The Stratford University Women's Soccer Team just finished their inaugural season ranked 30th in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Power Rankings. As a first year team, the Lady Cardinals finished with an overall record of 4-10-1, which included several impressive performances, including two victories over Wake Tech and a dominating 11-0 victory over Regent University. The Lady Cardinals also tied Louisburg College 1-1 in double overtime, avenging a 1-0 loss earlier in the season. In the team's final weekend of competition, Stratford pushed Junior College power and NJCAA tournament bound Patrick Henry Community College to double sudden death overtime, before losing on a fluke goal with just minutes left in the 2nd overtime. They finished the season against the #6 ranked team in the Country, Florida National University, and kept the score close at 2-1 for most of the first half. However, Florida National proved to be too tough as they prevailed 6-1. Having a team full of first year recruits presented many challenges, but the Lady Cardinals overcame them to prove that they can compete and win at the collegiate level. While the team showed a lot of progress, there were many individuals who also had strong performances during the season. Freshman Goalkeeper, Makayla Price (Waldorf, MD) had a breakout year for Stratford. Price finished 2nd in the Nation in saves with 225, 8th in the Nation in save percentage at .856 and 30th in the Nation in goals against average at 3.02. She was also named USCAA National Goalkeeper of the Week for the week of October 16th. On the offensive side, Freshmen Sidney Tredway (Windsor, VA) and Diadra Hill (Virginia Beach, VA) led the team in scoring. Tredway finished the season tied for 34th in the Nation with 7 goals and Hill finished the season tied for 30th in the Nation with 8 goals. Janay Pyron (Suffolk, VA), Amanda Rojo (Hickory, NC), Carrissa Bean (Suffolk, VA), Caylee Hopkins (Portsmouth, VA), Courtney Telles (Suffolk, VA) and Brittany Romero (Gloucester, VA) provided strong support in the midfield and helped bolster the offensive attack. While, Kat Sanchez (Newport News, VA), Anela Ribic (Newport News, VA), Kayla Powell (Franklin, VA), Aniesha Allen (Norfolk, VA) and Janaysia Jones (Williamsburg, VA) proved to be a strong defensive front that frustrated many teams. "Our Women's Soccer program has proven that Stratford University can compete and succeed in collegiate athletics. We are happy to fill this niche in the local Hampton Roads college sports scene", said Athletic Director, Chris Sawyer. "We are committed to transforming Stratford University into a national contender. With the team we currently have and the new recruits we will bring in next year, I am excited about the future of Lady Cardinal Soccer".
Women's Soccer Completes First Ever Season
Oct 25, 2017