By CASSANDRA KICKERT
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” The men’s and women’s soccer teams hope to achieve great things this season. The women’s team hopes to get to Nationals again and to get beyond the first round.
“If we do [make it to Nationals], our goal is not to get last place,” said sophomore Elementary Education major Janelle Filbeck. Fillbeck, the right midfielder for the girls’ soccer team, was named NCCAA Athlete of the Week on September 10. Another goal of the women’s team this season, said Filbeck, is to “remember that we play for ‘the 12th’ (God).” Filbeck is the leading goal scorer for the women’s team this season, already having eclipsed her season goal total from last season.
“We hope to go to Nationals and beat Providence in the Regional Tournament,” said senior Youth major defenseman Zach Peterson of the men’s team.
The girls and guys team have made coaching changes this season. Jake Smith is now the head coach of both teams. Bryan Windorf is now the men’s and women’s assistant coach, according to Peterson. Due to the new coaching, “practices are more structured and organized,” said Filbeck and Peterson. In addition, there is more unity on the women’s team, said Filbeck and sophomore captain and undeclared major Bethany Burkman. Each Thursday night, the girls get together for Bible study. Because of that, “the team is more spirit-minded,” said Burkman.
The men’s team has 10 freshmen this year. “Everybody is contributing,” said Peterson, “The freshmen have filled in big shoes from people who graduated or decided not to come back. Tyrone Waldon, an Intercultural Studies major from Bempflingen, Germany, is the team’s leading goal scorer this season. Additionally, Gabe Thomas, also and Intercultural Studies major, is in a starting defense role this season as a freshman.
“They are not afraid of hard work. They bring experience to the team. Every one of them has played travelling or high school soccer,” said Burkman.
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