By: Vanessa Martinez
This is the first season in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and head coach, Willie McGowan, says that the team will face a lot of challenges, but are ready for what lies ahead. The Lady Statesmen were ranked tenth out of eleven teams before the season even started. Camilla Parra, co-captain, says, “there are no games off for us now that we’re in the HAAC, we need to play as if every game is our last.”
Coach McGowan’s goal is to make the conference tournament at the end of the season. In order to do that the Lady Statesmen need to win at least three of the eight remaining conference games. “In the end, I’m not worried about what our record says as long as the team is competitive and plays with heart in every game,” says McGowan. “Every team in the HAAC, on their day, can win any game,” he added.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 the women’s soccer team lost to Grand View 2-0. The team then played Avila the following Friday, September 25th where they found themselves leading at halftime 2-1 with junior, Anyela Jimenez scoring her first goal of the season. Unfortunately the Statesmen were not able to stay on top and the game ended in a 3-2 loss, leaving the teams record at 4-4. “It is a big disappointment to put in this performance after playing so exceptionally well,” said McGowan. “We were flat from the kickoff and never came close to playing at that same level again,” he added.
The Statesmen have had two Players of the Week laurels, which were awarded to Adriana Borjon, and Silvia Munoz. Borjorn was named defensive player of the week for getting two shut outs during the Crimson Wave Invitational in Indiana, while Munoz was honored for claiming two hat tricks in two consecutive games. Munoz still leads the team in points with a total of 14 from six goals and two assists.
Coach McGowan says that he is hoping to see more Penn students attending the rest of the home games this year, and looks forward to the rest of the season.