DOVER, Del. – One look at the 2017 Wesley College women's soccer team and there's one thing that is apparent. There are no seniors on the team. Head coach Ed Muntz still has very high hopes for the young Wolverines.
The Wolverines will lean on the leadership from junior captains Janiah Moore and Sammy Williams, as well as sophomore Aleya Cummings. Moore is a two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Second Team honoree while Cummings was also on the All-CAC Second Team a year ago. Cummings placed second in the CAC in goals (14) and third in points (30). Moore was tied for ninth in the CAC in goals (6) and tied for 12th in points (15). Williams has been the leader of the Wolverine defense during the offseason and preseason.
"Having no seniors on the team is an interesting aspect of the team that we are certainly not used to," Muntz stated. "Janiah and Sammy as our team captains have done a tremendous job and the underclassmen have bought into the leadership that both players bring."
Muntz has brought in over 15 freshmen to this year's team, one of the largest incoming classes in program history for depth on this year's team and contend for starting roles on the team.
"There are certain challenges of having so much youth on the team," Muntz said. "Going away from home for the first time and getting used to the team dynamic is something that the upperclassmen and the captains have certainly done a great job in building that chemistry with the freshmen in the preseason."
Other returners in the field that are looking to make an impact this year are junior Kelsey Fitzpatrick and sophomores Aline Check, Amanda Butkus and Emily Garrett. Check led the team and finished in a tie for fourth in the CAC in assists (5) in 2016.
Sophomore Amanda Deputy returns to contend for a starting spot in net in 2017 after seeing time in four games last season.
The Wolverines open the season at home on Friday, Sept. 1 when they host the Washington Shorewomen under the lights at 7 p.m. at Drass Field at Scott D. Miller Stadium.
"It's important for us to get off to a great start," Muntz said. "We want to hit the ground running. We felt great about the preseason and it is key that we play well in the non-conference season before we get to CAC play."