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Women's Soccer - Mon, Dec. 10, 2012
Megan Daniels led CU with 13 goals in 2012
Megan Daniels led CU with 13 goals in 2012

The 2012 Concordia women's soccer team came out of the gates strong with two wins over top-25 teams.  They defeated #16 Trinity Christian at home 4-0 in their season opener on August 22nd and beat #12 CSU San Marcos at home 1-0 in overtime on September 13.  The Eagles went 9-9 and shutout their opponent in all nine of their victories.


The ladies lost close matches in overtime against #23 Kansas Wesleyan, 2-3, on September 1, and against #2 Concordia (OR), 1-2, on September 7th in Portland, OR.  The GSAC slate was tough for the ladies in 2012, as they went 4-6 and didn't upset anyone in the top half of the league.

Things are bright though, as eight of their 10 goal scorers return in 2013.  Junior Megan Daniels joined the team after transferring from Seattle University and led the squad with 13 goals, 30 points, and was selected All-GSAC.  Fellow junior forward Val Barrios, four goals and three assists in 2012, also will return next season.  Freshman Alexis Garcia-Irons had five goals and looks to have a bright career at CU.  Fellow freshman Miranda Canales had two goals and five assists, and saw significant playing time in her first season.  Junior Brooke Springer, two goals, one assist, and freshman Stevie Thomas, one goal, two assists, both saw plenty of time in the midfielder position.  Junior Taylor Benton started 14 games, sophomore Sammy Fillon started 16 games, and sophomore Breana Ellis started 16 games, with Fillon and Ellis being two-year starters in their first two seasons.  Needless to say, the Eagles are not without experience moving forward to 2013.

"This year for a lot of our players it was a learning year," head coach Chris Gould said.  "You have to find ways to put a full game together.  The team returning will be highly motivated and talented."

Concordia does say goodbye to some seniors who were vital in the development of the program, including their 2011 berth to the NAIA National Championship, the first in school history.  Senior defender Audrey McKay was All-GSAC in 2012, 2011, and 2010.  She was an NAIA All-American in 2011.  Seniors Felicia Franco and Jacqueline Turner have started almost every game the last two seasons, and their leadership and calming effect will need to be replaced.  Senior goalkeeper Bekah Garvin leaves as the most decorated keeper in CU women's soccer history.  She leaves as the career leader in wins (36) and shutouts (26).  She was also the programs' first Capital One Academic All-American with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2011. 

16 ladies saw action in 2012 for the first time as an Eagle.  One thing is certain, head coach Chris Gould will play another challenging schedule in 2013, keeping their MRPI high, and giving CU the opportunity to continue to progress the program to heights it has not seen.


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