Season ends for women’s soccer as seniors bid Centennial Field goodbye

 

The women’s soccer team ended its season in Hartford with a tough 3-0 loss. The season was full of disappointment for the Catamounts who finished with an overall record of 1-13-3.

“Although our record does not indicate it, I feel that we had the most technical and competitive team in my four years here,” senior midfield and captain Rachel Andres said. 

“Our chemistry on and off the field allowed us to be in every game this season, and take some successful teams into overtime games.”

The Catamounts did play many exciting games where they battled to the last second in the game.

Tying America East rivals Albany and Maine in double overtime showed the team’s unwillingness to give in.

“Winning the TD Bank Vermont Classic was a major highlight of our season, as well taking historically nationally ranked programs to overtime,” head coach Kwame Lloyd said.

Of these notable teams were Loyola Marymount where the Catamounts lost in double overtime 1-0 and a 2-1 double overtime loss to Villanova University.

The team will be losing three star players in Andres and fellow captains Eliza Bradley, goalkeeper and Carson Laderoute, midfielder. These players have provided key contributions to the team over the years.

“I will certainly miss the atmosphere of playing at Centennial, and I will also miss my teammates and the fun times had competing day in and out,” Bradley said.

All three agreed that they enjoyed playing here and playing with the other women on the team.

“This season was different compared to the others because it was the last time we would be playing soccer, and it made it very bittersweet,” Laderoute said.

The Catamounts did make a push for reaching the America East playoffs because of their many ties with such competitive teams. The last run of games proved to be tough on UVM as they were handed a slew of losses.

The team did take something very valuable away from this season that could guide them to success in seasons to come.

“We learned that changing a program is a process, and despite our record, we made strides in the right direction,” Lloyd said. “I am proud of the approach our players took in to every game and that we battled to the end.”