The NCC women’s soccer team has a current record of 5-5-1 for the season. With only two seniors on the team this year, there is a new-found energy brought to the team by the 18 new freshman players.
According to backup goalie, junior AC Christopherson, “It’s kind of like starting over, we don’t have many returners this year with so many freshmen. Everyone is trying, practice is competitive, everyone stays positive, we want everyone to succeed and we’re working hard.” The team is focused and taking practice seriously in order to find success during game time.
The positive attitude that the players have not just toward each other but toward the coaching staff is showing on the field. This is the second season for head coach Andrew Gamarra, which Christopherson says is key to their so far successful season. “Coach (Gamarra) has been here for two years now and this year we’re really starting to buy into what his system is all about.” The team is on track to have a better season than last year, already tied with last season’s win total.
Coming off of their third conference win of the season, beating Augustana College 1-0 on Oct. 10, the women’s soccer team is feeling invigorated for the continuation of the season. They’ve also won against conference opponents Milikin and Carthage. “Carthage is very physical, they don’t let up. It was a good win and a good way to start our conference because our conference is very hard,” Christopherson says.
For their next game, the Cardinals will head down to Dubuque to take on University of Dubuque on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.