Fall sports preview: women’s soccer
Joseph A. Griswold, Asst. Sports Editor
Photo by Mark Medeiros
For most teams, having their best overall record in 10 seasons, would warrant a playoff spot or perhaps even a championship. However, The Rhode Island College Women’s soccer team’s record of 17-15 last year, left them just outside of the playoff bracket.
Head Coach Christina Pirri, who is entering her fifth season as head coach knows just how close the team was and knows that they could have finished stronger.
“We didn’t make the opportunities count when we needed them to nor did we get the wins in the games we should have won,” Pirri said.
Pirri knows that this season, they cannot afford to make the same mistakes and plans to rely on a large senior class to usher in a lot of new talent. One of those seniors, is senior goalkeeper, Erica Edwards, who Pirri believes can provide “stability and leadership” to the team.
Although there is a large group of returning seniors, the Anchorwomen will have to find new sources of scoring, as they graduated offensive powerhouse and RIC all-time leading scorer Brittany DeGrooth.
Despite this, Coach Pirri is focused on developing and nurturing a team with numerous offensive threats.
Pirri stated that last season helped build a lot of positives and she believes this year’s team has “all the necessary tools,” to make a run. While also emphasizing the work ethic, determination and passion shown by this team.
For Pirri, the main area to improve on this year is consistency and wants this consistency to transition from “practice to games and within games.”
The Anchorwomen will be looking to take this consistency and climb in the Little East Conference, where the preseason poll had them ranked dead last. Despite the ranking, Pirri knows that this team will use the ranking as motivation.
For Pirri the goal for the team is simple,
“Make playoffs, continue to improve our overall record, make the games that matter count for us, and continue on [a] path of presenting ourselves as a top contender within our conference.”