2015 Season in Review
- Twelve games decided by two goals or fewer.
- Season sweep of Trine as the Belles outscored the Thunder 6-2 on the year.
- Maggie McLaughlin named Second Team All-MIAA.
The 2015 season for the Saint Mary’s soccer team was one filled with close margins. Twelve of the team’s 18 games were decided by two goals or fewer as injuries were unkind to the Saint Mary’s side throughout the season. Of the Belles’ 18 members of the team, only five players saw action in each game of the fall.
The season opened with a pair of 1-0 setbacks against cross-town foe Bethel and Manchester before a three two-goal contests to open conference play versus Albion, Olivet, and Kalamazoo. The Belles then prevailed in a 4-1 rout of in-state conference foe Trine in mid-September.
In October, the Belles lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in the second overtime against Olivet a week before sweeping the season results against Trine in a 2-1 win on the road.
Ten different players tallied at least one point (goal or assist) for the Belles in 2015. Lindsay Rzepecki had a team-best seven points after leading Saint Mary’s with three goals on the year. Emily Rompola added a pair of goals – both at home against Trine, including the game-winner – to go along with an assists. Rachel Moore had a team-high three assists, one of which came on Rompola’s game-winner against Trine.
Defensively, the Belles saw three goalkeepers each record a minimum of 330 minutes in goal during the 2015 campaign. Collectively, Saint Mary’s tallied 113 saves on the season as Rachel McCarthy had a season-high 63 stops.
At the end of the season, Maggie McLaughlin was selected by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association head coaches as a Second Team All-MIAA honoree. It is the fifteenth consecutive season that at least one member of the Saint Mary's soccer team has been named to either the conference's first or second team.