Making strides with youth movement
WESTMINSTER, Md. – In 2009, McDaniel women's soccer team started four freshmen for the majority of the season. In 2010, it is likely than more than half of the Green Terror's starting lineup will be either freshmen or sophomores.
The youth movement coupled with the first of Bryan Shumaker's class that has played their entire careers under the fourth-year mentor puts the team in position to make strides towards the top of the conference.
With the leadership of Emily Harman (Columbia, Md./Hammond), Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) Kelly Scheler (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Tia Scott (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), the young players will have experienced players in Shumaker's system to look to for answers.
Liz Beall (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Cara Roig (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) led last year's freshman class with multiple tallies while Claire Woolley (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) will continue to provide an anchor on defense.
That defensive unit will be important with loss of all-conference goalkeeper Leanne Hollinger. McDaniel has two sophomore netminders on the roster, competing for the starting job – one of which is Claire's twin sister, Jan Woolley (Ephrata, Pa./Ephara), potentially allowing the sisters to work in tandem on the defensive end.
Click play below to watch and listen to Coach Shumaker preview the upcoming season.