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Men's Soccer doubles down after close loss

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 10:00 pm
Sophomore goalie Joey Romano (above) makes a great catch against Ithaca. Despite a recent loss at the cleats of the St. John Fisher Cardinals, the men's soccer team is still determined to propel itself forward to success, bolstering its freshmen players with experience and refusing to let the loss get it down.
Sophomore goalie Joey Romano (above) makes a great catch against Ithaca. Despite a recent loss at the cleats of the St. John Fisher Cardinals, the men's soccer team is still determined to propel itself forward to success, bolstering its freshmen players with experience and refusing to let the loss get it down.
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The College at Brockport’s men’s soccer team will be looking to bounce back from its unfortunate loss to the St. John Fisher Cardinals where the Golden Eagles conceded a late winning goal in the dying minutes of the game, which ended in a 3-2 win for the Cardinals. 

Led by Head Coach Gary LaPietra, and Assistant Coach Darren Wynne, the progression of constant of improvement will be key for success on the road to the SUNYAC playoffs. 

Suffering the second loss of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at St. John Fisher, the Golden Eagles are now holding a record of 4 – 2 – 1. 

After two season defeats in which the team conceded right after scoring, the Golden Eagles keep will to depend on better concentration and better game improvisation for future wins. 

Although the Golden Eagles fell to St. John Fisher, both teams had identical game statistics. With a total of 12 shots in which eight were on goal, in comparison to the Cardinals’ 13 total shots with nine being on goal, the Green and Gold did not fail to put up a fight. Given the teams impressive goal scoring record, the Golden Eagles are sure to continue their winning ways if they follow on their playing structure. 

“Our season as a whole has been good so far, our priority is to improve everyday and try to get into the final four spots of the SUNYAC playoffs,” Lapietra said. “Our preseason was great. Everyone came in fit and we’ve been working since day one on accomplishing our goals for this season.” 

With playoff games inching closer, the Golden Eagles are looking for experience to propel them to success this year’s season. 

Along with experience that the 14 new freshmen have been gaining from upperclassmen this season, midfielder and captain Justin Mercer is expected to be returning from his injury which kept him on the sideline during the loss versus the Cardinals. Mercer will prove to be crucial as he provides the team with post season experience, midfield power and the right game mentality. 

“We have definitely improved the quality of our game and experience has played a big role in doing so,” Wynne said. “Experience is huge; freshmen are learning and it already shows.” 

From the amount of work that goes into practice to the determination that has been displayed during in-game scenarios, the Golden Eagles have proven their progression toward a successful run in the SUNYAC playoffs. 

Apart from game mentality, the team has also shown better efficiency than the one of opposing teams. The Golden Eagles have had a higher percentage of conversion, shots on goal and shot on goal attempts when compared to all the opponents they have faced this season. The continuation of their prolificness on goal will be vital in the future of their success. 

“We structure our playing style from the four pillars of the game, which are technical, tactical, physical and psychological,” Wynne said. “It is important that we continue to play under those guidelines.”

The Golden Eagles will be facing the Fredonia Blue Devils on Friday, Sept. 22, at Brockport. Expect a thrilling game; the Blue Devils are currently red hot with five wins under their belt. With playoff spots up for grabs, a good result on Friday will be critical for both teams.

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