Lycoming men’s soccer ready to rebound this year

Two years removed from MAC Commonwealth championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team is ready to make a run at the conference title once again after a season in which the team just missed out on the MAC Commonwealth tournament for the first time in head coach Nate Gibboney’s four years.

Armed with nine returning starters, including four all-conference selections, plus a deep and talented freshmen class, Gibboney and the Warriors are in position to get back into the mix in a deeply talented MAC Commonwealth. The team will play a competitive non-conference schedule by first heading to Rowan University for the Gilmore Alumni Classic where they will face perennial powers Rutgers-Camden and Rowan on Sept. 1-2.

“I don’t really have an explanation for last year,” Gibboney said. “Obviously if we knew what it was, we would’ve made those changes last year. We had a bunch of bad breaks that didn’t go our way last year that went our way the year before. I can’t say we’re trying to fix a whole lot, but we are trying to get back to the basics. We return a good group of guys and we’re going to keep grinding and hope those breaks go our way.”