A New Era for Women’s Soccer

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Instead of being looked upon as “Team in a rebuilding phase” the NYIT Women’s soccer team is taking a different approach. With First year Head Coach Micheal Caputo, a former NYIT Men’s soccer player himself, the girls will treat each practice as it were a game, stepping on the field ready to compete, expecting the best out of every player. With a roster of mainly all new faces, “Some of the girls were thrown into the fire early only with the hopes by season end that they will be playing as if they are seasoned vets” says Caputo.

 

The preseason hasn’t been too kind to the Lady Bears. Injuries have plagued their roster forcing one of their top recruits to redshirt for the entire season. The team will face some of the strongest competition early facing returning national Champions, taking their lumps early. Play like this will help them prepare for conference play where anything can happen. “There’s opportunity within the conference” Caputo says “With a little luck, strong team unity, and the respect for  logo on the front of the jersey, the girls have a strong chance to be a contender for the ECC title.”

 

The team isn’t just made up of freshman. The Women’s Soccer team returns 53 points and leadership within players such as Heather Kasper, Kaye Wallace, Maria Romano, Natali Arana, Natasha Arana, and Sina Windmueller. The girls will be faced with the tough task of learning a new system, while mentoring the younger girls on how to play like top colligate athlete.  These tasks are welcomed by the veterans on the team. Senior Natali Arana says “Our team is made up of a lot of younger girls so their forced to learn quickly and must adapt to the fast play of the college level. As the season goes it should prepare us tremendously for conference play where anything can happen.”

 

Coach Caputo also says one of the best new additions to his program has been bringing in one of the best assistant coaches in the ECC. Gina Dimartino was a former Boston College player, the ACC rookie of the year, named team captain, a member of the United States national team, and a two year professional with Philadelphia program. “Gina brings a young female perspective that played soccer at a high level. She gives the girls a great role model figure, with something of one day striving to become” Caputo says.

 

So what becomes of Bears? How will this season unfold? After sitting down with Coach Caputo it is evident that the girls are lucky to have a Coach that shares the passion and love for the sport as they do. Caputo “Expects the best out of every player with the hopes to see them succeed on and off the field, pushing them to play to the best of their ability”. His vision is to one day coach the first NYIT Women’s Soccer team to hang a conference banner in the gym. Like his players he echoes the same idea “Conference play, anything can happen. Every game is a battle, but all we need is one game to inspire us to believe that anything can happen”.

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