Daniel Kuczynski is back with Stanislaus State and there is no question the Warriors are benefiting from his presence.
Kuczysnksi, who started his career at Stanislaus but then transferred to Vermont for two seasons to be closer to his family in Toronto, has helped the Warriors start the year 7-0.
The senior forward has paved the way with nine goals and four assists. The Warriors have 30 goals in all, 12 more than they scored all of last season. They have already won one more game than they did all of last year as well.
“I think I’ve played pretty well compared to previous years,” Kuczynski said. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and faster and my finishing technique is a lot better. I feel like I’m a more complete player.”
As for the team success, it’s all about playing as a unit and living by the four pillars established by head coach Dana Taylor: drive a stake into the ground, throw a rock in the pond and watch the ripple effect, fly like geese and strive.
“We have great team chemistry and that has really helped us become a successful team,” Kuczynski said. “I couldn’t have had my success without my teammates. Everyone is on the same page.”
Kuczynski, the career leader in goals scored at the school, said one of the keys to his success this year is that he has a higher soccer IQ. His experience as a club player has also made a difference.
“Playing club soccer really helped me out,” Kuczynski said. “The competition is tough and it prepares you to have success in college.”
Going forward, the Warriors have their sights set on a California Collegiate Athletic Association championship and an NCAA tournament berth.
The road to both goals won’t be easy but Kuczynski and his teammates are ready for the challenges ahead.
“We just have to keep playing well as a team and be there for each other,” Kuczynski said. “We have to be Warriors and play hard in every game. If we play at our best, we’ll be successful.”