Women's soccer: One down, lots to go
The Bowdoin Women's Soccer Team started off its season with a 4-0 defeat
of Bridgewater State last Saturday. Jill Falwell '04, who was subsequently
named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her efforts, scored two goals
and had an assist in the team's win. The team hopes that its decisive
first win is but a small indication of the success that awaits them this
The Bowdoin women have a rich history of success in NESCAC. In addition
to boasting an overall winning percentage of .735, the team has reached
the NCAA tournament in each of its past six years -a distinction no other
NESCAC team can rival. Presently, the team is looking forward to a promising
season under the leadership of head coach John Cullen and senior tri-captains
Katie Sheridan, Jeanne Nicholson, and Allison Lavoie.
Nicholson is excited about the team's prospects, and expects that it
will enjoy yet another winning season. "We are a young team, and
we have a lot to live up to, but we are planning on being successful like
we always have been," she said. "Winning the NESCAC [championship]
is a real possibility for us."
Nicholson was particularly enthusiastic about the outstanding play of
Emily Rizza '02, a goalie who returns to the team after studying abroad
during last season. Nicholson said that she thinks Rizza's contributions
will be of immeasurable value in the team's NESCAC title quest.
Success for the team also depends upon the ability of newcomers to fill
the void left by the graduation of seven senior starters. However, junior
forward Shellie Chessie suggested that the team isn't too worried about
an absence of experience. According to her, in preseason play, "everybody
looked good. In particular, our freshman class is strong and has played
really well," she said.
The women's sound defeat of Colby (whom Bowdoin has not lost to in twenty-eight
years) during a preseason matchup suggests that the team has truly adjusted
to the pressures and changes of being a young team. The Bridgewater State
defeat seems to confirm this assumption.
The team must face down some excellent opponents in order to continue
its string of early successes. The Lady Polar Bears play Williams tomorrow,
and follow with an Amherst matchup on Sunday. The following Saturday,
they face Middlebury.
All three home games are expected to be extremely competitive, and should
help to project how far the Bowdoin Women's Soccer Team can go this year.