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Confidence and composure will be key in Eagles’ first road test

Columbus will be tested in road rivalry match with Cincinnati.

Columbus Eagles midfielder Ashley Gogolin surveys the field during a match last week against Ann Arbor.
Daniel Herlensky

The Columbus Eagles opened the 2018 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season with a 2-0 victory against Ann Arbor FC last Saturday on the campus of Otterbein University. This win was a statement for Eagles, who remain unbeaten since head coach Daniel Seiffert was appointed to the position in December 2017.

With the help of his talented coaching staff, Seiffert is changing the culture of Eagles training sessions. His passion for the game of soccer and his positive attitude towards his players is yielding tremendous results for Columbus.

“He quickly demonstrated his ability to gain the player’s respect and to lead them in training,” said Eagles owner Mark Wise in a team press release.

Midfielder Ashley Gogolin is in the midst of her first year with the club and sees the team’s confidence growing everyday.

“Confidence is key in this game,” she said following Tuesday’s training. “If you go in scared, you will give up silly chances. Having the confidence and the chemistry that we have is very good for momentum going forward so we can play against the harder teams like Cincinnati.”

As Gogolin mentioned, Columbus faces an important road test this week when the team faces rival Cincinnati Sirens FC. The Eagles got the better of the Sirens last season, winning at MAPFRE Stadium on June 24th, and drawing in Cincinnati just two weeks later.

Due to an expanded WPSL Valley Division, the clubs will meet only once this season, potentially making for a more testy reunion then in years past. Traditionally, the Sirens rely less on skill and depend more on physicality when playing the Eagles.

Despite those factors, midfielder Ashley Gogolin and Columbus realize the need for composure during this weekend’s match.

“Staying calm and relaxed in a game like that and showing that we can play around regardless of the physicality,” Gogolin said of Cincinnati. “I think that’s going to show how much skill and how dynamic we are as a team going forward.”