By Rhiannon McQuaide, Sports Editor
Professional women’s soccer player Alex Morgan once said, “getting to the top is tough, but getting there is even harder.”
The USM women’s soccer team is experiencing this firsthand as they battle to replicate the success they achieved last season. Last fall, head coach Seth Benjamin and his squad took home the Little East Conference Champion
ship, before suffering a 1-0 defeat against Williams College in the NCAA Division 3 championship game.
Heading into October, the Huskies hold the number one spot amongst all women’s soccer teams in the Little East Conference with a 9-0-1 record. Stats leaders include senior Catriona Gould (8 goals, 1 assist), junior Julia McKenna (6 goals, 5 assists), and sophomore Riley Reitchel (5 goals, 5 assists). Senior
goalie Breana Atwood continues to provide a strong presence in goal after being awarded LEC Goalie of the Year in 2022. Other important returners include senior defenseman Kaiya Gaitchell and senior forward Eliza Roy. The Huskies also added some promising new talent to their 2023 roster with the addition of freshman forward Maya Bermudez, who has appeared in 9 of 10 games and recorded a goal and an assist.
The Huskies have come out victorious in their last six matches. It is safe to say that if this winning streak continues, the Huskies will have no issue remaining on top.