Kaleigh Anderson (KaleighAnd1)
CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Elms College men's soccer team suffered a 5-0 setback versus New Paltz State Saturday afternoon at the Vassar College Tournament at Gordon Field. With the loss, the Blazers slide to 0-3 on the season, while the Hawks improve to 3-0 overall.
New Paltz grabbed the early momentum, after a Blazers foul resulted in a penalty shot that senior midfielder Charlie Versen (Dobbs Ferry, NY) converted to earn an early 1-0 lead in the tenth minute. Elms had a chance to find the equalizer when junior Donald Whittle (Somers, Conn.) sent a shot just high over the net, however despite Blazer efforts the Hawks struck once again. Senior Tucker Stern (New Paltz, NY) blasted a pass from Matt Carr (Carle Place, NY) to the back of the net producing a 2-0 scoreboard. Although Elms kept pushing in the defensive zone senior Sam Spring (Long Island City, NY) would tally the last goal of the half for the Hawks to give them a 3-0 cushion heading into the second.
The second half resulted in initial back and forth play until the Hawks crashed the board once again as freshmen Colton Goodwine(Webster, NY) headed a sophomore Manny Flory (Long Beach, NY) corner kick just above freshmen keeper Connor Curtains(Belchertown, Mass.) grasp to mark up a 4-0 tally. Spring would complete the scoring efforts of the contest converting on a free kick that lofted straight over Curtain to find its home.
The Hawks edged the Blazers in the shot column, 19-3, during the contest. Curtain made 4 saves for Elms, while junior John Guzzo(Carle Place, NY) tallied the lone save for the Hawks.
Elms will look to move into the win column when they play Vassar Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. start. New Paltz state will be back in action when they face off against William Patterson University Sunday at Noon.