New season, same goal: women’s soccer preview

By Ian Jackson, Contributing Reporter

NAIA Soccer

Photo Courtesy of John Konstantaras/Roosevelt Athletics

With the season just starting, the women’s soccer team is looking to build upon what they’ve done in past years in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

With freshman Erin Boland, Dalia Ramos and Brianna Tuuri-Cesarz joining and the returning players from last year, the Lakers are looking to make the playoffs this year.

“Our goal this season is to be competitive in the CCAC and get into the playoffs for the first time,” five-year Coach Roland Hahn said.

“We have a few players that could have really big years and making an impact. One of them is junior, Monica Munoz, one of our top scorers and a dangerous attack minded player. Also, senior Anna Agboola, who can change the game right away. Seniors, Chelsea Olson and Brenna Stremlau, will make a difference for us as well,” Hahn said.

Though their scheduled opponents will pose a challenge, the Lakers are determined to put up a good fight.

Coach Hahn and the women’s soccer team has been practicing non-stop during the offseason to prepare for the upcoming season.

“We have a few games against teams that are in the preseason Top 25 so every game you will have to prepare like you are playing the best team that you are going to face all year,” Hahn said.

The players are also working to overcome some challenges of their own this season as well.

Freshman midfielder Erin Boland has obstacles with her health.

“Personally, a tough obstacle for me to overcome at the college level is learning to better manage my Type 1 Diabetes. At the college level, I am unable to come out and go back in as much as I want if I am in need of checking my blood sugar,” Boland said.

This will be senior midfielder Chelsea Olson’s last season as a Laker, but she’s excited to work with her team again this year.

“Personally, taking things one day at a time could be an obstacle for me. I’m both excited and incredibly sad that it’s my last season, so most of all I want to focus on doing as much as I can for our team day in and day out,” said Olson. Olson is looking forward to this season. Olson said, “The team is starting to gel, more than I have ever seen in my career.”

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