The Vermont women’s soccer team was selected to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll, and the Cats feel like they have something to prove.
UVM finished last season 6-8-4, losing to UMass Lowell in the conference quarterfinals in penalty kicks.
The Catamounts had a young roster last year, and that hasn’t changed. According to the UVM Athletics website, Vermont carries 19 underclassmen this season, including seven freshmen.
The multitude of sophomores enjoyed ample playing time last season, and have put that experience to use in the preseason. In addition, the freshmen came in ready to play.
“I was so impressed this year, with not only how mature our first-years are, but also how ambitious they were right off the bat, like playing, coming right in, and I think that’s going to be our attitude,” graduate student midfielder/forward Brooke Jenkins explained.
“It’s like we’re coming out here, we have something to prove, we have a chip on our shoulder, and this our year to go and crush it.”
Head coach Kristi Huizenga echoed that sentiment.
“We’ve worked with [the underclassmen] and they know that it doesn’t just happen overnight, it’s what you put in every single day, and so the fact that we are a young team – we’ll be just fine with that,” Huizenga detailed.
The Catamounts kick off the 2019 season with a home game against Sacred Heart on Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Virtue Field.