SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Junior Robbie Michalski scored twice and first-year Head Coach Matt Brown secured his first win with the Union College men’s soccer team on Sunday evening as the Dutchmen cruised to a 5-1 win over Sage College on College Park Field.
Along with Michalski’s two goals, senior Evan Farr and sophomore Diego Pascual-Sanchiz also found the back of the net. Senior Christian Rufo and Farr added assists. Head Coach Matt Brown also won his first game at the helm for the Dutchmen.
Following an early red card to a Sage College forward just nine minutes into the game. Union quickly responded on the restart when Pascual-Sanchiz dribbled past a defender and took a shot on the left side 18-yard box and was able to beat the goalkeeper. This was Pascual-Sanchiz’s first of the year. This gave Union a 1-0 lead.
Union extended their lead in the 24th minute when Michalski gathered Farr’s pass through the defense and was able to one touch by the goaltender and finish the shot cleanly inside the far-left post. This tally was Michalski’s first of the season.
The first half action continued into the second half, as Union struck again in the 55th minute. It was Michalski finding space behind the Gator’s defense and he was able to chip the Sage goalkeeper this time to give Union a 3-0 lead and score his second goal of the game.
Sage would not go away without a fight and cut the Union lead to two with a goal in the 58th minute.
Senior Evan Farr regained Union’s three goal lead with a rocket of a shot coming off a throw in from Rufo. Farr gathered the pass and in one spin, turned and beat the goalie inside the far-left post, making it 4-1 Dutchmen. Just two minutes later, Union would extend their lead when sophomore Alan Daniel whipped a cross into the box from the right-side corner and the ball deflected off a Sage defender and into the back of the net for an own goal. This made it 5-1 Union and that result would hold.
Union (1-0-1) out shot Sage 14-4 in the contest and won the corner battle as well with eight opportunities to Sage’s two. Union improves to 6-0-2 in eight meetings with Sage College including winning their last four against the Gators.
The Dutchmen will now hit the road as they take on SUNY Oneonta on Tuesday evening. Kick off is at 5 p.m. in Oneonta, N.Y.