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Women kick start season with 100th win

September 9, 2011

Justin Frye/The Courier - Forward Ashley Reynoso (7) drives the ball away from a Hannibal-LaGrange midfielder during Monday’s game. Reynoso made three shots during the game and one shot on goal. The Fighting Scots went on to defeat Hannibal-LaGrange 3-1, earning them their 100th victory since the team formed in 1994.

Women’s soccer not only started the season with a kick start but also beat Hannibal-LaGrange in the third game of the season for their 100th win in the 17-year history of Fighting Scots women’s soccer. At the game, the Scots bested their opponents 3-1 with the help of two goals made by freshman midfielder Alex Ivie and one by freshman forward Lauren Kellen.

The team has 30 players total this year with 20 returners and 10 new members to the program.

“The latter number includes a junior transfer and an exchange student from Sweden,” said Coach Barry McNamara. “Of the returners, seven were full-time starters last year, and two others started during the season.”

McNamara is confident in the team especially in the defensive side of the field.

“Our defense was our strength last year,” he said. “Our goalkeeper, Samantha Barranco, was the MWC Defensive Player of the Year, and one of our defenders, Mikaela Rogers, also received consideration for that honor. A third defender, Denise Nelson, just missed All-MWC honors. All three are only sophomores, so we feel good about our defense moving forward.”

The only downfall in the season so far is the lack of scoring. McNamara explains that the team is confident that the goals will come.

The team also expects to be competitive against all their opponents for the rest of the season.

“We expect to be competitive in all our games, even when we step up our level of opponent, which is what we’ll be doing when we play Dominican and Webster this weekend.”

As for the playoffs, McNamara is confident in the team to return and be successful.

“This team has the ability to return to the playoffs,” he said. “We can’t sneak up on anybody this year, and there are seven teams who probably feel they’re good enough to reach the postseason. But we are optimistic about our chances.” 

The next game will be held at Dominican University Saturday Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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