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Villa Maria cancels remainder of men's soccer season, women to continue

It's incredibly difficult to start a college sports program from scratch.

Villa Maria College is learning that harsh reality, as athletic director Don Silveri confirmed the men's team would not be able to continue its season due to a lack of players.

Here's the statement that was sent to alert the opponents' athletic directors and coaches:

"I want to make all aware that Villa Maria College will unfortunately have to cancel the remaining games on the men's soccer 2017 schedule due to number of participants and injuries," Silveri wrote. "We apologize for the inconvenience and time of this announcement. No changes will be made to the women's soccer schedule. We have every intention that the men's program will be back competing next season."

The Vikings mustered one game in their 2017 slate - an 8-0 loss to Cazenovia on Sept. 9. The team had seven more matches scheduled prior to this week's news.

"In taking the program over in late June it did not allow me the opportunity to collect enough players," said head coach Tim Kronenwetter. "I look forward to the head start on the recruiting season here in 2017 for next year."

Villa Maria debuted its men's and women's soccer programs last fall; the men's team went 0-6 under then head coach Mike Ertel, failing to score a goal. When Ertel filled the vacancy at Hilbert College, the Vikings scrambled to find a replacement.

Amanda Janosky's women's team will continue its 10-game slate - the side is 0-3 in the early going, but did muster a goal in the opener against Carlow University. The side has rostered 16 players for the 2017 season.


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