Soccer Season Previews

Men’s Soccer

By Shane Ostroski
Sports Editor

The Marywood men’s soccer team has started the season in a bit of the funk. At press time, the men hold a record of 1-3-1, including three games reaching overtime, but look to bounce back from adversity in true Pacer style. The men’s team reached the semi-finals of the CSAC tournament last year, and they are not looking to go down quietly this year.

The Pacers will rely on a lot of young talent this year to match the efforts from last year. Team MVP sophomore Brett Megee returns to as the team’s leading goal scorer from last year, and sophomore goalie Jared El Gayeh will be counted on once again to be a stone wall in front of the goal.

Sophomore Anthony Kapp will once again try to be a vicious goal scorer and improve on six goals from last year. Junior Midfielders Lee Powers and Billy Gordon will be relied on to help out Megee and Kapp.

“Billy Gordon is the hardest working kid on the team and he won a starting place on the team this year,” said Megee. The captain and lone senior, Sean O’Day, will try to shut down opponents along with sophomore Jonathan Tejada on the defensive end.

Women’s Soccer

By Christian Wagner
Sports Editor

Marywood’s women soccer team has already been in full swing, and the Lady Pacers look to repeat their success from last year, when they won the CSAC regular and post season championship. They also qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in team history.

The Lady Pacers began the season with a record of 1-2 as of press time. They’ll rely heavily on tri-captains junior Meghan Coyle, who was named 2008 CSAC Tournament MVP, junior Andrea Barker, CSAC co-player of the year, and senior Lisa Hanselman, who led the team in scoring last year.

Coyle had eight solo shutouts and had a record of 13-5-3. Barker also had the privilege of being named Marywood’s for NSCAA regional All-American for women’s soccer. The Pacers will also look to their younger players to step up. “Caitlin Light. I can say I trust her as a forward and I’m proud of how she is improving and the contribution she’s making. She really stepped up,” said Hanselman.