YORK, Pa. - The Wesley College Women's Soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Poll conference officials announced on Monday. The Wolverines finished last season with a 5-10-2 mark including a 2-7 conference record.
The Navy and White will return 11 players from last year's roster, including All-Conference selection Janiah Moore. Moore led the Wolverines with 29 points, scoring 13 goals and dishing off three assists in her freshman campaign. On the defensive end, Natalie Trujillo, Kayla Ryan, and Ashley Kistler each return to the back line. The trio started 15 games together in the back last season.
"When we think of leadership as a program it's a commitment from every player," explained Head Coach Ed Muntz, "Of course we will rely on our team captains, Natalie Trujillo and Kristen Griffith, and the rest of our upperclassmen."
In goal, the Wolverines will reshuffle their lineup after graduating two goalkeepers last season. Antonia Pote will likely move to a field position while freshmen Amanda Deputy and Lexi Gausepohl will compete with senior Sam Brannigan for the starting netminder position. Brannigan started five games in goal for the Wolverines in the 2013-14 season and returns to the squad after a two-year hiatus.
"Currently we have three goalkeepers competing for the starting position and we feel very comfortable with all of them," said Muntz, "We have quality depth and balance with our goalkeeper position and it puts us in a good spot."
Deputy and Gausepohl are a part of a nine-member freshman class that should contribute to the Wolverine lineup immediately. Madison Roberts and Emily Garrett will add depth to the back line while Amanda Butkus, Aline Check, and Aleya Cummings will contribute in the midfield. Cowan Cummings and Katie Ford will look to add scoring options for the Wolverines up top.
"We are extremely excited about our talented freshman class and the impact that the class will have on the upcoming season," commented Coach Muntz, "The sky is the limit with this class and the future is bright."
The Wolverines begin their season on Sept. 1 when they play host to Goucher College. The squad will also take on Cairn, Immaculata, Lehman, and Hood at home before beginning conference play. Wesley opens their conference schedule with a trip to Frostburg State on Sept. 24. Five of the team's eight October games will be played at home, and all of them against conference opponents.
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