SMCM Club Spotlight: Women’s Club Soccer

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Have you ever played soccer or wanted to play soccer? Then come out and join Women’s club soccer!  Most afternoons in the spring and fall, a group of soccer-loving girls head over to Guam field to play.  Every skill level is welcome! The main goal of club soccer is to have fun!

Seniors and team captains Allie Buxton and Lily Penney started the club in the Fall of 2010. Allie says that she started the club because “she missed soccer and missed being part of a team.”  In the beginning a team could barely field itself, but this past Fall, almost 25 girls came out to play.   At practice, the team works on fundamental skills like ball- handling and shooting, and for fun, the team comes together to scrimmage or play soccer-related games.  The team also has friendly scrimmages with the boy’s club soccer team on Fridays.

We compete against other school’s club teams, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, Frostburg University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Salisbury University.  This past Fall, the women’s club team had their first win against UMBC.  Future captain Lauren Jackson says that “club soccer is so much fun! Girls of every skill level play, so if you like soccer you should come play.”

Aside from having fun playing soccer, women’s club soccer has fun off the field.  Pre-game pasta parties allow for team bonding (the goal is for the team to be just a bunch of friends), and movie nights let you enjoy your favorite soccer related film. She’s The Man anyone?  The team also has field days, which are fun-filled days of games (two words: water balloons) and prizes.  The team is really chill and everyone comes out just to make friends, get exercise, have fun, and play soccer! One player says that “club soccer is a great way to get some fresh air and decompress after class… all the girls are really welcoming and practices are filled with laughs.”

There is always a spot for you on the Women’s club soccer team.  Practices are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays on Guam Field from around 4:00 to 5:30 and we start back up mid- February.  Although attending practices is recommended in order to improve your game and to get to know the team better, it’s totally fine just to stop by and say hi! So whether you have always dreamed of playing soccer or you just need something to do that is fun, outdoors, and with a crazy fun group of people, contact lejackson@smcm.edu or just come out and play.

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