Men’s Soccer Begins Quest for another Title

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What was the 2011 season for the NYIT Men’s Soccer team when they claimed the East Coast Conference championship for the first time since switching to a new postseason format where the top four finishers vie for the title? Was it Luck? Is it something that could ever be repeated again? If you ask anybody on the team or affiliated with them, 2011 was only scratching the surface of something big. Like many of the great teams that we have seen in history, the ’96 New York Yankees, the ’12 New York Giants, the soccer team plays with a poise and confidence that is un-coachable.

It comes from within. A fire that pushes them to get better every day they step on the field. Constant competition during practice will have them playing at a high level leaving failure to not be an option. “Being in the tournament for the first time was something new for us and i feel like we didn’t really know what to expect,” says Caccavale. “Nerves played a huge role in the game. With that being said, I feel that last year will be a great stepping stone for us this year as we prepare to get back into the tourney and also advance deeper.” This off season was approached differently than others due to the fact that they had that they already had that taste of victory only leaving them hungry for more.

Asked about his team’s goals for the upcoming season, Head coach Carlos Del Cid replied by saying, “The goals are the same, to compete for the conference championship and the NCAA final four. The goals never change!” With that being said the Bears have a large task at hand if they would like to take that next step. Coach Del Cid believes in his team and says that “Having the same group returning should help us strive for more. They know how to win and have been in tough situations before. However, it’s been tough replacing the loss of Pierre Sy (second team All-ECC). We have to come together as a team and we need certain players to step up.”

Another stat the Bears would like to repeat would be their home field advantage. In 2011 the team was 11-0 at home, making it a tough environment for opposing teams to enter. The Bears enter the 2012 season as defending East Coast Conference Champions, leaving a huge target on their back. This is something that is welcome to the players. “It’s a huge honor, and task that they we are willing to take on having opportunity to compete for a national championship” says Caccavale.

So when you add up all the positives, a 14-3 record, undefeated at home, leadership from such players like Caccavale (Junior/CommunicationArts, NSCAA All Region first team,All-ECC first team,Daktronics All-East Region Second team) and Matthew DiDonna (Junior/Accounting,First team All-ECC), and an overall team feeling that they believe it is their year, the sky is the limit for the 2012 bears.

Their success will drive them with their hard-work and dedication to the ultimate team goal, A repeat as conference champs and a berth into the NCAA tournament.

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