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The 2017 men’s soccer season kicked off on Friday night, and there was no shortage of compelling games and highlight plays. Here are videos of some of the best goals from opening night.

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Andre Shinyashiki – Denver

Denver had as productive a season opener as any team in the country. The No. 3-ranked Pioneers defeated No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast 3-1, thanks to a pair of goals from junior striker Andre Shinyashiki. His first was a one-time volley in the ninth minute after a chip from Kyle Morlack. The striker’s second goal came in the 78th minute when he capitalized on a poor touch from Florida Gulf Coast’s back line.

Nicolas Samayoa – Florida Gulf Coast

After falling behind 1-0 against Akron, Florida Gulf Coast tied the game thanks to a beautiful header from Nicolas Samayoa in the 19th minute. Samayoa ran to the ball off a corner kick and dove forward, sending the ball into the back of the net on the far right side of the goal.

Jelani Pieters – North Carolina

Jelani Pieters scored the winner in the 63rd minute following a give-and-go with teammate Zach Wright. Pieters elevated and maintained massive hangtime – long enough to flick the ball over a Providence defender and the goalkeeper. The sequence begins at the 1:46 mark below.

Joao Serrano – Providence

In one of the better executed set pieces you’ll see this season, Joao Serrano bent a free kick around North Carolina’s defensive wall and past the Tar Heels’ diving keeper. His goal tied the game 2-2. You can watch the play below, beginning at the 1:29 mark.

Giuseppe Barone – Michigan State

Sophomore midfielder Giuseppe Barone cleaned up a broken play inside SIU-Edwardsville’s box with a back-heel flick with his right foot, followed by a laser of a shot with his left foot. He scored the only goal of the game in the Spartans’ victory.

Adrien Cabon – Louisville

Junior Adrien Cabon had himself a game in Louisville’s season-opening win against UC Irvine. He scored both goals – the first two of his career – in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory, both in the span of four minutes. His first goal came after he settled the ball, setting up a right-footed shot from 21 yards out that found the top-right corner of the goal. You can watch the play beginning at the 0:42 mark below.