Manchester University
Oak Leaves

October 27, 2018

Women's Soccer Remains Hopeful

Camron Canniff


The Manchester University Spartans women’s soccer team is hoping to end their year with some wins for their record. They are currently 0-17 but are still working every day to improve as a squad. The Spartans’ last opponent was Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a tight final score of 3-2.

The season has been rough, but every match has been looked at with confidence hoping to achieve a win. “We haven’t achieved many of the goals we set for the team leading into the year, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t made progress,” said Head Coach Christine Johnson. “Even though our win-loss record doesn’t show it, we have made some very positive improvements over the course of the year.”

Every day the team looks to improve and trust in their development as a whole. They want to work on things that will make them more successful for the future. There is a trust that is building and it will benefit upcoming seasons despite a low winner record.

“We intentionally scheduled a very competitive non-conference schedule and when you have a few missing pieces due to injuries or various circumstances, it’s easy to get down on yourself,” Johnson noted. She wants her team to improve as the year goes on and to focus positively on those improvements.

Johnson thinks that one of their challenges is depth. “Our young players haven’t been afraid to step up and put it out there for the team,” she said. “This experience will actually make us a stronger team in the future.”

As the season comes to a close, the team hoped to end on a positive note. They faced Bluffton University with strong morale wanting a win on Wednesday, October 24. On October 27 they face Earlham for the last game of the season and Senior Day. Johnson wants to honor the seniors and thank them for the commitment they have given Manchester University.