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Men's Soccer

The team failed to qualify for the MAAC championships last year finishing a disappointing 9th in the regular season.

Iona men’s soccer makes mixed start to season

Jordan Score and Lachlan Wellington September 8, 2022

The Iona men’s soccer team began the season with a 1-2 record after defeats against Syracuse and Long Island University (LIU) and a home victory against New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).   Iona...

Azzam Ruiz led the MAAC in shots on goal with 48 while the next closest eligible player had 36.

Gael shows flare in first full soccer season at Iona

Catherine Drohan, Contributing Writer November 18, 2021

Growing up in Spain, all Camil Azzam Ruiz wanted to do was to play soccer. He began playing fútbol, as he calls it, when he was first living in the south of Spain at age three. From there, Azzam...

Alfaro Monge was the first Iona men’s player to win the award since Juan Alcantara in 2017.

Triple threat: Three Gaels notch MAAC weekly awards

Giovanni Paolo Tagliafierro, Sports Editor October 7, 2021

Iona goalkeepers Emma Havrilla and Juan Alfaro Monge earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, while Lachlan Wellington grabbed MAAC Runner of the Week to cap off a successful...

The Gaels haven’t scored five goals in a game since their 5-0 victory over Siena in 2018.

Men’s soccer looks to carry hot streak into MAAC play

Jordan Score, Contributing Writer October 7, 2021

The Iona men’s soccer team went on a three-game winning streak to close out non-conference play, finishing off the span with a 1-0 win against Columbia on Sept. 25.   They were able to beat the New...

The Gaels have been outshot 51-23 over their three-game losing streak in non-conference play.

Men’s soccer team hopes to bounce back after opening season with loss

Lachlan Wellington, Staff Writer September 9, 2021

The Iona men’s soccer team’s new season began with a 2-0 loss to the Vermont Catamounts at Mazzella Field on Aug. 26.  Goals on each side of the halfway point by Vermont spelled defeat for...

Iona men’s soccer team huddling up during their March 25 game against Manhattan College at Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, NY.

Men’s soccer finishes spring season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor April 22, 2021

The Iona College men’s soccer team capped off their season with a 4-1 loss against Rider in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships on April 11.   The loss ends their season with a...

Both teams have only two more matches before championship time.

Iona men’s and women’s soccer teams handle short season differently

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

The Iona College men’s and women’s soccer teams started off their seasons as they tackle a short but meaningful schedule.  The men’s team is looking to defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference...

Iona Alumnus Giuliano Santucci makes history, signs professional contract

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor January 21, 2021

Iona alumnus Guiliano Santucci recently announced on his Instagram page that he signed a professional contract with Categoría Primera A side Patriotas Boyacá, making him the first American goalkeeper...

Sammy Adjei Jr. played for the Gaels from 2010 to 2013, scoring 17 goals and 11 assists in 58 games. // Photo courtesy of Sammy Adjei Jr.

Iona Alumnus receives USC coaching honor

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor November 2, 2020

Iona College alumnus Samuel Adjei Jr. was chosen for the United Soccer Coaches 30 under 30 program, which highlights the achievements of coaches under the age of 30.  Adjei Jr., who now coaches the...

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

Mero adapts well despite season cancellation

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...

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

Moreno reflects on time at Iona, future soccer career

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...

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

Gaels make history with championship MAAC title

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...

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