Aug. 20, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's soccer will open up its 2010 campaign on the road when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart University on Sunday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m. The programs have meet three previous times with the Friars winning each contest. In 2009, the teams met at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. and the Friars came out victorious, 1-0.
The Friars enter the 2010 season a year removed from their most successful season since 2002, going 8-8-3 overall. Head Coach Jim McGirr enters his sixth year and is returning 14 letter winners, including seven seniors who were starters and welcomes 11 newcomers.
Among the returning players is graduate student Jill Camburn (Doylestown, Pa.) who has played in 57 collegiate matches and has notched 41 points on 16 goals and nine assists. She currently ranks seventh all-time in goals and 12th in points on Providence's all-time list. Graduate student Katelin Blaine (Warwick, N.Y.) and senior Marra Whaley (Rocky Hill, Conn.) both return for their final year of eligibility and look to anchor down the Friar back line with returning sophomore Jenna Roncarati (Cumberland, R.I.) who is coming off a freshman year where she was named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team. Senior Kate DelCiampo (Wetherfield, Conn.) and junior Courtney Collins (North Wales, Pa.) will be the leaders in the midfield with a combined 19 career points and 76 games played.
Sophomore Amanda Webster (Saugus, Mass.) transfers in from Santa Clara University and is expected to make an immediate impact. In her freshman campaign, she saw action in 17 games and notched six points on two goals and two assists."Amanda is the total player in that she can create opportunities both on and off the ball, score consistently and has a competitive edge that is second to none," Head Coach Jim McGirr said. The Friars also welcome Thorhildur "Tota" Olafsdottir (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland) who brings international experience after extended playing stints with the Icelandic National Team. Webster and Olafsdottir should add additional firepower to the Friars offensive attack.
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The Sacred Heart University women's soccer team went 8-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the Northeast Conference (NEC). They finished tied for sixth in the conference and missed the NEC Tournament by three points. The Pioneers return 25 players, lose four and welcome 12 newcomers.
The Pioneers return their top scorer from a year ago in junior Samantha Kee (Haskell, N.J.) who notched 15 points on five goals and five assists. Also returning is senior goaltender Meghan Reichelt (Selden, N.Y.) who notched 0.99 goals against average and five shutouts last season.
The Friars are in action again on Friday, August 27 when they host Iona College on Glay Field in Providence, R.I. at 3:00 p.m.