2013 Women's Soccer Preview

2013 Women's Soccer Preview
The 2013 Wesley College women's soccer team will look to build around the success of a 2012 season that saw them make their first CAC postseason tournament appearance since 2009.

The squad finished the 2012 campaign with an 8-8-2 overall record going 1-5 in Capital Athletic Conference play. In the first round of playoffs, the Wolverines fell to York in penalty kicks 7-6.

"We have some really good experience coming back," said head coach Ed Muntz, who is the only women's soccer coach in program history and is entering his 19th season at the helm. "With our new players, we are adding competition to practice and developing a lot of depth. I'm excited for what's to come."

Looking to lead the Wolverines in the front line will be sophomore Karysa Pikoulas. Pikoulas scored four goals while dishing four assists for 12 points. "She had a great spring. I'm really excited to see her pick up right where she left off," Muntz said. Also entering her sophomore season, Megan DeFalco scored two goals to go with two assists for six points. "Meg had great experience last year. She holds the ball well up front and has a very high work rate," Muntz said. Brooke Cicale, a second year player, will add experience upfront as well as first-year players Keri Kenna, Joelle Matthews, Breonna Day, Becara Dalton, and Kristen Griffith. "I couldn't be more pleased with the way our girls are getting after it each and every day," Muntz commented.

The midfield will be led by former Second Team All-CAC performer Chelsi Biener. Biener led the team with 12 goals and one assist for 21 points last season. "Chelsea is our anchor in the middle," Muntz said. She will also be looking for Morgan Warrington, who laced a goal with five helpers, to provide stability when transitioning from defense to offense. "Our attack plays run through them," Muntz mentioned. "They're both super athletic and work together extremely well. Christina Verzi, a transfer from Harford CC, will also fill the middle and add athleticism and experience to the Wolverine midfield. Brooke Thompson, Chelsea Marriner, Devan Ross, Samantha Barker, and Natalie Trujillo will all compete in the midfield. "They're all capable of playing right away," Muntz said. "I'm confident in these girls, right now I am looking for each girl to find their role."

Defensively, the Wolverines return their starting back line in Stevi Carpenter, Rachel Kurtz, Samantha Lyon and Kerri Pagels. Pagels laced four goals a season ago while Carpenter added an assist. Lyon scored two goals and had two assists. Brooke Thompson, Ashley Calandra, and graduate student Tristin Burris will seek playing time and add depth to an already experienced backfield.

In net, the Wolverines will look to Samantha Brannigan who posted a 0.79 goals allowed average and a .909 save percentage. She recorded 20 saves while only allowing two goals in part time action a season ago. Marriner, who will see time in the field, will also serve as a backup goalie.

"I'm very excited for the growth that is going on within our program," Muntz commented. "We want to get better each day, compete on the practice field, and get back into the CAC post season."

The Wesley women's soccer team will host Gwynedd-Mercy August 31st at 7:00 p.m at the Scott D. Miller Stadium. Capital play will start when the squad travels to Frostburg State on September 28th for a 4:00 p.m. contest.