Men’s Soccer Gets Key Win Over Hunter

By Curtis Ashley, Contributor | 

It was a good day for the City College Men’s Soccer team as they defeated Hunter College 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Randall’s Island.

The win improves CCNY’s record to 5-6-0 overall, with a 2-2-0 CUNYAC record. Hunter’s overall record fell to 5-7-0, with a CUNYAC record of 2-3-0.

City College extends their winning streak to two games, and they are only one win away from getting back to .500.

“Going into this week, our whole mentality was to finish the week with three wins,” Abdulai said. “The two wins that we have is just the momentum that we need. We feel pretty good about ourselves going into the game on Saturday.”

Scoring was low, but the level of intensity each team played with never fell. Hunter was the aggressor for the first half, with 11 shots, compared to six by City. Much of the half was played in midfield, as both teams fought hard to keep the ball as far away from their goal. Goalkeeper Maxwell Berkow stopped Hunter from striking first blood in the match with a huge save on a penalty kick. He recorded six saves on the day.

The second half of the game was all City. The Beavers came onto the field with a lot more drive and determination to win the game. This drive is what led to City scoring the lone goal in the match.

Freshman forward Luis Castillo scored in the 63rd minute to give City a 1-0 lead, which they would hold on to for the remainder of the game.

“We defended, that meant we saved our own marks and then we got the space and then he [Castillo] got his goal,” junior midfielder Abdul Abdulai said after the game.

“It feels great. My second goal of the season, I’m a freshman, and it feels great,” Castillo had to say about his performance on Wednesday.

Their season is winding down, but things are only beginning to heat up for the Men’s Soccer team.

City only has four more matches until the CUNYAC Quarterfinals on Oct. 28, all four of which are against fellow CUNYAC teams. The first will be this upcoming Saturday, Oct. 10, against the currently 6-5-0 Lehman College.

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