The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s soccer squad is in the midst of a dynastic run, which has seen them bring home three of the last four Northeast Conference (NEC) Championships.
League play doesn’t begin until October, but over the first four games, the Terriers have impressed, coming away with a 3-1 record.
The defending NEC champions opened their new campaign with a road loss to UMass before returning home to Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 to put together back-to-back wins against the University of Lafayette and George Washington University.
On Sunday, they traveled to Saint Peter’s University and won 3-2 in the first of a three-game road trip.
Over their four victories, the Terriers have outscored their opponents 9-6, and each contest has been decided by one goal, except for their 3-1 Friday night victory over GWU.
To this point in the season, the Terriers have been led by a number of standouts. Though he missed the first two games, junior Sami Gliguem has already established himself as a threat anywhere near the goal.
He leads the team with three goals, including two against George Washington, his first game with the Terriers.
Junior Ali Tounkara, who is an import by way of France, assisted on both of those goals, and has asserted himself on the Terrier roster as well, currently sitting at two goals and a team-high two assists in four games.
Sophomore forward Matteo Caribotti is the only other Terrier with multiple goals, and he netted both of them in the Terriers’ 2-1 home opening win against Lafayette.
In the win against Saint Peter’s, all-conference returnee Dominick Falanga found the net for the first time in his senior season, which was assisted by classmate, Leo Folla.
The Terriers were also aided by the distribution ability demonstrated by junior Anthony Gimenes, who had two assists.
“I think we’re looking better and better,” said Gliguem. “Every game we’re finding each other on the pitch better, our chemistry is getting better.”
The Terriers have six games remaining on their non-conference schedule, which will carry them through the remainder of September. Next in line will be a visit to Washington D.C. to face Howard University on September 6, followed by a road match-up at NJIT three days later.
The Terriers will return home on September 13, when they will host the Hartford Hawks. Conference play will begin on October 8 at Fairleigh Dickinson after non-league showings against Manhattan College, Cornell and Hartwick.
The regular season will culminate on November 3 in the Battle of Brooklyn, which will be played on Long Island University’s campus this season.