By Ronald Hanaki
Last Saturday afternoon, ESU’s dynamic duo of sophomore Brandon Levano and freshman Irvin Zuzic both scored goals to defeat the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans 2-1.
The men’s soccer team has now won four games in a row.
The last time that the Warriors won four straight was last year when they won four straight games to open the season.
Head coach Rob Berkowitz said, “Unlike last season, we are finishing better. That’s been the difference for us this year.”
In this game, the Warriors got off to a rocky start.
In the 28th minute, California sophomore midfielder Ahmad Awadalla’s corner kick was headed in by Cal junior Nathan Angelo for the first goal of the game.
But ESU wasted little time getting the equalizer. Less than a minute later, Levano was awarded a penalty kick that he converted to tie the game 1-1.
The Warriors continued to apply the pressure.
“We have a couple of Swedish players who have been good for us this year,” said Berkowitz.
Zuzic, a freshman, is one of those Swedish snipers.
In the 60th minute, Zuzic scored to make the game 2-1 ESU. Zuzic was assisted by Levano on the scoring play.
Sophomore goalkeeper Will Boerema and the defense were outstanding. Boerema only had to make three saves to preserve the win for the Warriors.
After the game, Berkowitz praised his goalkeeper. “Will has been very good for us, and he has been more of a leader on the field this season.”
The Warriors (5-3-1, 3-2-1) return to action when they play Slippery Rock in a road game on Saturday afternoon.
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