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Back to the SUNYACS: The journey ahead for Men's Soccer

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 11:15 pm
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Led by senior midfielder  and captain Justin Mercer (above), the Golden Eagles are off to a great start to the season sitting at a record of 3-1-1. Playing with a different structure than the one from last year,  solid on-field communication will be crucial for the season's future games.
Photo Provided By Flickr Led by senior midfielder and captain Justin Mercer (above), the Golden Eagles are off to a great start to the season sitting at a record of 3-1-1. Playing with a different structure than the one from last year, solid on-field communication will be crucial for the season's future games.
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With the fall season in full swing, sports teams at The College at Brockport are vigorously preparing for the challenges and triumphs that this upcoming season will bring. For the men of the college’s soccer team, it is no different. The team has been endlessly working towards perfecting a solid playing structure that will help it improve from last year’s campaign.   

This season, the Golden Eagles are looking to compete for a chance to participate in the State University New York Athletics Conference, of SUNYAC playoffs. The goal is to grow and further improve as a team in order to increase efficiency and success. 

Upon the departures of four graduated seniors, the team is relying on returning seniors to provide the group with experience. With new freshman talent, and returning sophomore and junior athletes who are looking to build off of 2016, the Golden Eagles are ready to perform and play their best season yet. 

Practicing with a purpose, the team is working toward implementing the effort put into practice onto the field.

“From the help of assistant coach Mike Killian, who makes sure every player is fit and weight lifting right to the competition that freshmen and transfers bring for playing positions, the work ethic has definitely improved from last season,” midfielder Chris Kinsley said. 

The first time the group got to showcase its hard work and skills was on Friday, Sept.1, where the Golden Eagles came away with a 2-1 win over the RIT Tigers at Rochester. 

Continuing their prolific season, the Golden Eagles recorded a 4-2 home win on Thursday, Sept. 7, over the Alfred University Saxons. 

Although the team suffered a huge loss in Jeff Hibbard when the forward broke his right arm during the game, Head Coach Gary LaPietra will be expecting the rest of the group to continue improving.  

With a significantly higher amount of goals scored at this point of the season in comparison to the amount scored last season, the efficiency of the team is evident. 

The Golden Eagles have also displayed a pattern of great on field chemistry, which is essential in playing at the highest level of the SUNYAC playoffs. 

Even with the season going in the right direction, the athletes will have to continuously work in order to fulfill the goal of having a strong run in this season’s playoffs. Their devotion towards success will be a vital part in achieving the objectives they have placed for themselves. 

The Golden Eagles have set their minds on improving on every aspect of the team’s dynamic. With the combination of the entire group’s hard work, the Golden Eagles are undoubtedly on the right path to accomplish their desired goals. 

 

pargi1@u.brockport.edu