Eva Gonzalez: American born, Mexican capped, Pirate true
Feb15

Eva Gonzalez: American born, Mexican capped, Pirate true

Midfielder Eva Gonzalez will be a player to watch next fall at Owen T. Carroll Field. What a fan won’t see from her play on the field alone is the adversity and continued sacrifice that Gonzalez endures to play the sport she loves, while still committing to her academics. Gonzalez is not just a student athlete, but it could be said a student athlete, plus one. She balances her schooling with her collegiate athletics, but is also...

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Dani duo, recruits bring hope to women’s soccer
Feb08

Dani duo, recruits bring hope to women’s soccer

Last season was another rough campaign for Rick Stainton and the women’s soccer team, finishing with a 5-11-1 record and a 1-8 record in Big East play. Though the record may not look pretty, it was Stainton’s best season at the helm of the club since being named head coach before the start of the 2014 season. Stainton’s team is young, as it will be losing just five players to graduation, two of which were key members of last season’s...

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The Eternal Champions: Chapecoense tragedy: The beautiful side of the beautiful game
Dec07

The Eternal Champions: Chapecoense tragedy: The beautiful side of the beautiful game

Chapecoense were South America’s fairytale, until they became South America’s nightmare. The team from the small city of Chapecó, Brazil had gone from the lowly fourth division of Brazilian soccer in 2009, to boarding a flight for Medellín, Colombia on Nov. 29. There they were set to compete for the Copa Sudamericana, a title which spans all of South America. They never made it to Medellín, though. The plane crashed into the Andes...

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The World Cup should not expand its team format
Nov16

The World Cup should not expand its team format

The phrase ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ could certainly be applied when it comes to some of soccer’s biggest international tournaments. Take the UEFA European Championship for example; a tournament held every four years, comprised of solely European national teams, in a World Cup style format. From 1996 until this year, the tournament had been made up of the perfectly symmetrical number of 16 teams. The tournament had four groups...

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Women’s soccer reflects upon season completion
Nov02

Women’s soccer reflects upon season completion

The phrase “It’s always darkest before the dawn” may just be true for the Seton Hall women’s soccer team. The Pirates finished the season 5-11-1, but improved 77 spots in the NCAA’s RPI rankings. The season, while full of losses, was a step forward for head coach Rick Stainton and his players. Seton Hall began its season with eight games against local, out of conference teams. The Pirates played every team close, with every match...

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Big East soccer maintains relevance despite split
Nov02

Big East soccer maintains relevance despite split

When the “Catholic 7” agreed to depart from the Big East in March 2013, the split’s main focus was the impact it would have from a basketball standpoint. The Catholic 7, consisting of DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova, were close to a lucrative basketball television contract with Fox Sports Network. On June 30, 2013, the Catholic 7 officially split from the old Big East, kept the Big East...

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Men’s soccer underclassmen pull through to beat Xavier on senior night
Oct30

Men’s soccer underclassmen pull through to beat Xavier on senior night

It came down to the final minutes on senior night in South Orange as Seton Hall men’s soccer (4-10-2, 2-5-1) beat Xavier (8-6-3, 4-3-1) in their home finale. The first half was a deadlock, leading to a 0-0 tie. Seton Hall had chances in the second and 16th minutes, but were unable to convert. The second half was a different story, as both teams scored within 50 seconds of each other less than 10 minutes into the half. It was...

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Pirates’ soccer building from the ground up
Oct27

Pirates’ soccer building from the ground up

  Seton Hall men’s and women’s soccer have struggled recently. Specifically, in the past five seasons, neither team has had a winning campaign. Those five seasons have left the two teams with a combined 13-52-6 record in Big East Conference games. Last year, the men’s team was unable to win a game and the women’s team only picked up two. Thus far the two programs have picked up the pace, but there needs to be more improvement to...

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Men’s soccer goes scoreless in double-overtime draw
Oct27

Men’s soccer goes scoreless in double-overtime draw

Despite a combined 29 shots taken between Georgetown (5-8-2, 2-3-2) and Seton Hall (3-10-2, 1-5-1) on a cold Wednesday night at Owen T. Carroll field, neither team was able to find the back of the net, resulting in a 0-0 draw. Wednesday night’s scoreless draw marks the third-straight game that the Pirates have not been able to get on the board, while managing to get off 13 shots (two on goal). Despite not being able to find a way past...

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Andres Arcila a sign of hope for men’s soccer
Oct26

Andres Arcila a sign of hope for men’s soccer

He brings stability. He brings skill. He has brought hope to a Seton Hall men’s soccer program that has seen its fair share of struggles in recent years. He is Andres Arcila, and this season, he has established himself as not only one of the best players in the Big East , but across the nation. For Arcila, the journey to South Orange began back in Colombia when he was just 4 years old. “I used to come with my dad to his games,” Arcila...

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Spindler puts up eight saves in Pirate loss
Oct23

Spindler puts up eight saves in Pirate loss

Seton Hall’s men’s soccer fell 1-0 to the nationally-ranked Butler Bulldogs on Saturday night. In the loss, Seton Hall was outshot 14 to eight. The Bulldogs scored their only goal of the game 21 minutes into the first half. The lone goal was scored by Eric Leonard, and Butler took this lead into halftime. In the second half, Seton Hall had multiple chances at scoring an equalizer, but Butler continued to fight the Pirates off....

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Seton Hall women’s soccer falls to dominant Georgetown on senior night
Oct21

Seton Hall women’s soccer falls to dominant Georgetown on senior night

Seton Hall women’s soccer (5-9-1) fell to the Georgetown Hoyas (13-1-2), 4-0, at home at Owen T. Carroll field Thursday on Senior Night. Georgetown, the seventh-ranked collegiate women’s soccer team in the country, stifled Seton Hall’s offense and made the most of its scoring chances to preserve a shutout victory. “Today showed for a large period of time that we’re capable of competing against some of the country’s best,” head coach...

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