Hard Work and Devotion: Reflecting on Men’s Soccer Season

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This season has been very eventful for the men’s soccer team. From becoming nationally ranked for the first time, to staying undefeated on their home turf, they’ve shown tremendous growth and strength throughout the season.

Many players have displayed their best skills and helped each other out when things got tough on the field. They all had a common goal in mind: doing anything possible to secure the win.

Each player has their own best moments from this season. Second-year defender Tim Kane recalls scoring in the last two minutes to win against SUNY Oswego which secured the team’s spot at top two in the SUNYAC.

Kane also assisted second-year defender Owen McGarrity in their match against SUNY Brockport, which gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. 

“Right now, I am fully focused on this season and haven’t really been thinking about coming seasons,” McGarrity stated. “The team improved by taking it game by game and focusing on one at a time, as well as trusting each other and our coach on the field.”

Many players reflected on their match against SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, Oct. 9. The match was a difficult one, and neither team scored for the entire duration of the game, although many shots were attempted from both. 

The game was at a standstill, and eventually went into a 0-0 overtime. During overtime, first-year midfielder Joseph DiPreta scored a freekick goal, securing the win for the Hawks. 

“So far the team’s best moment was beating Oneonta in overtime. It was one of our most important games and the result was huge for us,” McGarrity said.

The team carried a winning streak for most of their season, and they were only defeated a few times. 

Players spend a lot of time together on and off the field, and have a strong bond with each other. They spent a night eating dinner together at Olive Garden the night before their match against SUNY Buffalo. 

The hard work and dedication that is put into playing a sport is very demanding and time consuming, and each player has shown that their hard work has paid off. The Hawks haven’t had a regular sports season since 2019 due to COVID-19, and each player is so fortunate to be back on the field again, or enjoying the beginning of their career as a Hawk. 

The Hawks have shown tremendous growth in the strength of the team as a whole. Their statistics are in their favor this year, as opposed to the 2019 season.

In 2019, the Hawks ended the season with an overall of eight wins, eight losses and one tie. This year, the Hawks have an overall of 12 wins and four losses. 

Unfortunately, their game against Russell Sage, which was scheduled for Oct. 26 was canceled. The team was prepared to dominate the field once again, however they weren’t given that opportunity. 

On Nov. 3, the team is scheduled to play in a SUNYAC game on the South Turf Field. Come cheer on the Hawks as they fight to keep their winning streak on their home turf. 

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Samantha (Sam) Salerno is a third-year performing arts major who has a passion for writing. This is her third semester on The Oracle. She spent the majority of her summer working for the publication, Fire Island News. You can reach her by emailing salernos2@newpaltz.edu.