SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's soccer team and Head Coach Kwame Lloyd are eager for the 2016 season after a great run to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament last year. The Sea Gulls return veteran leadership and a seasoned team of returners who are eager to show their merit and bring home the program's fifth CAC championship banner this season.
"Winning the conference tournament is our top priority this year, and from there we want to put ourselves in the right position to go into playoffs healthy and confident," Lloyd said.
Lloyd, who begins his fourth season at the helm, will rely heavily on his seasoned returners that led the Gulls to a 12-4-2 overall record in 2015 (6-2-1 in CAC play). Lloyd is also enthusiastic to see what this freshman class will bring to the team.
The 2016 edition of the Sea Gull offense will be led by senior Erin McQuate, juniors Ruthie Lucas and Alex Pryor, and sophomore Jenna Taylor, who moves from the midfield to forward. This dynamic group will look to bring back that same energy and intensity that notched them a combined 10 goals and three assists last season.
Coach Lloyd and the Sea Gulls will look to rebuild their defensive wall after graduating five defenders last season, including two all-conference honorees. The Sea Gulls will look to their seasoned upperclassmen to help fill in the cracks.
"She's really been enjoying her experience there; the move enables her more space to be creative," Lloyd said. "She's a competitor, and she doesn't like to lose and will do everything she can to win, and that's what we want to see in our back line."
This year Coach Lloyd expressed great confidence at the goalkeeper position as he returns last year's dynamic duo that included senior Alesha Seifert (First-team All-CAC in 2015) and junior Hope Knussman.
"We consider ourselves very lucky as a coaching staff, we have two great goalkeepers and we could win any game with either one of them," Lloyd said.
Seifert returns after seeing quality time between the posts last season. Seifert allowed only four goals, notched 27 saves and established an impressive .879 save percentage in eight games.