Wolves get back on track
Ethan Miskolczi gets his satisfaction on the soccer field from what doesn’t happen.
The 20-year-old Welland native is a key member of the St. Catharines Club Roma Wolves backfield where he thinks defence first.
“As long as I can keep the ball out of the net I feel like I’ve had a good day on the pitch, for sure,” Miskolczi said. “Also, just talking to my players and making sure they’re in the right spots and if I can make sure that happens, I’ve had a good day.”
Miskolczi enjoys taking charge from his position.
“Just being one of those leaders on the team, being in charge of where everyone is,” he said. “Even on set pieces like corners or free kicks, just being involved in those scoring scenarios gives you more opportunity in different areas on the pitch.”
Roma director of soccer operations Carmine Provenzano appreciates Miskolczi’s attitude.
“I take pride in having kids that want to do that because there aren’t a lot of kids that want to do that and he’s definitely one of them,” Provenzano said. “He’s a great kid. He’ll play wherever you want him to play — left, right and centre. He’s a great, versatile player with great skills who’s learning a lot.
“He’s doing a great job.”
Miskolczi joined the Wolves for their inaugural season last year after learning Roma was awarded an expansion franchise through technical director Davide Massafra.
“I played for him (Massafra) when I was younger. I thought it was a great idea and tried out for it and it was a great fit,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Miskolczi loves the ambience at Roma field.
“I’ve noticed the atmosphere at these games is a lot bigger than other teams we face because of how much we believe and how much we put behind this team,” he said.
Miskolczi, who recently completed his second year at Brock where he is majoring in kinesiology, also suits up for the Badgers.
“You get to play all year around. It’s awesome. You’re always doing something and improving,” the Notre Dame graduate said.
The Wolves won their opening game this season, but have struggled since.
“We have some injuries and we’re just trying to work through that,” Miskolczi said. “We started off the season not as well as we hoped but we’re making progress. We’re doing better in our games. We’re not getting all the points we want but we feel we’re on our way.
“I think even in practice we’ve switched from some negative mindsets from some losses to a more positive mindset and that’s really helped us progress and be a better team.”
Provenzano feels the Wolves are back on track.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries in key positions and we don’t necessarily have the depth the other teams do. It’s tough with the depth but our key players are coming back so everything is looking better,” he said.
“I think the kids are trying to get used to the system of play and now they’re understanding it more. We’re in every game but there’s a break or a mistake, always something that goes against us. It’s like that cloud over your head.”
The Wolves got back in the win column with a 1-0 victory over Pickering in League1 Ontario Men’s Premier Division action Friday at Roma.
Conrad Czarnecki scored while Taylor Miskolczi earned the shutout.
The Wolves are at Waterloo Saturday, June 18 and Hamilton Wednesday, June 22. Their next home game is Friday, June 24 versus Guelph.
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