LWS: Ohana Leading to Success

Caitlin Dorsch, Copy Desk Chief~

LWS Ohana Picture for Issue 8

Left to right – Junior Midfielder Alyssa Rudy, Senior Forward Caitlin Mertens, Graduate Student Midfielder Rachel Cooke, Senior Defender Tate Royer, and Senior Defender Katie Waring.  Photo taken by Senior Hannah Grasberger of Lynchburg Sports.

As highlighted in  Issue 3 of The Critograph, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer teams’ theme for this year is ‘Ohana’.

With only two regular season ODAC matches left, the team is looking to end their regular season on a six game winning streak.  After losing a close game to Randolph-Macon College in the middle of the season, the team has regrouped.

Redshirt junior midfielder Georgie Duggan said, “The team is playing with a fire that cannot be diminished.”  She continued, “We are reaching the end of our season, and we are now playing to give our seniors another game.”  

Since their game on October 3, the team has almost completely destroyed every opposing team’s offensive attack. They have scored 35 goals and  conceded 5.

The team is  traveling to play at Virginia Wesleyan University on Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. and will host Ferrum College for senior night at Shellenberger Field on Saturday, October 27, at 7  p.m.

Duggan said, “The strong, authentic sisterhood apparent within the roots of this team is something that sets this team apart from all others.”

The authentic relationships that have been created off the field have allowed the team to be successful this season, especially now, when the ODAC Tournament in approaching.  

Junior forward/midfielder Taylor Stevens stated, “Lynchburg Women’s Soccer is a group of young women entrenched in a sisterhood that extends far beyond their years. It’s weekends like homecoming weekend and alumni weekend that we see this. Alumni of the LWS soccer team visit the team and share their stories and inspiration.”

The team’s connection that is apparent off the field is shared on the field.  

Stevens insisted that, “Each player on the bench screams for those starting, and every player works themselves to the brink in every practice.  We do all these things for the success of the team as a whole, not for the individual awards and accolades generated from winning games.”