Men’s soccer team looks to bounce back at end of season

Andre Spruell, Assistant Sports Editor

The Wilkes University men’s soccer team will end their season the way members did not think they would.

With the season coming to a close, the Colonels currently hold a record of 4-12 due to an injury plagued season full of tough losses.

“We’ve certainly have had some disappointments this season, but we have shown that we can play with anyone if we continue to work hard,” said sophomore midfielder David Sinegra.

He also added there has been a fair amount of injuries this season that have kept key players out of important games for us.

One of the biggest factors for why the colonels have struggled this season is because they lost some of their key attacking players from last year, which proved difficult to replace this season.  Despite not having such a stellar season, the men’s soccer team have found ways to remain upbeat and take a positive approach to things.

“Everyone on the team is really close and the locker room is great. It helped us stay positive and optimistic this season,” said sophomore defender Tyler Kukosky.

The Colonels do not have chance to reach the playoffs, they have had some bright spots this season that include the midfield and goalkeeping.

The play of senior of midfielder Eddie Metzger will surely be missed because of his ability to set players up and being able to put the ball in the back of the net. Although Metzger will be missed greatly, the play of freshman goalkeeper Tim Gallagher has proven to be more than spectacular as he and Metzger were named as MAC Freedom players of the week not too long ago.

With the disappointment of a season filled with struggles, the colonels remain optimistic and will look to learn from their mistakes this season to improve and get better next season.  The play of some of the underclassmen and players who had to play in unfamiliar roles this year may prove to benefit the men’s soccer team next season.

“Some things we can work on is, in the offseason, our strength and fitness, and the development of a more dangerous and fluid attack in the spring season,” said Kukosky.