Women’s soccer: New players bring toughness

By Jeff Davis

The McDaniel women’s soccer team is moving in the right direction. Off to a slow start, the team is looking to regain some momentum after their recent 5-0 win against Notre Dame of Maryland.

Excited for the last stretch of the season, all seven games are conference games. With three of the games at home and four on the road, the team is eager to be on familiar territory. With a 1-2 conference record, they match up well against most of their remaining opponents. Looking to seniors Kelly Neel, Meagan Flannery, and Sarah Wallace for leadership, first year head coach Bryan Shumaker is “excited about the growth of the entire team, especially with the trainings being so positive.”

In addition to the experienced players, this team also possesses some young players who bring a great deal of toughness and determination to the team.

Freshmen like Lisa Jurd, Tia Scott, and Kelly Scheler are “continually energetic, and have made the last six matches extremely competitive,” Coach Shumaker said.

Another key player is Brittany Baer. Academically, she is listed as a sophomore yet sportswise she is a freshman with four years of college eligibility remaining, transferring to McDaniel this year. With two assists and a team leading seven goals, look for her to continue giving opponent goalies trouble as the team heads into the final stretch.

As the season head to a close, Shumaker and the rest of the team are looking to go out with a bang. With upcoming home games against Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, and Haverford on October 6, 17, and 27 respectively, look to support our ladies out on the field.