Hicks’ Lucky Kick

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On rare—very rare—occasions, a soccer goalie gets to have a moment of glory on offense. Maybe the keeper is tall and plays well in the air, so he is brought up to play corner kicks. Maybe he is an excellent ball striker and is good at penalty shots.

Dan Hicks isn’t used in either way by the Bowdoin College soccer team, but he still managed to net a goal this season. Playing against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heavyweight Trinity Oct. 26, he took a free kick from the edge of his own box. After 80 yards and a deceptive bounce on the wet turf, the ball found its way past the opposing keeper.

“My first reaction was that I felt pretty bad for their goalie because I’ve been there before. Sometimes it’s tough to judge the bounce,” Hicks said. “I have a strong kick, but it’s inconsistent. Sometimes I shank it.”

Bowdoin College goalie Dan Hicks was named Second Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Bowdoin College goalie Dan Hicks was named Second Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Not this time, though. Hicks’ peculiar goal gave his team a 2-0 lead, one that he had helped preserve several minutes earlier by stopping a penalty kick. With him protecting the net this year, Bowdoin finished 11-4-2 and qualified for the Division 3 NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. Hicks started 14 games and made 48 saves, surrendering only 10 goals in nearly 22 hours of playing time, for which he was named Second Team All-NESCAC. He also was a member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team.

“Overall, it was probably the best season we’ve had here,” he said. “It was a big step up for Bowdoin soccer.”

Hicks, a native Upper East Sider, played soccer at Trinity in high school, but he credits two years with the Manhattan Soccer Club for providing the foundation of his skills. Originally a baseball recruit at Bowdoin, he eventually decided to play two sports, and the soccer team has benefited ever since.

Hicks isn’t the only Trinity graduate playing soccer at Bowdoin. Daniel Chaffetz started 16 games this year and had three assists on defense. Andrew Scott, yet another Trinity alum, played 14 games for NESCAC foe Hamilton and had one assist. Elsewhere in the conference, Alisha Neptune (Beacon) capped her career at Wesleyan by starting 11 games on defense and serving as team captain. Alex Klotman (Collegiate) appeared in three games for Tufts as a freshman, while Chelsea Davies’ (Beacon) first year at Williams included 11 games and 144 minutes of playing time.

Beacon, always a powerhouse in New York City soccer, had a strong contingent playing at the next level. From last year’s PSAL runner-up, Will Congdon saw action in 10 games for St. Lawrence, while Caetano Sanchez played 18 games and started five at Hobart for a team that went 15-4-2 and was ranked fourth in Division 3 at one point. Aldin Dervisevic and Byron Walker teamed up at George Washington, with the former playing four games and the latter starting 12 on defense. At SUNY-Albany, Lily Honor appeared in two games, while David Grad was a goalie for SUNY-Binghamton.

Elsewhere in the SUNY system, Hussam Buoyancy (Lycée Français) was part of the team at Old Westbury. And George Kiladze (Beacon) played two games for Purchase, while Alyssa Rosado (Cathedral) appeared in one.

Among local colleges, Hunter enjoyed the services of Devin Leahy (Trevor Day), who started 11 games in midfield, and Leander Kotsopoulos (Beacon), who started three. Ousmane Toure (Brandeis) had five goals and one assist while starting 16 games at York. Emiliano Tramontozzi (LaGuardia) started all 18 games as a senior for Long Island-Brooklyn. Baruch’s Brian Wright (Eleanor Roosevelt) appeared in 11 games, had two goals and one assist and was named his conference’s “Rookie of the Week” Oct. 12. Another freshman, Vincent Mark (Art and Design) started 14 games for City Tech, and had one goal and three assists. His teammate there, Harold Villegas (Environmental Studies), played in 10 games. City College boasted a strong array of locals: Rafael Dymek (Eleanor Roosevelt) played one game as goalie; America B. Nazario (Julia Richman) started all 15 games on defense; Oisin McGoldrick (UNIS) appeared in four games; and Abdul Jalloh (Martin Luther King) started nine times and had a goal.

As always, MLK had plenty of alumni still showcasing their skills on the pitch. Bazoumana Bamba played in 16 games and scored six times for Monroe. At SUNY Tech, Malick Faye had one game in goal, and Emelio Haughton was named Third Team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference for starting in 16 games and registering three goals and four assists. Hartwick’s Steven Amaya recorded two goals and two assists in 16 games. Archie Dweh played one game for St. Bonaventure. And Mohammed Ahamed started 17 games and had two assists for Nazareth, where Mike Chuqui (MLK) and Giancarlos Molina (St. Agnes) were also on the roster.

Other locals playing upstate included Michael Chew (Collegiate), who appeared in four games for Bard. Marist’s Tim Garger (Regis) had two assists in 14 games and was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Luci Rawe (LaGuardia) got into 11 games as a freshman at Vassar.

Lucas Neustadt (Beacon) started twice at Clark, where Rachel Minsky (LaGuardia) played 18 games and registered a goal and an assist. Haverford’s Max Stossel (Dalton) started 13 times, recording three goals and two assists along the way. And Chris Weinstein (Trinity) played in three games at Washington University in St. Louis.

Justin Griffiths took his game from Regis to Oberlin, where he got into 11 games this fall. Briggin Scharf (Spence), also at Oberlin, played 12 times. Her conference rival, Kenyon, fielded Clara Fischman (Riverdale) in seven games and Shanna Keown, who got two assists while starting all but one match. Finally, Eric Libby, another Spence alumna, played two games in goal for Claremont McKenna and had one save.

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