Strong senior class leads soccer squad

Kate Hampson

The middle of a scorching summer day in Kansas can make anyone want to stay in the air conditioning, except for the Lady Blues soccer team.

The Lady Blues are well into their preseason practices and workouts and have high hopes of a great season.

With six seniors on the roster, there is plenty of leadership on and off the field. Meshing with the new players can be a key to success.

“I’m excited for the season. With the newcomers and our returners we have a terrific group with a great deal of potential,” said Tim Collins, Lady Blues’ head soccer coach.

The Lady Blues have eight new players, including seven freshmen. While Collins said the new players will play a big role in their success, the team also has many players back from last year that have started for the team.

“We return so much that we’re going to go right from where we left off. We’re working towards putting a streak together that will allow us to compete for the conference championship,” said Collins.

The Lady Blues look to improve on their record of 11-8-1 last season and to make the NCAA Tournament after having barely missed qualifying last season.

The graduated seniors will be missed, but there are younger players with experience ready to step into their shoes.

“The seniors are going to bring leadership, desire and passions. This group has been fantastic and will be greatly missed,” said Collins.

The team has one of the best attendance records in Division II and has set the attendance record for a Division II game more than once. The Lady Blues first game is Sept. 23 against Saint Edward’s University in Texas. Their first home game is Sept. 9 against Missouri Southern in Yager Stadium.