By AMANDA CALLENDAR
On a cold and windy day, the University of Mary Washington women’s club soccer team lost a heartbreaking 2-1 game against George Mason University. The second game finished differently, as the Eagles found victory with the 1-0 shutout victory.
The women’s club soccer team ended their competitive season last week with games against George Mason and Old Dominion University at home. The Eagles played their games down at the campus rec field behind the Alvey parking garage, the same location as their practice.
This season, their three officers, seniors Sam Kasner, Courtney Braman and junior Jenna Eggborn, led the women’s club team.
“This season went very well,” Eggborn said. “We had a lot of new members join and we played very competitively against all of our opponents. We had a team pasta dinner early in the semester and our annual fundraiser, Dawn to Dusk, was a success.”
Many new faces joined this year, including a number of former varsity athletes, adding to the depth of the team, totaling the amount of girls to about 20. Their hard work and practices three days a week helped the girls maintain a cohesive team dynamic throughout their season.
The girls practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and work on their skills they could demonstrate on the field. The girls are often forced to share the field with the men’s club team, which at times involve them scrimmaging against one another. “Whenever we play with the guys, it makes us work a little harder and we push ourselves more,” said sophomore Holly Irwin.
Though their season is over, Eggborn and the rest of the team is very optimistic moving forward, notably next semester, especially with their great team chemistry. “As a team we always strive to work a little bit harder, we push our teammates and always expect 100 percent,” Eggborn said, “We are a club team and enjoy having a good time together, but the talent the team holds allows us to play more competitively and push each other.”
Soon the team will be voting on new captains as they prepare for the spring season. As they set up their upcoming schedule, the ladies are very excited for the spring and will continue their hard work and maintain the competitive nature of the women’s club soccer team. Their goals for next semester are to continue to practice and condition harder and qualify for nationals in the fall of 2016.