Setting New “Goals”

Brian Ballweg

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It’s a new beginning for the NYIT women’s soccer team, as they kick off their season with their new head coach and Wagner alumna, Rachel Reeves. Coming off a rough  season last year in conference play, the women’s soccer team is ready to bounce back!

The team started the season off on a high note under the leadership of their lone captain, Alexis Panariello. “Being the only captain is something I have never experienced before, but I am extremely honored to take this role,” says Panariello. “I am always positively reinforcing my teammates and am trying to motivate and give the girls confidence. I plan to be the best role model for all of my teammates.”

Perhaps the secret behind the team’s success so far this season is the chemistry they share with their new head coach. “It was an easy transition connecting with the players,” says Reeves. “We spent a lot of early mornings together in the off-season and were able to bond after practice and before class. I’ve learned from great coaches in my life and have used those lessons and advice to start building a competitive team.”

“We have had experiences with having a new coach before, so we didn’t know what to expect,” says Panariello. “Having to adjust to a new coach is not easy, although, Coach Reeves made it easy. She is extremely comforting, understanding and is always there for us on and off the field.”

The women’s soccer team strives to improve their record from last season and advance to the ECC tournament.

As for the men’s soccer team, they are setting new goals for themselves after a tough lost against LIU Post in the ECC finals last season.

“LIU Post is our team’s biggest opponent of course,” says junior captain and goalkeeper, Jonathan Rico. “Not only is it the Battle of the Boulevard, but it’s both teams coming together to play each other with different styles.”

With a chip on their shoulders, the team started the season off hot and have had much success despite some of the early challenges they are already facing. “We’re doing very well,” says head coach, Carlos Delcid. “We have five starters out, so some of the young guys are stepping up and we’re moving forward.”

“There are battles that we must deal with and when things don’t go our way we have to motivate each other,” says Rico. “This whole team is a family and we as a team plan to work together to go far this season.”

The men’s soccer team strives to win the conference and nationals. For more information, please visit nyitbears.com and follow “nyitbears” on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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