By Robin Allard, sports editor
Women’s soccer kicked off this season with a 2-0 win against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Aug. 30. The team’s second match this season was against Northwest Missouri State last Sunday, with a loss of 1-9.
The team underwent a change in coaching when former head coach Derek Nichols resigned last semester. The position was then filled by Victor Garcia-Bebek, a former Newman men’s soccer player.
According to senior and team captain Megan Hostick, Garcia has been preparing the women’s soccer team with a harder preseason than the previous year.
The coach, along with the team, has set specific goals they want to meet this season.
“Our objective is to make the conference tournament,” Garcia-Bebek said. “We have two goals in mind. To score more than 20 goals this season and to finish top 3 in the conference.”
There are three captains selected for this season: seniors Emily Arden and Megan Hostick and junior Jordan Deboer. They have played the last two seasons together and have similar expectations for this season.
“My expectations are that we will do better than we ever have as long as we play as a team,” Arden said. “We’ve struggled before, not playing and communicating as a team, but I’ve already seen so much improvement that I really do believe we’ll make it as far as we would like to this season.”
The leaders of the team have shown the way to the new players. Hostick scored the second goal against Northwestern Oklahoma State to secure the win.
“We are more determined than ever to make it to playoffs and to strive to do our best on and off the field,” Hostick said. “I think the key is that we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which help us succeed in games.”
Deboer also thinks that teamwork and communication are key factors for a good season.
“I see this season being very different than last year,” Deboer said. “The coaching staff is much more intense and vocal in practice and games. It makes our team pick up our intensity and really focus on our game. We are hoping for a great season and to get a lot of fans out to cheer us on.”
The women’s soccer team will be back on the field at 2 p.m. on Friday in Edmond, Okla. to play against Southwestern Oklahoma State.