Men’s and women’s soccer wrap up uneven seasons
Liz Levey, ‘Doah Staff Writer
November 6, 2013
As November begins, the fall sports season comes to a close. The Shenandoah University Men’s and Women’s soccer programs had very contrasting 2013 seasons.
The Shenandoah University men’s soccer team completed its 2013 season on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with a 4-0 ODAC loss to Eastern Mennonite. Shenandoah ended its season 0-18.
The Hornets Head Coach Corbin Sutton was disappointed with the season, but saw that the team did work well together. “It is apparent that we have to get much, much better in all areas of the game: technically, tactically, physically and mentally/psychologically.” Sutton wants to continue working hard and have more of a “blue collar” mentality in training and matches- something he believed the team lacked all season. Even though the season was bleak, Sutton looks forward to the off season.
“We now have 9 months to prepare for our 2014 season and we are going to need every day in this span to get better.” Sutton also expressed that they needed to find players that want to strap the program on their backs and bring it to success. He looks to bring in recruits and work on player development in the offseason, hoping to bring change.
The Shenandoah University women’s soccer team, on the other hand, clinched a home game in the upcoming ODAC Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Randolph Macon in the Oct. 29. regular season finale. Women’s soccer ended the regular season 10-7-1 overall and 8-3-1 ODAC, which put the Hornets in a tie for fourth in the league.
Senior captain Brittany Butcher expressed that there were few road bumps. However, the team came together and found “their game” and what worked for the team. “The captains keep my expectations high going into playoffs,” she explains.
The women’s soccer team won their spot in the semi-finals during the Nov. 2 game with a 2-0 win against Roanoke. The Hornets played the first round of semi-finals on Tuesday, Nov.5 against Lynchburg College.