Sam Kobylar, Staff Writer
Even though the team hit a rough patch at the end of the regular season, the team started off regionals on a positive note as the Vikings won their first regional game last Saturday at home against Onondaga Community College, 5-0. “I have been having a rough time lately and it’s finally coming together and it’s so exciting to just have this start to the regionals,” said midfield and forward Danielle Sloan.
Looking back at the regular season, it was an overall successful season for the Vikings as they finished with an overall record of 9-5-2. Despite having that positive record, they were not ranked and feel like they could have done more this season as they were 9-2-2 before dropping their final 3 regular season games. Even though the team lost the last 3 games of the regular season, the regionals could be a great opportunity to get off to the fresh start that the Vikings need.
The team is looking to get their offense back to the form it was earlier this season, where the scored at least 4 goals in five of the eight wins they had earlier in the season. In two of those games, the team scored 7 goals or more. “I think starting off with a bunch of wins was a statement,” said forward Elisabeth Morehouse who is #5 in the nation in goals.
Since the Vikings dropped their last three regular season games right before the start of Regionals next week, it is no secret that the Vikings are practicing as hard as they can to prepare for the big Regional games.
Since the team dropped their last 3 regular season games, there may be a change in strategy in regional games, according to Sloan. “We’re working a lot on our positions because we are practicing playing 4-5-1 and that is different from what we are used to,” said Sloan.
It has been 23 years since the Vikings Women Soccer team last won a Conference Championship back in 1992. The are now seeking to get their fourth Championship in school history.
This team certainly has the potential to win a championship this year if they can shake off those last three losses during the regular season and move on from that. With the players and chemistry this team has, the sky can be the limit for the Vikings.