"This is an exciting year for our program," said Maine Maritime Academy Head Women's Soccer Coach Seth Brown. "We have very high expectations and have put together maybe one of the toughest non-conference schedules in MMA women's soccer history. The ability to play quality teams to prepare for our conference is crucial."
Season Opener: The Mariners kick off their 2017 season this Friday, when they host Unity College at 3:00 pm and on Saturday, against Gordon College at 1:30 pm.
History against Unity and Gordon: The Mariners are 7-5 all-time against the Rams, including a 5-2 record when hosting. In the last six meetings the Mariners are a perfect 6-0 against the Rams, with the last meeting coming in 2010.
The Mariners are 2-0 all-time against the Fighting Scots, claiming both victories in overtime. Maine Maritime picked up a 2-1 win in overtime last time they hosted Gordon in 2015 and a 2-1 win last season at Gordon. Last season's win was Head Coach Seth Brown's 100th career collegiate win. In that game, Briana Obshatkin scored the tying goal and Emily Wyman (Brockton, Mass.) tallied the game-winning goal in the 99th minute.
Conference Play: The Mariners open up NAC play on Saturday, September 16 as part of Homecoming 2017 when they host Colby-Sawyer College at 4:00 pm. Maine Maritime will continue a competitive NAC schedule as they host Thomas College on Tuesday, September 19 and travel to New England College on Saturday, September 23.
"Kylie is a multi-year captain and four-year starting defender," said Brown. "She brings an incredible amount of stability and balance to our team. She is an incredible leader and voice for our team."
"Miranda is a first year captain and junior," said Brown. "Miranda has demonstrated her ability in being detail-oriented and keeping our team on course."
"Senior and first-year captain, Emily Wyman has come into the year with an incredible amount of focus and determination," said Brown. "Emily has stepped forward this year with a strong and positive voice for our young players to follow."
NAC Preseason Poll: The Mariners were picked to finish fifth in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason women's soccer poll conducted by the league's coaches.
"Fortunately for us, no team has won or lost the NAC championship in a preseason poll, so, we will go out each week and prepare for the team(s) in front of us," said Brown. "At the end of the season when we reach post season play we will be prepared."
New England College claimed the top spot in the 2017 NAC women's soccer preseason poll. The Pilgrims received 90 points, after earning four first-place votes.
Colby-Sawyer College, the defending champion, was tabbed second just one point behind NEC after claiming three first-place votes for a total of 89 points. Castleton University was selected third after earning 79 points and one first-place vote, Husson University took fourth with 74 points and the remaining two first-place votes.
Rounding out the poll were the University of Maine at Farmington in sixth (50 points), Thomas College in seventh (40 points), Johnson State College in eighth (30 points), Lyndon State College in ninth (20 points), and Green Mountain College in 10th (11 points).
2017 NAC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Team||Points (First Place Votes)|
|1.||New England College||90 (4)|
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Looking Back at 2016: The Mariners went 10-7-2 and 6-3 in the conference last season. The Mariners clinched the fourth seed in the NAC Tournament, but fell to the fifth seed Castleton, in penalty kicks. The Mariners clinched the third seed in the ECAC Division III Women's Soccer Championship where they defeated Salve Regina in the first round, but fell to the eventual winner, Springfield College 1-0 in the Region 1 Championship game. The win over Salve Regina was the first non-conference post-season victory by any female sport at Maine Maritime Academy.