Women’s Soccer picked to repeat as champions
The Maryville College women’s soccer team looks to continue this season where they left off, as champions. During the 2014 season, the team won the USA South Women’s Conference. MC later lost in the NCAA tournament to the No.9 team in the nation, Thomas More. This season they are the preseason favorites to finish first in their conference in the regular season, according to the USA South Preseason Coaches Poll.
The veteran head coach, Pepe Fernandez, enters his 27 season leading both Scots soccer teams. He is confident as he implements his infamous 4-3-3 press system that works so well. So far this season the Lady Scots are 3-1, averaging two goals per game. MC’s leading scorer, senior striker Sierra Siegel, received the TSWA weekly honor for her efforts in the Maryville Fall Classic that was played from September 4-September 6. Sierra compiled two goals and two assists to help the Scots to their 2-1 record.
Goalkeeper Mandy Marshall also played a key role in the Scots game against Bridgewater. Marshall has accumulated 15 saves over their three games. The Scots continued on to defeat Agnes Scott 3-1 at home on Sept. 15 behind two goals from senior Allyson Hale. MC has 22 returning players, which should bode well for them throughout their 2015 campaign. Two freshman recruits have also made a significant impact. Miranda Lukas and Taylor Wipf have each earned a starting position. The Scots played their first conference match on Sept. 19 losing to Meredith 1-0.