Soccer gets the ball rolling on team renewal

The Carleton men’s and women’s soccer teams are diving into another season with full force.

“We have five rookies starting, but overall (we have) improved with good front players who should cause other teams problems,” says men’s coach Sandy Mackie.

Although both the men’s and women’s sides have seen a large turnover of their veteran players, the new rookies have brought a good boost of agility and power to the teams.

Moving into the big shoes of former women’s goaltender Asta Wallace, who holds the all-time Carleton regular and post-season record for wins and shutouts, is Angela Penfound, a first-year student with hands sturdier than the posts around her.

On the men’s side, Sudbury native Andrew Park, promises a season of highlight reel goals with his to-the-second timing and sneaky positioning on the offensive attack.

Returning OUA all-star and team captain Drew Dailey will once again act as the defensive hub for the men’s team and OUA all-star Libby Starnes will continue to lead the women’s midfield and offensive attack.

Last year the women earned a post-season berth, but were later defeated in the quarterfinal by rival Queen’s University.

Women’s head coach Andy Nera says his team is young and rebuilding, but knows they can compete with some of the best.

“We’re playing well and I think we will do better in the playoffs this year that we did last,” says Nera.

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