2014 Soccer Outlook
Expectations remain high for the Saint Mary’s soccer program as several key contributors return to the squad this fall after helping lead the Belles to another successful season a year ago.
Six of this year’s 17 returning players made an appearance in each of the team’s 20 games last fall while ten returning Belles took to the field at least 15 times during the team’s 2013 campaign. Also helping leading the way this fall is a core of nine seniors who have been a big part of the team’s success over the past three seasons.
Among that large senior class are defenders Kerry Green ’15 and Mary Kate Hussey ’15 and goalkeeper Chanler Rosenbaum ’15. The trio of backfield players each earned All-MIAA First Team honors a season ago while Green was an All-Region selection after the Belles posted a 10-7-3 overall record and an 8-5-3 mark in conference play. The soccer team has posted 23 shutouts over the last three years in large part to those three players who make up the core of the defensive end of the field.
Classmates Kelly Wilson ’15 and Erin Mishu ’15 look to help complement the defense on the other end of the field by providing some offensive firepower. Wilson, Mishu, and Maggie McLaughlin ’16 all had multiple goals for the Belles last fall.
The Belles go into the season as a team to beat in the MIAA in 2014. In early August, the team was picked by conference coaches to finish fourth in the league with the announcement of the annual MIAA preseason poll. A top-four finish in the conference would earn the team their first berth into the MIAA Tournament since the league moved to a four-team format and their first trip to the conference tournament since 2008.
The soccer team opens up their season at home on Friday, August 29 when they host cross-town foe Bethel at 5:00 p.m. The conference portion of the schedule kicks off on Thursday, September 11 when the Belles host Kalamazoo at 4:00 p.m.