The St. Francis Brooklyn Women’s Volleyball team and Men’s Soccer team kicked off their seasons over the weekend with the volleyball team dropping two of three during the Hofstra University Invitational and the soccer team losing its only match on the road against the University of Connecticut.
The Terriers played two games on Saturday, the first game a 3-0 win (25-20, 30-28, 25-18) against Delaware State University and the second a 3-0 loss (25-18, 25-21, 25-15) to Hofstra, the tournament’s host, later that evening.
“It felt pretty awesome, this is the first time in a while St. Francis has started of 1-0,” said Maggie Niu after the first win. “We talked more and hustled a lot. The second set took a lot out of us but we just needed to calm down, dig deep, and remember what our coaches taught us.”
St. Francis won the first set after trailing 5-1, then later 14-13 and eventually 19-18. However, the Terriers would go on a 7-1 run to finish out the first set. Somehow, the second set was even closer as the two teams were tied at 17-17, 23-23, and even trailed 26-25 at one point. The Terriers would go on a 3-0 run that ended with a Niu kill to win the set.
The final set was also close as the two teams were tied at 18-18, but thanks to Kamalei Clifton, the Terriers would end with a strong 7-0 run to win the matchup.
Domenique Gerard led the Terriers with nine kills during their loss to Hofstra. Those sets weren’t quite as close either as the Terriers were swept three sets to none. Only during the second set did they come within four points of Hofstra.
After splitting their two games on Saturday, the Terriers dropped their third game of the year 3-0 (26-14, 25-23, and 30-28) to Coppin State University.
The two stars from Saturday, Gerard and Niu, led the team with 11 and nine kills each respectively and Feliz Ramirez had 10 digs, but it wasn’t enough as Cindy Okpegbeu had 14 kills to lead Coppin State to victory.
The Terriers will play again on the road against Manhattan College on Wednesday night and will host New Jersey Institute of Technology, Howard University, and Rider University at the St. Francis Brooklyn Terrier Invitational at home this weekend.
The Men’s Soccer team played it’s first match of the season against the University of Connecticut on Friday and lost 1-0 on an early goal that they were never able to rebound from.
St. Francis was outshot 14-5 during the game with goalkeeper Jack Binks making five saves for St. Francis. The only goal Binks allowed was to Cyle Larin, assisted by Kwame Awuah, during the 24th minute on a header in the box off a cross. That goal overshadowed a couple of great saves by Binks at the 20th minute and 23rd minute of the game. Unfortunately, St. Francis was never able to comeback despite lots of intensity in the second half.
Kevin Correa led the team with two shots, only one on goal. Riccardo Milano, Gabriel Bagot, and Michael Collis also had shots although Correa’s was the only one on net.