A day after it finished second in the preseason coaches poll, the LIU Brooklyn Women’s Soccer team played it’s first exhibition game of the season on Wednesday and lost 2-1 against Army at West Point.
The two teams played three 30-minute periods, fell behind 1-0 in the first, tied it at 1-1 in the second, and lost the game in the third. Coach Tracey Bartholomew wasn’t concerned with the loss though. She explained that with a team that has added 12 new players this season it’s going to take some time for them to gel and hit their stride.
“First go with a lot of new people and people in a lot of different positions, there is going to be a learning curve,” Bartholomew said. “I think that it’s obvious we have some good talent. With the players not really knowing how to play with each other, that is the biggest thing we have to sort out. It’s just inexperience. The more time we play together, the more we’re going to keep improving.”
One of the team’s captains, senior Caroline Kaplan, scored the lone goal for the Blackbirds off a cross from freshman Jenn Peters.
The Blackbirds will be back in action again on Saturday, Aug. 17 when they head to Philadelphia to take on Drexel in another exhibition game.