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Women's soccer digs in heels for a hard fought tie

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 11:00 pm
Sophomore forward Molly Zientek (above) is aiming to add onto her season score tallie.  After the team's recent match ended in a tie, the Golden Eagles are looking to capitalize in their future matches.
Sophomore forward Molly Zientek (above) is aiming to add onto her season score tallie. After the team's recent match ended in a tie, the Golden Eagles are looking to capitalize in their future matches.

The College at Brockport’s Golden Eagles face their first tie of the season after a hard-fought contest versus the Nazareth Golden Flyers. The team’s battling performance proved to be short of a win after the game at Nazareth finished at a 0-0 stalemate. 

With only six games played and possessing a record of 4 – 1 – 1, the Golden Eagles will be looking to carry on with their successful progress to the SUNYAC playoffs. 

Although the team came away with a convincing victory against the D’Youville Spartans on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the team struggled to make the most of its chances with only five of its ten shots hitting the target during the draw against the Nazareth Golden Flyers. 

On the other hand, Nazareth had almost triple the number of shots, which required sophomore goalie Kimberly Lubanski to  have an impressive performance with a save tallie of extra 14. 

Looking towards the future of the season, the Golden Eagles will have to continue improving their on-field communication in order for the team to successfully progress to the SUNYAC playoffs. 

“Our environment allows everyone to work and communicate as one, which has largely been a factor behind our success this season,” sophomore defender Mara Zimmerman said. “We have learned a lot from previous games, and putting those experiences into practice will be vital in adjusting for the playoffs.” 

With a playing structure built off of communication and a well-seasoned Head Coach, Mike Idland, the Golden Eagles have the right resources in getting the best out of the team’s capability to win. Along with communication, experience is a continuous direction of the team’s playing dynamic.

 “Having a team with 21 freshmen on its roster might seem like the lack of experience would have a negative impact on the entirety of the team, but the experience that has been provided from returning players has had a huge effect on the new freshmen, which has resulted in growth that has proven to be decisive in the course of the season,” Zimmerman said.

The team’s early season results most definitely indicate that as of right now, the Golden Eagles have what it takes to make an impact in the highest level of the SUNYAC playoffs. With 13 points out of the possible 18 in this stage of the season, the team has shown great hunger and efficacy, which further proves its progression of success. 

As the 2017 campaign continues, the Golden Eagles display the kind of team spirit and ambition that is necessary in getting closer to the SUNYAC playoff tournament this October. 

“We are humbled and we are not going to overlook any opponent,” sophomore forward Molly Zientek said. “We are ready to work for what we are striving for.” 

With the inferable amount of work and talent, the Golden Eagles are determined to make the best out of this year’s campaign. Having outscored this season’s opponents by 13-4 over the span of six games, the team is looking to be in good shape to face the SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils, who have been struggling to find form this season. 

The Golden Eagles are set to play their first playoff game on Friday, Sept. 22 at Fredonia. With the SUNYAC playoff tournament in sight, the team is looking to improve on its season record with more decisive wins. The team has the skill and the leadership to do so.

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