DOVER, Del. – New faces mixed in with the upperclassmen highlight the Wesley College women's soccer squad that will be on the field in 2018.
"We had a great Spring season and that hard work and preparation has translated to the preseason and hopefully to the start of the season," said 23-year head coach Ed Muntz.
The team will lean on the veteran presence of seniors Janiah Moore, Sammy Williams and Kelsey Fitzpatrick. Moore, a two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree, tied for the team lead last year in points (24), goals (10) and assists (4). Williams and Fitzpatrick are leaders in the defense and midfield respectively and are mentors for the younger players.
"All three are crucial and integral parts of the program. Sammy and Janiah are captains again this year and have been big parts in helping the younger players Kelsey has really developed into a quality, dependable player and is a leader on-and-off the field."
Returning in the fold in the attacking half of the field is junior Amanda Butkus. sophomore Megan Shacklock, Amanda Moccaldi, Lauren O'Sullivan, Savanna Corcoran and Jaimi Snyder. Shacklock put away two goals last season and showed her versatility playing multiple positions last season. Moccaldi dished out two helpers and scored a goal while Snyder added a goal and an assist in 2017.
"Bringing back that core group of players in big in our program. They've had a chance to develop their game in the offseason and are looking for to make an impact this year on offense."
"Having those players returners provides a sense of comfort. They work well together and provides us with needed experience."
In the Atlantic East Conference preseason poll, Wesley was picked to finish fifth in the poll with 18 points and a first-place vote. Cabrini was picked to win the conference with 33 points and four first-place votes. Marywood was right behind Cabrini with 31 points and three first-place votes. Gwynedd Mercy (21 points) and Marymount (20) were slated to finish third and fourth in the conference respectively.
The Wolverines will open the season on Friday when they make the short trip over to Chestertown, Md. to take on the Washington Shorewomen in non-conference action. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.