This past week the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts played two games one Sept. 21 against Cal State Sonoma State University and the other Sept. 27 against Hawaii Pacific University.
In their first game at Koret Field against CSSSU the Argos played an aggressive, uptempo game. Both offenses were aggressive in the first half forcing senior goal keeper Jay Tsuruoka to make save after save. It was the Argos who struck first when senior Hunter Le Blanc nailed a corner kick that curved right passed the goalie into the back of the net. Later in the first half the Argos earned a free kick.
Le Blanc stepped forward again and sent a pass into the box where sophomore defender Robert Hines III was able to put it in for his first career goal.
When asked about the goal, “I’m happy Hunter (Le Blanc) was able to find me and fortunately the ball went”, Hines said.
The Argos lead 2-0 going into the second half, but in the 55th minute CSSSU was able to score. For the rest of the half the Argos defense was able to shut down the opponent. In the closing seconds of the game junior defender Tyler Matas chased a ball down and kicked in the third goal to give the Argos the win 3-1.
Sept. 27 the Argos played their first conference game against a challenging team, Hawaii Pacific University. HPU got off to an early start scoring two goals but the Argos were able to bounce back scoring two themselves tying the game. But late in the second half HPU was able to squeak one more goal in before time ran out. The Argos lost a tough game 2-3.
The Argos are now 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference. Their next games are against Hawaii Hilo Sept. 29 at 2 pm and Fresno Pacific Oct. 4 12pm both at Notre Dame de Namur.