Six weeks after starting rigorous preseason drills with new freshmen and two new coaches, Queens women’s soccer team has overcome a slow start and compiled a winning record in conference play.
Even though the team lost its first two games at Valdosta State’s annual fall classic, sophomore center midfielder Hope Hartman wasn’t disappointed. “Even though we went 0-2, it was a promising start to our season. Our non-conference schedule consists of regional and national ranked teams. We were up against some pretty good competition. We were encouraged by how we played against Valdosta State and that’s played big role in our recent conference success.”
Conference play started Sept. 17 against St. Andrews College, with Queens victorious 5-0. “Winning our first conference game in that style was a big confidence booster for our squad. We really worked together as a team and that game made us realize the true potential we have,” says Hartman.
Queens is now 3-1-1 in conference and in fifth place behind Belmont Abbey.
Only six weeks ago, the team checked in for their annual week-and-a-half preseason regiment. For some, preseason is a rude awakening to early mornings, long runs and countless conditioning and drills. For others, it was a chance to reunite with teammates and meet all the new incoming freshmen.
“It’s always really exciting to meet the new freshmen, especially since we get a full week together during preseason before anyone else comes in,” says senior captain and lead defensemen Kariel Parian. “I remember being nervous coming in as a freshmen and all the upper classmen really making us feel at home and part of the team. I wanted to do the same for the girls coming in this fall.”
Along with the new freshmen, Erik Turnblom and Tammy DeCesare have joined the team as assistant coaches. “I was thrilled to announce the addition of Tammy and Erik. Each of them bring their own dynamic to the team and we enjoy having them around us every day,” says head coach Katie Talbert. “I expect them to continue the development of our players on a day-to-day basis.”
With an overall record of 4-6-1, the team has eight games left before their conference tournament starts on Halloween.