The Colorado College women’s soccer team has begun their 34th season of Division I soccer and their fourth season in the Mountain West Division. Coming off an 8-11-0 overall record and a 4-7-0 in the Mountain West last season, the Tigers are heading into this new season hungry to show off new talent.
“I think this year’s team has more depth and talent than previous years,” said senior Anne-Sophie Lapointe, one of the team captains. “Everyone can play at a competitive level, which allows us to win as a team and not rely on one particular player to do all the work.” The Tigers are returning 15 players and eight starters from last season. In addition, the team is gaining nine newcomers, who include eight first-years and New Zealand native, Johanna Hamblett, who started all 18 games as a first-year at Mississippi State last season.
Eight sophomores and eight first-years make for the second youngest team in head coach Geoff Bennett’s 14-year career at Colorado College. “The team has been very welcoming to me and all of the other freshmen,” said first-year Camille Weaver. “Everyone is very hardworking, focused on becoming better soccer players and a better team. They are also very fun and energetic which keeps a good balance to practice every day!”
Despite the young squad, the team has high expectations for the incoming season. “For my last season as a Tiger, I would love—and will do anything—to win our conference and get a ring!” said Lapointe. “We have all the tools to get the job done and if our four captains can get people to believe in our team [as we believe in ourselves], then we can have a great season and exceed expectations.”
As of this week, the Tigers are currently 1-3-0 overall and are four games into their non-conference schedule, which consists of eight games. The team lost their season opener on Stewart Field to the University of Northern Colorado on Aug. 18. On Aug. 23, the Tigers traveled north where they suffered a narrow defeat against No. 25, University of Colorado Boulder. However, on Aug. 24, the Tigers returned home and defeated the University of Albany 2-1. First-years Camille Weaver and Riley Prillwitz both scored goals for the team. Last Friday, the Tigers went on the road again to Kansas where they fought hard, but ended up losing 0-2.
Despite their mixed record at the moment, the team is optimistic for the rest of the season. “Everyone works really hard, so in the few short weeks of playing we’ve already grown and progressed as a team immensely,” said Prillwitz. “It’s a really fun family environment that makes me want to play my hardest and take risks during games. I really hope that we are able to make it to the Mountain West tournament in Vegas at the end of the season.”
The Tigers go head-to-head with University of South Dakota tonight on Washburn field at 6 p.m., so head over to our home field to show our only D1 women’s sport some love!