The men’s and the women’s soccer teams both started conference play recently. The start of conference play means that the playoffs are coming soon, with just six games left for each team to make one final push.
The men’s team is 9-2-1 overall with a 3-0 record in conference play, while the women’s team is 5-5-2 overall with a 1-0-1 record in conference play. Both teams are making a push at the end of this season with the ultimate goal of reaching the postseason. However, there are improvements that need to be made on both teams.
“The biggest thing is just communication,” men’s team captain Kevin Kozic said. “I know one of the goals we let up last Wednesday [against Wilkes University] was just missed communication between the back line and our goalie, so I think we really want to progress and excel to our full ability. We just need to pick up the communication a little bit.”
The team has started off with an 9-2-1 record, so they have been doing something right during the games.
“Our defending right now has been the tone-setter for the team with 7 shut-outs. Our defense and the way we defend creates offensive chances for us,” head coach of the men’s team Matt Pivirotto said.
The last four games of the season for the men’s soccer team are against conference opponents, so those final games will determine whether or not the team makes the playoffs this season.
Meanwhile, the women’s team is finally coming together.
“We’ve had some injuries, so we’ve had to make some substitutions that we weren’t expecting to need to make. But now a lot of those girls are coming back, so it gives the team a lot of confidence,” head coach Colleen Pivirotto said.
Despite the injuries, the women’s team has managed to have a winning record thus far. This bodes well for this critical stretch of games if those key players can come back and contribute, in part because the depth on the bench will improve significantly.
Ultimately, the goal is to make it to the postseason. Once the teams reach that point, the question becomes: How far can the teams make it?
“Honestly, I think we could potentially win the whole thing. I mean, we started off 2-0 so far in the conference play,” Kozic said. “I think we can definitely take it all the way and win the championship and potentially go on to the NCAA tournament and hopefully make a run in that too.”
While the players seem to have confidence in their ability to make it deep into the postseason, both head coaches said that the only goal in mind is to make it to the playoffs and then take things from there.
These final six games will determine the fates of both teams, and with a chance for both to make the playoffs, it should be interesting to watch.