Freshmen give LU soccer a new kick

Katie Nadel

The LU women’s soccer team has been on campus since Aug. 18, training for their matches this season. The team is now 2-6-0 overall and 1-2-0 in Midwest Conference play.
Leading the team in goals this season is standout freshman Sarah Ehlinger from Wauwatosa, Wis. She was named Lawrence Viking of the Week for September 17-23 for her outstanding performance against Ripon College in which she scored a hat trick in the 7-1 victory. This was the first hat trick since Greta Raaen in the 2004 season. At the halfway point of the season, she has 6 goals, with a shot percentage of 0.261, more than triple that of any other player on the team.
Sadie Munson, another freshman from Santa Fe, N.M., has also proven her skills on the field with her fancy footwork and unique flip-throws. As a defender, she has assisted in allowing only 19 goals with veteran defender Amanda Follett (’09). Jordan Holmes from Wayland, MS and Celesta Kirk from Maumee, Ohio have also made major contributions on the defensive end, stepping up to starting roles and making big plays in every game.
Annie Kaiser, a midfielder from Milwaukee, is the brute of the team, known for making quick offensive moves and warding off defenders. Her quickness and mental toughness is an asset to the team.
Though she is the smallest woman on the team, Liz Seeley from Madison, Wis. is nicknamed “The Tank” for her unbelievable endurance and ability to outrun her opponents. She doesn’t let others push her around on the field, taking control in the midfield.
MacKenzie Fye, a defender/midfielder from Freeport, Ill., is a great player who has a positive attitude and is very charismatic. She is in a tough position behind such high levels of talent, but she handles the situation with grace and dignity.
Wesley Hough-Cornwell from Lexington, KY has been on the bench for the whole 2007 season. After ACL surgery last year, she is currently spending her time rehabilitating her knee so that she can play next season. She is a great leader on the bench and is a well known voice to the players on the field.
Each of the freshmen brings unique talent and a new spark of energy to the team. And, more importantly, they are enjoying the time that they are spending here with their new teammates.
After graduating seven seniors and losing four nonreturning players, the team needed these freshmen to help bolster a new team. With eight games left to play in the season (six conference, two non-conference), the team is continuing to expect and anticipate good things from the freshman.