Aug. 3, 2006
The Siena women's soccer team is the coaches' choice to finish fifth in the MAAC this season according to the annual preseason poll released by the conference office Thursday. Guilderland's Amy Loughridge was named a Preseason All-MAAC selection.
The Saints are coming off a third place league finish in 2005 in which they posted a 6-2-1 conference mark and tied a program record with 10 overall victories (10-8-1). The team returns nine of 11 starters, including six of their top seven scorers from last season.
"We feel we have all the building blocks to contend for the conference championship this season," head coach Steve Karbowski said. "We return a great deal of experience and have been competing at the top of the league for the past few years. If everything falls into place, this could be the season we break through."
Loughridge was recently named a tri-captain for the upcoming season. She was an All-MAAC Second Team selection last season after earning All-Rookie accolades as a freshman. She started 18 of the team's 19 games last fall scoring two goals and dishing out five assists from her midfield post.
"Amy has a tremendous work rate and is excellent at winning the ball in the air," Karbowski said. "This is another nice honor for her, and we will look to her for leadership this season even though she is just a junior."
In addition to Loughridge, the Saints return their top scoring forwards in senior Kristen Turner (9 goals, 4 assists) and junior Susie Blaisdell (5 goals, 3 assists). Junior Chelsea Maguire (Ballston Lake) led the team with seven assists last season, complimenting her three goals. She will likely complete the Saints dangerous attack up front. The team also returns the majority of its defense and midfield and all three of its goalies.