kick from Guili was deflected by junior defender Greg Bellwoar into the net for his second goal of the season, putting the Tartans up 2–0. In response, NYU proceeded to make a goal in the 56th minute, cutting the Tartan lead to 2–1. The Tartans then went back to pressuring NYU’s defense, with Masciopinto attempting a shot that hit the post and sophomore midfielder Jack Painter following up on a shot that had to be saved by the goalkeeper. In the 66th minute, Masciopinto managed to get the ball around the goalkeeper to make his sixth goal of the season, putting the Tartans up 3–1. The Tartans continued to keep up the pressure with Masciopinto attempting another header off a corner kick in the 73rd minute and Wheaton having an attempt go wide in the 74th minute. Senior forward Ryan Stinebaugh’s header shot in the 81st minute missed, as did sophomore midfielder Cooper Tubiana’s header shot in the 83rd minute. NYU attempted to rally for a comeback, shooting in the 87th, 88th, and 89th minutes. The first went wide, the second was saved by junior goalkeeper Alec Lam, and the final one went high.

The Tartans will next host Penn State Behrend on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.