The Albion College soccer team clinched their No. 2 seed in conference and hosted their first MIAA tournament game Nov. 2 against Hope College. Women’s soccer was able to wrap this regular season with a 10-3-1 record.
This season differs from last year’s season; the team worked to overcome obstacles from COVID-19 regulations. Head coach Eric Scott is a former alumni class of 2021 and entering his ninth year with the women’s soccer program at Albion College. He said he felt relief returning to semi-regular play following the COVID-19 affected season last year.
“It’s probably been more relief than anything, it’s an opportunity to get back to whatever we call normal in this world to an extent,” said Scott. “There has been some protocols still in place but it was tough in the spring because you never knew day by day if we would be tested out of some things, so it was nice to get back in the fall and go through a normal pattern of play in the fall.”
Through the many obstacles that the team has overcome within this season, their successful season accounts for the combination of many factors according to Scott.
“Our success this year is a combination of many years of work done by other players as well as this group,” said Scott. “Plus we had some newer players, as a third of our team are either freshman or transfers, so our returning players did a good job of assimilating them in. We run our program on choice, you can choose to be good or not, and these kids chose to have a good season.”
The women’s soccer team anticipates further future success within the following seasons to come, said Scott.
“I think we can pick up where we left off next fall if the commitment in the off season is what it needs to be,” said Scott. “If we bring in a few recruits accordingly and get some impact players then there is a sustainable future in top success in this program.”
Albion’s women’s soccer team looks to the future with more strong seasons to come. They also hope for the continuation of some type of normality when playing following restrictions applied this past season due to COVID-19.