Is Women’s Soccer Ready To Take Next Step?

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After a fast start to the 2015 season for the team, they kind of fizzled out with a 4 game losing skid to close out the season to finish out 10-7-1.  But, there was plenty to look forward to for the 2016 season, but that excitement was tempered quickly when they were only able to win 2 games.  This slow start left fans puzzled because there wasn’t a lot of roster turnover from the 2015 season, but they did lose a few veteran leaders to graduation from that team.

So, in 2016 this team went through a lot of growing pains and ended the season on a 4 game losing streak again to finish 2-15-1.

As we quickly turn the page to the 2017 preseason and try to look ahead to what we have to look forward to with this team, I would say we will see a team much closer to the 2015 season than last year’s.

First we will take a look at the Forwards and Midfielders, and the first thing you notice is this team should score more than they did last year as they will be a much more experienced Forward/Midfield group. And it all starts with Junior Sarah Krause who led the team with 1 goal, 2 assists and 28 shots last year.  I look for Krause to connect on more of those shots this year and lead this team offensively.  My offensive comeback player of the year is Redshirt Junior Taylor Pryce who didn’t play much last season due to injury,but she was a force on offense in 2015 and look for her to lead the way from Game 1 this season.

The Defense will be led on the field this season by Redshirt Junior Seyla Perez whose leadership on the defensive zone will help calm things down even in the most stressful moments on the field.  Perez can also provide some offense as she will most likely be used on set pieces again this season.  It will be a young defense this year for Pitt, so look for Perez’s leadership, along with the experience of Junior Alli Higgs to help the defense grow each game.

2017 will be Sophomore Goalie Katelyn McEachern’s first season between the pipes for Pitt and she will probably have those first year growing pains any player would have. But, that is where it will just need to be a team game on the defensive side of the ball to keep things under control for McEachern.

In review, this team will have a much more experienced Midfield and Forward