August 30, 2007

2007 Women's Soccer Preview

Aug. 30, 2007

There are many reasons to be excited about the 2007 season for the Franklin & Marshall College women's soccer team. Not only are the Diplomats returning their offensive core and 15 letterwinners, but they are also opening up the season on the North Campus Athletic Field, a new lighted, all-weather turf pitch.

"The new turf field is beautiful and beyond everyone's hopes of what it could be," said head coach Steve O'Day. "Our quality of play rises with the surface."

Playing in the highly competitive Centennial Conference, the Diplomats confident in the skilled upperclassmen mixed with the talent of the newcomers to improve on the 8-7-1 record and 3-7 mark in the conference from the 2006 season.

"Being competitive in the conference is like being competitive on a national level," said O'Day. "We hope to really compete, stay healthy and take one day at a time."

Captains Athena Manolakos and Kathryn Daniels are two rising seniors who take over the leadership reigns for the 2007 season. In the midfield, Manolakos started all 16 games last season, while posting two goals and two assists. Daniels returns up top after scoring three goals and dishing out two assists in 2006.

Complimenting Daniels on attack will be junior Amy Cawley. Cawley led F&M with six goals and one assist for 13 points last year. Junior Shannon Summers joins Manolakos to provide depth in the midfield. Summers tallied two goals and one assist last season.

Junior Nicole Boyle is back after a season-ending injury in 2006 and will add experience to the defense, while netminder Erin Roy is the top candidate to start in goal, coming off a strong preseason.

The Diplomats will host Delaware Valley in the second game of the 2007 Franklin & Marshall Kick-Off Tournament, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday.