Concordia Stingers Men’s Soccer Preview: Leading the Charge
Head Coach Greg Sutton Looking Towards Veterans For Playoff Spot
It’s been somewhat of a transitional period for the Stingers men’s soccer team under head coach Greg Sutton. He will look towards continuing his team’s development in the upcoming season.
A lack of depth as well as exhaustion ultimately proved to be the Stingers’ demise, last season, as they were incapable of playing to their full potential.
“I think that there was a lack of consistency last year in our games.” admitted Sutton “That has a lot to do with our depth, we just didn’t have enough depth and so It was difficult for us to go from a Friday night where we put on a good performance, then follow up again on Sunday.” he continued
In this summer’s recruitment, Sutton has made sure to bring in players to occupy key positions in his squad, and give himself more options on the attacking front.
“In this off season we’ve added some key players in some key positions and you know I think it’s shown early here in our preseason,” said Sutton.
Although they haven’t been the most prolific team in the Réseau de Sport Étudiant du Québec, the Stingers have made significant steps in their growth. The team went winless in the 2014 season, but managed to amass three wins in 2015. It’s been a slow and steady transition, but one that will hopefully pay off for Sutton and the Stingers.
Sutton is hopeful for his experienced players to take the lead and become key components throughout the course of the season.
“I think now we’re starting to get at the point where some of those first year guys that I recruited are getting some nice experience under their belt and are gonna become more or less leaders for our team, and I think some of that experience will pay off.” said Sutton
The goal is simple this season for Sutton and the Stingers. Make the playoffs.
“If I’m being realistic, I think for us it’d be important to make the playoffs,” said Sutton. “You know once you do that, anything can happen.”
With the season already started, the Stingers will be looking to bounce in their home opener versus Montreal, after suffering a dismal 5-2 defeat at the hands of the McGill Redman.
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