COUGARS SOCCER HAS PERSONALITY, HARD WORK ETHIC
Third-year Head Coach Ashlee Slayback is looking forward to the 2013 campaign ...
St. Charles Community College Women’s Soccer Team is ready for their fifth season as an NJCAA sanctioned sport. Last year the Cougars had an unsatisfactory 2-11 record. Coach Slayback had decided to take on a more challenging schedule last year, and they played quality competition each game. Despite multiple injuries and a small roster, the team constantly worked hard, stayed positive and played together throughout the season. They hope to build on this season, as Coach Slayback was proud of the players for their success. The Cougars will continue to keep a tough schedule this year. They have even added a few new opponents. The Cougars are returning just 7 players from last year’s team.
Of the 7 returning players each of them were integral parts of their team’s success last year. Hayley Miller was named First-Team All-Region last year. She will be a major threat in the midfield for the Cougars. Alex Reiter was also named First-Team All- Region, and she will be a dominant player in the back. Alex has great ability to read the play and lead our defense. Honorable Mention All-Region and Captain last year, Megan Reis plays alongside Alex in the back. She has been a major force and staple to our team’s success. I hope to get her involved in the teams attack this year.
Ashlynn Reiter was projected to be our leading goal scorer last year until she had a season ending injury in a pre-season game. She is a strong player and has a knack for getting to the goal. Another player that was strong in our attack last year was Angie Ward. She is coming to us injured this year but should find a lot of playing time once she is healthy. Ashley Parisi was the backup goalkeeper last year for the Cougars. She returns this year to help lead the backfield. She has improved immensely in the past year and feels her hard work and positive attitude will help her succeed this year. Bella Werley rounds out the returning players with her work ethic and positive attitude. She was a player that found the starting line up most of the season last year and will continue to be a solid force in the back.
The Cougars will be adding an additional sophomore in Katie Janis. She transfers from Concordia University in Nebraska as a strong center back for SCC. She is a hard working player that is a true gamer.
With the talented and experienced sophomores, the Cougars added eleven freshmen to the team. Each player has the ability to make a major impact immediately.
Katie Martin, Catie Blake and Christina Conley all came to SCC from Francis Howell North. Blake will be a goal scorer for the Cougars, Conley will attack from the midfield and Martin will help defend our net as a goalkeeper. Rachael Harris and Lexie Hunk will be immediate impact players that will play in the back for the Cougars. Sammie Bauer, Destiny Hofstetter, Kalyn Sanders and Sarah O’Leary will help create our opportunities in the midfield. As well as Alyssa Coons, who is a special player from Union. Coons will lead our goal scoring chances along with Mackenzie Hoelscher.
"Coming into the third season with the Cougars I am really excited for this team’s potential. We have the chance to be very special if everybody stays healthy," said Coach Slayback. "This is a great group of girls that want to learn more about the game and push each other each day. The upbeat personalities create a hardworking yet fun environment. I am very excited and look forward to a great season."