– November 15th, 2013 by Alana Jeralds –
Women’s soccer takes NAC playoffs by storm, next up NCAA
With a team that counts on each player, the Colby-Sawyer women’s soccer team has won the NAC Championship for the first time in the program’s history.
With a 5-0 win over Thomas, and a 1-0 win over Husson, the Chargers were able to advance to finals opposing Castleton, and gain a 1-0 win. The women’s soccer team now advances to the NCAA’s.
The Chargers women’s soccer team focused on building its offense this year, and it shows. So far the team has scored 67 goals, leaving the Chargers ranked 31st in the country.
As the women’s team moves forward into the NCAA’s, the team is ready and excited.
Coach Meghan Medbery is enthusiastic about the team’s success. “We are excited to be advancing into the NCAA’s for the first time ever in Women’s Soccer history. We will be taking on Montclair State University who is ranked #1 in the country as of today. We are just excited to have the opportunity to play another game together, and it’s just a bonus to get the experience of playing the best team in the country.”
With the team’s supportive attitude, they continue to flourish because the women work so well together.
Kelsey Campbell, a freshman who scored the fifth goal at the quarterfinal Thomas game, is amazed by the amount of effort the women put into each game. “We have an abundance of talent and everyone always puts in 110 percent.”
Medbery expresses why the girls play so well together, “One of Colby-Sawyer’s women’s soccer largest asset is the connection that we have as a team. Many teams in our league focus on two or three athletes to be their target players, and they rely on those few players to get the job done. For us, it is about all 34 of us coming together with a common goal and using all of our strengths to get the job done.”
During the final game vs. Castleton, the Chargers’ only goal was scored by senior Stephanie Huntley midway through the first half. Sophomore goalie Karley Hamilton made three saves.
During the Husson semifinal game, senior Adrienne Bender scored the Chargers only goal.
The Quarterfinal game vs. Thomas left Colby-Sawyer with a 5-0 win. Goals scored by Marion James, Senior, Tallon Tomasi, Sophomore, Adrienne Bender, Senior, Michelle Upham, Senior, and Kelsey Campbell, Freshman.
Upham, who scored during the quarterfinal game against Thomas, has valued playing during this successful season. “I have really enjoyed playing in these playoff games this year because our team makes playing fun. We push each other to do the best that we can.”
All of the women on the Chargers soccer team are proud of themselves, but their coach is radiant due to the women’s successes this season.
Medbery recognizes the Chargers talent, “As an alum of the program I am honored to work with a tremendous group of student athletes. They have definitely earned all their success this year and I couldn’t be more proud of all the work they have put in to get here.”