by Akira Tachikawa
The men’s soccer team has struggled this season and was on the losing end of several close games that could have been won by either team. Although on paper they are 4-12-1, the team still has many good attributes.
The team started off the season with a 1-0 victory against Saint Vincent on Sept. 19/1. On Sept. 5, they tied Bridgewater 2-2. On Sept. 6, the team lost to Centenary 3-1. On Sept. 9, they beat Pitt Bradford 1-0. On Sept. 14, the team lost a close game to King’s 2-1 in double overtime. On Sept. 16, they beat Lycoming with an impressive score of 6-0. On Sept. 19, they lost another close game to Drew 2-1 in double overtime. Unfortunately, the team went on a five game losing streak from Sept. 23 through Oct. 10. On Oct. 13, the team was able to break their losing streak and shut out Penn College 3-0. They went on a three game losing streak again, but beat Pitt Greensburg in a close game 5-4 on Oct. 27. On Oct. 31, they lost to Catholic 3-2 in a close game. This was their final contest of the year. With a season record of 4-13-1 and a Landmark Conference record of 0-8, the team placed in 9th place in the Landmark Conference.
The team is using this season as a learning experience for the upcoming seasons, because the entire team, with the exception of seven seniors, is returning next season.
“We have a lot of good pieces, and at different times we’ve come up with injuries that have put people that don’t have as much experience into places where they were in very critical areas, and they gained a lot of experience. I think we grew a lot as a program this year,” said head coach Dan Dubois. “I think we’ve actually played some really good soccer; over the course of the season we’ve had really close games with some very good teams. While it’s not how we’ve hoped the season had gone, we’ve learned quite a bit this year.”
The off-season is a crucial part of sports. It is not a time to relax, but it is a time to work even harder thant in-season and try to improve your game as much as possible. The team was aware of what they needed to work on in the off-season in order to have a better season next year.
“I think our technical abilities on the field when we are under pressure need to be worked on,.” said junior forward Dani Meyer-Arrivillaga.” Sometimes we can’t make really simple passes that end up in the back of our net.”
Besides some corrections on the field, the soccer team is also looking to improve their mental and verbal game as well.
“I think we need to work on communication as a team also. We need to communicate better so we don’t make unnecessary errors,” said sophomore goalkeeper Achim Schwemmlein.
The team as a whole, and also the players themselves have some key things to work on, however Dubois feels that with hard work throughout the offseason, they will come back stronger next fall.
“I think (there are) some places we need to work on, individually and as a team. Our first touch needs to get better. It’s not something that you can generally do overnight or in the middle of the season. It’s something that they (the players) need to commit to in the long run, and they will,” said Dubois. “Our team strengthss in fitness haves gotten better over the past few years, but it’s always something that you can improve on.”
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