Women’s Soccer Looks to Field a Championship Team

Lynchburg women's soccer players celebrate a goal
Women’s Soccer team enjoying a victory – via. https://www.lynchburgsports.com/

By William Masselli ~ Editor in Chief

The University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Team worked hard over summer break for the purpose of fielding an ODAC championship caliber team this season. 

Amanda Wigboldy, a junior midfielder and forward, believes that teammates staying in contact with each other this past summer break was important. “As we return for the fall, we are not strangers because we kept in touch over break. I played soccer with high school soccer athletes and competed with my fellow teammates. We made it where everyone got touches with the soccer ball. I believe these things will help us build a great team chemistry, a pivotal characteristic needed for a championship winning team,” said Wigboldy.

Wigboldy was delighted with her team’s progression in the previous season. We made a lot of progress, but we have not shown it with the record. I think this season will be a great season because we will replicate the success that Lynchburg has had in its previous seasons,”  said Wigboldy. 

Todd Olsen, the women’s soccer head coach, knows that Washington & Lee and Bridgewater will be fierce teams this upcoming season. “As the defending conference champion, I expect Bridgewater to be strong next year. Bridgewater had a young, dynamic team with a potent attack. Also, Washington & Lee will be a challenging opponent,” said Olsen. 

“We have been working hard since our season ended in a disappointing quarter finals loss in the ODAC [Old Dominion Athletic Conference] tournament. We conducted a ‘new’ season for the purpose of restoring grit and resilience back into our program. We feel we have lost some edge that permitted our teams to be so successful. This summer, the players participated in a daily workout program designed by Coach Natalie Deacon, an exercise physiology major and a certified strength and conditioning coach. She put together an intense workout program that the players completed. We are excited and hopeful for the direction of this team for the upcoming season. We will once again be competing for an ODAC championship,” said Olsen as a way of expressing confidence in his players. 

Key Words: women’s soccer, sports, ODAC, Lynchburg, Virginia

Sources

Todd Olsen olsen.t@lynchburg.edu 

Amanda Wigboldy wigbola869@lynchburg.edu 

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