Although Washington & Jefferson College women’s soccer team had a slow start to their season with an unsatisfactory tie against Roanoke College and an unexpected overtime loss to Chatham College, the Presidents are back on track, dominating in the Presidents Athletic Conference and ranked eighth in the Great Lakes region.
The Presidents are currently on a five-game winning streak, and the last three games have ended in shutouts. The team’s overall record is 11-3-2 and 5-1-0 in the PAC.
Captain Megan Ochsenreiter ’17 is confident that the team’s success will continue. She said, “I think this year we have a senior class committed to leaving everything we have on the field. All seven of us have dealt with injuries along the way, which have only made us value the time that we do get to play so much more. I am confident that we will continue to work hard and motivate our team in these final games of the season.”
Chandler Marteeny ’20 also believes that the rest of the Presidents’ season will be victorious; she said, “We have a bond that not many teams have, being there for each other on and off the field. We are able to read each other so well when we play that we connect effortlessly.”
Tatiana Ruzzini ’18 and Jordan Toohey ’18 lead the team in goals (14 and 19 goals respectively), but a variety of players have been scoring in each game. When the Presidents played Pitt-Greensburg on Sept. 4, four different players scored to make the final record 4-0, and when the team dominated Thiel 8-0 on Oct. 18, six different players left their mark on the scoreboard.
A team effort has also been put forth in the defensive end for the women’s soccer team. Goalkeepers Allison Rinehimer ’18 and Elizabeth Boyles ’20, along with numerous defensive players, have kept the past three teams at bay, leaving a streak of shutouts in their wake.
The women’s soccer team’s senior day and next home game is Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Alexandre Stadium against Thomas More.