Women’s soccer team looks to bounce back


The Wilkes University Lady Colonels are off to a slow start with a record of 2-3. With that being said there are many positives to take out of the start they are having. The team took a trip out to Schenectady, NY for a mini tournament against the host Union College, and UMass Boston. They split the trip with a win over UMass, but a heartbreaking 0-2 loss to Union. The Colonels have high aspirations for themselves. As of now, Senior Katie Hughes is the Colonels leading scorer with two goals, followed by Brittany Gurreri and Micaela Oliverio each posting one.

Junior Sara Wasley starting Midfielder for Wilkes, who has an assist on the season, has this to say “We really are working on keeping possession of the ball for a majority of the game, winning 50/50 balls, and scoring early in the game.”

Wasley is from Whitehall, Pennsylvania and has made an instant impact on the team from the moment she stepped onto campus. Playing in the majority of the games her freshman and sophomore years, as she even started in fourteen of them as a sophomore. She has scored three goals, and assisted another three through her first two years. As a junior now on the team, she is expected to be a

leader on the field. She has started in every game so far for Wilkes. When asked about her personal goals for the season she replied, “I am also working on keeping possession within the team, and being a leader for my teammates since we have a lot of young players with twelve new freshman that came this year.”

This quote in particular shows her passion, and how important being a leader on the team is too her. She is expecting nothing less than a successful season from her teammates

The Colonels are still awaiting their home opener, and even their conference opener. With all of their games so far being away they have had a hard time adjusting. Although they are off to a slow start, if they begin to play well in their conference games it will allow them to make it to playoffs, and hopefully win the conference. Wilkes first home game is on Saturday, September 13, at 5:30 pm against Gwynedd Mercy. Conference play does not begin until October 4th when they will face off against Desales University who they have not lost against since 2008.

The Colonels plan to turn around their rough start, “I think we have to work hard in practice and then apply what we’ve been working on into our games” said Wasley when asked about the teams rough start this season.

Wilkes Women’s Soccer team is not used to losing by any means, with records over .500 in the last few seasons; they are expect nothing less this season.