The first season of Wartburg women’s soccer under the direction of head coach Tiffany Pins saw the Knights finish with a 17-2-3 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2012 squad loses some key members of the 2011 team but will still be aiming for similar success.
Wartburg will try to fill the shoes of IIAC MVP and third-team NSCAA All-American Katy Wendt who had eight goals and led the Knights with 13 assists.
The Knights also lose their top scorer from last season in Chelsea Frye who scored 16 goals and received first-team all-conference honors.
Wartburg will also lose first-team all-IIAC defender MacKenzie Moore, forwards Taylor Vermie and Whitney Larish and defender Jess Macauley.
Despite the lost talent, Wartburg still returns one first-team and three second-team all-IIAC players and two honorable mention performers.
Junior forward Anna Aquino scored 10 goals for Wartburg last season and assisted on nine others, earning her first-team all-IIAC honors.
Junior Rachel Torry, who netted four goals and six assists, will join Aquino up front after being named to the honorable mention all-conference team for the Knights in 2011.
Senior goalkepper Monica Noti is back after recording 69 saves and 10 shutouts in 20 games and earning second-team all-IIAC status.
The defense will be led by junior Cathy Reiter who was tabbed second-team all-IIAC and also plays on the Wartburg basketball team.
Junior Kelli Anderson was named second-team all-IIAC in the midfield and returns after scoring nine goals and two assists last season.
Wartburg tied for the conference championship with Loras after a 7-0-1 IIAC record.
The Duhawks will also suffer a loss of talent as they lose seven seniors from last year’s team including three all-conference players.