September 21, 2016

Vikings soccer suffers back-to-back losses at home

Cleveland State University Women’s Soccer team continued its two-game home stand as it hosted the University of Akron Zippers on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Krenzler Field. Coming off Friday’s 5-0 shutout loss to Ohio University and with a season record of 2-3, the Vikings could illl afford to start slow. The Akron Zips started off fast, scoring in the first four minutes of the game, but the Vikings rebounded and carried a 2-1 lead going into halftime.

At the 81:37 mark of the game, down 2-3, Vikings senior, Kaila Sargema had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick. The kick ended up being saved by Akron’s goalkeeper, Annabelle Hegeman, who had a total of seven saves throughout the game. As the Vikings fell to 2-4, Sargema continued making her mark on the women’s soccer team by making her 15th career goal, which ranks third in Cleveland State history for women’s soccer.

After the game, head coach Sonia Curvelo, who is in her third season at that position, sees room for improvement after the shutout loss to Ohio University.

“I think Friday’s game obviously was a tough loss for us in the second half,” Curvelo said. “I think we started off well. We are giving up more quarter kicks in the second half, and we have to continue to get better in that area.’’

Curvelo also sees improvement for the women’s conditioning and how it plays a major role going forward, especially if they want to go to the playoffs.

“It also comes down to fitness too,” Curvelo said. “We’re looking at that as an opportunity to really push them on the physical part because I do feel like they are making mental errors that they shouldn’t make. But I also believe that it comes down to individual players stepping up in big moments.”

Curvelo said she knew going into the game that Akron posed a great challenge. She said set pieces, which is a designed strategy to let the offenses organize quickly and to follow a certain path to attack their opponent.

Curvelo said she wanted to see better play and more demand of the box from her goal keeper, Jamie Daniels. Curvelo also wants her other players to be accountable and always be at the right spots on the field.
When brought up about the play of Sargema and how she impacts the team, Curvelo had many positives to say.

“With Kalia, she’s a player that does score in big moments,’’ Curvelo said. “I know today she did take that PK (penalty kick) and I know she has made [one] in the past, made [one] in the Horizon League tournament play. It’s just one of those things, were [you’re] down 3-2, [you’ve] got to make it -- and I know she knows that too -- so it won’t stop her from taking PK’s in the future because I think she is strong enough to step up. And if we needed it done again, she’ll do it. That’s the type of player she is,’’

The Vikings travel to Toledo on Friday, Sept. 9 and will close nonconference play on Sunday, Sept.11 with a 1 p.m. match against St. Bonaventure University at Krenzler Field. On Friday, Sept. 16, they play at Valparaiso and on Sept. 24 they play at Oakland University.


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