By Kallie Sohm
Conference play is here for Trevecca women’s soccer. The team has 10 new players all of whom are freshmen.
The Lady Trojans had a 0-3-2 record before G-MAC conference play started on Saturday Sept. 21 against Kentucky Wesleyan University.
“We have a ridiculously hard schedule pre-conference and I did that intentionally so that we can be prepared for conference,” said Kelsey Fenix head women’s soccer coach.
Trevecca lost 0-2 to West Florida University who was ranked eighth in the nation at the time. They also fell 0-3 to Lee University now ranked fifth in the nation and ranked 12 at the time of the game.
NCAA soccer had a shorter preseason this year. Normally two weeks are allowed for training prior to game play. This year was only a week due to it being a festival year.
“Division II is the only NCAA division that conducts ‘National Championships Festivals,’ Olympic-style events in which a number of national championships are held at a single site over several days,”
Fenix said the team captains brought the
girls together for team bonding activities before the short preseason began. She said their leadership is contributing to a great team culture.
Fenix said her team has an invaluable strength in having all four of the team’s seniors on the defensive side of the ball. She said she’s able to trust them and focus on other aspects of the game in training.
“This [the team] is just a special group of people,” said Fenix “We don’t want to just be about soccer and I think we have a team that really buys into that now.”
The Lady Trojan’s next two games are home games against Cedarville University at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 26 and Ohio Dominican University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28.