Men’s Roundup: City University of New York

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CCNY logoYork College was led to a 2-0 victory in its season opener by freshman Shavoy Campbell, who scored the first goal and set up the second. The Jamaican led new coach Al Meneses‘ side in breaking down a well-drilled College of New Rochelle team. After the game, Meneses said he was “proud of the way the boys handled themselves against a very tough opponent.” The team will hope this is a sign of better things to come, as they hope to rebound from a dismal 0-15-2 season in 2016.

The College of Staten Island, ranked preseason favorites in the CUNY Athletic Conference, split its opening two games of the season, narrowly losing, 1-0, to Wisconsin-Platteville on Saturday before rebounding in a big way against St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn, 7-1. The Dolphins featured an evenly balanced attack, with seven different players getting on the scoresheet for Coach John Tardy. Senior forward and Staten Island native Nika Darden led the team with eight shots and an assist to go along with his goal. CSI return to the field on Wednesday, Sept. 6, when against visiting Sarah Lawrence.

Lehman College earned a 3-0 shutout victory over Sarah Lawrence on Friday, thanks in large part to two goals from junior forward Salh Alzubidi. Both of his goals came on carefully weighted through balls from senior Gentian Muhaxheri, first in the 24th minute to open the scoring, and then to cap things off in the 69th minute. The second goal came via junior Omar Moro, who slotted home a loose ball in the box. Lehman returns to action on Wednesday at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.

John Jay cruised to a a 3-0 victory in its season opener on Saturday against Farmingdale State College, thanks to three first-half goals. Freshman forward Mark Shnadshteyn scored twice, while senior Alexis Bustillo chipped in with the other goal and an assist. In his first collegiate appearance, Shnadshteyn, who is a graduate of New Dorp High School on Staten Island, made an immediate, significant impact. On Wednesday, the Bloodhounds travel to SUNY Maritime.

Brooklyn College begins its campaign with a 1-0-1 record, after a scoreless draw against NYU was followed a mere 24 hours later by a 3-1 victory over St. Joseph’s College. After conceding a sixth minute goal that surely rattled the Bulldogs, they recovered quickly, leveling the scoreline on an 18th minute goal from senior midfielder Jean-Luc Saint-Fleur. The winner came early in the second half through freshman Azizjon Ziyaev, which made junior mid Ahmad Aly‘s goal no more than insurance. Brooklyn opens up at home on Wednesday, playing host to Farmingdale State.

To round out the conference, Hunter, Baruch, and Medgar Evers dropped their opening two games, CCNY lost its opener as well.