A solid season for women’s soccer

Layne Saliba

The Georgia Southern women’s soccer team finished its season with an overall record of 11-6-2. They started the season off the right way, winning six of their first seven games. As they continued the season, the Eagles were able to post a regular season record of 10-5-2, their best since 2002.

They also took a trip to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. While there, they beat Appalachian State for the second time this season. Next, the Eagles took on No. 1 seed South Alabama and fell 3-0. The season ended with the team in third place in the conference.

The Eagles were also able to finish seventh in the Sun Belt with 27 goals, while averaging 13 shots per game.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Katie Merson’s final year with the Eagles was one to remember. While being selected as a First Team Member of the All Sun Belt Team, she set a career shutout record with a total of 18. She was also able to finish at the top of the conference with 100 saves averaging five per game. She has been a dedicated player for the Eagles over the years, especially this season as she never took a break to sit on the bench.

Joining Merson on the First Team All Sun Belt list was Junior forward Nora El-Shami who led the team with seven goals and seven assists. She placed 24 shots on goal throughout the season, with a .42 shots on goal percentage. She finished the season ranked fifth in the conference in points per game with 1.18.

Forward Melinda Lukas was named Second Team All Sun Belt in an impressive sophomore year. She was the second leading scorer on the team with six goals, placing 15 on goal and finishing 55 percent of the time. She also made the most of her goals, finishing third in the conference in game winning goals with four.

Overall it was a successful season for the women’s soccer team. And with only three seniors graduating, Merson, Sydnie Van Curen and Sydney Kerr, you can expect to see much of the same next season from the Eagles.