Women’s soccer is off to a great season so far, with a 4-2 record. Last year, their record was 6-8-3, with a 5-2-1 record for conference games. Already, the girls and their coach, Brianne Weaver, ’00, are looking forward to a successful season. Weaver is currently “very pleased” with how the season is progressing. She said, “I think this is the strongest Seahawk team I’ve seen here,” including the years she played for the Seahawks.
Weaver said they haven’t changed their strategy since last year and attributes their winning season to the girls’ experience. Additionally, she believes that team bonding and cohesiveness is strong; the Seahawks traveled to Spain in May to play soccer and enjoy the country. Junior defender Caroline Posner agreed: “I think the team is playing well together…we’ve beat teams that were not easy teams to beat and we’re playing well as a team.” Overall, though, Weaver’s approach hasn’t changed radically: they try to “keep things similar [and] go out as hard as we can and fight for everything.”
Unfortunately, the Seahawks have lost their past two games against #7 Johns Hopkins University and York College, 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. However, the team wasn’t too disappointed about the Hopkins loss since they’re nationally ranked. Senior forward Bridget McGovern said “It’s not like they dominated us… it was a good lesson learned.”
Right now, the Seahawks are ranked #9 in the region, which is the first time they’ve had a ranking since 2008. Because the team is comprised of mostly first years through juniors (McGovern is the only senior on the team), Weaver thinks the team is set up to be strong for a couple of years.
This team, Weaver said, is a very cohesive team and is “playing really well as a unit.” Weaver said the defense is “really strong this year” and “offensively, [the Seahawks] are much more dynamic.” Additionally, the team has multiple goal scorers, so offense is also strong. “This is such a fun group to work with,” said Weaver. “They make coaching rewarding…it’s absolutely a joy to work with them.”
McGovern said she thinks the Seahawks’ “attack is a lot more potent than it’s been in years past. [There are] a lot more girls scoring.”
Currently, the goal this year is to win the conference and go to the NCAA tournament. McGovern’s outlook is positive: “This is the first time since my [first year that] I think we’ll win [the Capital Athletic Conference].”
This Tuesday, the Seahawks will play Catholic University and later in the month, the Seahawks play Frostburg State University for Hawktoberfest. Weaver said they’d love to have a large spectator turnout for the Frostburg game since the Bobcats eliminated the Seahawks from the tournament last year; Weaver expects the upcoming match to be a heated one. “[We have] a lot of fight in us,” said Weaver. “We work very hard.”
Weaver also stressed the importance of their faculty advisor, Professor and Chair of English Ben Click. Weaver said he attends practices and games, provides inspiration for the team, and is a general asset. “He’s fantastic. He’s kind of our twelfth man.”
Overall, Weaver is impressed with the season so far and is especially pleased with the team’s effectiveness. Said Weaver, “I think we have depth, I think we have talent, and above all else, a lot of heart and determination.”