April 19, 2016
By Christopher Sich
With the spring season in full swing, the Dominican University Men’s and Women’s soccer team are looking to continue their hard work in preparation for next season.
With another year of experience under their belt, the Men’s team looks to establish a consistent high level of play.
“Besides working on our overall consistency, we need to continue to work on team leadership and the creation of a team identity,” said Head Coach Erick Baumann. “We must also be more effective in the final third of the field.”
According to Baumann the whole team has put in the work this offseason and have taken steps in the right direction thus far this spring season, especially captain, and soon to be senior, Zach Venzon.
“Zach is playing the best soccer I’ve ever seen him play going back all the way to his club days at E.G. Arsenal,” Baumann said.
With Venzon and the team currently playing at a high level, the teams’ goals for next season are set and ready to be accomplished.
“Our goals for next season are winning the NACC regular season, winning the conference tournament championship, and making a run in the National Tournament,” said junior goalie Gabriel Gongora.
Like the Men, the Women’s team has similar goals and is looking to build off last season’s success.
According Head Coach Carlos Carrillo, the team met many of their expectations for the season. The Stars finished with a 12-6 overall record and finished 2nd in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference with a 9-1 record.
One of the most memorable moments from this past season, according to graduating senior Kelli Iovino, was the team’s 2-1 victory over Aurora University. The players jumped exuberantly and the crowd cheered tirelessly as the Stars scored the game-winning goal.
“We lost to Aurora in overtime last year and we were really looking forward to a rematch,” said Iovino. “All of the players on the field and on the bench gave 100% effort for the entire 90 minutes; I know that I will never forget that game.”
Last season’s success and another year of experience have set the bar high for next season’s expectations.
“I expect our program to continue to be a strong contender in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference,” said Carrillo. “We will continue to grow and build upon the success we have had on the field and in the classroom.”
The first game of the 2016-17 may be months away, but the Dominican University Men’s and Women’s soccer team understands that in order to achieve their goals, they must prepare and put in the hard work right now.