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September 16, 2014

Soccer seeks steady improvement

By Kevin Alquist

With new head coach Sonia Curvelo at the helm, it is more than a new season for Cleveland State University women’s soccer, it is a new era.

Curvelo says that the new era comes with more than a new style of play and systematic approach to the game.

“We want to have not only a winning mentality but to be able to demonstrate that every day,” Curvelo said.

The Vikings have started the season with a 3-4 record, including a three-game-winning streak that included a 6-0 victory over Chicago State University.

Curvelo is pleased with the strides her new team continues to make. She says the team has consistently kept the matches to their new style of play under her system.

“We play a possession game while being very disciplined defensively,” Curvelo said. “We are moving forward with the ball and keeping it in their end. The result has been scoring goals.”

Despite being shut out in a 1-0 loss to Kent State University on Sept. 7, during their three-game streak they scored 11 goals total.

Many of the team’s goals have come from senior Amanda Sivic — four. The week of Sept. 1 Horizon League Player of the Week, junior Chloe Fadenholz scored the game winning goal against Bowling Green State University on Sept. 5.Chloe Fadenholz. CSU women's soccer.

Fadenholz was happy about being named the player of the week because of the extra work she put in over the summer, and hopes continue to benefit.

“I feel like we’re doing a lot better as a team,” Fadenholz said. “Coach Curvelo pushes us to take risks and to be ourselves.”

While Fadenholz said Curvelo stresses that everyone has fun on the field, her coach also maintains the importance of accountability whether the team wins or loses.

“She tells us to be in the moment whether it’s on the field, doing our school work or being with our family,” Fadenholz said. “She’s been in our shoes and knows what we are going through, and that’s important.”

Curvelo came to CSU after five years as head coach at Mississippi Valley State University. She said she has taken everything she learned during her time there and applied it at Cleveland State.

“[At MVSU] I was learning from players — not just other coaches — to be successful,” Curvelo said. “Our goal [at CSU] is to win the Horizon League and to be successful in NCAA tournament play.”