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Returning seniors lead Brockport to hot start

by Lou Venditti
Tue, Sep 12th 2017 11:00 pm
Freshman Marissa Greiner (above left) and sophomore Molly Zientek (above right) are looking to improve on their fire hot start to the season. Experience provided by returning seniors Maddie Siclare and Lauren Moore will be vital in guiding this relatively young team to the SUNYAC playoffs.
Freshman Marissa Greiner (above left) and sophomore Molly Zientek (above right) are looking to improve on their fire hot start to the season. Experience provided by returning seniors Maddie Siclare and Lauren Moore will be vital in guiding this relatively young team to the SUNYAC playoffs.
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To be a captain, it takes a certain tenacity, a drive to win like no other and to separate themselves from the rest. That’s exactly what returning senior Maddie Siclare brings to the Brockport Golden Eagles women’s soccer team this year.

Siclare transferred to The College at Brockport from Monroe Community College after graduating in 2016. She walked onto the women’s soccer team without being recruited, but she was named to the First Team All-County. In her first season with the team, Siclare scored three goals in 15 games. She was third on the team in scoring and was named to the SUNYAC All-Conference Third Team.

So far this season, Siclare has scored three goals in as many games played, which leads the team. She scored two goals in a 2-1 victory against Roanoke College during a tournament earlier this month. Her blooming offensive production is coming along with the amount of trust head coach Mike Idland has in her.

“Maddie is a big time leader,” Idland said. “She just does her thing, and we just let her be and follow it.”

Siclare knows how important it is to be a leader, and she sure is showing it this season. The women’s soccer team has only eight returning players, including Siclare and teammate Lauren Moore as the only seniors. 

There are 22 new additions to the team, with 17 of them being freshmen. There are also five junior transfer students who joined the team. With such an influx of young and new faces, it’s up to senior leadership to guide them, which is something Siclare is acutely aware of.

“A lot of the younger classmen look up to you,” Siclare said. “It’s helpful for them to get an idea of where they’ll be throughout the years.”

With a virtually new team, the women’s soccer team has itseyes on the prize for the upcoming season. The team fell flat last season, after scraping its way into the SUNYAC playoffs only to be shut out in the first round. Siclare wants to make it further in the SUNYAC playoffs this year, but she also knows the team needs to take it slow.

“We just have to take it one game at a time,” Siclare said. “I feel like we are doing a good job of it.”

Off the field, Siclare is a radiology major and she aspires to be a radiation tech. She’s looking to graduate this coming fall, along with fellow senior Lauren Moore. 

Moore, the only other returning senior for the Golden Eagles, has played three seasons for the Golden Eagles. She has played  32 games, having started seven. A nagging ankle injury has kept her from fully blooming, but the former Clarence High School Athlete of the Year is a stud when it comes to the classroom.

Moore has only appeared in two games for the Golden Eagles this season due to academic commitments, leaving her behind when the team traveled to Virginia for a tournament at the beginning of the month. Academics always come first, according to Coach Idland, who is very enthusiastic of his players and their academic studies. 

Even though she’s only played two games, Moore still makes an impact on the field and as a leader.

“She has lots of experience,” Idland said. “She’s got a lot of technical skill, she can mix it up physically, she’s been around and she knows the conference well. She’s a great student, and she’s leading in the academic department as well.”

Moore studies nursing, which Idland indicated is a hard subject for many students to tackle. It’s one that Moore has faced head on, much like her play in the field.

The Brockport women’s soccer team is off to a hot start this season, after losing their opener against Lynchburg State. The team is 3-1 on the season, and outscoring opponents 10-4 over four games. The Golden Eagles play at home against D’Youville College on Wednesday before four games straight on the road. They close out the month with a back-to-back home stand against New Paltz and Oneonta. The SUNYAC playoffs return at the end of October. 

 

lvend1@u.brockport.edu