Men’s Soccer Captures Opening Season Win

The 2015-16 men’s soccer season has quickly come to a start, as the men prepare for their upcoming fifth soccer game. After attaining three wins, the team hopes to continue the streak and ultimately go further than the previous seasons.

On September 2, 2015 Frostburg State University opened up its field to Bethany College, for the opening season game. Although the Bison men put up a good fight, it was no match for the Bobcat men as they overpowered the Bison’s defense resulting in the final score of 2-0.

Although the men’s team makes winning look easy, there is no doubt their hard work during preseason is finally starting to pay off. Taking time away from their summer break, the team traveled here to FSU to start their pre-season on August 19th. For two straight weeks these men trained, conditioned, and practiced consistently. By the end of pre-season the Bobcats were fully prepared and ready to tackle on their upcoming year.

Along with this season being new and fresh, the team is now consisted upon eleven new freshman recruiters that the coaches feel will help the team tremendously. Two freshman newcomers Serigne Gueye (center mid-fielder) and Hunter Jarmon (defensive mid-fielder) spoke out about their goals and expectations for the upcoming season.

Serigne Gueye, a graduate from Reservoir High School, has played soccer for ten years throughout his life. Coming in as a recruited freshman, he hopes to not only make a positive difference in the team, but also help toward achieving an undefeated season. He states, “I do feel as if I have to prove myself to the team and the coaches because they expect a lot from us. They recruited heavily and brought in attack minded players (offensive players). Also, I am a starting freshman so I feel like I have something to prove to the upperclassmen and coaches on the team”.

Due to Serigne’s skills as a center mid-fielder he was able to assist in the ball consistently getting to the offensive players, along with the other mid-fielders, thus allowing the team to score two goals. The defensive players of the FSU team also did a strong job of ensuring the ball did not get near the goalie. Because of the defense’s ability to keep the ball away, Bethany College Bison’s were unable to score.

Hunter Jarmon was a huge asset on the defensive side of the ball during the opening game. A graduate of Bowie High School, Hunter has played soccer for fifteen years. He was recruited and is a starting freshman on the soccer team. Hoping to not only challenge himself, but also his team positively, his goal is to do better and go further than the team did last year. He stated, “personally I just want to continue to bolster the defense. Last year I know this team gave up 9 goals through out the entire season so anything less than that would be a positive thing for me playing on the defensive side of the ball. As a team, I’m pretty sure its everyone’s goals, especially with the recruiting class we brought in and the returning players to make the NCAA tournament and win the CAC tournament. And anything more than that will just be a bonus”.

The entire team of Bobcat men worked together efficiently, making the opening game a success. With a positive outlook toward the season, the future for these athletes looks extremely bright. Frostburg State University Men’s Soccer will take on Eastern Mennonite Sunday, September 13.

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