CHESTERTOWN, Md.- The Washington College women's soccer team is coming off of a 2012 season sparked with many positives.
The Shorewomen had their best record ever in the Centennial Conference during the 2012 season. They carried a winning record at home and beat Ursinus for the first time in 10 years. The team also survived a bus fire on their way to their first match at Randolph-Macon. The 2012 season sets the stage for the team to become a contender in the Centennial Conference in 2013.
The Shorewomen are set to travel to a number of teams inter-conference. Johns Hopkins, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford and Swarthmore are among a few. The team will play host to Gettysburg, Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Ursinus and McDaniel. Out of conference games will be played against Neumann, DeSales, Widener and Wesley to name a few, with two road games against Penn State-Harrisburg and Delaware Valley.
Assistant coaches Paul Kohorn and Brianna Lentell will join head coach Kanute Drugan. Kohorn is assisting for his second season, while Lentell is in her first year.
The team consists of young players, with nine freshman, three sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.
Senior midfielders Heather Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and Kathleen Maleski (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) are looking to lead the team in goals. Smith had a career high of six goals and 14 points during the 2012 season, while starting in all 16 matches. Maleski started in 10 games before she suffered a season ending injury at Muhlenberg on October 6.
Forward Suzanne Patinella (Fallston, Md./Maryvale Prep) and back Taylor Matteson (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) represent the juniors on the Shorewomen for 2013. Patinella set the team record with six assists last year and tied Smith with six goals for a team-best 18 points.
Forward Bailey Howard (Laurel, Md./Reservoir,) wing Caitlin Byrnes (Crofton, Md./South River) and goalkeeper Ceara Scanlon (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood,) are the sophomores on the squad. Howard was second on the team in assists and third in goals and points with 10 points on the season. Byrnes started in four games during her freshman year and played in 10 total matches.
The freshman are without a doubt dominating the team this year in numbers, with nine players hoping to make an impact as the team comes off their successful 2012 season. The Shorewomen freshman are Melissa Barry (Sparta, N.J./Sparta,) back Paige Cahoon (Port Murray, N.J./Warren Hills,) wing Katie Doyle (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake,) wing Phoebe Ingersoll (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter School,) midfielder Julia Jakus (Cedar City, Utah/Cedar City,) back Kelsey McCurdy (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville,) forward Ashley Shortt (Frederick, Md./Walkersville,) wing Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill,) and midfielder Laura Tocci (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury.)
The four captains on the team this fall are Maleski, Smith, Matteson and Patinella.
Washington will play its first three games on home field at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium.
The squad is preparing for its home opener on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. versus Neumann. The Shorewomen will then travel to Wesley on Sept. 12 for their first road match.