Colorado College student fans’ high hopes and loud cheers could be felt and heard across Stewart field by the dense crowd of 1,739 while our Women’s soccer team was in the zone during the first round game of the NCAA tournament.
Two weeks ago, the exciting and impressive 110-minute performance from Colorado College and Duke University ended with Duke victorious after post-overtime penalty kicks.
At 27:11, Cobb’s header led Duke 1-0. With 2:25 left in the first half, junior midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis tied the game after getting open on the right side and volleying a cross from sophomore teammate Sarah Schweiss into the net.
Both CC’s head women’s soccer coach Geoff Bennett and Robbie Church, the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils, had nothing but accolades to say about this game; both teams did a remarkable job, performed to their best ability, and boldly persevered to the end.
CC finished this season with an overall record of 15-4-3, which, according to senior goalkeeper Cody Kornack, is the best season this team has had in comparison to all of her previous years combined.
This year, Colorado College won the conference tournament championship, and not only made it back to the NCAA stage for the second year in a row, but also earned a first-round home game for the NCAA tournament. Although this first game of the NCAA season brought CC women’s soccer season to an end, “the sadness of losing that one game,” says Kornack, is far outweighed by all of our happy memories this past season and the past 4 years.”
This select group of athletes did create very special atmosphere on and off the field, but “next year’s team is still made up of a group of talented, determined, and hard-working girls with a lot of potential” Kornack said.
As for the future prospects of the team, next year, “our Colorado College program,” senior Yumi Nguyen says, “will be losing a large senior class of 8 players” including Kecia Morway, Madison Whitehead, Lynn Froetscher, Shaina Riciput, Cody Kornack, Sarah Haizlip, and Katie Uyenishi.
All of this team’s accomplishments came from what Nguyen calls “a true team effort,” and one that really “emphasizes work ethic.” For the midfielder/forward senior Lynn Froetscher, her experience on this team as been “an amazing environment to play in,” and according to Froetscher, “it could have easily been us heading down to Florida instead of Duke.”
The lessons learned on and off of the soccer field were crucial to the fulfilling experience of being on this college team for all of these seniors athletes.
Senior defender Kecia Morway says, “No matter what, they will always be a team that battles.” So after working hard this spring and summer 2014, watch out for our battling women’s soccer next year!