Kyle Goodwin, Natalie Caney net season's first goals
|Fwd. Kyle Goodwin (So.), Montclair St. (Montclair St. Athletics)|
The new season kicked-off with a noon time men's tilt featuring Manhattanville at Montclair State. Despite holding the upper hand throughout, the hosts had nothing to show for it as the clock ticked inside 30 seconds. Then a Manhattanville foul just outside the top of the box gave the Red Hawks one last chance to claim a season-opening victory with the clock winding down.
With both teams hurrying into their positions for the free kick, sophomore forward Kyle Goodwin blasted a shot through the wall which then glanced off a defender towards the lower left corner of the goal. The deflection left the goalkeeper with no chance to preserve the shutout as the ball found the net with one second showing on the clock.
Goodwin scored 13 goals for the Red Hawks last year as a freshman en route to earning the NJAC's Rookie of the Year honor and a second team All-NJAC nod. But after failing to get on the scoresheet in four post-season games, he'll be glad to have wasted little time to notch his first goal of the new campaign which also went down as the first men's goal of the 2015 Division III soccer season.
|Fwd. Natalie Caney (Jr.), MCLA. (MCLA Athletics)|
Despite coming in the lone game scheduled for 12:00 p.m., the dramatic last-second game-winner was not the first goal of the season; it was beaten by four first half goals scored in a pair of 1:00 p.m. women's games.
Credit for the the first goal of the season goes to Massachusetts College's junior forward Natalie Caney. Cutting into the center from the left, Caney received the ball with space a few yards outside the area and after a couple touches approaching the arc she lifted a shot over the goalkeeper that glanced off the top inside of the right post and into the goal for the 1-0 lead just 5:45 into the Trailblazers' season opener at Regis College.
The tally not only was the first of the season in all of Division III, but stood up as the game-winner. It came just a few minutes before the first goal of the other 1 p.m. women's game between Mount Holyoke and Southern Vermont. For Caney, it was the perfect start to the season and she'll be hoping it's just the first of many after she and the whole team struggled to find the net in 2014. A repeat of her freshman season when she led the Trailblazers with 17 goals is what Caney and the team will be hoping for.
MCLA's Natalie Caney nets the first goal of the Division III soccer season! (courtesy MCLA Athletics)