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    Lady Knights determined to succeed in new season

    Soccer season is near as the Knights look to improve on their 4-8-5 record last season. In 2013, the team finished with a 11-5-1 record that included a semi-final appearance in the East Coast Conference. After that season, the seniors on the team were replaced with new players, including five freshmen. Carl Christian enters his eighth season as head coach for the women’s team. He understood the difficulty players felt in adjusting to the team’s chemistry last season. “They had to learn and gain experience as they went without the luxury of their gradual integration into a more senior group of players,” Christian said. Despite the rough start, the Knights…

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    Pledging to a sports team offers benefits for women

    Opportunities for success increase for women who participate in high school athletics as a result of the implementation of Title IX, according to a November 2013 study from Yale Law School. The study comes at a time where coverage of women in sports has been on the rise with the most recent being the Sochi Olympics. Title IX also extends to college sports as it engages more women in athletics. Passed in 1972, Title IX requires educational institutions that accept federal funds to restrict any discrimination based on sex in different programs. Athletics is one area covered by the law and the report mentions how women who have participated in…

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    Fitness and success are essential for women’s soccer team

    After losing 2-0 in the semi-finals last year to rivals, Bridgeport, the Queens College women’s soccer team looks to build their growing success this season. During their preseason, the Lady Knights hoped to gain – as head coach Carl Christian placed it – “match fitness and confidence.” The team aims to ensure a playoff spot in the East Coast Conference, however the road to achieve it will not be easy. A change for the team will be the loss of last season’s captain and goalkeeper Alison Breakey, who had a .825 save percentage and amassed 85 saves. Junior, Mersina Onesto is the starting goalkeeper this season. “Allie was a tremendous…

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    Women’s Soccer Clinches ECC Playoff Position

    With their last two consecutive shutout victories at home, the Queens College women’s soccer team advanced to a 9-3-3 record and clinched a berth in the ECC playoffs. On Friday October 12th, the Lady Knights defeated Roberts Wesleyan 1-0 on Knights Field in Flushing. The competition was fierce and the ensuring corner-kick marker came off the foot of junior Kristina Ikonomou in the 34th minute of play. “All game I had been taking corners that kept going over the keepers head that created a chance for us,” said Ikonomou. “So, I took advantage of that and over-hit my corner. Next thing I knew, the ball was in the back of…

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    Women’s soccer tries to bounce back after ‘reality check’

    After a “reality check season,” the Queens College women’s soccer team — with a squad of 21 players — kicked off the 2012 season last week with a win against St. Anslem and a tie against Pace University. Both St. Anslem and Pace belong to the NE-10 Conference, a conference placed higher than the East Coast Conference, which Queens College is a member of. Last season, the team of 18 players won only seven games, which halted their four-year streak of consecutive winning seasons. Head coach Carl Christian said that some of the contributing factors for the poor result were injuries, having no depth and the departure of eight senior…