2015 Soccer Outlook
Under the guidance of new head coach Ken Nuber, the Belles soccer program looks to battle for a spot in the top-four MIAA Tournament in the 2015 season.
Leading the way for the team will be a core of experience veteran players, including seniors Maggie McLaughlin, Kathryn Lueking, and Lindsay Rzepecki. McLaughlin was a co-captain as a junior and was second on the team in total points last season with three goals and an assist. Among those goals was the overtime game-winner in the Belles’ first victory of the season against Mount St. Joseph.
Lueking has been a mainstay in the center midfield for the Belles and is a vital piece to the team’s possession and transition with the ball. Rzpecki, meanwhile, has shown versatility in the outside back position while also pushing up as an outside midfielder to aid both the defensive and offensive efforts.
The squad returns eight additional returners from the 2014 season – a year which saw the team defeat perennial MIAA powers Calvin and Alma. That experience will be a key factor to the Belles’ success in the year ahead. Jenn Jarmy is back on the pitch after leading the team in scoring last fall with three goals and two assists, including the game-winner in the final seconds at Alma.
Liza Felix, Baylee Adams, and Rachel Moore also put their names on the scoresheet in 2014 with at least one goal. Emily Rompola comes back as the lone starting player from the Belles’ defensive back line and will be looked upon for her leadership and steady presence in the backfield in 2015.
The team opens the year with a pair of non-conference games against Bethel on September 2 and Manchester on September 5. The MIAA portion of the schedule kicks off on Wednesday, September 9 when the Belles host Albion at the Junior Irish Airport Fields.