Billy Zeoli

Mass Communication/Journalism Major

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My name is Billy Zeoli born and raised in Waltham, MA about 15 minutes outside of Boston. If people know anything about Boston they know how passionate the citizens are about their sports teams and how dedicated the people are about acheiving their dreams and never giving up. That is what I am all about whether on the playing field or in the classroom. I have worked hard in my four years at Methodist University to do all I could to gain expeirence in knowledge in the Sports Journalism/Media world. I have called games on the Methodist Univiersity sports website for Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Baseball and Softball. I have wrote articles as well as taken on the responibility for Sports Editor for our school newspaper SmallTalk. I have interned at a local radio station in Fayetteville, NC where I produced and sometimes an on-air talent for High School Football Scoreboard at 640am WFNC.

This website it to show my portfolio of the work I have done while attending Methodist and I hope to continue my career in the sports world where ever my first oppurtunity may be and I will give 110% to my position to be the best I can possibly be.

 

My Articles for the Methodist University paper, SmallTalk

 

Don’t Call It an Upset
Monarchs Take Down #22 CNU 24-21


Last year, some saw it as a fluke. Some saw it as a confidence booster, and some just rode it off because it was the last game of the year. This year, all of those doubts can be revisited and added to what the Monarchs accomplished against the Captains this year.

Coming off of two losses in a row including a blow out at home against Emory & Henry and a tough conference opener at Maryville, Coach Goss and the Monarchs came together more focused and hungry like they were in the pre-season for this game.

“We gained momentum after the Emory & Henry loss. The Monarchs came back down to earth and go back to school to learn how to win football games and play as a team,” said Goss.

It was a fourth down and ten yards to go on the final drive of the game when Reber found Anthony Radke for a 69 yard completion to keep the drive going with under two minutes to play and no timeouts. Coach Goss emphasized on Junior Quarterback Max Reber on how much he has elevated his play coming in as a freshman to where he is now.

“Two years ago, if would of taken a sack or thrown an interception. Last year he would of either overthrown the receiver or it would have been a 50/50 shot at him running for the first down. This year he sees his receiver and throws it spot on and next year our future looks bright with him coming back.”
The Monarchs changed most of their defense by changing their personnel and having certain players at certain positions where they could make plays. With three interceptions and a forced fumble it looks like the Monarchs have found a defense which has been their staple the past couple of years that is much improved now.
The Monarchs were patient and the coaching staff called the game beautifully when it came to adjustments at halftime only being down 7-3 at halftime and managing their timeouts in the second half.

“We went into this game knowing that we we’re going to out there knowing they were going to try and beat us psychically but after the Emory & Henry loss, we made a commitment that nobody was going to come back in here and push us around and we stepped up to the challenge and wore them out”, said Goss.
It was the first win against a ranked opponent for the Monarchs since 2001, but Coach Goss and the Monarchs are putting this win quickly behind them and focusing on the rest of the season week by week.
Next is (1-4) Averett and coming off a 48-0 loss to Maryville, Coach Goss and the Monarchs won’t look past the Cougars.

“Averett is a dangerous football team with athletes everywhere and if you let them dictate the pace then you’re not going to come out on top. We’re going to go up prepared to play this game and adjust to the environment. The game after a big win is where a team has to be the most focused and I feel that we are more focused than ever.”

Defending Conference Champs
Look To Rebound In Conference Play  


 

Six games into the 2013 campaign and the defending USA South Conference Champions are on a slide they’re not used to seeing.

After a 2012 season to remember, the Monarchs finished the regular season 15-3-3 and made a run to a conference championship. After being ousted in the first round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament, the Monarchs were picked in the pre-

season conference poll to finish the year #1 once again.

Only thing going for the Monarchs right now is that conference play hasn’t started yet.

The Monarchs this season only have one win in their first six games and only have one more non-conference game this week before they open conference play September 22nd, when they host conference foe, Greensboro College.

When asked what this team needs to do better to get back to their winning ways, Senior Captain Eric McGinnis simply puts his view on what his team needs to improve on. “We just need to take control of the games and generate some offense to get some early goals.”

Losing the past three games the Monarchs have already more losses this season than all of last year. Yes they are missing some key players from last year due to graduation, and now injuries to some this year, but this team still has plenty of talent to make a run once again.

McGinnis still sees an upside to this losing streak and he’s not calling off this season just yet. “We’ve had our toughest games of the season and these games will have us prepared to start conference play and get back on a winning streak.”

 

 

Monarch Soccer Split Weekend


It was a tough weekend for the Men’s soccer team as they split both of their games on the road, losing 2-1 in OT at Averett and winning 1-0 at Piedmont.
Even though Methodist out shot Averett in the first game 16-10, the Monarchs failed to show composure entering OT even after tying the game up at 1-1 in the second half. It was all Methodist in the second half and most of OT having more of the chances to win the game, but it was a fatal red card for the Monarchs that led them to a disappointing loss.

Less than two minutes after the red card deep in the second half of OT, Averett notched home a game winner that had the defending USA-South champs thinking about how they would respond the rest of the season.
It took less than 48 hours for them to respond. After traveling to and from Averett Friday, the Monarchs departed the next day for Piedmont, Georgia to play a Sunday game where the Monarchs defeated the Lions 1-0.

It was another goal by Senior Captain Eric McGinnis who had is 4th goal in the last four games in the 17th minute from a Hank Tobener pass that led the Monarchs to their fourth victory of the 2013 campaign.

Thanks to solid goalkeeping by Defensive Athlete of the week, Nick Martens, who earned a shutout victory coming up with three saves. “Three of the last four games have been shutouts which really boosts my confidence quite a bit. With one unlucky game at Averett, there is always room for improvement and I just try to get better each and every day.” The Monarchs look return to last year’s form and continue on the path to repeating as conference champions.

Methodist now 4-5-1 and 2-1 in conference play, have seven games remaining with four of them being at home. The Monarchs host conference foe, NC Wesleyan Wednesday before having an entire week off until they head to Georgia and Tennessee where they take on Covenant and Maryville in the same weekend.