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2021 Soccer Season

Elisabeth Rockhill

The 2021 soccer season for Mount St. Mary’s Women’s soccer was a quite unusual one. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the fall of 2020, we were not able to have our fall season during the time it was usually supposed to be played. Instead of having a jam packed 20 game plus season in the fall, we practiced daily hoping for a chance at a season in the spring. That hope to play in the spring became a reality, allowing our team as a whole to accomplish some pretty amazing things that had not been done before in program history.  

Instead of opening the season with a good amount of non-conference games, we only had one on our schedule. We took care of Delaware State, winning by a convincing score of 6-1. We almost matched the amount of goals we scored all season in that one game alone. Winning by that amoundefinitely increased our confidence levels heading into conference play the following week against Long Island University. Unfortunately, the game against Long Island did not go as planned, and we ended up with an 0-1 record beginning conference play. This did not discourage us in the least, for we knew that we were playing good quality soccer, and just needed to place more of our focus on capitalizing on all of our goal scoring opportunities.  

Looking forward seven games later, we did just that. With one game left in conference play, we had a 4-4 record, and were presented with the opportunity to have the first winning season in program history. The only obstacle that stood in the way was Central Connecticut, one of the top teams in our conference. While we ended up not getting the exact result we were hoping for against Central Connecticut, we managed to score the only goal against them all season, which says something about the fight of our team for sure.  

Following this season, we were nominated for five different conference awards, the most in program history. We received one first team all conference, two all conference rookie team awards, and two all team second conference awards. We have a tremendous amount of momentum moving into next season, and hope to find ourselves a spot in the NEC tournamnet. Another pretty amazing accomplishment that we achieved this season was not having a single COVID case on our team. Making the right choices to stay healthy certainly contributed to our overall success this year.  

Elisabeth Rockhill