After a Rocky Season, St. Mary’s Women’s Soccer Looks to Finish Strong
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Women’s Soccer team, led by sixth year head coach Peter Krech (‘09), has had a rocky road throughout the season, but they have continued to show fight throughout the season. As of Oct. 18, the squad has a record of 3-11.
In the offseason, the team had multiple additions to the team that have made an impact on the season. One major contributor has been Kaitlyn Steigner (‘23). The 5-foot-10-inch defender has been a valuable asset for the Seahawks this season. She has started in all 14 games and scored three goals. Most notably, her game winning goal on August 30 against McDaniel College was incredible as it sealed the team’s first ever regular season victory at the new Jamie Roberts Stadium. Regarding her experiences as a new Seahawk, she remarked, “I have enjoyed my first year because I have a lot of support from the upperclassmen in soccer and also in school.”
Another player who has been a stalwart on the team both this season and last is sophomore defenseman, Casey Mayo (‘22). Mayo has appeared in 13 games for the team this season. When asking her how to describe the season she exclaimed, “This season started out on a positive note with our two wins against McDaniel and Stevenson. Lately things have been a little rough but we have kept our heads up and have been working hard to make the best of the rest of the season.” She went on to say that there are indeed positive takeaways from the season thus far as stated, “We never give up, even when things get rough we just keep working hard and put all effort into practice and games” and continued by saying that “I have made some amazing bonds with the girls on the team that I will always remember.”
In the final few games of the season, the Seahawks are matching up against Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponents. In the coming weeks the team plays York College, The University of Mary Washington and Southern Virginia University to round out their season. The team will then shift their focus to the CAC playoffs that are slated to begin on Saturday, Nov. 2.
In asking both Steigner and Mayo on their goals for the rest of the season, both responded in a similar fashion. Steigner argued that they “work hard every game until the last minute and not let our heads down.” Mayo went on to say that the team tries to “stay positive no matter the outcome of the games, win the quarter finals and go up from there.”
Though the season has not gone to plan, the team still has high aspirations of how they want to finish the season. Regardless of the outcome of the team, the team is a family that will stick together to the end, as Mayo indicated, “We have our ups and downs just like any team, but we always tell each other to stay positive and we always bring each other down, even on our worst days, in the end we are a family and we play for each other.”
Come out and cheer on your Seahawks as they round out their regular season at home on Wednesday, Oct. 23 vs. York College and Saturday, Oct. 26. vs. Southern Virginia University.