Soccer seniors keep spirits up

Bobby Scott, Sports Editor

It has been much of the same for Pitt-Johnstown’s soccer teams this year compared to last.

The men are 1-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference at the season’s halfway mark, scoring only one goal against opponents in their first three conference games.

Last year at this time, the Mountain Cats were 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference with their two lone wins last season coming against non-conference foes.

The team’s defense has not been terrible.

Through the first eight games this year, the Mountain Cats surrendered three goals on average.

Senior defensemen captain Steven Marsh said that just because the season’s outcome looks bleak, it does not mean there are no other reasons to play the game.

“We are just trying to enjoy the last month of the season,” Marsh said.

“We obviously know that playoffs or (any kind of) postseason is off the table, but I just want to have fun (playing the game) and enjoy the last month with my teammates.”

The Lady Cats have experienced deja vu as well, when it comes to similar struggles they experienced last season.

Like the men, the Lady Cats have been giving up three goals per game on average, but the problem lies in being shutout six of the first nine games.

The team was in an identical situation last year with the same results, 0-9 with dreams of postseason play seemingly unattainable.

Senior defensemen captain Elizabeth Steffen said there is no reason not to stay optimistic as she closes out her collegiate career.

“I am pretty sad that my career is almost over already,” she said.

“I want to continue to be as driven as I was for the first game of the season and be a positive leader for the team.”