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Mero adapts well despite season cancellation

Freshman Elird Mero has played three matches for the Albanian U-19 national team, representing his country for the first time. / Photo courtesy of

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2020

Freshman Elird Mero is a newcomer to the Iona men’s soccer team this fall. Mero moved to Greece from his home country of Albania at the age of 4. Taking after his father’s love of the game, Mero began playing soccer at the age of 6 and played for the same club in Greece for 11 years.    ...

Moreno reflects on time at Iona, future soccer career

Moreno, a four year veteran, has led the Gaels to their  rst Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship.

Matthew George, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Timeflies when you’re having fun, and that was the case come playoff time for defender Malcolm Moreno and the Iona men’s soccer program. The team clinched the third seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and went on to win the MAAC title for the first time in Iona history, with Moreno at...

Gaels make history with championship MAAC title

The Gaels won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the  rst time in program history this season.

Joseph Agius, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The Gaels advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game after beating the Quinnipiac Bobcats 2-1 in Hamden, Connecticut. The team traveled to Jersey City, New Jersey, where they matched up against the St. Peter’s Peacocks in the MAAC final. The offense was stagnant for over...

Plimpton, Mackic help Gaels exorcise demons from last year’s post-season loss to Rider

The men's soccer team has had their best record since the 2012 season.

Joseph Agius, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

After losing to the Rider Broncs in the playoffs last year at Mazzella Field 2-0, the Gaels got their revenge in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship series, beating them 2-1 on Nov. 10. When the game was a little past the halfway mark in the first half, sophomore...

Opportunity of academic, athletic progression big motivator for Bravo

Opportunity of academic, athletic progression big motivator for Bravo

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

October 31, 2019

The combination of athletics and academics offered for athletes at Iona College works perfectly for someone who wants to work on both at the same time, according to sophomore Mauro Bravo. In Spain, where Bravo is from, athletics and academics are entirely separate. Students go to school in one place...

Gaels find a familiar face on the staff this season

Alumnus Ferrer played 64 matches during his career, netting five goals as a defender.

Joseph Agius, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2019

Former Iona College men’s soccer player Humbert Ferrer made the transition from being on the field last year to being the director of operations for the team. Ferrer explained how he got the job and what it really means to him to be in this position for the season. “Before my senior season...

Gaels find their stride as they approach midseason

Gaels find their stride as they approach midseason

Joseph Agius, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2019

Sometimes you need a form of adversity to come your way in order to excel in life. The Iona College men’s soccer team started off the season with one win and two losses. The team lost to La Salle and St. Johns during this stretch along with a win against Vermont. After this disappointing stretch,...

Hamilton plans to win while having fun

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor

September 5, 2019

The Iona College men’s soccer team hopes to gain results in a more convincing manner this season while also having fun when playing their formation, according to head coach James Hamilton. “If we continue to work on a brand of soccer that we all like to play (and watch) then good things will happen...

Killian Colombie pursues professional career after strong senior season

Tevan Costoso Staff Writer

November 15, 2018

When Iona College men’s soccer Head Coach James Hamilton submitted his Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason rankings, he placed the Gaels at third.  The rest of the league, however, voted Iona to finish eighth.Hamilton nearly predicted the team’s  season, as the Gaels earned the fourth ...

A guide to Iona sports this homecoming weekend

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

October 17, 2018

Homecoming weekend at Iona College – which takes place Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 – is filled with plenty of events for students, families and alumni to enjoy. It is also a busy time for Iona Athletics, as there are games scheduled throughout the day on Saturday. From the men’s basketball scrimmage ...

Malcolm Moreno talks soccer career, future plans

Iona junior Malcolm Moreno started in 13 games for the men's soccer team last season.

Ryan McFadden, Sports Editor

September 19, 2018

Being a college student comes with its challenges, especially if you’re an out-of-state student and have to deal with adjusting to living in another state and learning a new lifestyle. That said, imagine coming to college from another country. At 17 years old, junior Malcolm Moreno left Madrid—where...

Iona gives international players chance to explore life outside of soccer

Tevan Costoso Staff Writer

September 5, 2018

In different countries around the world, soccer players around the age of 16 to 18 are facing a tough decision in their young lives: either pursue an academic career or take the risky and unpredictable journey of professional soccer.The Iona College men’s soccer team features players from Chile, Per...

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