Only one of the area’s smaller college teams fielded a winning soccer team last year and it looks like history will repeat itself in 2014. Catholic University returns three all-Landmark Conference veterans as the Cardinals attempt to improve on its 10-8-1 2013 record.
Alyssa Fiore will again control the offense from her midfield/forward position. She collected a team-leading 8 assists and 10 points in last year. Defender Tricie Colucci will once again protect goalkeeper Lori Halprin. CU’s defense allowed just .93 goals per game last season.
The Cardinals kick off the season at Farmingdale State for the Rams Classic in Farmingdale, N.Y., on Aug. 29-30. Catholic takes on Western Connecticut on Friday at 4 pm and the tournament host Farmingdale State Saturday at 2 pm.
Marymount hosts an invitational today and tomorrow. The Saints host Hood College at 4 Friday and Greensboro Saturday at 4.
MU returns plenty of veterans on offensive. Chloe McAuliffe (Holy Child) scored 7 goals and 16 points last year from midfielder and forward. Kristen Campbell added 4 goals and 11 points. Amy Lawton (South County, VA) and Erin Harris (John Paul the Great) each added 7 points.
The Saints, 5-11, problem was on defense. The roster includes eight defenders, including three frosh. Two goalies return. April Westmark went 4-7 with a 2.6 GAA. Holly Wagner was 1-5 with a 2.4 GAA.
Three other programs are starting over with new coaches. Gallaudet promoted assistant coach Liza Offreda. She served four years as an assistant coach under former head coach Sarah Gumina.
Offreda will depend on seniors Elena Ciccarelli and Sofia Lindevall to guide the young squad coming off a 2-14-2 season. Ciccarelli is a fine all around athlete known for her toughness. Lindevall led the team in goals (6) and points (12) last year.
Washington Adventist named Alex Sandoval as women’s soccer coach. He comes with over 25 years of coaching experience. He spent five years as head coach with the Maryland Tigers of the Premier Arena Soccer League and two years serving as an assistant coach at Howard University.
WAU returned to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Aug. 1. The Shock are eligible for NAIA postseason play in 2014-15. Washington Adventist was an NCAA Div. II school.
Amy Olson returns home as the soccer coach at Trinity University. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Howard University. Olsen was All-Big South and All-Big South Academic during her playing days.
Trinity finished 2013 0-16, but showed improvement by the end of the season. For instance, the squad last the first three games 10-0. However, the last three matches were 2-5, 0-3 and 0-3. Trinity opens its season today at Gallaudet. The Tigers play at WAU Sept. 4.
Hopefully players at Trinity and Washington Adventist are better prepared than administrators. Neither teams, website had rosters posted as of game day.