The SVSU women’s soccer program is gearing up for the 2018 season after coming off of a 10-7-2 season the previous year that included a second place finish in the GLIAC Tournament.
It was the Lady Cardinals’ first time heading to the GLIAC Tournament since 2009, and the team is determined this season to bring the title to SVSU.
“Our goals this season are to improve upon last season’s conference tournament run and to make sure each weekend we are consistent with our approach regardless of our opponent,” said head coach Michael O’Neill.
The team has already been hard at work preparing for this season, working tirelessly at camp to perfect their game both defensively and offensively.
Additionally, the team has made an attempt to bring to light any weaknesses the team may have and strengthen those weaknesses.
“There has been a good intensity to each session, and that is going to be very valuable, knowing that there is still much work to be done,” O’Neill said. “The girls have come into preseason ready to go.”
This season, the Lady Cardinals soccer team is made up of seven seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores and eight new freshmen, losing only four players from last year’s team.
The eight new players have become well acclimated to the team and culture through the summer workouts, something that will be vital when their season starts on Aug. 31 at Ohio Dominican.
With eight seniors, this year’s team will have no shortage of experience, which will be a nice balance with the eight new players coming in.
Last season, returning players Jennifer Muana and Molly Vanderhoff were voted to NCAA Division II Women’s All-Midwest Regional Teams. Muana made the second team, and Vanderhoff achieved third team honors.
“Each player has the opportunity to make a contribution at any given time,” O’Neill said. “This is a huge part of our program, and I am confident we will see numerous players over the course of the season step up and be the difference.”
The 2018 SVSU women’s soccer season kicks off a three-game road trip on Friday against Ohio Dominican at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals’ first home game will take place against Ferris State on Friday, Sept. 14, at noon.