By John Niswander
Senior Maribeth Harrington said the completed women’s soccer team season was a “crazy mix of emotions.”
“We had so many ups and downs, but at the end of the day, we are a family,” sae said.
The 2017 season concluded with an overall record of 7-9-1 under first year Head Coach Tom Reilly. The Shorewomen experienced their best start to a regular season through nine games at 6-3. The seven wins were the most in the program since 2002, when the team won eight games.
The ups and downs were present throughout the season as WC began 4-1, but struggled down the stretch winning just one of their last eight games. The team’s last win was over Franklin and Marshall in overtime on Senior Day.
“All 26 of us have worked so hard over these past few months. There are no words to describe how much the seniors mean to the program. The seniors deserved to go out with a bang,” said junior Lindsay Russell.
WC was able to secure two wins in the conference this season out of 10 total conference games. These two conference wins were the first since 2013 for the program.
“This season was the best I think any of us have been around for. It is the first time we have been truly upset to see a season end. I think this is all due to our new coach, Tom Reilly, that we love, and our seniors who we are heartbroken to lose,” said junior Lauren Neary.
Prior to this season, the Shorewomen’s best winning percentage for a single season came in both 2000 and 2002 when they had a 0.421 winning percentage as they went 8-11-0 in both years.
“I am so proud of my team and everything we have accomplished this season,” Harrington said.
Reilly was able to increase the team’s win total overall, and in conference play after just his first season coaching at the collegiate level.
“I am so grateful I was able to be a part of a team that puts everything on the line for each other and always gives 110 percent. As a senior, I am excited to leave this team knowing where they are headed in future seasons,” Harrington said.