The tactical and systematic preparation that goes into styling a team’s game plan often goes unnoticed when a side has players consistently performing at high level. Though the soccer has become a much more fluid sport in terms of where players are positioned on the field, a team’s shape ultimately defines its strengths and weaknesses in terms of personnel.
On Friday, the Seton Hall men’s soccer team travelled to Fort Myers, Florida to take on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the country’s 18th ranked team. Despite putting up a noble effort, the Pirates ultimately lost, 1-0.
After an onslaught of departures at the end of last season, Seton Hall men’s soccer head coach Andreas Lindberg and his staff left no stone unturned when scouting and recruiting for the 2019 season. Six prospects from across England, Sweden, Egypt, Israel and Malta comprised most of the nine-man freshmen class while seven transfer students also joined Seton Hall during the offseason. This whirlwind of incoming and outgoing players has not harmed the chemistry within the side, however, and Lindberg feels they are even more unified now than when he initially took charge last year.
Change means a new approach, and as the new head coach for the women’s soccer team, Ciara Crinion understands that her ideas may not be the same as former coach Rick Stainton’s. Each coach has a different belief of how to conduct his or her program, and that is why Crinion is fully aware of her culture shock to the team.
Led by NC State transfer Stephen Elias with a hattrick, the Seton Hall men’s soccer team routed Central Connecticut, 6-0, in the first game of the season on Friday. The game decidedly marks the beginning of head coach Andreas Lindberg’s second season with the team.
The Seton Hall women’s soccer team was defeated by Loyola University Maryland, 2-1, after Loyola found the back of the net in the first extra time period.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Andreas Lindberg has a spring in his step as he walks through the wing of coaches’ offices in the heart of Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center. He makes the turn and moves toward his own work space, an area he has spent so little time in since the bitter end to his first season as Seton Hall men’s soccer head coach.
On all of her soccer escapades from her hometown of Dublin, Ireland, to the east coast of the United States, no task has proven itself more daunting for Ciara Crinion than the one staring at her in South Orange, N.J.
The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is over, but the criticisms over its impact on the league continue to be voiced by coaches and fans.
“We are very excited to welcome Ciara to the Seton Hall Athletics family,” Seton Hall Vice President & Director of Athletics Pat Lyons said. “During the interview process, Ciara demonstrated great passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes and getting them to reach their maximum potential. We believe that she will not only give our student-athletes a great experience here at Seton Hall, but she will also develop them into contenders in the BIG EAST Conference.”