The NYU men’s soccer team captured its first ever UAA championship Saturday afternoon at Gaelic Park in the Bronx with a 1-0 Senior Day victory over Brandeis University. The two teams battled through a tough back-and-forth nail biter for most of the contest, and both Brandeis and NYU had great chances, but neither seemed to be able to finish.
The title-clinching goal came with 11 minutes left to play, when sophomore forward Kyle Green fed junior midfielder Adam Fein a through ball. Fein outraced a defender and flicked the ball over the charging keeper’s head.
The game-winning goal marked Fein’s first career goal.
“We worked really hard all season. It finally paid off,” Fein said.
From then on, the Violets held the Judges off through the final 10 minutes of play. When the final whistle sounded, fans and players alike erupted into cheers as they celebrated NYU’s well-earned championship.
“Best performance of the year was today,” head coach Joe Behan said. “We talked about using our bench and that’s exactly what we did.”
The shutout also made the Violets the first team in conference history to complete all seven UAA games without allowing a goal.
NYU also extended its consecutive scoreless minutes streak to a school record of 715:25.
Next, the Violets set their sights on the NCAA Tournament. Their road to a national championship continues this week with a first-round match-up that will be announced this afternoon at 2 p.m. on ncaa.com.