By Adam Zaki
Published: October 25th, 2017
After an incredibly rough start to the 2017 season, the Brooklyn College men’s soccer team is on its way to the playoffs. The third-seeded Bulldogs showcased two key home victories that set the tone for what is an opportunity to prove their worth in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championships.
In Monday’s 9-2 win over Albertus Magnus College, the Bulldogs sent off four seniors with the usual ceremonies and distribution of personal accolades during the pregame. Senior midfielder Jordy Ortiz finished the game with three goals in a season finale that the Bulldogs scored five unanswered second-half goals in.
Winning in front of a large crowd at the Brooklyn College Field, the Bulldogs improved to 4-1-1 at home. The team has played extremely well in Flatbush, especially in crucial CUNYAC matchups such as in the victories over College of Staten Island and Baruch College on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, respectively.
The team has played well in the CUNYAC conference, notching a 6-2 conference record for the season after two tough losses to second-seeded John Jay College and first-seeded Lehman College.
Winning six of their last seven matches, the Bulldogs have found some sort of rhythm on both sides of the ball. They have played well in close games and have been able to pull away from weaker teams by properly taking advantages of opportunities. With their recent performance, the Bulldogs have proven their ability of having a chance to win every time they take the field.
The Bulldogs will host Hunter College at home in the quarterfinal of the CUNYAC championships on Wednesday. In their lone matchup of the season on Oct. 14, the Hawks held the Bulldogs to a 2-2 tie at halftime, but Brooklyn was able to net two unanswered goals to pull away with a 4-2 victory.
Wednesday’s matchup begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Field. Given the recent spark of performance, look for the Bulldogs to make a run through the CUNYAC championships on the backs of their senior leaders—as long as they can find a way to win their away matches.