Women’s soccer kicks off fall sports season
Today marks EMU’s first athletic contest of the fall. Sure, it’s just an exhibition, but it’s still worth noting, and if the rain holds off, worth going. The Michigan State Spartans, who shut out the Eagles 4-0 last September in East Lansing, return the trip for a 5 pm game today at Scicluna Field, north of Rynearson Stadium.
EMU has a very young soccer team this year, with 4 seniors, 1 junior, 6 sophomores, and 10 freshmen. The most obvious holes to fill are the loss of goalie Monique Budani, who was MAC Defensive Player of the Year last fall, and forward Paige Sheridan, who was also All-MAC first team. Looking over the roster, the goalie will probably be sophomore Rachel Rye or freshman Anna Vess. Forward Stephanie Clarke had an outstanding freshman year in 2010 — her 14 points in MAC play ranked third in the conference — and she’ll need to lead an offense in which true freshmen are likely to see significant playing time.