Whatever is going on between those locker room doors, it’s gotta be working. Perhaps they’re drinking some of Michael’s Secret Stuff before games.
Or maybe Coach Gluck is inviting motivational speakers to pump the team up before games.
Whatever’s going on, the Haverford Women’s soccer team (aka the “HaverHawks”) have some serious mojo going and are confidently playing their way though the conference.
Haverford is riding a 12 game unbeaten streak, the longest streak in recent memory. No women’s soccer team in the last decade has started the first 12 games of the season undefeated. What’s been most impressive about the streak is how they’ve been winning. In numerous games, they’ve dismantled teams. A 4-0 win on the road against Dickinson, and a 5-1 home victory against a traditionally challenging Gettysburg squad have marked some of the marquee blowout victories of the season. On the other hand, the Fords have shown that they can win under pressure too, as witnessed in their 2-1 overtime victory against a pesky Franklin & Marshall side. This year, the Fords possess a killer instinct to put teams away early in the matches, and if that’s not working, they’ve had the confidence to beat teams late.
The Fords seem to have struck a balance this year between steady veteran leadership and an infusion of youthful exuberance. The upperclassmen continue to lead the way both emotionally and statistically, including Katie Van Aken’s team-leading five assists, Anna Rayne’s and Sarah Andrade’s leadership in the middle of the pitch and Erin Verrier’s creation of a modern day Iron Curtain on defense.
At the same time, the underclassmen continue to provide vital contributions to the success of the team. Freshman goalkeeper Robin Chernow has made a seamless transition into goal, posting six shutouts, and sophomore Meg Boyer continues to be an offensive juggernaut, with a team-leading six goals.
Even though individual efforts have been strong, this year, the team truly embodies the “Our Family versus their team” mantra that Coach Gluck brings every year. The squad is as deep as ever (as evidenced by the team’s 25 goals scored by 9 different players), and every player on the team has made significant contributions. The deep squad allows the Fords to wear down their opponents, by bringing on subs that are equally as impressive as the starters.
A home date this Saturday against Johns Hopkins marks the most formidable matchup for the Fords. If they can knock off the Blue Jays, chances are good that the conference tournament would be held on our very own Walton Field. It’s about time to rally around our HaverHawks, as they continue on one of the most impressive seasons in team history.