By: David Otero
Off to a slow start this season the C.W. Post Men’s Soccer team is looking to bounce back from their current 1-3-1 record this week with two games on the road against teams with losing records.
Overall, Coach Lindberg isn’t happy with the start but is expecting to rebound. “The team has played very well at certain times during the year,” said Lindberg, the 2009 East Coast Conference Coach of the Year. “But we’ve struggled as well.”
Lindberg, in his second year coaching at C.W. Post, has already noticed improvement from several players on his squad including graduate goalkeeper, Ed Shone and sophomore back, Chris Leaver. “Both players have stepped up in the spring and have shown they can play at a high level,” said Lindberg. The coach awarded their efforts by naming them both captain this season mostly because of their ability to lead.
The Pioneers have been looking for consistency in their offense, and might have found it in senior forwards Rumen Kerekov, who leads the team in goals and William Lindberg, who has missed two games due to injury yet is the only player with both a goal and an assist.
The goal this year is simple; defend the East Coast Conference Championship they won last year, however, injuries can make it tough to repeat their success. Lindberg has already missed action to begin the season now sophomore back Leron Haywood will miss some time as well. “He [Haywood] got an MRI taken and he’ll be out for at least two weeks,” said Lindberg. “But possibly even the rest of the season.” Haywood was named the MVP in the ECC Tournament just a year ago.
In their last game, C.W. Post went up against Millersville University (3-1-1) on the road and finished in a 0-0 draw in double overtime. Ed Shone had an outstanding game in goal saving four shots and keeping Millersville off the scoreboard.
The Pioneers next match-up will be on Wednesday Sept. 22 on the road against American International College (1-4-1) finishing off the week Saturday at NYIT.