Women’s Soccer Disappointed: Team Hold High Hopes for Future

Amanda Maniet, Emily Wick, Kirsten Mazur, Connor Marshall and Audry Helburn warm up for the game against Dallas. Photo courtesy Pamela O'Connor

By John Stickels
Last weekend the women’s soccer team competed in the SCAC conference tournament, marking the end of their season. The Pirates played the University of Dallas on Saturday, falling 4-0 to the Crusaders.

Junior Lindsey Jakszta was named to the SCAC All-Tournament team and, despite the loss, the team felt they finished up the season well.

“We had a few major breakdowns in the defense, and they capitalized on each one,” sophomore forward Hannah Neil said. “We performed very well, and I feel that the score did not reflect the way we played.”

This final game of the season was also the final game of the seniors’ careers.

“It’s going be a change not playing soccer anymore, but I’m just so proud of what everyone accomplished,” senior captain and goalkeeper Sarah Nonaka said.

The team has learned from the early losing streak that it is possible to turn it around and win games.

“This season was hard to adjust to because we started off so rocky and no matter what we did, it
seemed like we couldn’t dig out of the losing streak we ended up in,” sophomore Allie Dillon said. “I think the most important thing I learned this season was that losing isn’t the end of the world and the only thing that stops you from winning is yourself.”

This season saw a large turn around, as the Pirates went from a 1-8 overall record to finishing 6-11-2 with a conference record of 4-3-1.
“We grew individually, as friends, and as a team, both on and off the field. Our improvement was tremendous and we even went on a 5-0 run. We made progress and learned from our mistakes and moved on to fix them,” Neil said.

The team is looking forward to next season where they plan on starting off stronger and with more energy.

“I think our team has finally clicked and gained enough confidence to start out next season as strong as we ended this one,” Dillon said. “I can’t wait to get back on the field and have another chance at playing some challenging pre-season games”

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