Women’s soccer battling back from early season woes

Alex Hall
Journal Staff

After beginning the 2011 season 2-6 overall, the Suffolk University women’s soccer team has put on their rally caps, going 5-0-1 over their last six games. During this stretch, the team has shut out each of their opponents, while scoring a total of 25 goals altogether. Most of these goals came against Anna Maria College in a 14-0 road victory for the Lady Rams.
“The beginning of the season was disappointing for us, as some of our veterans returned out of shape and our opponents made us pay,” said Head Coach Ernst Cleophat.
It was after a few losses that Cleophat decided some things needed to change.
“I went home and did my homework and made some necessary adjustments,” said Cleophat. “I moved Leslie Hayden from forward to outside midfield which is her natural position. I also moved Taylor Miranda and Megan McHale to defense and I think these adjustments are what have led to our recent success.”
These adjustments have led to the turnaround Suffolk needed to have, with all of their recent victories and ties coming against Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponents.
With three games left in the regular season, the teams’ magic number to get to the playoffs sits at two. The Lady Rams need victories against Rivier College tonight and Emerson this Saturday. The team wraps up the season on Tuesday at Gordon College. If Suffolk can continue their late season push, they’ll find themselves in post-season play once again.
“Our goal is to make the playoffs and the players are all very excited to be in this position because that’s where they want to be,” said the head coach.