Men’s soccer seek to make an impact
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By Ian Kea
After a tough 2013 campaign, the Suffolk University men’s soccer squad seeks to make a larger impact in 2014.
With the addition of five new freshmen to the roster, the Rams hope to find a balance of fresh faces with veteran experience.
With a string of losses early on this season sophomore defenseman Ben Daniels knew it was time to get back to the drawing board.
“After our very tough loss to Rivier, where we had the most possessions and more attempts on goal, our coach, Marco D’Andrea, thought it was time to change the formation and style of play because it just wasn’t working,” said Daniels. “We worked hard in practice all week on playing more direct style of play and creating more chances. We have also been trying to figure out a new defensive lineup, finally finding a back four that plays well together.”
With a recent win over Regis College in double overtime, the Rams found success in their system with goals from Junior Alberto Bittan and Sophomore Ben Daniels and nine total saves from junior goalkeeper Nicholas Chamma.
“In the Regis game, it was very important to start off strong, and that we did, scoring in the first four minutes. Scoring first is something we hadn’t done. It was a good confidence boost for the team” said Daniels
With strong goalkeepers the Rams have been very competitive. Chamma, a top five leader in the conference in saves (38) and save percentage (.809), has brought stability to the Rams defense, strengthening the team.
“Chamma has been playing outstanding this season, he has kept us in every game,” said Daniels. “James Potter [goalkeeper] has also been playing amazing, starting the first two games, but is recovering from the flu. Whoever is playing in goal for us, we know that they will come up strong for us. Our goal tenders are the least of our problems at the moment.”
With a recent win and momentum along with a strong defense, the Rams seem to have what it takes to have a good regular season and earn a playoff berth in the conference.