By Christine Onorato
The women’s soccer team is back on the field and ready to go. After finishing last season strongly with 13 wins, the Lions are looking forward to another captivating season. They have already been selected as the favorite in the NJAC preseason poll, after having captured this championship title three times before. The Lions are followed by Montclair State University, Rowan University and Richard Stockton College, respectively.
The Lions will be going for their 22nd straight advancement into the NCAA Division III Tournament, and they feel like this is going to be another season for the record books.
“We have a lot of great returning players as well as some very talented new freshman,” said sophomore forward Korrie Harkins. “I think our team already has some great chemistry and that combined with talent and hard work, I believe we will be able to reach our goal.”
The College has a lot to live up to, but they are known to pack the best defense into one team and use it to halt the other team. Out of those 13 wins in 2011, 11 were brutal shutouts.
The new freshmen joining the Lions are looking to have bright futures as well. The upperclassmen on the team seem to be taking these freshmen under their wings and are teaching them what being a Lion is all about.
“We have a lot of depth on our team and new girls are able to successfully step into those positions,” said senior forward Brenna Rubino. “We also have many shining freshman joining the family that will undoubtedly continue to help our team improve.”
After watching the U. S. women’s soccer team grab the gold in the Olympics this past summer, the Lions will receive plenty of support all the way to what they hope is their 4th consecutive conference championship and onto the national championship.