With a record of 13-4-2 last season, Otterbein University’s women’s soccer team is set to start this year with more experience and confidence.
After only losing one senior, the team will have nine starters returning.
Sophomore defender Ashley Rabenstein said the young team has had a year to grow their chemistry both on and off the field.
“It’s really fun just to be able to have that same experience from last year. I think we will do big things,” said Rabenstein.
Head Coach Brandon Koons wants to start being more aggressive.
“It’s funny because a lot of the team is just talking about how they just feel comfortable," said Koons. "Like last year they were anxious and didn’t know what it was going to be about, and now they are just more comfortable. I’m hoping that shows in the way they play.”
Last season, the team suffered from injuries and pressures many young teams face. Moving forward, they hope to stay healthy, while still maintaining the aggressive play that Koons pushes for.
Additionally, the team is looking to veteran players to lead in games.
“I like talking to and meeting the new players. I like being able to be a mentor toward them and to just show them how Otterbein plays soccer and what we want from them," said junior defender Cassidy Nicol.
She said the team is excited to see how their hard work can translate into games.
The team starts their season with four away games before they make their home debut at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12 against Ohio Wesleyan.