Athletes sometimes forget what they are capable of and find themselves in times of trouble. In such situations, their coach’s words of wisdom act to inspire. The Columbia men’s soccer team has shown a knack for beginning the second period firing on all cylinders. The Lions have scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half in each of their home wins this season, and overall, nine of the team’s 13 goals this season have been post-interval.
According to sophomore striker Will Stamatis, “While the pre-game speech is the plan, halftime acts as a reality check.”
“Halftime is crucial since it gives me a chance to speak to the team after I’ve been able to watch our opponents on the day,” head coach Kevin Anderson said. “It’s a chance to tweak the tactics … and it allows us to reaffirm our focus.”