Aug. 8, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team is in the final phases of training for the upcoming 2014 season. Led by head coach Chris Petrucelli, who is entering his third year at SMU, the Mustangs went 9-9-1 and reached the second round of the conference tournament in 2013.
"The team will be different this year," said Petrucelli. "We have a lot of young players. We will be faster, more athletic, more physical, and hopefully that leads to more wins."
The Mustangs return eight starters from last year. Sophomore Taylor Barg and seniors Rikki Clarke and Shelby Redman were all named to preseason all-conference teams, CollegeSportsMadness.com announced this week. Barg earned first team honors, while Clarke and Redman were named to the second team. Other key returners include sophomore forward/midfielder Kelsey Gorney and sophomore forward Bari Kesner. Gorney was second on the team in scoring last season with five goals, while Kesner tallied two goals and two assists for the Mustangs.
SMU heralds an experienced senior class that features five players who all saw extensive action last season. Senior defender Olivia Elliott and senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden helped lead a defense that posted seven shutouts a season ago. Seniors Clarke and Redman were two key components of the SMU attack. Redman led the team in scoring with eight goals and Clarke tallied five assists, good for third on the team. Clarke and Redman were both named to the American Athletic Conference's second team.
In addition to a strong senior class, the Mustangs also have a promising freshman class. The class, which features eight incoming student-athletes, will look to make an immediate impact at SMU.
The Mustangs will begin their season with a home exhibition match against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. CT at Westcott Field. The team will kick off its regular season on the road at Nebraska on Aug. 22.