The Wilson soccer team has set a goal of achieving the first winning season in the program’s history.
Fall sports have begun, and that means soccer has started. Their names may not be world-famous like soccer stars Hope Solo or Abby Wambach, but you will see the Wilson soccer team out on the field every day, come torrential down-pour or scorching heat. This year the team has nineteen players on its roster, twelve of whom are returners. With many familiar faces, and some new ones, the year started off on a high for the team.
Soccer team brings back experienced players
Captain Hannah DeMoss ‘13 said, “I think we have a lot of new talent on the team this year and I am excited to see what Wilson soccer will accomplish this season.” DeMoss continued, “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident we will reach our goals.”
Two new freshman
Two of the players DeMoss spoke about are freshmen Amanda Skelton ‘15 and Erica Keyser ‘15.
Skelton said, “I was really excited about joining the team. I thought it would be a great way to meet friends! I’m really happy with my decision, and I feel like this soccer team will be a team for life.”
Keyser had similar feelings, stating, “At first I was nervous, but after preseason I feel as though we’ve all bonded as a ‘family’ and we can trust each other on and off the field.”
Team-building includes trust-building
The team learned to trust each other over a grueling week of pre-season in August, consisting of two practices a day. The team also had the following week to finish preparing for their first game against Mary Baldwin College on Thurs, Sept. 1. The Phoenix battled hard in their first game of the year, but came up short with a loss of 5-3. This loss was the start of a three game losing streak for the soccer team.
On Thurs, Sept. 13, the Phoenix took the first step to achieving the win they were striving for, pulling off a 2-1 win versus Valley Forge Christian College during a home game at Kris’ Meadows.
When asked about the season, Captain Colleen O’Reilly ‘12 said, “It’s going well. I’m proud of our team and how we keep
improving, and I have high hopes for the rest of the season to come.”
The team looks forward to achieving its goal of a winning season over the next five weeks. Ten games are left in the season.
The next home game is Wed, Sept. 28 at Kris’ Meadow at 4:00pm, the team will play against Lancaster Bible College.