This season has not started off in the right direction for the women’s soccer team. Sitting at 4-4 during this season, the team and coaches are back at the drawing boards again. The soccer team had started this year off strong, winning the first two games by a combined score of 10-3, but they then tanked the next three games with a combined score of 4-1.
The Scots are looking to turn their season around as they knock off the dust moving into the middle of the season. A year ago around this time, the Scots were sitting at 6-2-1 as they would eventually win the conference and finish the year at 14-3-2. Last year’s numbers were .789 for the win percentage, .929 in conference, 3.5 goals per game, and 21.5 shots per game.
This year, they have a .500 win percentage and average 2.7 goals per game on 17.3 attempts per game. A big difference in last year’s team and this year’s is junior forward Bailey Sipos. Sipos is a local that went to Hardin Valley in Knoxville, Tenn.
Last year during Sipos’ sophomore campaign, she finished the season with 17 goals, four assists and 38 points. Five of those goals were game winning goals, which earned her Player of the Year by the USA South Athletic Conference as well as numerous other awards.
With that being said, the difference is that she is not playing this year because she tore her ACL. One can imagine how devastating that can be to a team—especially because of the offensive impact Sipos brings to the field. This year’s team will have to look elsewhere for a spark to be ignited.
The spark will have to be brought to the field in a collective manner as leaders, Shannon Reagan, Taylor Frizen, Abbie Anderson, and Hannah Clothier will have to lead the way. Reagan leads the team with 12 points, while Frizen and Clothier added nine and eight points as well. Anderson, who is a vocal leader on the team, has a lot on her plate and is not playing up to her usual standard; she has to be able to lead the team in other aspects.
The women’s soccer team played on Sept. 28, 2019 against Georgia Wesleyan, which was the start of a conference play.