By Sayra Ilyas
The following article is featured in the January 2020 special edition of The Campus, The Beaverbeat.
The CCNY Women’s’ Soccer Team finished with a 7-9 deficit in the regular season but bounced back with a 3-2 lead in the conference games. The team entered their first CUNY Athletic Conference Championship Game since 2012. Unfortunately, the team was short from claiming the title after a close 1-2 loss to John Jay after having a 1-0 advantage for the majority of the game. The final blow from John Jay came in the 89th minute with CCNY unable to recover in the last 90 seconds.
Overall, the team has performed with consistency, finishing third in the standings in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Tatiana Zuluaga, who plays as a midfielder, praised the skillful players that constituted this season’s team. However, she was quick to add that although the team performed phenomenally at the individual level, it lacked a degree of cohesiveness that might have cost them the championship. She described how there were many gaps “on and off the field” that need to be sorted out if this team wants to continue to excel and eventually claim a championship title.
Alexandra Barrera, who plays as a defender, agreed that the one thing the team needed to improve on, given its success over the past couple of years, is to work together. She did admit that towards the end of the season, she saw the team progress and become a more united front as opposed to the beginning. Her personal achievement came with finding confidence within her abilities as well as becoming a better overall team player. Alex described that the team’s main goal, as such for all sports teams, was winning. This comes as no surprise, especially for a team that came up as the underdog during the conference game. She continues to have high hopes for the team as they were able to persevere another season against a tough division.
In addition to enhancing performance, the athletic department took the initiative to bring the team together by hosting a family day. The dinner event took place on October 26th and included the players alongside their family members to commemorate the accomplishments of the team. The players were also given brand new Nike equipment, courtesy of the athletic department.
Overall, it looks like the women’s soccer team has overcome plenty of uphill battles to get to where they are now. A championship title for this team is very probable. They just need to make a few final touches to get there.