By Ian Jackson, Staff Reporter
The season has started off a little rocky for 2016 women’s soccer team starting off 0-6 with several close games that went down to the wire. But with a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross College, this team is riding a new wave of momentum heading into conference play to turn their luck around and win the conference title. In the offseason there were things the Lakers worked on to get ready for this season.
“We have a summer workout routine that we have the girls work on for example there is strength and conditioning and aerobic fitness so they can be prepared when we head right into season,” coach Roland Hahn said.
There is always room for improvement each and every season and this season is no different.
“I need to continue to improve on aiming my shots more, getting the ball off my foot faster for passes and accuracy for my shots so they can be precise,” Chelsea Olson, junior midfielder and co-team captain said.
According to Hahn, a few key seniors were lost from last season but the team is looking to improve their defense.
“If we have a solid defense then the offense will take care of itself when opportunity presents itself,” Hahn said.
With the win against Holy Cross, it was a great confidence booster for the team to give them that competitive edge to show to themselves that they can hang with the conference and take home the title.
“The win was a big momentum booster for us and I hope it will carry over into the next couple of matches because the CCAC (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) is very tough for women’s soccer, and five teams on our schedule that are in the top 25 in the rankings,” Hahn said.
The captains on the squad this year are junior midfielder Chelsea Olson, senior defender Hope Katakis and senior forward Jamie Beniac. They all have key roles in leading the team to bring home a conference title. In the offseason, they have been working hard to improve their skills to do so.
“I need to improve on my conditioning; my left foot play and I need to step up in a leadership role since my teammates count on me by example,” Beniac said.
Players in leadership positions know they are examples for others, and they set goals for improvement.
“I need to work on my confidence and my technical play so mostly my mental game is what I need to work on so I can improve as a player,” Katakis said.
The team captains plan to do their best to lead this team to a conference title.
“In the match with Holy Cross I saw a lot of great things and hopefully we can bring that same intensity into the next few games,” Hahn said.