Throughout the week, Case Western Reserve University will be recognizing the seniors on its fall sports teams. While some of their athletic careers may be continuing, we wanted to take some time to show our appreciation for their efforts during the time of the year that would traditionally mark the end of their time as collegiate athletes.
Every day this week, athletics.case.edu will be featuring a virtual senior day ceremony and a short article on each team's senior class. Today's team is women's soccer.
For the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team, the 2020-21 season was set to build on their record-setting, banner year in 2019-20. The Spartans finished the 2019 season with a record of 13-5-1, including a 11-0-1 record in non-conference play. The 13 wins tied a program for wins in a season, and the team reached the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships for just the second time in program history.
Some key members that season were juniors, who entered their final year at CWRU in 2020-21. Midfielder Abby DeCicco, defender Bailey George, midfielder Emily Hauser, defender Francesca McDonald and goalkeeper/student manager Lauren Metz have all played significant roles during their time on the women's soccer team.
|2020 CWRU Women's Soccer Virtual Senior Day Ceremony|
The class, who are set to graduate this spring, set themselves apart with both their success on the field and their leadership off it. Head Coach Jen Simonetti said, "This senior class is beyond special because of the individuals they are, the identity they have as a group, and the commitment they have shown to the program over their four years. Even in a fall of COVID and no season, they have consistently shown up to share their passion, dedication, and leadership with our program to prepare our team for future seasons."
"They have proven time and again how selfless they are by fulfilling the role necessary on any given day and putting the program above themselves," said Simonetti. "It is all exemplified by the transition they have provided from a solid program to a national contender during their time with us. I care deeply about these women as people and players and truly appreciate the connections we have built and are building, and I know that each will be successful in all that they work to achieve in life. I hope they will continue to be program ambassadors and know that they are women's soccer Spartans for life as they transition to the alumni side of the ball."
Players on the team credit that selflessness to the culture of the team once they arrived on campus.
"Immediately upon arriving to campus, I had 25 women that were there to support me and push me to be the best player and overall person that I could become," said DeCicco. "Having teammates to look up to and then in turn being able to help younger teammates has been the best part of my college experience. I am incredibly grateful for all the people and opportunities the women's soccer program has brought me."
This group of seniors has been able to see the program grow and establish a culture that the underclassmen will be able to continue going forward.
"My time with CWRU women's soccer has given me lots of good memories, friendships, and the pleasure of watching our program grow while pursuing my academic goals," said Metz. "I've valued every moment that I've had to compete at this level surrounded by amazing teammates and women that empower me to be my best."