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2014 Women's Soccer Season Preview

08/07/2014 – The upcoming season will be one of great promise and substantial change. The 2014 season has the Saints returning nine starters from last year's 12-6-1 (3rd place in the WHAC) team. New head coach, Rodger Garner, welcomes back assistant coach Lisa Goldsmith (3rd year) and welcomes Karen Crase as goalkeeper coach. Coach Garner states, "These two ladies bring a wealth of experience and passion for the game of soccer". The Saints will look to become a more possession oriented team, while still maintaining the drive and effort of past teams.

Coach Garner will look to his senior captains to lead the squad. The trio of Maggie Keiffer, Jackie Gipe and Melissa Hogan bring a wealth of experience, leadership and knowledge to the roster. Each is a great player in their own right, but the coaches are looking for the captains to lead the team both on and off the field. Jackie and Melissa are returning NAIA Scholar Athletes, while Maggie returns as a two year captain and is the vocal leader of the team.

Offensively, the team returns all but one of their top nine scorers. Leading returning scorers include Leann Latsch (7g, 4a), Cami Baker (4g, 7a), Casey Westveer (5g 3a), Allison VanPatten (4g, 3a), and Mikayla Goldsmith (3g, 5a). Defensively the team will be led by keeper Lindsey Armstrong and defenders Maggie Keiffer, Jackie Gipe, Casey McDonough and Collen Vincent. The defense was responsible for allowing opponents half the shots that the Saints took last season. Other returning players who had significant playing time last year include Claire Krohn, Hannah Joblonski, Samantha Houchei, Brenna Cojeen and Khrystal Lewis.

Incoming freshmen April Crowe, Sarina Rabideau, Clare Slack and Alicia Dills are expected to fight for playing time immediately. Transfer Julia Mauro-Vetter has been with the team this spring and is expected to make an immediate impact.

Goals for this year include a WHAC championship, a berth in the NAIA National Championships and to continue the academic success of the women’s soccer program.

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