BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo State Women’s soccer team is ending their regular season on a high note.
For the first time in the history of the program, the Bengals can call themselves SUNYAC champions.
The Bengals are ranked 14th in the nation and set a new school record for number of wins in a single season. But this level of success didn’t happen overnight.
Head coach of the women’s soccer team, Nick DeMarsh told News 4, “It’s been up and down, more down in the 80s and 90s, but I got here in 2002, this is my 15th season, and we’ve been growing and steadily improving probably since 2006.”
Over the past ten years, with the combination of dedicated players and coaching staff, the team has become unstoppable.
DeMarsh said, “We’ve created a culture here that emphasizes competition, we’ve been diligent in our recruitment, and it’s been a slow but steady process to get where we are.”
Last year, the Bengals came close to a championship, but in the finals lost to Oneonta.
That hunger for a title helped to get the team where they are today.
He shared, “This team returns mostly the team that lost in the final last year so I think there was a little unfinished business.”
Athletic director, Jerry Boyes, expressed his excitement to see this particular team’s success.
Boyes said, “We’ve had some history with some of our teams being very successful, but the same teams. But now we’re seeing all of our teams have a level of success that I expect to see.”
Because of the teams continued success Buffalo State has been asked to host the first and second round of the NCAA division 3 tournament this weekend. The goal, to make the campus and field, grade A.
Boyes said, “We’re at the national level, so we want to put on a good show.”
That won’t be hard. Especially with the superstar seniors the Bengals have.
Melissa Smith, leading goal scorer for the team, told News 4, “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to spend my senior year with. Everyone has worked so hard, we have fun while we do it, but we’re serious at the same time.”
They say their coach keeps them focused.
Kristin Seiferth, defensive player of the year, said, “He’s tough because he knows we can do better, so he pushes us to do better and I think that’s good for a coach to have. He sees what you can do and he pushes you to do better.”
If you want to see the girls play you can head out to Coyer Field at Buffalo State College this Saturday at 1:30 PM vs Montclair State.