Thank you to those who have donated!
As our first week of this campaign comes to a close, I wanted to highlight the reason you should feel proud to support women's soccer. This is how our 2015 season started...by the third game we had lost two of our top recruits and a returning starter to season ending injuries. Two weeks later we lost our 2014 Rookie of the Year and an All MASCAC defender the same way. We had a player who dislocated her shoulder 5 times before she finally went into a sling and took 3 weeks off, another who had pneumonia, and a senior who spent every moment outside of games in a walking boot. One of our senior captains, our leading goal scorer the past two seasons, played through so many injuries that our athletic training staff had her sitting out of almost every practice just to get her through game days. We started the season going 2-6, surrendering 18 goals and only scoring 3! Our players were faced with shuffling positions - including putting our 3x starting goalkeeper at outside back - and learning a new system. Where many other teams would've quit or become frustrated and pointed fingers and assigning blame, the 2015 Vikings refused to take the easy way out. They spent extra time in the athletic training room getting healthy, they spent extra time in the classroom watching video and learning the new system, and they gave their blood, sweat, and tears every time they took the field. The second half of the season? The went 4-3-1, scored 14 goals while giving up only 7, and made it to the MASCAC quarterfinals where they lost on a PK to the 2014 ECAC Champions.
Your support is not just about athletes. Your support is about Vikings. It is about recognizing the sacrifice and dedication these young women give, and the way they represent our team, program, and university. It is about helping them focus on excelling in the classroom and on the field, without having to incur out of pocket expenses or give up important team trips and bonding activities. As an alumni and former player, I am proud to be a Viking. And I am blessed to have them call me Coach.
Please consider a gift and thank you for your support!