Thursday, August 28, 2014
The 2014 Titan women's soccer team, under the direction of 13th-year head coach Girish Thakar, will look to build off the 2013 season when the team advanced to the four-team PAC championship playoffs after winning the most games in regular-season play in five years.
"The team will look to the experience the returning players will bring as well as production from a talented group of newcomers who also have the desire to leave a mark in our program," Thakar said.
The Westminster program finished 11-7-2 overall in 2013, including a 6-1-2 mark and a third place finish in the PAC. The Titan's 11 wins were the most since 2009, while their six conference wins were the most since 2007. Also, Westminster's victories over Washington & Jefferson and Grove City during the regular season were the first since 2007. The Titans were picked to finish third in the 2014 PAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Titans return 13 letterwinners, including eight starters. Sophomores defender Sammy Creese and and midfielder Meredith Mishler are the returning All-PAC honorees. Creese, a second-team selection, ranked fourth on the team with seven points. She earned three goals off 17 shots, one of which was a game-winner. Mishler, who earned honorable mention, played in 19 games for the Titans. Her goal and two points tied her career-high from 2012.
Senior midfielder/forward Kerri Inzinga, a three-year letterwinner and starter, is the most experienced player on the 2014 Titan squad. Inzinga tied for second on the team last season with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist). She also tied for first with three game-winning goals. Seniors midfielder Rachel Simko and forward Krysten Opsatnik provide additional leadership.
Junior midfielder Krista Edwards, junior goalie Maddy Frech, junior goalie Rachael Letscher, sophomore defender Allee Oskin, and sophomore forward/midfielder Raechel Pusateri round out the returning starters for Westminster. Frech is the returning statistical leader between the pipes as she led the Titans in starts (11), goals against average (1.04), saves (87), and wins (3) in 2013. She tied with Letscher with a team-high three shutouts. Pusateri made an immediate impact for the Titan offense, adding three goals in 2013.
Westminster's newcomers who could make an immediate impact include defender Abby Gore, midfielder Anna Iraola, and goalkeeper Laura Page.
"The challenge is to have our returning student-athletes produce the type of soccer that allowed us to make the playoffs in 2013," Thakar added. "We would like to build on that and push for another exciting season."
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.