Men’s Soccer Off to Great Start With Three Wins, No Losses

Coming on the heels of an impressive road win in their season opener, the Viking Men’s Soccer team played host to the Bergen Community Bulldogs Friday August 31st, winning with a score of 2-0. Sophomore forward Franco Ladron De Guevarra and freshman midfielder Luis Galeano, each scored their second goal of the season for Westchester in the win. The two players have now scored in both  games this season, scoring their first goals in the season opener the previous week at Middlesex County in New Jersey.

The Vikings are now 2-0 to begin the year, a great start considering that the players and coaches have only had three weeks to familiarize themselves with each other. Defense was the story of the first half, as both teams were playing very spread, making it hard for a break away with the ball to create scoring opportunities. A steady rain did not make things any easier for either team. Halftime came and there was no score.

The Vikings came out firing at the beginning of the second half, when Galeano scored the game’s first goal in the fiftieth minute, giving Westchester the lead. While the Bulldogs did show a sense of urgency after falling behind 1-0, emotions began to take over as three Bergen players received a yellow card during the middle portion of the game. The Vikings stayed strong and composed throughout the game, not once receiving a warning or penalty card.

Once Ladron De Guevarra scored in the seventieth minute to make it a 2-0 lead,  momentum was in Westchester’s favor. Nevertheless, their defense remained strong for the game’s final nineteen minutes, as the Bulldogs continued to struggle on offense, failing to put pressure on the Viking side of the field. Playing with great discipline, the Vikings put away the visitors in the young season’s second victory.

It might be too early to tell, but there’s a lot to like about this team. Although the players haven’t spent much time together yet, there was a high level of cohesiveness in the way everyone was positioned and how they moved the ball, which can be attributed to the players and coaching staff being on the same page.

As the first week of school got underway, the team faced their next test at home against Monroe-Bronx, as they looked to brought their winning streak to three. Galeano continued his scoring streak. It seems that Galeano and De Guevarra have a winning formula in how they outrun their opponents over the course of ninety minutes, stay away from drawing penalties, and have the ability to score the timely goal. If they keep up the great work we could be in for a very special season in men’s soccer.

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