Sports

Goucher Fall Sports Preview

Emily Keyes
Sports Editor

Fall at Goucher brings with it the start of many of our sports teams’ seasons. Here is a preview of what to expect from each of our teams.

Men’s soccer:

This year the men’s soccer team is made up of 8 returning players, 13 freshmen and one new senior. The men’s goal this season is simple: qualify for the Landmark Conference Playoffs. Making the playoffs gives them a chance to win the League Championship. Rather than naming one particularly difficult opponent they are gunning for, the team is choosing instead to focus intently on each and every league opponent.  “Every game counts the same towards achieving our goals of making the playoffs making them all our biggest games of the year,” said Coach Bryan Laut. Laut notes that last year was, for the team, “the best year in the history of the program in the Landmark Conference,” and the team hopes to build on that to continue their success for the upcoming season.

Women’s Soccer:

This year the team features ten new freshmen, many of whom Assistant Coach Kate Robinson hopes will start, and nine returning players already recognized for their positive contributions to the team in previous seasons. The lady Gophers’ goal is to compete for the Conference Championship and make it to the NCAA tournament, along with continuing their positive attitude despite setbacks, an attitude developed after a string of injuries in the middle of last fall’s season forced the team to reorganize and work harder than ever. A new style of play and formation, one that is meant to adhere to the players’ strengths, are factors that the team hopes will improve the girls’ chances of victory. Like their male counterparts, the women’s soccer team is choosing to apply the same focus and drive to each and every one of their opponents. As Robinson said, “we hope that our girls show up to every game ready to play.”

Women’s Volleyball:

With the new season brings six new freshmen to the Women’s Volleyball team. The team’s goals are centered on playing up to the standards they and Coach Bossom have set, along with growing and getting better with each passing week. Their biggest conference opponent will be Juniata, along with regional opponent Hiram and Johns Hopkins. Support for the team is essential, so make sure to come out for each home match and cheer the girls on! Matches will include serving contests and other fun activities.

Women’s Field Hockey:

This fall the women’s field hockey team boasts six freshmen, one transfer and one new player, along with newly hired coach Megan Williams. The girl’s goals are to be above .500 this season and to make the Landmark playoffs. Coach Megan Williams is hoping that the team will end the season with a GPA of 3.3 or above, allowing them to continue their streak as the athletic team with the highest GPA.  Williams also hopes to help the girls develop a fast paced game that will allow them to end each conference game in victory. Emphasis is also being placed on making every single practice count.  According to Williams, “Our biggest opponents will be our conference games.  We want to make sure that our presence is felt in the Landmark.”

Men’s Cross Country:

With a new cross country season brings in three promising freshman: sophomore Andy Southworth, and first years Isaac Jennings and Josh Clair. The team also has three returning runners, and with this set of outstanding runners, Coach John Caslin is setting a goal for a 4th of 5th place finish in the Landmark Conference. As with every season, the men will run hard, have fun, and give it their all in every single race.

Women’s Cross Country:

One freshman, two new juniors and seven returning runners make up the promising women’s cross country team this fall. Coach Caslin hopes that the third place ranking the girls received during preseason rankings will correctly foreshadow their first conference championship win, the team’s main goal for the season, though he notes that competition will be very close, as four other teams also received the first place ranking. The addition of the new female runners is sure to make this a successful team.

Upcoming Games:

Sat., Sep 8 – Women’s Soccer

Washington (Md.) vs Goucher

3:30

Sat., Sep 8 – Volleyball

Goucher vs Bryn Mawr

11:00 @ Bryn Athyn, Pa.

Sat., Sep 8 – Volleyball

Goucher vs Bryn Athyn

1:00

Sat., Sep 8 – Volleyball

Goucher vs St. Elizabeth

3:00@ Bryn Athyn, Pa.

Sat., Sep 8 – Men’s Soccer

Rosemont vs Goucher

6:30

Sat., Sep 8 – Field Hockey

Goucher vs Albright

1:30 @ Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Bryn Mawr College Tournament

Sun., Sep 9 – Field Hockey

Goucher vs opponent TBD

TBD

@ Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Bryn Mawr College Tournament

Tue., Sep 11 – Volleyball

Goucher vs Notre Dame (Md.)

7:00

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