As students return to class to hit the books, some students also return to the field to hit their training regimes. This 2019 – 20 season seems to be nothing short of exciting for the Poets, especially due to incoming first-years, eager to show their talent to their teammates, coaches, and everyone watching them play. Without a doubt, the teams are also eager to have these first-years play, in hopes of leading their team to glory.
Women’s Soccer is a team aiming for the top spot this season. The team endured a disappointing season last year, winning five out of 16 games and scoring only eight goals by the end of the season. The lack of results in offense resulted in the team finishing 5–5–4 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, ranking them in 6th place on the table. This year, landing in a playoff spot is on everyone’s minds, including the coaches and players. According to SCIAC’s Instagram Page, Whittier is projected to place 6th in this season’s power ranking, with 33 points predicted to be won by the Purple and Gold.
Preseason was already in full swing for the Poets, as they hit the ground running in their first match against Santa Monica College, pulling away with a close 3 – 2 victory, marking their first home victory. Unfortunately, the Poets marked another first with a loss as they fell 1 – 2 visiting Soka University. That loss didn’t disrupt any momentum, as the Poets battered East Los Angeles College 5 – 1. However, the team struggled to find their footing as they faced a pair of formidable opponents in California State Dominguez Hills and California State L.A., drawing 0 – 0 and losing 0 – 3, respectively. According to preseason results, the team seems to contain talent waiting to be used during the season, but first have some issues that the coaches hope to iron out before the season starts.
“The team is looking really strong. I am genuinely excited for this upcoming season.” said fourth-year Center Forward Erin Myers. “Our two assistant coaches are great at what they do.” While praising the experience of their coaches and the talent of her team, Myers also pointed out aspects of her game to sharpen: “Personally I am looking to improve on controlling my emotions during the game. I get in my head too often.” Additionally, Myers addressed what to work on for a team-wide scale, “As a team, I hope to work on our overall communication on and off the field.” Despite having areas to work on, Myers had a simple goal for both herself and her team, “I want to score 10 goals this season and win SCIAC.”
This season, the team looks to rise up from the ashes of last season and prove themselves as playoff contenders. Myers and company will have the opportunity to work on her season goals as Whittier hosts University of California Santa Cruz at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.