The Wartburg Women’s Soccer team will be entering this season with a target on their backs in the Iowa Conference.
The no. 18 Knights are predicted to finish first in the IIAC again this season and are coming off just the second Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history.
Winning will come easy for Wartburg, however, according to head coach Tiffany Pins.
“Our schedule is probably the toughest schedule I’ve had since I’ve been here,’ Pins said. ‘we’re gonna have come ready to play every game.”
The team is lucky enough to return their top goal scorer from last year and their goal keeper in juniors Morgan Neuendorf and Beth Crow respectively.
Pins says that Crow has developed a lot since her freshman year and has become more of a vocal leader as well.
For Neuendorf, this year represents a new opportunity for her. Now an upperclassmen, she will be looked as even more of a leader and has also made a successful position transition from forward to midfield.
“It’s a different role and a different atmosphere, but still the same team and same people. I love them all and I’m going to what I can for the team to help us win,” Neuendorf said.
While Wartburg does have a very tough schedule ahead of them, Pins wants the team to be able to still have fun playing soccer.
“At the end of the day, this game is fun and they’re supposed to go out there and have a good time on the field together,” Pins added.
The Knights open their IIAC title defense Sep. 1 at Macalester College.