Women's Soccer Season Preview
The 2012 women's soccer season was memorable in many ways both on and off the field. On the field, the Shorewomen tallied their best record ever in Centennial Conference action, netted a winning record at home and bested Ursinus for the first time in 10 years. Off the field, the team survived a bus fire on their way to its first match at Randolph-Macon. This season the Shorewomen will look to build off of the positives of 2012 and take the next step toward becoming a contender in the Centennial Conference in 2013.
Head coach Kanute Drugan's second squad with the Shorewomen will be very young this season with nine freshman, three sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.
The two seniors on the team will be midfielders Heather Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and Kathleen Maleski (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll). Smith is coming off a season where she had career-highs in goals (6) and points (14). She tied for the team lead in goals and finished second on the team in points while starting in all 16 matches. Maleski started in all 10 contests she played in before suffering a season ending injury at Muhlenberg on October 6.
Forward Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) and back Taylor Matteson (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) are the pair of juniors on the Shorewomen for 2013. Patinella set the program record for assists in a season last year with six and tied Smith for the team lead in goals with six for a team-best 18 points. Her 18 points were the most by a Washington women's soccer player in 10 years. Matteson will be the team's most experienced player in the back had one assist for one point last year. She helped Washington pitch five shutouts a season ago.
Maleski, Smith, Matteson and Patinella will be the team's four captains this fall.
Representing the sophomores on the team will be forward Bailey Howard (Laurel, Md./Reservoir), wing Caitlin Byrnes (Crofton, Md./South River) and goalkeeper Ceara Scanlon (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood). Howard had 10 points on three goals and four helpers last season as she was second on the team in assists and third in goals and points. Byrnes participated in 10 matches for Washington as a freshman, starting on four occasions. Scanlon will be one of the team's two goalkeepers this fall.
The nine freshman on the team are goalkeeper Melissa Barry (Sparta, N.J./Sparta), back Paige Cahoon (Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills), wing Katie Doyle (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), wing Phoebe Ingersoll (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter School), midfielder Julia Jakus (Cedar City, Utah/Cedar City), back Kelsey McCurdy (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville), forward Ashley Shortt (Frederick, Md./Walkersville), wing Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill) and midfielder Laura Tocci (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury).
Joining Drugan on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Paul Kohorn and Brianna Lentell. Kohorn will be back for his second season with the side as an assistant, while Lentell is in her first year as assistant coach.
The Shorewomen will not have to worry about boarding a bus to start the campaign as they open at home this season on August 30 at 7:00 p.m. versus Neumann and will play their first three matches at home this fall at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium. Washington will entertain DeSales on August 31 and Widener on September 7 to conclude its opening three-match home stand. The squad will play its first road match on September 12 at Delmarva rival Wesley.
In addition to Neumann, DeSales, Widener and Wesley, Drugan's squad will play four more non-conference matches, two at home against Goucher and Catholic and two on the road at Penn State-Harrisburg and Delaware Valley.
In the Centennial Conference, Washington will travel to Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford and Swarthmore and will host Gettysburg, Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Ursinus and McDaniel.