(AGENPARL) – WEST POINT (GEORGIA) lun 14 settembre 2020
Men’s Soccer | Mon, Sep. 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM
WEST POINT, Ga. (Sept. 14, 2020) – After a longer than usual offseason, the Point University men’s soccer team will kick off their season Wednesday, Sept. 16th at home against Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Truett-McConnell University at 7:00 p.m.
The Skyhawks finished the 2019 season ninth in the AAC with an overall record of 5-8-3 and an AAC record of 3-6-2. Point was recently picked to finish ninth in the 2020 preseason AAC poll.
Coach Mark Wozniak is entering his second season as head coach for the Skyhawks and believes that last season’s struggles will pay off this year. “We had a frustrating season last year,” Wozniak said. “We had a lot of good, talented, but young players. So, we are very hungry and are maturing over last year’s trials we went through. We brought in some newcomers that have a lot of talent and we are excited to see all of it come together.”
Due to precautions put into place by the AAC, all teams will play a conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. The Skyhawks have 10 games on the regular-season schedule with six of those games at River Bowl Stadium. “Not having any non-conference games to build from and going straight into conference play makes it important to start with a conference win,” Wozniak said. “For the rest of the season, it will come down to how disciplined and focused we stay. If we do our job and are disciplined, I think we will have the opportunity to be a top seed come tournament time,” Wozniak adds.
This year’s team has players representing ten different countries and Wozniak says the diversity that the team brings is what makes them stronger. “We bring all of that diversity into one big unit that works towards the same goal. A theme for this year is the idea of ‘Burning the Ships’. We are not taking any excuses or any reasons for retreat. We are throwing and burning all of those away. We are giving ourselves no option but to go forward,” Wozniak says.
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Two of the top returners from last season include senior goalkeeper Gustavo Siquiera and junior midfielder Pablo Acebron. Siquiera started 15 games last year for the Skyhawks, allowing only 21 goals all season and compiling 94 saves. “He did a fantastic job last year,” said Wozniak. “I think he’s only continued to improve upon that. So, I see him making a lot of big saves for us this year which will give us a lot of confidence.”
Acebron was second in goals scored last year with four and has 13 career goals entering this season. “Acebron is a fierce competitor in the midfield for us. He struggled some last year with a hip injury, but I see him back and healthy and looking to be at his best. When he is at his best, he’s unplayable,” Wozniak says.
Two newcomers the team will look to are freshmen strikers Santiago Arce and Jeronimo Leguizamon, both from Argentina. Wozniak said of Arce and Leguizamon, “They’re both desperate to score goals and that’s what you want from a striker. They want to score every chance they get, whether that is the prettiest goal in the world or one that just goes off their ear. They just want to put the ball in the back of the net. Those two guys are going to be crucial for us this year.”