Mariners face 'terrific test' vs. NYU
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – It may be "only" a non-conference soccer game, but the U.S. Merchant Marine soccer team faces one of its toughest challenges of the young season when it hosts New York University at Tomb Field on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.
The Mariners (5-1), who are ranked fifth in the latest Mid-Atlantic Division III poll (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) bring a three-game winning streak into the match against NYU (2-3-1), which is unranked.
But don't let the Violets' sub-.500 record fool you. They perennially are among the top Division III schools in the area and already have played four teams that reached last year's NCAA tournament – Stevens Tech, Montclair State, William Paterson and Richard Stockton.
"Traditionally, they have been one of the strongest teams in the region," Kings Point head coach Mike Smolens said. "It will be a terrific test for the guys to play a high quality team like NYU."
The Violets are paced by junior forward Paolo Luciano, who has four goals and two assists. Freshman forward Nimo Freitag Bergstroem tallied his first three college goals in NYU's 6-0 win over Baruch College on Saturday.
Only six matches into the season and already 11 players have found the back of the net for Kings Point. Twelve players have recorded a goal or an assist.
The schools were supposed to play last year, but the match was canceled due to lightning.