Although the game did not end as hoped, the seniors especially "played really, really hard and really well," said captain Erin Albers 04.
The team lost six players who graduated last spring, and this left the women with a relatively young team this season.
This proved to be a challenge at first, but, according to Albers, the players began to "get used to each other" throughout the season and "started to play more together. We ended up playing much better."
Kara Olson 06 added, "Once you know the players on the team, you can read them a lot better."
Captain Brie Messick 04 said the players possessed "good team chemistry," as well as individual skill. "A lot of fresh talent," Olson said, has helped contribute to the successes of the season.
Senior leadership guided the young Oles throughout the season
Coach Kurt Anderson said that the seniors did a good job of "providing leadership throughout the year, which I think is always really important."
One of the major accomplishments of the season was the 2-1 victory over Gustavus, a team which the Oles had not beaten in over 10 years. A 1-1 tie with St. Bens was another highlight.
According to Messick, the team offensively had a really good season.
The game against Concordia Oct. 25, which went into double overtime and resulted in a 4-3 Concordia win, determined that the team will not continue to the MIAC playoffs.
Said Albers of Saturdays game, the players "made a good ending by playing our hardest."