Champions of fall: Women’s soccer and volleyball take top honors

The Seton Hill University (SHU) Women’s Soccer team concluded one of their best seasons, with an overall 16-2-2 record, after falling to Tiffin NAIA Region IX/X Tournament semi-finals.
Both teams remained scoreless throughout regulations and two overtimes and then the Lady Griffins lost 7-6, as a result of a penalty kick shootout.
Head Coach John Fogle was not surprised by his team’s success and knew that they would do well; however, he expected his team to go further in the playoffs, based on how well they practiced and worked together.


By Denishia Salter,
Sports Editor
The Seton Hill University (SHU) Women’s Soccer team concluded one of their best seasons, with an overall 16-2-2 record, after falling to Tiffin NAIA Region IX/X Tournament semi-finals.
Both teams remained scoreless throughout regulations and two overtimes and then the Lady Griffins lost 7-6, as a result of a penalty kick shootout.
Head Coach John Fogle was not surprised by his team’s success and knew that they would do well; however, he expected his team to go further in the playoffs, based on how well they practiced and worked together.
�It’s all about good practice and good team work. You have got to be good and you have got to be lucky. Our luck ran out,� said Fogle.
Senior Amber Cook also did not want this season to end, but she was satisfied with the hard work and commitment her teammates showed throughout the year and in the playoffs.
�As a senior, it was a great accomplishment to have such an awesome season. Although I would have liked to make it further, all good things have to come to an end sooner or later. I don’tthink we could have done anything differently in the last game. Our entire team left everything we had on the field!� said Cook.
Also, two players were selected to the NAIA All Region IX Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Sophomore defender, Alisha Moulton was selected to first team and senior goalie, Jaime Hickton was selected to the second team.
This year’s success has not gone unrecognized by the University. In a recent letter of congratulations, sent by SHU President Joanne Boyle to Coach Fogle, she wrote:
�You have given us a season of thrills and chills and I am so very proud of all the team has accomplished. You are a credit to Seton Hill and fine evidence of what good teamwork can accomplish.
Moreover, you are diligent students in the classroom, athletes of great skill on the playing field, women of character, integrity and sportsmanship.�
Even with the loss of a few seniors, the Lady Griffins are confident in the talent they have on the team and will continue to strive toward the playoffs next year.
Women’s Volleyball
The Seton Hill University Women’s Volleyball team ended the season just one game away from the National Tournament, with a 3-0 loss to Cedarville in the NAIA Region IX/X Tournament.
The Lady Griffins were defeated in three very close games of 30-26, 30-27 and 31-29.
Despite the loss, SHU finished with an overall 27-8 record and winning the AMC North Division Championship.
According to senior and outside hitter for the Lady Griffins, Lindsay Dixon, making it to the regional tournament was quite an accomplishment.
�We knew getting to nationals would be a difficult journey. But we�re one of top four teams in three states, so I�m happy with how we finished,� said Dixon.
Cedarville and SHU were the top two teams in the tournament, and according to Dixon, it was unfortunate that they had to meet in the semi-finals instead of the national tournament.
Sophomore Crista Canfield was happy to help propel the women’s volleyball program further into success.
�It was awesome making it that far in the playoffs. Now everyone knows of the volleyball team since we did so great this year. As a college athlete, you dream of making it that far,� said Canfield.
This was Dixon’s last season along with teammate and four-year starter Lauren Wassil and their presence on the floor will be greatly missed.
�You can’treplace two girls who are so valuable to the team,� said Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach Bob Hall.
According to Hall, the success of this year should help with recruiting players who can come in and assist with filling the void.
Hall is also looking for players on the team to step up next season.
�I�m going to miss playing with my best friends. It’s so much more fun winning with people you�re so close to,� said Dixon.
The Lady Griffins will lose two all-star players: Wassil and Dixon.
Still, with the young talent and now play-off experience, the team hopes to pick up where they left off for next season and make it to the Regional Tournament once again.
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