BY ERIC HURD
The University’s men’s soccer team continues to impress early in the season.
After yet another hard-fought 110 minutes of action, the Royals played Albright College to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. The tie, which was the Royals’ fourth double-overtime contest of the season, extended the team’s unbeaten streak to seven games.
Senior forward John Spadaro led the way with three of the team’s 11 shots. Sophomore goalkeeper David Oram made four saves for Albright.
Over these first seven games, one striking similarity has been made with last year’s elite eight team —defense. Just like last season, the Royals have only allowed five total goals against their opponents up to this point.
Head coach Matthew Pivirotto, who is now in his 15th season, said working on defense is a focus of every practice.
“We spend quite a bit of time on defending,” Pivirotto said. “And it shows.”
Pivirotto said that the team is not only impressed with how the defense is playing, but the younger players have also been able to step up and perform well.
First-year goalkeeper Eric Hintz earned his third shutout of the year against Albright as he continues to play well this season. He totaled two saves in the game — one coming in the 108th minute — which pushes his total saves up to 17 on the year.
“He gets more and more comfortable every game,” Pivirotto said. “Our young players doing well is something that is very similar to last year.”
This current unbeaten streak is only the second highest streak of all time in team history. Last year’s 13-game unbeaten streak takes first place on the all time list.
The Royals (4-0-3) will look to stay unbeaten on Wednesday against Ithaca College (1-4-0) before their first Landmark Conference game of the season on Saturday at Juniata College (8-1-1).
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