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Men’s soccer remains undefeated

by Shawn Lynch

    The leaves are turning and that means it is football season at Niagara University. While you won’t see any hard hits, play-action passes or bubble screens on the field, a different kind of fútbol dominates NU’s turf. Some know it better as Niagara University men’s soccer.
    With the season already under way, the Purple Eagles have hit the ground running winning six out of their first nine games.  But that doesn’t mean the Eagles have tasted defeat in 2012—three games have resulted in ties. With an overall record of 6-0-3, NU men’s soccer was propelled to the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings last week.
    So far the theme of the season seems to be drama.  Already the Purple Eagles have played in four overtime games against Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, Vermont and St. Francis.
    The strong point of this year’s squad so far has been its defense, giving up only eight goals in the first nine games and holding opponents scoreless on three occasions.    
    English import Callum Willmott leads the team’s scorers with five goals. The sophomore forward also leads the team with 11 points overall with Bryan Da Cruz and Rene De Zorzi chipping in 10 and six points, respectfully.  
    With the halfway point of the regular season upon us, the Purple Eagles look to be in good shape. With the help of student supporters, this team may just make a run at the MAAC and NCAA tournaments.
    The men return to field Friday, Oct. 5 where they will host Loyola at 7 p.m.
    A strong fan presence is welcome, but please remember to leave your vuvuzelas at home.

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