Hidden gem: men’s club soccer has supplied excitement and excellence all through the year

By Chris Harrison ’23, Sports Editor

Members of the team have fun after considered one of their two wins on a sunny Saturday. Photo by Markos Lissarrague ‘25.

Parents Weekend was a massive one for Hamilton sports. Men’s varsity soccer beat Tufts, then the quantity 10 ranked staff nationally, 1–0 on Saturday and followed that efficiency up with a 1–1 tie with the present number 10 staff, Wesleyan, on Sunday. Those performances have men’s varsity soccer off to their greatest start since 2003, with a 6–0–1 document. Football also secured their first win of the yr with a 24–10 victory over Amherst on Saturday, whereas women’s soccer tied Wesleyan 1–1. Field hockey also notched a win on Sunday, defeating Wesleyan 4–2, transferring them to a 4–3 record while men’s golf captured a win on the Oswego State Fall Invitational. Out of all the action, although, one of the thrilling events of the weekend was missed. Men’s membership soccer captured two large wins on Saturday, against Clarkson and Lemoyne, moving them to first place in their division. The Clarkson recreation was intense, with Felix Halloran ’26 scoring a clutch objective for the Continentals 1–0 win. The Lemoyne recreation was an offensive clinic that noticed Hamilton win in a 5–3 shootout.

Even though membership soccer is a Hamilton affiliated group, they don’t compete in the NESCAC division but quite with different schools in the upstate New York space. Teams in Hamilton’s division are RIT, Clarkson, Lemoyne, Syracuse, Colgate and Oswego. This signifies that the squad faces clubs from a lot larger faculties that have a large pupil body from which to select a staff. Even towards this tough competitors, club soccer has had a stellar season and the boys have supplied a multitude of spotlight plays and exciting video games to maintain followers on the edge of their seats. The staff is on an exciting four-game winning streak together with a win against the number one staff within the division, RIT Black, that was characterised by a 40-yard free kick bomb by Will Rice ’24. Now, the group appears forward to a daunting game against Syracuse this weekend. This game has been described as a “make or break game” for their season as Syracuse is consistently an excellent team as they pull from a scholar inhabitants of 22,000, over ten instances the dimensions of Hamilton’s pupil body. The proven reality that Hamilton has put together a group to compete for first place is a wildly spectacular feat. If Hamilton is ready to pull out a win or a tie, it places them in nice place to win the division and advance to regionals. Three years ago, when many of the staff leaders had been freshmen, the idea of going to regionals was laughable. Now, after a stellar turnaround, regionals is a real possibility for the membership soccer squadron.

The impressive run by the Continentals has been led by their three senior captains Elliot Carlson ’23, Eric Jamous ’23 and Luke Devine ’23. Carlson was injured in his first ever practice his freshman year, tearing his mcl and mpfl. While his harm has made him less of a factor on the sector, he has distinctive soccer IQ and utilized his experience to make coaching selections and run practices. Jamous has been a stalwart of the team since his freshman year and is a constant presence within the different team’s box at both striker and wing. He is known as an offensive wizard, constantly making blazing by different team’s defenders. He can be ambidextrous and has phenomenal off ball movement and character. Devine is a constant goal scorer and one of many team’s top offensive threats. Due to his skill and knack for locating the ball in key moments, Devine is primed to make Syracuse pay for any defensive errors and can be a key candidate to attain a late winner if the situation presented itself. According to Carlson and Jamous the highest scoring and help leaders on the staff are Devine, Jamous, David Sandoz ’23 and Quinn Brown ’24.

Members of the club soccer staff have fun after their second win in Saturday’s double-header. Photo by Markos Lissarrague ‘25.

It is also essential to note that this group, in distinction to many others they face, doesn’t have an official coach and is totally organized and run by the senior captains in addition to other team leaders. Lineups are determined before the game by the captains, who also run practices. Carlson has stepped into the lead position in handling the rotation and game-plan, making on the fly transitions with the assistance of other starters on the sideline. These adjustments have helped maintain momentum in Hamilton’s favor and been necessary to the team’s success. Additional management has been offered from other seniors as properly as junior and sophomore captains. Bryce Gell ’23 has given the group another good presence up prime. He has a knack for getting in opponents heads and brings an extra intensity to the sphere. Junior captain Jesse Wexler ’24 is a unit at the back and seems to all the time find the ball. Sophomore captains Frank Jones ’25, Mariano Russo ’25 and Spencer Lee ’25 have additionally offered extra management and vitality on the sector.

The Spectator talked with Carlson and Jamous about the season and what an look in regionals would imply to the team.

Any unsung heroes of the squad?

Carlson: The unsung hero of the group has to be our protection. They are extremely stable. Defense is about onerous work, and it permits us to be aggressive. Defense wins championships and in our case, protection will win us this division. Nothing will get past Frank Jones ’25 and if it occurs then speedy freshman Felix Halloran ’26 might be there to clear it up. We wouldn’t be within the place we are in if it weren’t for our defense. Good stuff gents.

Jamous: Henry Kuck ’24 brings the vitality and always has a constructive attitude. Jones is a lockdown heart again and rock of the backline. Halloran runs all recreation long and scored the game-winning goal against Clarkson.

What do you want to do to succeed in regionals?

Carlson: We have to get a strong end result towards Syracuse this weekend. We can not lose. There is an opportunity that we will tie and nonetheless win the division but we don’t wish to rely on the results of others and would somewhat put issues in our personal hands. With a win in opposition to Syracuse that may solely leave a game in opposition to Oswego the following weekend. If we proceed to play on the level we’re able to, I am certain we will come away with two stellar results.

Jamous: To reach regionals we want to win the Upstate New York division. Other groups within the league are RIT, Clarkson, Lemoyne, Syracuse, Colgate, and Oswego. We are at present in first place in the division and might be playing Syracuse this weekend, which will probably be the division championship decider.

What would a regionals look mean to you and the relaxation of the team?

Carlson: A regionals appearance can be completely unbelievable for this squad. No one works harder than these gentlemen right here. Not only are they there for one another on the pitch, they are also all friends. They eat meals together. They go to the health club collectively. They hang out collectively. This is so much greater than a soccer team they usually deserve to not only get to regionals but to win it. We are the underdogs however we now have more heart than some other team and that will shine via this Saturday. At this point if we continue to play at the degree I know we will, a regionals look isn’t a goal, it’s an expectation. We can do this.

Jamous: A regionals appearance can be an enormous deal for the group. Personally, having been abroad all of my junior yr, and COVID preventing us from having a group my sophomore 12 months, I truly have been waiting to get back on the sphere with the staff for some time now. We have already received more video games this year than the last two seasons mixed and are wanting to keep it up. Having a successful season and successful extra video games than any latest men’s club soccer team in history shows the togetherness of the group, with enter and efficiency from all class years. Being a competitive group pulling out constructive outcomes from robust games reveals the resilience inside the staff and our capacity to grind out outcomes. Regionals would be the end result of a enjoyable and successful season the place we shocked lots of the other groups in the division. The staff has grown a lot closer over the previous month and we’re looking to end the common season robust that hopefully ends with a regionals look.

The captains seems to have high hopes for the staff to complete out the season and after watching a couple of the team’s video games, this author does too. The group is explosive, dynamic and most importantly, has coronary heart and chemistry. The result at Syracuse remains to be seen but the men’s membership soccer team seems to be in prime place to have certainly one of their greatest seasons in recent memory. Now the onus is on them to see how far they will go.

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