Women’s soccer ends season by making history
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Women’s soccer ends season by making history

Published 11/14/17

Zach Cobler

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks women’s soccer season came to a bitter end after a loss to Washburn in the MIAA postseason tournament. The women fell to the Ichabods 1-0 in a tight affair at Deloach Field. In the 51st minute of the game, the Ichabods scored to put the advantage in their hands. The RiverHawks were not able to find their offensive prowess that had been so potent throughout the season to make a comeback against Washburn.

The RiverHawks finished their season 15-3 and 9-2 in MIAA play.

Late in the season the RiverHawks were sitting in fifth place in the central region, which would have qualified them for a berth in the NCAA tournament. After the loss to Washburn, the RiverHawks fell out of favor with the selection committee and missed the tournament.

Although the RiverHawks missed the postseason it was not all negative. They set a record for most wins for the women’s program with 15. They also had many players selected for post season awards.

“I think if you look at the overall body of work, it is the greatest season that NSU soccer has produced on the girls’ side,” said Chase Wooten, NSU women’s soccer head coach. “We had a great year because we were able to stay healthy. At the back end of the season we had a couple of injuries that made it difficult to have the same identity that we had throughout the season. We did not deal with our injuries well enough.”

The RiverHawks are young, but they will be losing some key senior players to graduation. Becca Gleason, senior centerback from Lucas, Texas; Julia Mathis, senior forward from Broken Arrow; Melissa Giles, senior forward from Broken Arrow; Madi Logsdon, senior midfielder from Tulsa; and Jessie Lynch, senior midfielder from Tallaght, Ireland, all of whom played significant minutes for the RiverHawks this season will graduate.  

“All five of our seniors carried big weight in our success in 2017,” said Wooten. “It would be naïve of me to think that we could just automatically replace those kids with 18-year-olds, but I think there are some pieces in house who can do a good job. There are also some freshmen in the next class that are coming in who will be really good. Our biggest challenge will be replacing the leadership that our group of seniors brought.”

After not making the tournament, the RiverHawks have focused on the positives of the season.

“I think the highs of this season definitely outweigh the lows,” said Meg Smith, junior goalkeeper from Flower Mound, Texas. “There were not many other lows besides not making it further in our conference tournament and making it to the NCAA tournament. The highs were that we broke the most wins in women’s soccer history at NSU. Although we did not make the tournament, it still was an awesome season.”

The RiverHawks will return a lot of underclassmen next season who had a huge impact on the record-breaking year. NSU will return the MIAA freshman of the year and All-MIAA first team, Paulina Chavez, forward from Broken Arrow, and two All-MIAA conference honorable mentions, Smith and Mariah Nicolet, sophomore forward from Mannford.

“We have a very young team coming back,” said Shelby Brewster, sophomore midfielder from Broken Arrow. “We will only have two seniors next year and nine juniors. Coach Wooten wants to see some of the younger girls grow into a leadership role.”

The next couple of months will be used to give the women a chance to relax and get a break from soccer. The RiverHawks will start their offseason in late January to start preparing for next season.

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