Back of the Net: Freshmen Jaspers face personal adjustments, challenges

Joe Hulme (c.) catching his breath during stoppage in play during practice last week preparing for the Jaspers’s second MAAC game against the Monmouth Hawks. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.

Joe Hulme catching his breath during stoppage in play during practice last week preparing for the Jaspers’s second MAAC game against the Monmouth Hawks. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.

As the season reaches its mid-point for the Manhattan Jaspers, the 10 freshmen Jaspers are no longer new to the team and fans.

Three of the freshmen who have been quite impressive early on are Joe Hulme, Jose Meza and Luke Greaves. Understandably so, Manhattan head coach Jorden Scott said all of the freshmen have been excellent.

“They’ve all came in and been really mature, which is really pleasing to me,” he said. “And for them you just hope they pick up enough that they can contribute. If they don’t pick up enough then it’s going to be a tough season for them.”

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Battle of the Bronx: Jaspers lose to Rams

After coming off their first win of the season at St. Francis-Brooklyn, the Manhattan Jaspers (2-1) men’s soccer team lost 3-1 to the Fordham Rams (2-2-1).

The Jaspers have three non-conference games remaining before they start MAAC play on Oct. 1. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.

At St. Francis, senior captain Tommy Amos said the Jaspers’ “fitness prevailed in the end” to help lead them to victory. Against the Rams, sophomore Daniel Laguna Kennedy, who scored the Jaspers’ only goal on a penalty kick, said almost the complete opposite.

“Our legs were tired,” said Kennedy, “but there’s no excuse. We should’ve probably done better.”

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