The Vaughn College men's soccer team played their first game of the season on the road against Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) opponent Albany Pharmacy on Thursday, September 26. The Warriors were suppose to have matches prior to the Albany Pharmacy game but unforseen circumstances would not allow them to. Their last game of the 2018-19 season ended in a 8-0 defeat to the Albany Pharmacy Panthers. The Warriors regrouped over the summer and looked forward to getting back on the field for a chance of redemption for how their season ended last year.
As expected, the Warriors started off the game excited but played extremely undisciplined on both sides of the ball. They conceded a goal to the Panthers in the first 10 minutes of the opening half. They would respond on a beautiful goal by junior captain Azzeddine Sekkat (Astoria, NY). Sekkat found the back of the net in the 11th minute off of an assist from Djusalem Merise (Brooklyn, NY), the junior mieldfield transfer.
The game would remain knotted at 1-1 for most of the match. In the 82nd minute Sekkat crossed the ball to right back Kevin Moreira (Brooklyn, NY) who scored the winning goal for the Warriors redeeming the men's soccer team from a catastrophic loss to the Panthers in their final game of last season. The 2-1 victory over the Panthers was extremely emotional and rewarding for the Warriors.
The next opponent for the men's soccer team will be a home match against King's College on Saturday, September 28.