Published: October 30, 2015
The University’s fall sports are coming to a close, as the men’s and women’s teams’ are gearing up for postseason play.
Seniors defender Megan Manzo and junior midfielder/defender Carolyn Warner said the team is ready for the next phase of the season. They were asked to explain their season’s success and how their experience will help them in postseason play. Carolyn Warner responded by stating that the Royals just won their 11th game.
“It is really important for upcoming playoff play because it gives us confidence and shows that we are a team that is never going to give up,” Warner said. On the season’s experience for her and the team, Warner said that the “team is very close, and we welcomed in the new freshmen players really quickly. We really are like a family, and it shows on the field because we play with each other really well.”
When asked about perseverance through a tough game Warner provided the Catholic loss as a perfect example. The Royals lost to Catholic in double overtime 3-2. Warner believes that the loss will provide the team with motivation to “pump us up for postseason play.” Confidence is not lacking with Warner, because she firmly believes that the Royals can win a Championship. Manzo responded with the certain parts of soccer that the team has focused on to get better.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice to perform well in games, especially on our offensive runs and finishing, as well as our defensive shape and technique.” Manzo said.
She thinks that this team has been resilient through adversity as well.
“Any time there has been a setback in our season such as a disappointing loss or an injury of a teammate we have been able to come together, refocus, and move on from it,” Manzo said.
She is also excited for the challenge the playoffs will bring. The entire team knows the significance of the next few games and they are excited about the postseason. Manzo says that the team is determined “to put the effort in to get through to conference finals and on to the NCAA tournament.” The Royals are 11-3-1 with two games left in their regular season. They are 4-1 in conference play.
As for the men’s soccer team, Timothy DiBisceglie, a junior defender feels that the team is a tight-knit group.
“We have a strong group of upper-classmen that have been through almost everything, and as a team we have come together nicely so far,” DiBisceglie said.
DiBisceglie said that the Royals played some of the best teams in the region and that it has helped them play consistent in their conference games. With this consistent play, the team has become more confident according to DiBisceglie. The team has an opportunity down the stretch to make it into the playoffs.
“The team is focused on taking each game one at a time rather than getting ahead of ourselves, and we feel great about our chances working toward the playoffs,” DiBisceglie said.
The men’s team is 7-5-2 with two games left in their regular season. They are 3-1-2 in their conference play. Overall, both teams look like they are heading in the right direction. They are playing with confidence and consistency towards the end of the season. Hopefully, it translates to more games won.
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