Field Hockey Sets High Standards
Field hockey has one of the largest teams squads ever. With several new recruits the team adds up to a total of nineteen players. With six new players and a strong returning squad, the team has high standards this year. Teammates of the new athletes say the additions take field hockey to the extreme. Jess Menard '13, states, "The freshmen are stepping up and helping with team dynamics. They are pushing us to be better and stronger." Fellow teammate and classmate Lisa Christiansen includes, "we are working well together with our freshmen. I feel like we have been playing together forever. We are a family!"
The size of the squad, talent of the freshmen, and the experience of the returners has already produced success. The field hockey team is currently 5-1 in the season, being ranked in many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) statistical categories. Brandy Holtzapple ‘13 is ranked 4th in Save Percentage (0.923) and 5th in Goals Against Average (0.38). Overall, the team is ranked 4th in game shutouts (4), 19th in scoring margin (2.49), 22nd for penalty corners per game (12.4), 33rd for number of goals scored per game (3), and 44th in scoring average (2.87). Many of these rankings already improved as Wilson recently beat Rosemont College 5-0 which adds another victory, as well as a shutout, goals, and penalty corners on the statistical board.
Shelly Novak, Head Field Hockey Coach, says she is very pleased with the level of play of her team and the success thus far in the season. She adds, "We still have many challenges to come but I believe this team has the ability to meet them head on."
Soccer Looking Forward to a Great Season
The other fall team, the soccer team, also has some new recruits that add flare to the team. Seven new players have the soccer team excited about how well they are going to be this year. Colleen O'Reilly '12, Team Captain , says "once we put everything together, we will rock." Both coaches, Beth Weixel (Head Coach, soccer) and Mary Miller, are also raring to go this season. There have been some bumps in the road due to injuries, but the team stays strong and tries to get over the obstacles that lay ahead. "Once we have everyone on the same page and healthy, that's when teams need to watch their backs and beware of Wilson Soccer," Beth Bush '11 states.
Although the team has not recorded a victory yet this season, it is obvious to everyone how significantly the team improved from the past season. For instance, while the team scored only one goal in the entire season last year, Wilson players scored six goals in its six games so far this season. Furthermore, Courtney Bermecker ‘14 broke a Wilson record, scoring the fastest goal of Wilson soccer history: 54 seconds into the game against SUNY Cobleskill.
"The team is working extremely hard this year and I can see a huge improvement from last year to this," says Head Coach Beth Weixel. "If we are able to maintain this work ethic and play with passion, it will pay off and we will become successful on the field."
Wilson athletics have a new attitude this year. They are ready for the challenge of academics and athletics. If you see them on campus, say hi and ask them when the next game is. Support your Wilson Phoenix!