Head Coach Trevor Parent and the women in his soccer program left for North Carolina Tuesday after classes to play in UMPI's first-ever Great South Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament (GSAC). Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC plays host to the 6 team, single elimination tournament that begins at noon on Friday, November 8.
#5 seed UMPI will start play in the tournament against #4 seed Mills College of Oakland California in the noon match Friday. The Cyclones of Mills College are winless in 13 games this season, but play a physical brand of soccer that can cause problems in a tournament that highlights plenty of unknowns for all participants.
"We're playing a team that has had difficulties scoring and been outshot on the year by great margins, but it's tough to determine what level their competition has been with all of their games against solid California teams", said Parent.
Indeed, the Cyclones look to have struggled offensively this season, being outscored 101-3, but UMPI has also had their fair share of adversity offensively from time to time as well. Much of the offensive strain for UMPI began when sophomore stalwart Nicole Cyr went down with injury, which led to a reshuffling of the Owl lineup.
Cyr has returned and is looking to regain the endurance that sparked the Blue & Gold to several early season victories. Senior captain Jen Oullette and outstanding freshmen Mikaelah Tracy and TJ Gardner will lead an excited and committed of band of Owls into their first taste of NCAA Championship play.