July 25, 2011

2010 UMW Women's Soccer in Review

Coming off a Capital Athletic Conference championship in 2009, and with just three seniors on its roster, the 2010 University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team battled to eight wins, ranking regionally throughout the season and challenging for a repeat of its CAC crown.

 Led by all-conference performers Sarah Tryon and Amy Olson, who led the team with 13 points, the Eagles posted an impressive 5-2-1 record at home, including a 3-1-1 mark in conference play. This year included a training trip abroad to Ireland, which included a pair of victories over Irish squads, as UMW prepared for the regular season.

 UMW opened the campaign with a 1-0 shutout win over Shenandoah University, with Tryon booting the game winner, and followed with a scoreless tie against Eastern Mennonite University.

 The Eagles then battled 12th ranked Rowan University to the end in a narrow 2-1 defeat. That strong effort against a nationally-ranked squad propelled the team to wins in their next four contests, over Bridgewater College, Randolph-Macon College, Wesley College, and Averett University.

 A tough 2-1 loss to Frostburg State University preceded a 3-2 victory over Marymount, and after a tough one-goal loss at Salisbury, the Eagles toppled North Carolina Wesleyan College, 5-1, on the road, in their biggest scoring spree of the year.

 After fall break, the Eagles topped CAC rival York College, 2-0, before tying Stevenson University, 2-2, on the road against the eventual league champions. A 1-1 tie against St. Mary’s College at Homecoming before 500 fans preceded an upset loss on the road to Hood College, and the season ended with a loss on the road to St. Mary’s in the CAC Tournament quarterfinals.

 Olson led the charge offensively for the Eagles, with five goals and three assists. Freshman Tina Rader emerged offensively, scoring four goals, including the game winner in overtime against Bridgewater. Sophomore Sunny Herold also scored eight points on three goals and two assists, and seniors Sarah Tryon and Chrissy Reardon each chipped in with six points.

 The Eagle defense was led by 2009 all-conference goalie Tina Brehm, who twice won the CAC Defensive Player of the Week award. Brehm piosted 64 saves for a 76.2 save percentage with four shutouts in 1600 minutes of action. Aiding the cause were past all-conference defenders Karen Strat, who also scored one goal and assisted on another, Marianne Dubinsky, and Emmalee Denkler.

 With a lrage number of returnees for 2011 and another solid recruiting class to bloster the troops, the Eagles will look to regain its grip on the CAC title, which they’ve won more than any other school (13 times), next autumn.