Nyc, Generals extend record streaks in 4-0 season-opening win

Michael Nyc

WALTHAM, Mass. – Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) picked up where he left off the 2018 season, shutting out William Paterson to extend his program record of consecutive shutout minutes, as the Washington and Lee men's soccer team defeated the Pioneers, 4-0, on Friday afternoon.

The win gives the Generals (1-0) their 16th straight game without a loss, after closing the 2018 campaign 13-0-2 over their final 15 contests. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-1 to begin 2019.

W&L took an early lead when sophomore defender Jack Rawlins (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary) headed in a cross from first-year defender Charley Colby (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) in the 18th minute. Just seven minutes later, sophomore defender Seth Chapman (Williamston, Mich./Fowlerville) headed in a free kick taken by junior midfielder Danny Tran (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) to double the Generals' lead.

Junior forward Harry Pinkerton (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) added a score in the 55th minute, with Colby getting his second assist on the play, before sophomore midfielder George Biddle (Del Mar, Calif./Pacific Ridge) closed the scoring with a tally in the 77th minute. Colby added his third assist of the game on Biddle's strike, tying the program record for assists in a game.

The W&L offense was paced by Pinkerton, who shot five times in the game and put all five attempts on goal. First-year midfielder Michael Kutsanzira (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)) opened his collegiate career with four shots, two on goal, and first-year midfielder Samuel Bass (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) got three shots off in the game.

For the Pioneers, senior midfielder Dromo Quaye, senior forward Keysean Brant-Sharp and first-year defender Johnny Gadaleta all shot twice to lead the offense, combining for two shots on goal.

With the shutout, Nyc's (1-0) consecutive shutout minutes streak reached 964:00, the longest in program history and ninth-longest run in NCAA Division III history. Nyc notched three saves in the contest to secure the clean sheet. Pioneers' senior goalkeeper Kyle Quigley (0-1) made 14 saves in 90 minutes of action.

For the game, the Generals outshot the Pioneers, 23-9, and put 18 shots on goal to just three from William Paterson. W&L also edged the Pioneers in corner kicks, 15-8, including a 9-3 advantage in the second half.

The Generals will return to the pitch on Saturday when they face Brandeis at 6:30pm on the second day of the Brandeis Classic.

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