WNCC's inaugural soccer season ended with success on the field and in the classroom, and Head Coach Hillary Arthur said she sees much to build on in the coming year.
"I'm very pleased with the first season," Arthur said, where her young team went 6-6-3 and competed in the post-season tournament of the Scenic West Athletic Conference. "It's a solid record to build on."
In addition, Sweeper and Team Captain Dominique Gloude was named to the Scenic West All-Conference First Team. Three other Wildcats players, Right Defensive Back Hannah Lee, Left Defensive Back Melyssa Docchio, and Center Midfielder Melissa Goldfin, received All-Conference Honorable Mention awards.
Arthur said her hardworking squad was full of "desire, dedication and athleticism," and made the college proud in its first ever women's intercollegiate soccer season. Because the team started from scratch in a relatively short time frame, "we had no preseason, no full-team scrimmages," and an entire team that had never played together.
"It's amazing," she said of the team's success in its first season. With only 16 players from the outset, Arthur said most players saw action for the entire match, and many played both offensive and defensive positions. "For the most part, there were no breaks and only three subs, and everybody was practicing and playing all the time."
Several played with leg strains for much of the season, but they still pulled their own weight on the team.
Gloude, Arthur said, "was the anchor of our defense. She played injured most of the season, and no matter how much she was hurting, she wouldn't come off the field. She's composed, confident, and a great leader."
Lee was described as "fearless" and "always giving 110 percent, 100 percent of the time. Twice during the season she had to be carried off the field, and was taped up and back in the game five minutes later."
Docchio was "tough as nails" in every contest, Arthur said, while Goldfin was "our playmaker in the middle, a workhorse everywhere, defense and offense."
Off the field, Arthur said, the players did their jobs as students in the classroom, with team study halls even when they were on the road at away games.
"The students made sure to get all class materials in ahead of time for away matches, and the professors and instructors were supportive, helping the players to understand the many expectations."
Arthur said she will be scheduling spring scrimmages and practices and is looking forward to the future.
"We have a lot to build on. I expect and hope to be returning our players next fall, and have watched a lot of great local high school seniors, too."
Players who are interested in a tryout should contact Coach Arthur.
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