2016 Season in Review
- The Belles opened 2016 with their largest season-opening win in five years.
- Seven different players registered at least one point for the Belles during the 2016 season.
- Emily Rompola earned MIAA Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
The Belles had a lot of news in 2016 – a new coach, a new field, and 12 newcomers on the squad – as the soccer program set the foundation for the future this fall.
Head coach Jesse Urquhart and the Belles picked up a decisive win in their first game of the year, which was also the first game to be played on the new Purcell Athletic Fields soccer field. Four different players found the back in the team’s 4-1 win over Manchester, giving the Belles their largest season-opening win since 2011.
Less than 24 hours later, the squad held their own against a strong side from MSOE. The Belles came up just short in a 1-0 final against the Raiders, who went on to earn a spot in the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament. After a setback at Albion to open conference play, the Belles saw themselves come up short in a high-scoring shootout at home against Olivet while competing in their fourth game in eight days.
Offense was tough to come by for the Belles as the Saint Mary’s side was prevented from lighting up the scoreboard for a dozen consecutive contests during the middle of the season. That trend was snapped in the team’s second-to-last contest of the season. The Belles looked to play the role of spoiler in late October as Saint Mary’s took the lead into the halftime break at Adrian on the Bulldogs’ senior day. The host Bulldogs equalized in the second half before edging out the Belles in overtime.
Seven different players registered at least one point for the Belles during the 2016 season. Liza Felix (two goals, one assist) and Kellen Hinchey (one goal, three assists) led the team with five points apiece. Jennie Buck posted two goals, and Mary Wandor, Emily Rompola, and Kate Vasile each tallied a goal on the year. Kay Thursby added an assist during the season.
Thallia Robles competed in more than 1420 minutes in goal while leading the team with 149 saves, the most by a Belles goalkeeper since 2005. Liza Felix also made 19 stops in goal during her senior season while Jordan Marsman made an appearance in goal for the Belles.
Emily Rompola earned MIAA Defensive Player of the Week recognition in September, the first such honor of her career. She and Felix were also tabbed as all-tournament performers in the Belles Invitational during the first weekend of September.