Kean Athletics recap
By Thomas Antonelle
Women’s Soccer: The Women’s soccer team, whose currently on a six game winning streak and 9-1 overall, hasn’t skipped a beat. They will look to rely on their immense skill with no help from home field advantage as four of their next seven games are on the road.
Boasting a perfect 4-0 record in conference play, the teams only loss came from a game in neutral territory during the Stevens Engineering Cup in the beginning of September. Heavy hitters on offense, including senior Carly Seidel and Julianna Natale, are only a couple players who have stepped up.
Samantha Blair, freshman goalkeeper, has been stellar for the Cougars all season, having only allowed three goals against.
Women’s Volleyball: Playing with a chip on their shoulder, the Cougars are sitting on a three match win streak as they play their next two games at home. With 11 of the next 16 games being played at home, they will attempt to only make changes to the wins column.
The Cougars will participate in the Kean Invitational from Oct. 12-13 and the Cougar Classic from Oct. 19-20. Kean will look to finish off those tournaments with an 8-8 record.
Field Hockey: Coming off three consecutive losses, the team is looking for key players to step up in the coming month. The Cougars, with a 4-7 record overall, had a stroke of bad luck as they lost three games in overtime on the road this season.
Freshman goalie, Katie DiCarlo, must step up as one of the leaders to give this club some kind of spark. With eight games remaining on the season, it should be enough time for the Cougars to show their true talent.
Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team, who is 6-2 overall, is sitting at the .500 mark in conference play. In their latest victory, junior Debra Dress won at both second singles and doubles and rookie teammate Samirah Jackson followed her lead with wins at fourth singles.
On a current win streak consisting of two games, the squad will play in the NJAIAW Tournament on Oct. 6 in Madison, NJ. Only three home games remain for the Cougars, who are sporting an almost perfect record on their home court.
Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team has finished up the month of September strong with two victories. At 7-4 overall, the squad is approaching an equally aggressive schedule for the month of October.
The Cougars, whose play is solid, both on the road and at home, will split their remaining eight games of the season. Goaltending has proved to be one of the secret weapons so far this season.
Junior, Tyler Callahan has stepped up with strong play in all of his performances to date, with a shutout in Kean’s recent win against Ramapo.
Football: After a very disappointing start to the season, the football team has managed to claw their way in with back to back victories. At 2-2 overall, the Cougars may have remembered their recipe for success.
With only three home games left this season, including the homecoming matchup, the team will look to remind fans that last year was no fluke.
Darius Kinney, senior running back, has had standout performances the last two games, with 449 total yards. Junior quarterback, Christian Bailoni, turned heads with a school record five thrown touchdowns.