Cougar Soccer is a hard-working family.
In his inaugural year as women's head coach, Josh Tyler is looking forward to the 2014 season (Tyler spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach).
The SCC Cougars are entering their sixth season as a NJCAA-sanctioned sport. Last year the Cougars had a winning record of 13-8 and finished second in the Region. The Cougars were ranked 24th in the nation for most goals scored. And this year proves to be no different.
Last season we had seven All-Region players, three of which are returning. Christina Conley will continue to play a vital role in the middle of the field. Alyssa Coons will wreak havoc against our opponents up top. Katie Martin returns to the net after a stellar season in which she was 16th in the nation for save percentage and 15th for goals allowed.
It has been fantastic to be with the program for the past three seasons and to be able to help build it up. Our level of play has increased every year, along with the interest. Our freshman class is fantastic and will change the way we play the game. Our depth is amazing. We have seen many of the incoming freshman women since their sophomore year. They have been coming to our camps, and I have been attending their high school and club games. It really is a special group of athletes that we are adding to the SCC family.
This season marks the first coaching change in three seasons. Coach Slayback played a vital role in getting ready for the 2014 season and much of our success will be due to her hard work in the off season.
The sky is the limit for the ladies this year. We have the talent to win a lot of games, and it falls on how hard they want to work and how far they want to take this season. I, for one, am very excited, not only because it is my first year as head coach, but also because we have built a program from the ground up and there are amazing things happening. To be a part of this team is something special.