By Lauren Grimaldi
“A bounce here or there and maybe (the season) has a different outcome,” Women’s Soccer head coach Roland Hahn said.
Sports can be unfair at times. One little mistake, a chance of fate or a bad bounce and the season’s outcome can change drastically in a split second. The 2015 Roosevelt’s Women’s Soccer team saw overtime losses in conference play that they attribute in part to this phenomena. They finish the season with a 7-11 record and a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) record of 3-9.
“Our future looks bright,” Hahn said. “We’re losing four important seniors who were with the program since it began, but we’re a very young team. We’ll be right there for next year.”
Hahn commended the four graduating seniors for their dedication to the program since its start in 2012. Forward Jamie Beniac, midfielders Carli Schlaker and Delaney Barrett, as well as defender Samantha Anderson are the four that will bid adieu to their time as Lakers when they walk across the Auditorium Theatre stage this spring.
Beniac noted that this season was not always easy for the girls, but team bond is what helped them through those rough patches.
“I’m sad to be leaving such a great group and leaving the program that us four seniors started that first year in 2012. This was our best record so far with seven wins which was good, we kept improving each year,” Beniac said. “As it came to an end we hit some rough patches that got in the way of making it to the postseason tournament which is disappointing because I know we had the talent, we just got a few unlucky finishes. But overall I wouldn’t have picked a better group of girls to play my last season with.”
Schlaker offered similar sentiments regarding her time as a Laker coming to an end in addition to her thoughts on the season overall.
“This season definitely had its ups and downs. Overall, we had a decent season. We started off strong then went a through losing streak period. It was difficult to stay in high spirits but through our team chemistry and trying our best to stay positive we were able to overcome any negative thoughts we had,” Schlaker said.
While the season had its tough moments, Schlaker believes those moments are what brought them together as a team the most.
“The highs of our season were being able to pull through our loses and focus on the following game. We believed in each other and that was enough for us to continue to push ourselves even if we felt like giving up,” she said.
The team ended its 2015 season with a 3-0 victory over Illinois Institute of Technology.