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Women's soccer on track to win SUNYACs

by Alyssa Daley - Editor-In-Chief
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 10:00 pm
Sophomore Mara Zimmerman (above) looks to send the ball up. The women last beat Buffalo State 3-2 on Saturday, Sep. 23.  As the Golden Eagles women's soccer team looks to start the second half of their season, their eyes are set for the SUNYAC championship.
Sophomore Mara Zimmerman (above) looks to send the ball up. The women last beat Buffalo State 3-2 on Saturday, Sep. 23. As the Golden Eagles women's soccer team looks to start the second half of their season, their eyes are set for the SUNYAC championship.

The College at Brockport women’s soccer team continues to persevere this season with the goal of winning the SUNYAC Championships. As of right now, the team has a 6-2-1 overall season record. The Golden Eagles are ranked third out of the 10 teams in the conference tournament and with the SUNYAC tournament beginning October 28, the possibility of bringing home the championship title is great. 

The Golden Eagles are only three points away from matching SUNY Cortland and SUNY Geneseo who hold the first and second spots respectively. The team’s next game is against the SUNY New Paltz Hawks. Even though the Hawks are ranked last in the conference, in order to gain points, the Golden Eagles not only have to win but they have to beat the team by a larger margin than both Cortland and Geneseo. 

For the seniors on the team, a SUNYAC Championship win would be the ideal way to say goodbye to the place they have called home for the last few years. Every senior is excited to see where the team ends up. As the number of games the team has played increases, so to does its drive to dominate the remainder of conference play.

As anyone does going into an important competition, the team is preparing both mentally and physically for the high intensity atmosphere the SUNYAC Championships are sure to bring as soon as the players step off the bus. A large part in practicing to do well is to have the mindset of already being a winner. Confidence in their abilities going into the rounds will help the athletes in staying positive and sure-footed on and off the field.

According to sportpsych.org, there are nine mental skills that are common in successful athletes. One: choosing and maintaininig a positive attitude; two: maintaining a high level of self-motivation; three: setting high, realistic goals; four: dealing effectively with people; five: using positive self-talk; six: using positive mental imagery; seven: managing anxiety effectively; eight: managing emotions effectively; and nine: maintaining concentration. The women’s soccer team is prepared to enforce all nine of these mentalities as it gears up to take on the rest of the conference competition. 

Watching video of the team’s past games will help the players note what has tripped them up at times, as well as what they did well so they can understand their strengths and weaknesses, along with their opponent’s. Learning how the Cortland Red Dragons and the Geneseo Knights have reached their success thus far in the season is also helpful in preparation for upcoming matches against those two conference-leading teams.

According to bleacherreport.com the players are their own hardest critics. A great coach is able to give constructive feedback on both the individual athlete and the team as a whole, but athletes looking at their own abilities and mistakes through the perspective of improving their own technique is more beneficial than being yelled at by any coach, no matter how great the coach may be.

The team’s main moral value is family and it unanimously agrees that the tight bond between players and the solid communication they have will be an advantage going into this tournament.

According to humankinetics.com, communication is vital for team success. Direct one-on-one communication between players, as well as athletes and their coaches ,helps prevent misunderstanding on and off the field. This year’s seniors believe that the team’s chemistry is one which will give the Golden Eagles a leg up in the conference, even with a team with so many freshmen and transfer players.

With a positive outlook, unbreakable determination and unwavering team communication, the Golden Eagles are ready to finish what they began at the start of the season: playing to win it all.

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