Women’s soccer approaches postseason with tenacity

The Geneseo women’s soccer team continues their strong play with a record of six wins and two losses as they look to advance into the postseason. Head coach Nathan Wiley is proud of their success thus far; however, he acknowledges one of the main things that he seems disappointed about: their high number of ties. While the women may have plenty of more wins than they do losses, they still have five ties on their record, making their record 6-2-5 on the season.

Not bad, but Wiley knows that they are capable of much more. Wiley claims that as a team, “We’ll figure it out,” not allowing the issue to get in the way of the remainder of the season. Overall, the ladies are playing well, coming off of victories in two out of their last three games, including two 2-0 wins against SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport.

The new players have adjusted quite well and appear to be a valuable asset to the team in upcoming seasons, according to Wiley. Some of the freshmen have grasped the attention of the coaching staff with their contributions to the team so far. Wiley mentioned how they are models of the prestigious soccer program that Geneseo embodies.

“Their work ethics are incredible and we are so excited about the future,” Wiley said.

Wiley believes that the women should be able to clinch the No. 2 seed in conference play after their most two recent victories. Altogether, he claimed that keeping this in mind is important for the women, as they just want to have a strong finish to their season.

Wiley pointed out several strengths of the team including great soccer IQ, speed, playing well within the system and having a strong defense. As far as weaknesses go, Wiley said that the team has had trouble starting the games off as fast as the coaches would like.

“We need to be competitive for 90 minutes,” he said. “We need to grab that physical nature to get ahead.”

Wiley had nothing but excellent things to say about the squad’s chemistry. In fact, he went on to say that they are all fantastic teammates. In addition, they encourage each other to push until the end and to promote the soccer program at Geneseo in the most spectacular way possible.

“These women do a wonderful job and my coaching staff and I cannot wait to see what the future will bring,” Wiley said.

The women look to continue the momentum when they take on SUNY Potsdam on Friday Oct. 21 and SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday Oct. 22. With their skill level and motivation, victories in these games are possible. The girls’ level of play will hopefully exceed Wiley’s hopes for the team to end the season on a strong note.