2013 Season in Review
This fall was another successful season for the Saint Mary’s soccer team. For just the second time in school history, the program has put together three consecutive seasons of at least ten wins as the 2013 Belles posted a 10-7-3 record on the year.
Staring down a 2-4 record through their first six games of the year, the Belles dug in their heels and showed their resilience over the remaining 14 games of the season. After a tough loss on the road to then-conference frontrunner Alma, the team mounted a seven-game unbeaten streak (4-0-3) in conference play which spanned from September 18 to October 14. The Belles started that unbeaten streak with a solid 0-0 double-overtime tie against pre-season favorite Calvin, marking the first time since September 12, 2007 that Saint Mary's held the Knights without a goal in a game.
After playing to ties against Hope and Albion, the Belles went on a tear to win four consecutive games. That stretch included an impressive 2-0 shutout against Adrian, which was the first time on the season the Bulldogs were held scoreless, and a 1-0 overtime win to avenge a loss earlier in the season against Kalamazoo.
Sitting at 6-7-3 with four games remaining, the Belles ended the season in a flurry with a four-game winning streak which saw Saint Mary’s prevail 3-2 in double overtime at Adrian and closing out the year with an emphatic 5-0 win at home against Trine. The win at Adrian, which was the team's school record seventh overtime game of the year, was the first victory on the Bulldogs’ home turf since 2005.
For the third season in-a-row, the Belles scored more goals (28) than they conceded (23). Freshman Rosie Biehl tallied eight goals on the year with two of those efforts being game winners. Kelly Wilson added three goals with a pair of game-winning strikes, and seven players all chipped in a pair of goals during the 2013 season. Twelve members of the team tallied at least one goal during the season.
The Saint Mary's defense allowed 75 shots on goal over the 16-game conference season, which averages to less than five shots on goal per contest. Only Calvin (50) and Hope (59) allowed fewer shots on goal while the Belles (1540 minutes and 59 seconds) played more minutes than the Knights (1476:05) or the Flying Dutch (1469:59), respectively.
The individual accolades also reflected the continued re-establishment of Saint Mary’s soccer as contenders in the MIAA. For the second consecutive season, Chanler Rosenbaum and Kerry Green were both named MIAA Defensive Players of the Week. Kelly Wilson and Rosie Biehl each were recognized as an MIAA Offensive Player of the Week during the 2013 campaign. It was the first instance since the 2003 season that two different Belles earned MIAA Offensive Player of the Week accolades in the same year. Moreover, the repeat honors for Rosenbaum and Green marks the first time in program history that two defensive players have been named conference players of the week in back-to-back years.
At the end of the season, the Saint Mary’s defense was well represented on the All-MIAA First Team as Rosenbaum, Green, and Mary Kate Hussey were all first team selections. It was the first time in the history of the program that three Saint Mary's soccer players were recognized with All-MIAA First Team honors.