It’s difficult to see the significance of improvement in a season record of 3-16-0, but the steps forward taken by the 2012 MacMurray College women’s soccer team this season were, in fact, significant. In the past ten years, the women’s soccer program has had six seasons with one win or less and has only had one year better in terms of wins, and that was 2006 with four wins during that season. This 2012 season was all about improving, and the team did exactly that.
“Our women’s program improved in all areas this year. We were better in all three thirds, we were more athletic, and we had better depth off the bench,” said head coach Shane Taylor. “But what impressed me most about this team was overcoming adversity in the form of injuries. At times, it felt like we had more players injured and unavailable than we had healthy available players to fill their shoes. But our players overcame this, some played out of position to help cover, and everyone did their part when needed. This is an important quality for any team, and I am proud that our players showed this resiliency,” added Taylor.
Although our 2012 team was relatively young with the majority of players freshmen or sophomores, the two seniors we did have played significant roles on the field and off. “Alicia Mayfield and Lindsay Miller (captain) were impact players, leaders, and excellent teammates. We wish them the best and we will miss them,” said Coach Taylor.
Season highlights include:
- In 2012 the program earned its largest margin of victory in the past 6 years with a 7-0 win at Stephens College.
- An overtime 2-1 win at Robert Morris Springfield.
- Alexis Apodaca-Fresquez earning SLIAC Honorable Mention All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Honors.
- Amber Davis and Elizabeth Suhrbier earning SLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors.
- Lindsay Miller earning the All-Sportsmanship Team Honor.
The women’s soccer team opens their 2013 season on the road against Northland College on August 30, 2013.
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