The Capital Athletic Conference awarded Kelsey Wirtz, a first year goalkeeper for the College, the player of the week award for “Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.” Wirtz is the second Seahawk on the women’s soccer team to win the award this year.
Wirtz, originally from Parkton, MD, recorded five saves Saturday, Oct. 10, in St. Mary’s league shutout victory over York College. Wirtz’s defensive performance gave her a second shutout of the season.
A graduate of Hereford High School in Northern Baltimore County, Wirtz is a Biology major seeking to pursue a career in physical therapy. When asked how she felt about receiving the award, Wirtz described herself as “shocked.” “As a freshman, I didn’t really know they gave it to freshman,” Wirtz said, “I didn’t think I did that well.”
Wirtz said her key to success was playing well. “Especially defense, and [having] a close knit team really helps.”
Wirtz said having a “short memory” when playing is best for one’s emotional state. She said she doesn’t let a win inflate her ego too much while simultaneously doesn’t let a win demoralize her too much. “I just play my game [and] don’t get a big head about it,” Wirtz said.
Wirtz began playing soccer in first grade and received many awards and accolades throughout her soccer career. Her high school recognition included a nomination for the All-Maryland team; a member of the All-Baltimore County team and the Senior All-Star team; and an All-Division selection.
Wirtz was also a member of Hereford’s two-time Maryland State Cup semifinalist team and two-time regional 3A champions team.
The St. Mary’s Women’s Soccer has an overall record of 4-5-1 and an in-conference record of 4-1.