By Kevin Clarkson
The women’s soccer team is already off to an amazing start, holding a 2-1 record, matching last season’s win total under the guidance of second year coach Christina McMahon.
Having only four returning starters, (Emily Winberry, Jennifer Roman, Jacqueline Galletta, and Danielle Perri) the women are focused and committed to getting back to the playoffs and potentially winning a Suffolk County title for the first time in school history. This season, the ladies have won two non-league games and won their first scrimmage of the year, generating more total wins than all of last year. The team has done this by great team play and outscoring their opposition 19-9 in their first four games of the year.
“Some things that can be improved from last season are our outlook on the game and to work as a team….This year the players we have are so strong and committed to the game of soccer and play as one!” defensive player Galletta said.
Perri added, “This is a special team with a lot of talent at every position.”
Last season, the team posted a 2-8-1 overall record and just snuck into the playoffs with a tie with Nassau Community College, one of the school’s biggest rivals.
“This year with this team, I believe we have the potential to beat Nassau. We will do that by working hard on the game and practice field, staying motivated, determined, and playing every second with 110 percent effort; and always playing our game of soccer which is played fairly and respectfully towards other teams. We are a team of high class girls who love to play the game with sportsmanship,” Perri said.
After the game against Nassau, the Sharks went on to face Monroe College in the next round losing 4-0 and ending their playoff run. In McMahon’s second year as head coach along with the rest of her coaching staff, they are able to continue to push their team to success on and off the field.
“None of this would be possible without the great staff at Suffolk. This applies especially towards my coach, Christina McMahon who has faith in each and every player. She isn’t just a great coach, she is a great person. I believe this is what makes this team even more determined, having someone like her every day helps us on and off the field,” Perri mentions.
The women face tough battles on and off the field this season. Their last game against the College of Southern Maryland was cancelled due to transportation issues, so their next game will be a home game against FIT on September 15 at 1 p.m. on the Michael J. Grant campus. Go out and support your women’s soccer team!