Wojciech Wojcik: “Every game there’s something we need to get better at, especially if we want to compete at the highest level in terms of the league and winning a championship.” (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
NEW YORK — Outside of winning every game 6-0 and not allowing many shots on goal, Cosmos B could not have asked for a better start to the National Premier Soccer League season.
The club is a perfect 3-0 while outscoring its foes, 13-2, and believe it or not, three Cosmos B players felt the world hasn’t seen their best quite yet.
“This team is really good,” said forward Bledi Bardic, who scored twice in the team’s 6-1 home win over Greater Lowell NPSL FC Sunday. “We train five, six days a week. We’re working hard every day. We’re doing good. We can get better at some parts of the team.”
He got no argument from his teammates.
“We have the potential to go far,” said forward Wojciech Wojcik, who also had a brace in the match.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that Cosmos B have several players with Major League Soccer experience — captain Danny Szetela, midfielder Rafa Garcia and defender Chris Wingert — and others with time in the North American Soccer League and United Soccer League.
“There’s a lot of guys who have played at a high level,” Wingert said. “The more time we can spend together, the better we’ll be. Each and every time we get a chance to play a match and even get together in practice is hopefully a learning experience for us and a chance to continue to get better and get used to each other. We’ll see. We’ll see how good the group can be, but I have high hopes.”
Cosmos B, which plays at TSF FC (0-1-1, 1) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. Thursday at 7 p.m., is coming off its highest scoring game of the year. But there’s certainly room for improvement. TSF FC played Boston City to a 2-2 draw in its home and season opener on Sunday.
“Every game there’s something we need to get better at, especially if we want to compete at the highest level in terms of the league and winning a championship,” Wojcik said.
Wojcik used Sunday’s game as an example. Cosmos B enjoyed a 3-0 halftime lead but came out sluggish in the second half, allowing Greater Lowell to take control.
“We’re flat-footed and we gave them that one goal and make them kind of feel they’re in the game, small things like that,” he said. “It’s very important for us to work on game management and for us to be able to take care of the game and do the necessary things to be able to keep control of it.”