Lady Hens add 9 freshmen, start season 0-2
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 18:09
As the Delaware women’s soccer team prepares for its 2013 campaign, team members are hoping to improve upon their 9-8-1 record from a year ago. With a cast of returning starters and an influx of freshman talent, head coach Scott Grzenda said his team could take a leap forward in 2013.
“I think our seniors have come back ready to play,” Grzenda said. “They have been very good influences on our freshmen. They are doing everything they can to get them ready for the upcoming games.”
Both junior defender Allegra Gray, who was selected to the Preseason All-CAA First Team, and senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy, who made the Preseason All-CAA Second Team, said they think this year’s squad is better and stronger than last year’s squad.
The Hens lost several key players to graduation, including former All-CAA forward Ali Miller, who scored 22 goals in her four years at Delaware.
Duffy said this year’s squad will have to put in a group effort to adjust to changes on the team.
“It’s still early, but we have been trying a bunch of different style players to replace Miller, but ultimately it is going to be a big group effort,” Duffy said. “Everyone is going to contribute to scoring goals.”
A total of nine recruits were added to this year’s team. Head coach Scott Grzenda has high hopes for the freshmen. He said the most important thing for the new members was for them to fit in with the team and its style of play and to keep offense in mind as there are now gaps that need to be filled there.
Both Duffy and Gray said the team was working very well together.
The season began last Friday on the road against St. Johns University. Before the game, Gray said the team had been working on scoring more in the recent practices.
“In the previous scrimmages, we’ve been working a lot on the defensive, but recently in practice we’ve been working a lot on the offensive,” Gray said. “We have been working a lot more on attacking rather than defensive play. We have been shooting to score instead of just shooting and thinking a lot more about the runs that the forwards make.”
The new offensive-minded style didn’t work to perfection though as the team fell just short in a 2-1 closely-fought game. Freshman forward Michelle McEnroe scored the Lady Hens’ lone goal, the first of her collegiate career. Duffy and freshman forward Madison Brosler each tallied an assist on the goal.