Women’s Soccer Season Preview

Women’s Soccer Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – 2018 will go down as a memorable year in the history of the Washington College women's soccer program as the Shorewomen achieved their first all-time winning record at 8-6-1, inaugural victories over Gettysburg and Muhlenberg, went unbeaten in non-conference action for the first time with a 4-0-1 mark and tallied the most-ever Centennial Conference victories with four.

The 2019 edition of Shorewomen Soccer will look to build off of the 2018 campaign as they seek to become a contender for the Centennial Conference Tournament and reach the tournament for the first time under the third year head coach Tom Reilly.

For Washington to get where it wants to be in the conference, they will have to overcome the loss of a strong 2018 senior class that contained the program's two all-time leading scorers in twins Arianna and Olivia Sabatino, goalkeeper Courtney Colbert who holds the program mark for career goals-against average, midfield stalwart Lindsay Russell along with Picabo French and Lauren Neary.

In 2019, the seven seniors are forward Tatiana Baughman (Worton, Md./Gunston School), back Maia Duval (Las Cruces, N.M./American School of Madrid (Spain), midfielder/forward Megan Klink (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Northern), midfielder Cayla Marcinko (Baltimore, Md./Mercy), midfielder/forward Parker Morris (Severna Park, Md./Severn School), back Maddie Noonan (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) and back Bryanna Rupprecht (Linthicum, Md./North County)

Duval, who played and started in the first 12 contests last year before a season-ending injury, finished third on the squad in assists with five, including tying the program mark for helpers in a single match with three at Rosemont.  Marcinko netted a pair of goals for four points as she started in a 15 matches last fall.  Noonan played in 10 contests, starting eight times, for Washington in 2018 and Morris scored her first career goal last season as she came off the bench 10 times.  Rupprecht appeared in six matches in 2018, while Baughman played in three matches last fall.  Klink is back in the fold after missing all of last season due to injury.

Reilly's junior class consists of goalkeeper Annalie Buscarino (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach), back Brenda Clark (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) and forward Sara Douglas (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston).

Buscarino played a team-best 834:30 in goal last season, starting 10 times in 12 outings.  She had a team-high 39 saves, with a pair of season-high eight save outings against #19 Swarthmore and Dickinson.  The junior earned her second career Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award with her six-save blanking of Rutgers-Camden last September.  Douglas provided a spark off the bench as she had personal-highs of two goals, three assists and seven points in 13 contests.  Clark started in all 15 appearances in 2018 and helped Washington pitch five shutouts.

The Shorewomen's eight sophomores this season are back Peri Bertolami (Glenmoore, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), midfielder Kelsey Hall (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill), forward/midfielder Emily Jacoby (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), midfielder Bess Mascone (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North), forward Erin O'Reilly (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional), midfielder Brianna Parise (Florence, N.J./Holy Cross Academy), goalkeeper Noah Smith (Island Heights, N.J./Central Regional) and back Keelie Verbeek (Southborough, Mass./St. Mark's School).

Jacoby made an immediate impact in her rookie year with Washington as she led the team in points (20) and assists (8) to go along with six goals, which tied her for second on the squad, on her way to being named Centennial Conference honorable mention as she led the Centennial in assists and was seventh in the conference in points.  Her eight assists set the school mark for assists in a single season and she tied the program mark for helpers in a single contest with three which she did on a pair of occasions as she played in all 15 contests, starting in 14.  O'Reilly also made a strong impact in her first season with WC as she placed third on the team in points (15) and tied Jacoby for second in goals at six as she played in all 15 matches, earning three starts.  She scored the game-winning goal at Gettysburg and earned CC Offensive Player of the Week honors as a freshman.  Mascone started in all 15 matches last fall, tallied three points on a goal and assist and helped WC notch five whitewashings.  Hall chalked up a goal and helper for three points in 12 contests off the bench a season ago and Parise notched a pair of assists in 14 matches as a reserve in 2018.  Bertolami appeared in 13 contests and garnered a start at Stockton last October, while Smith played in six matches in goal for a 1.24 goals against average in 217:37 of action.  Verbeek transferred to Washington last spring from Emerson in Boston where she appeared 13 times and started on six occasions.

Washington will have eight freshman in the fold this season and they are back Katie Brennan (Media, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur), back Rachel Chatfield (Lovettsville, Va./Woodgrove), midfielder/back Elena Hilario (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink), midfielder Katie King (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin), midfielder Lauren Maynor (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), midfielder Ellie Morrall (Contoocook, N.H./Hopkinton), forward/midfielder Paige O'Connell (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) and forward Gillian Slavick (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North).

Joining Reilly on his staff are assistant coaches Molly Kovarik, who is in her first year with the program, and Kerrin Ehrensbeck and Dawn Reilly, who are both in their third year with the team.  Kovarik, a 2017 graduate of Marian University in Wisconsin, joins the Shorewomen following two years as an assistant coach at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.  She played both soccer and basketball at Marian and served as a captain on both the pitch and hardwood.

Schedule Breakdown
Total Matches: 17 (nine home and eight away)
Away and Season Opener: August 30 at Wesley (7:00 p.m.)
Home Opener: August 31 vs. Rosemont (7:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opener: September 21 versus Gettysburg (4:00 p.m.)
Centennial Away Opener: September 25 at Bryn Mawr (4:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Gettysburg, #16 Johns Hopkins (9/28), #14 Swarthmore (10/2), Franklin & Marshall (10/19), Ursinus (10/30)
Centennial Away Opponents: Bryn Mawr, McDaniel (10/5), Dickinson (10/12), Haverford (10/16) and Muhlenberg (11/2)
Non-Conference Home Opponents: Rosemont, Hood (9/11), Salisbury (9/18), Stockton (10/27)
Non-Conference Road Opponents: Wesley, Rutgers-Camden (9/4), Cabrini (9/14)
NCAA Tournament Teams: Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore