Aug 23, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team, directed by eighth-year head coach Mick Statham, opens its 2013 campaign on Sunday against Manhattan. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is slated for 12 p.m.
The Leopards played in a pair of scrimmages during the preseason, earning positive results against Iona, a 2-0 home victory, and Bryant, a 1-1 draw in Smithfield, R.I. Below is a breakdown of each position as the Leopards get set to begin the regular season.
For the first time in four seasons, Lafayette will be without All-Patriot League standout Lauren Smedley ’13 protecting the goal. Tasked with stepping into that role will be two inexperienced keepers, senior Kelly Sposato and freshman Danielle Sedillo. The tandem will open the season sharing time between the posts as Lafayette’s last line of defense.
Lafayette’s most experienced group is its back line, led by senior captain Catherine Galgano. Galgano, along with junior Caroline Craver and sophomore Kelly Chickering have a combined 54 career starts and will solidify the center of Lafayette’s defense. Returning junior Catrina Yohay will provide depth for the group in the middle.
Like Galgano, junior Alex Reisinger has earned All-League recognition during her time on College Hill. Reisinger and sophomore Samantha Potoczak, who played in 16 matches as a freshman, will play pivotal roles at outside back. Alongside them is a trio of freshmen, Melissa Lynskey, Cassidy Taylor and Julia Wescott.
Both the central and outside midfielders have starters returning and figure to be positions of strength this year. In the middle, juniors Kelly Boyce and Nicole Lee each started at least 12 games a year ago, while second-year players Allie Torru, Madison Murray and Shannon Hartzell will see increased responsibility in 2013. Freshmen Joanna Scotti and Elizabeth Scoda could see important minutes for the Maroon and White. Scoda has the versatility to play inside or outside in the midfield.
Senior Avery Jackson and sophomore Anna Wissler combine to handle the majority of the duty on the right side of the pitch, while junior Alyssa Finelli will be in the starting 11 on the left flank. Finelli could see time at forward in certain situations and started 17 of 18 games in 2012. She is Lafayette’s leading returning goal scorer. Rookies Kaelin King and Monica Weiss add support to the returning group of outside midfielders.
Up front will be Jaclyn Giordano and Laura Zito, entering their junior seasons as Lafayette’s primary attacking threats. Giordano netted three goals last year and Zito played in every game, making four starts as a sophomore. Joining the attack is Merle Liedmeier, a freshman striker from Germany.