By The Beacon Sports Staff
The Beacon would like to make a shout out to the women and men’s soccer teams for their seasons. The Men’s soccer team while not advancing as far as they would have liked to in the YSCC post-season tournament were the regular season champions. Congratulations men Wolves.
On the lady’s side of the pitch, the women SeaWolves received an at-large bid to play in the USCAA Nationals in Virginia over the weekend of the 10th and 11th. While the Wolves would fall to the eventual champions, University of Cincinnati-Clermont and fifth seeded SUNY ESF, one – nil, their play sets the stage for next year.
First-year Head Coach Ethan Wells reflected on the opportunity, “This a special experience for an exceptional group of women. A season of hard work paid off and with a roster of just 14, this team battled until the very last whistle. Despite some adversity, these women rose to the occasion and created a name for SMCC women’s soccer. Now the goal is the get back to Virginia and make a run.”
In both games, Clermont and SUNY ESF would find the back of the net in the 63rd minute of play. The SeaWolves would have to adopt a defensive style of play against the top and fifth seeded teams of the tournament which was an effective means of stymieing the opponent’s offense.
The Wolves would get one shot on goal against Clermont and five on goal against SUNY ESF. SMCC goal tender Dana Sirios would turn in a stellar performance in both games turning away 11 shots against Clermont and five against SUNY ESF.
The Beacon would also like to give a hearty shout out to Callie O’Brien and Brenna Frye as they were named to the USCAA First Team All-Americans. Let’s included a shout out to Sophia Zidow for being named to the USCAA Academic All-American team of which O’Brien was also named.
This year’s trip to the National’s would be the second trip for the Lady SeaWolves in their program history. The Lady’s finished their season with a 12-4 overall, and 6-1 YSCC record. The men finished their year with a 6-6-3 overall and 5-0-2 YSCC record.