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NYIT men’s Soccer has officially kicked off. The Bears were selected by league coaches in a pre-season poll to finish in 3rd place in the ECC (East Coast Conference) which contains eleven competitive teams

The Bears are looking to bounce back from a rough 2012 season, which saw them end with a record of 9 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties. The Bears had a chance to defend their championship, but the bid for backtoback titles fell short when neighboring rival C.W. Post defeated the Bears 3-2 in the ECC finals on November 4th 2012. The loss left a sour taste with the whole team” said, coach Carlos Del Cid. But, the Bears are back and poised to regain supremacy in the ECC. Their head coach believes that without a doubt his team can come out on top this year, This team is special, We have the talent, and everyone is a hard worker. All the guys came in this season with a common goal, and that is to work hard every chance we get and to win” said Del Cid. Co-Captain Guillermo Fuentes (Valladolid, Spain) also believes that the Bears have a bit of an edge to them this year, the fact that most of us have been playing together for over two years shows off and on the field. Last year was sort of disappointing for us, especially after losing the ECC final and not making it into the nationals.  But that helped us to improve and work harder during the summer” says Fuentes.

The team has  six seniors and ten juniors returning for the 2013 season. The team will be led by senior captain and All – American midfielder Vinny Caccavale (West islip , NY) who holds his team to a high regard “Anything short of a NCAA berth is unacceptable, although we lost in the conference final to C.W. Post, everyone worked hard over the summer and it showed during the preseason” Caccavale added.

Also returning is Senior Forward Matt DiDonna (West Islip, NY) and senior defenseman Javier Gallardo (Sevilla, Spain) who were both All – ECC selections. The team has gotten off to a great start, by winning their opening game against Bentley College on September 7th. The hard fought match was saw great defense from junior Goaltender Liam Waddy ( Northampton, England). The goal came at the very end of the game; in the 87th minute sophomore midfielder Alberto Ruiz (Zargoza, Spain) put in a rebound that gave the Bears a lead that they would eventually hold on to. “The game was a total team effort and the team hopes to build off of the win and continue to move forward towards a championship,” says coach Del Cid.We have to take it one game at a time.

Their second match of the season took place on September 10th, which saw the Bears take on the Bloomsburg College Huskies. The game featured continuous back and forth action. NYIT grabbed an early 1-0 lead when senior Matt DiDonna (West Islip, NY) scored in the sixth minute of play. Bloomsburg would later tie the game, but once again Alberto Ruiz (Zaragoza, Spain) would play the “hero” role. Ruiz scored his second career goal, and second game-winning goal in the 70th minute of the match. The goal would later prove to be all the Bears needed to hang on and win. With the win the Bears improved their record to 2 wins and 0 losses on the season. 

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