Women’s soccer off to good start behind underclassmen

SUBMITTED PHOTO: Vu NGUYEN FIRST-YEAR midfielder Brittany Uricchio dribbles past an Alfred defender during the Royals’ 6-0 win over Alfred State Sunday. Uricchio and sophomore Samantha Wargo scored two goals each. Junior Kelly Egan and sophomore Hannah DeMars both scored as well.

SUBMITTED PHOTO / Vu NGUYEN / FIRST-YEAR midfielder Brittany Uricchio dribbles past an Alfred defender during the Royals’ 6-0 win over Alfred State Sunday. Uricchio and sophomore Samantha Wargo scored two goals each. Junior Kelly Egan and sophomore Hannah DeMars both scored as well.

Published: September 18, 2015

KATHERINE MCVEIGH
Sports Correspondent

The women’s soccer team played its way to victory Sunday, defeating the visiting Alfred State Lady Pioneers 6-0 score.

Sophomore forward Samantha Wargo and first-year midfielder Brittany Uricchio led the way with two goals apiece, while junior forward Kelly Egan and sophomore midfielder Hannah DeMars each added a goal. Both first-year forward Erica Licari and first-year midfielder Taylor Stevens contributed two assists both. The victory came on the second day of the Joe Bochicchio Classic Saturday, after the Royals lost a close 1-0 game to the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen.

“This game was definitely a confidence booster for us,” senior forward Sarah Andrews said. “We didn’t play so well in the previous game, so it was good for us to show that we can compete and play well.”

Senior captain and defender Megan Manzo stressed the significance of playing as a team.

“It wasn’t just the end result, but the fact that we played cohesively was very important,” Manzo said.

Playing cohesively will be a priority this season, as the Royals have a new look. After graduating four seniors, they brought in 10 players to make up the first-year class. The talent of the class of 2019 was noted by both Andrews and Manzo. They feel that there is much individual talent amongst the newcomers, and that their presence adds depth to the roster, creating competition for every spot. First-year goalkeeper Colleen Berry looks forward to having an exciting experience as a new member on the team.

“I think we’re going to do really well this season because we all get along so well both on and off the field,” Berry said.
Another priority for the Royals will be playing with consistency.

“Some of our games have been great, while others haven’t been up to our full potential,” said Andrews. “We need to play a full 90 minutes.”

Manzo feels the same way.

“We need to be able to play consistently at the highest level we can play at, and to come back after we lose a game,” Manzo said.

Looking forward, the Royals soccer team faces tough competition all throughout the season. Both Andrews and Manzo noted the games against Catholic University and Elizabethtown College as ones they look forward to the most.

“We beat E-Town on their field last year in the conference semifinal game, handing them their first loss all season,” Andrews said.

“And last year, we lost to Catholic in the conference final.” Defeating conference rivals is not the only goal of the Royals soccer team this season.

“Overall, we hope to win the conference and carry on the tradition of success set by coach Joe Bochicchio,” Manzo said.

The Royals will aim to fulfill these hopes as they continue their regular season play at 1 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Farmingdale, NY to take on the Farmingdale State Lady Rams.

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