The Wheaton College women’s soccer team began the 2016 season with their annual Bob Baptista Invitational as they hosted Hanover College, Hope College and Washington University.
The women suffered a hard-fought loss Friday night to the Washington University Bears by a score of one to zero. According to senior captain Sarah Frey, the team was unable to capitalize on all of their scoring opportunities.
However, this was not the case the following night as the girls came out strong against Hope College and reigned victorious with the help of freshman forward Autumn Rasmussen.
Rasmussen scored all three goals for her first career hat-trick.
“She had a really great game,” Frey said of Rasmussen. “It’s really exciting to see freshmen making a difference on our team.”
Frey has been encouraged and humbled to be named one of three captains this year and has appreciated the team’s response.
“I am definitely not as vocal as the other two captains, it just isn’t my style,” said Frey. “Because I have been chosen as a captain, I like to lead by example with my work ethic and how I play the game.”
Frey, who has two assists already this season, has shown off her work ethic, battling an ACL surgery for the second time in her soccer career after her season was cut short last year.
“Being a captain this year, especially since coming off a second surgery, has been a humbling experience as the girls encourage me and continue to share their support,” Frey explained.
However, encouragement and hard work need to be able to translate onto the field as Frey and her team are not satisfied with their opening record. After losing at Loras College on Tuesday night by a score of 2-0, the team looks to improve their 1-2 record in Virginia this weekend as they take on the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins and the Christopher Newport Captains.