DOVER, Del. – Entering the 2013 season, the Delaware State
women's soccer program will look to make an improvement from last
season's 3-11-1 finish, including a 2-3 record in their final season as
members of the Great West Conference.
Under the leadership of new Head Coach Kerri Scroope, along with her assistants Peter Hulem and Alison Skoglund, the Hornets return 16 players from 2012 with the addition of six newcomers.
Leading the way for this position is last season's leading scorer for DSU, sophomore Taylor Addison. In only her first season, the sophomore out of Mount Vernon, N.Y. tallied four goals on her way to becoming the first Hornet ever to earn First Team All-Great West Conference recognition. Additionally, Addison was able to garner Great West Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 23, after scoring twice in DSU's 3-0 win over South Carolina State.
DSU's offensive firepower at the forward spot also features the return of junior Chelsea Boursiquot, as she finished as the Hornets' second leading scorer last season by notching two goals.
One of the deepest spots on the roster this season, the Hornets have nine players designated at this position, including three freshmen.
Providing leadership for the midfielders are seniors Kaitlyn Schech and Kelly Pelz-Butler. While starting every game for DSU last season, Schech led the Hornets in shots (21), including nine placed on-goal. Her lone goal of 2012 came in DSU's 2-0 win over Goldey-Beacom.
In the case of K. Pelz-Butler, she also started every game for the Hornets in 2012, while tallying one assist on the season.
The lone junior out of the group, Gabi Pinto, will provide experience after appearing in 13 matches for last season, including 11 starts.
As for the sophomores, Julia Bossert and Caitlin LaFountain will look to build from solid campaigns last season, whereas Tere' Crawford returns after scoring one goal in 2012, which came in DSU's 1-0 win over Howard on Oct. 21.
Freshmen wise, Dina Isham, Morgan Pottinger and Taylor Pratcher will look to make significant impacts in their first seasons in a Hornet uniform.
Similar the midfielders, the defenders for DSU are very deep group with nine student-athletes.
Leading the way at this spot are seniors Katie Melore and Darcy Pelz-Butler. In 2012, both players appeared in a combined 28 games, including 20 starts, while D. Pelz-Butler tallied one assist to move into fifth place on DSU's all-time list in this category.
Junior Taylor Melton, on the other hand, returns after appearing in every game last season, along with eight starts.
Rounding out of the backline for the Hornets are sophomores Kaitlyn Corder, Morgan Durham and Danielle Valente, whereas freshmen Tynetta Washington and Stephanie Williams will battle for playing time.
Returning for the Hornets in the net this season is junior Katelyn Koslosky, who is the program's all-time leader in shutouts (4), while also sitting second in career saves (205).
Posting 2-10-1 record in 13 starts last season, the East Islip, N.Y. native, registered 92 saves, recorded one shutout and allowed 27 goals.
Additionally, she earned Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 30, after recording a season-high 13 saves against Utah Valley and tallying seven stops against Houston Baptist.
Spelling Koslosky for the second straight season is sophomore Mekayla McAdoo. Appearing in four matches, while making two starts, McAdoo finished 2012 with a 1-1 record and picked up her lone victory in DSU's 2-0 win over Goldey-Beacom.
The Hornets' 2013 regular season schedule features 18 games total, with eight at home and 10 away from Alumni Stadium.
To open the season, DSU will have back-to-back home games, beginning with Temple on Aug. 25 (1 p.m.). The following week, the Hornets will face Bryant on Sept. 1 (1 p.m.). In last season's matchup, the Hornets suffered a 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs on the road.
Following its two-game opening homestand, DSU will hit the road for a season-long five-game road swing, beginning with Radford on Sept. 6 (7 p.m.) and Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 8 (1 p.m.). Against Radford, the Hornets will look to avenge a tough 1-0 loss on the road from a year ago.
Eight days later on Sept. 16, the Hornets will head north to New York to take on the Manhattan Jaspers at 3 p.m., followed by a matchup at Saint Peter's (Sept. 19) in Jersey City, N.J. at 4 p.m. In last season's matchup with Manhattan, DSU came up short in its season opener at home with a 2-0 loss.
To wrap up its road trip, Delaware State will head to Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 22 (1 p.m.) to look to rebound from last season's 3-1 loss to the Mountaineers.
Returning to home on Sept. 27, the Hornets will take on the visiting Wagner under the lights at 7 p.m., followed by a road test at Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 29 (1 p.m.).
Delaware State will then begin the month of October with back-to-back home matches, starting with the first of two meetings with former Great West foe, New Jersey Tech, on Oct. 4 (7 p.m.). The backend of DSU's quick two-game homestand will be against Ivy League member Cornell on Oct. 6 (1 p.m.).
Later in the month, the Hornets will head south to face Howard on Oct. 11 (7 p.m.) in the first of two meetings, followed DSU's final two home games of the season against South Carolina State on Oct. 15 (5 p.m.) and Howard on Oct. 22 (7 p.m.).
Last season, DSU defeated Howard and South Carolina State in the regular season, but the Bulldogs were able to take down the Hornets, 1-0, in the Great West Conference Tournament.
To close out the season, Delaware State will travel to Towson on Oct. 26 (2 p.m.), George Washington on Nov. 1 (4 p.m.) and New Jersey Tech on Nov. 6 (7 p.m.).
Six Earn College Sports Madness Preseason All-Independent Squad Honors
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