Men’s Soccer Drops Home-Opener to NYU

By Ralph Chery, Contributor | 

The City College Men’s soccer team failed to carry their home-game winning streak from last season into this season, losing their home-opener to non-conference opponent New York University. The Beavers fell 3-1 to NYU at Randall’s Island on Wednesday afternoon, dropping their overall record to 1-3-0, and pushing them into a two-game losing streak.

Edgar Gutierrez had his first collegiate assist, sending Luis Castillo on goal four minutes from the end-of-game whistle. NYU netted two first-half goals, one by Tristan Medios-Simon and Peter Aasa each. Drew Enyedi scored for NYU in the 48th minute, the last goal of the game.

“We didn’t play well, we didn’t keep possession,” Castillo said about Wednesday’s loss, “The field was small, that was a disadvantage. NYU played so much better.”

CCNY’s senior captain Abdul Abdulai limped off the field in the first half because of a hamstring contusion. Abdulai is expected to miss City’s next two games. Starting forward Stephanos Hondrakis will also be out for the Beaver’s next two games due to a sprained toe.

Head coach Roberto Ignaccolo used 21 players, and unexpectedly played senior keeper Maxwell Berkow at central midfield. Meanwhile Halil Yenerer racked his first full 90 for the Beavers in the net.

“We’re still trying to find ourselves, you know, mixing in with positions and trying new stuff out. Hopefully it will come together pretty soon,” injured Hondrakis noted after watching the game from the bench.

The Violets’ first goal came off a goalkeeping mistake by Yenerer. After spilling Matteo Schlitz’s cross, Medios-Simon capitalized from Yenerer’s mistake, hitting the ball in the net from the six-yard box in the 18th minute.

Peter Aasa finished Owen Smith’s low cross to double NYU’s lead four minutes before halftime. Drew Enyedi made it three-nil when he slotted Evan Reifsnyder’s through ball to the bottom right corner of the net.

CCNY’s Edgar Gutierrez sifts through defenders in the game against NYU. Photo credit: Curtis Ashley

The Beavers finally initiated a comeback four minutes before the final whistle. The freshman, Gutierrez, found Castillo with an inch perfect through ball on top of the box. Castillo rushed a shot, which was tackle-blocked by a NYU defender.

Somehow the ball flew to the top of the net over a static Lucas Doucette between the post. Castillo wasn’t too pleased of his first goal of the season.

“I wasn’t so happy because we didn’t win,” the sophomore said. “The last goal shows that we can be good as a team, that we can play. The new freshmen that are coming in have a lot of potential.”

City had five freshmen on the field when they scored against the Violets, including Gutierrez who dished his first collegiate assist in his second game.

CCNY travels to SUNY Purchase on Friday at 7p.m., looking to snap their two-game losing streak. SUNY Purchase are 0-3 so far this season, and failed to make the playoffs last season in the Skyline Conference.

*Cover photo by Taylor Jo Gillen / CCNY Beaver Beat.

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