My Take: 2014 Women’s soccer

Layne Saliba

Transitioning to a more competitive conference is a task that may seem difficult for a lot of programs. However, the Georgia Southern women’s soccer team had a very successful year during their inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference.

This success can easily be seen when you look at their regular season record. The Eagles finished with a 10-5-2 record which is the best regular season record in 12 years. That’s definitely something to be proud of.

The team also made an appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. They were able to make their way to the semi-finals before getting knocked out by the No. 1 seed. That is an impressive accomplishment for any team.

If you still need affirmation of a successful season, the Eagles had two players named to First Team All Sun Belt, and one named to Second team All Sun Belt.

One of those First Team members, redshirt senior goal keeper Katie Merson is arguably one of the best keepers in the league after setting a career shutout record (18) with five of those coming this season.

Finally, I would be remised if I didn’t mention that the Eagles didn’t just beat Appalachian State once this season; they did it twice. Beating App State is something that all Georgia Southern teams look forward to, no matter what sport. And the women’s soccer team did not disappoint.

All-in-all, the ladies of the Georgia Southern women’s soccer team can go throughout the off-season knowing that they were able to post one of the best seasons in recent history.