Vulcan’s Strike: Senior Day Win

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Jessica Crosson

Members of Cal U’s men’s soccer team celebrate after a goal.

Jonathan Hershey, Staff Writer

On October 19th, in the middle of Homecoming week as well as the first day of the faculty strike, the men’s soccer team took on Pitt-Johnstown on senior day. The team celebrated seniors, Elliot Taylor, Eleazar Luciano, Cory Kuzilla and Nick Cichon before the game. The Vulcans won the last home game of the season 6-1. This comes at a dire time for the men’s team. After losing 3-1 at home last week against 1st place Mercyhurst and then 3-1 against 5th place Gannon, the Vulcan’s must continue to win to make playoffs.

In the first half, freshman Cooper Amos, scored his 6th collegiate goal in the 9th minute of play. The half consisted of mostly Vulcan possession in which the team out shot the visitors 12 to 3.

Senior, Nick Cichon, battles around three Pitt-Johnstown players.
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Senior, Nick Cichon, battles around three Pitt-Johnstown players.

At the start of the 2nd half, senior Nick Cichon, scored within 6 minutes with a laser shot. Not three minutes later he scored again to boost the Vulcan’s score to 3-0 and his own stat of 4 goals on the season. The Panthers of Johnstown answered in less than a minute putting their only goal on the board. Later on, sophomore Anthony Papageorgiou, scored in the 68th minute. The Vulcans continued to press on with sophomore, Brad Powell, shooting the ball resulting in the ball deflecting off of the opposing team and into their own net. The final goal of the match was by sophomore Eric Campbell, his 4th on the season.

The Vulcans played exceptionally and could hit a stride at a pivotal moment in the season.

Senior, Cory Kuzilla, prevents the ball from getting past him.
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Senior, Cory Kuzilla, prevents the ball from getting past him.

“We need to win the next two [games] and that’s just for a guarantee into playoffs,” senior captain Cory Kuzilla stated. “If we don’t then we need stuff to happen for the rest of the season like other teams [losing].”  The California team has shown potential throughout the season of how good they can be, for instance, when rival Millersville fell 5-1 despite being ranked #24 overall in the nation at the time. The possibility is high that the Vulcans could have a rematch with the Marauders in playoffs. Kuzilla stated “Stick to the game plan that the coach gives us, hard work at practice and then go in positively with the momentum that we have from the season” as a formula for success to beat the Millersville, or any impending Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival.

Elliot Taylor, senior, pushes up the field and past Pitt-Johnstown's defenders.
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Elliot Taylor, senior, pushes up the field and past Pitt-Johnstown’s defenders.

Kuzilla’s career at California has many highlights but there are two particular that he mentioned tonight. “A highlight of the season would be tonight, senior night, winning 6-1. It was a great night. Everyone played well I thought and we moved the ball well. A highlight of my college career would be against Mercyhurst. I think I played my best, personally and I enjoyed playing that game.”

The Vulcans move to 8-5-1 overall and are 7th, 4-4-1, in the PSAC. The 6-1 victory over Pitt-Johnstown drops the visitors down to 4-10 overall and are at the bottom of the PSAC. In order to make playoffs the Vulcans must at least win one of the next two games. Their next match is against Shippensburg, who is 5-10 overall, on Saturday the 22nd. Then a week later the men’s team ends the regular season is at Lock Haven, who is 5-9-1 overall, on the 29th.

Eleazar Luciano, senior, fights to get past Pitt-Johnstown's player.
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Eleazar Luciano, senior, fights to get past Pitt-Johnstown’s player.

Senior Statistics:

Elliot Taylor

SEASON GP GS Goals Assists Points Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att Mins
2013 11 0 4 2 10 11 0.364 7 0.636 2 0-0 0
2014 7 1 1 0 2 1 1.000 1 1.000 0 0-0 0
2015 15 13 2 3 7 20 0.100 8 0.400 1 0-0 0
2016 13 13 2 2 6 18 0.111 6 0.333 0 0-1 0
Total 46 27 9 7 25 50 0.180 22 0.440 3 0-1 00

 

Eleazar Luciano

SEASON GP GS Goals Assists Points Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att Mins
2013 12 9 0 0 0 4 0.000 2 0.500 0 0-0 0
2014 14 13 0 0 0 1 0.000 0 0.000 0 0-0 0
2015 15 14 0 0 0 2 0.000 0 0.000 0 0-0 0
2016 13 12 0 0 0 1 0.000 0 0.000 0 0-0 0
Total 54 48 0 0 0 8 0.000 2 0.250 0 0-0 00

 

Cory Kuzilla

SEASON GP GS Goals Assists Points Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att Mins
2013 17 14 2 4 8 7 0.286 5 0.714 0 0-0 0
2014 17 15 0 3 3 4 0.000 3 0.750 0 0-0 0
2015 10 10 0 0 0 1 0.000 1 1.000 0 0-0 0
2016 14 14 0 4 4 13 0.000 2 0.154 0 0-0 0
Total 58 53 2 11 15 25 0.080 11 0.440 0 0-0 00

 

Nick Cichon

SEASON GP GS Goals Assists Points Shots Shot% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att Mins
2013 12 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 1 0.333 0 0-0 0
2014 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0
2015 15 0 3 1 7 18 0.167 8 0.444 0 0-0 0
2016 14 4 4 1 9 14 0.286 6 0.429 1 0-0 0
Total 45 4 7 2 16 35 0.200 15 0.429 1 0-0 00