Over the last three seasons Brock Badgers men’s soccer team has averaged one win per season. The Badgers women’s team also had a forgettable season last year finishing with a 4-10-2 record.
With tryouts and training camp underway for both teams, their exhibition games are quickly approaching. Both the men and women will open exhibition play on August 19 versus Niagara College in Welland. They’ll both be playing several exhibition games before opening up the 2015 season at home versus Western University – the women’s game will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by the men’s at 3:15 p.m.
For the men’s team, over the last few years, there has been both a lack of goal scoring and defending that has affected their winning chances. Over the last five years, they haven’t’ scored more than 20 goals in a season. However, the team is optimistic since last year was a fresh start for the men as the team was composed mostly of rookies. In fact, Jake Sweetzer, the goalkeeper was the only fifth-year student on the team. Head coach Bill Millar had 15 total first year students on his team.
With such a young team, the men are still in a growing process. A majority of the players got their first taste of university soccer last season and now will have to apply what they learned into the upcoming season.
The women also had a huge percentage of their roster being first-year students, though, they showed growth as the season went on. In their final 10 games, the women finished with a 3-5-2.
Head Coach Charles Ivanov for the women’s team will have more experience on the roster heading into the upcoming season. For Ivanov, he will need his team to begin the 2015 season the way they ended the 2014 year.
It’ll be a 16 game season for both teams that’ll go right to the end of October. The Badgers will only get seven home games compared to nine road games, with back to back games on the road at Algoma University. All home games will be played on campus for students, staff and community members to come watch.