Worcester, Mass.—Clark University head women's soccer coach, Brie Smith is pleased to announce the appointment of seniors Rylee Simons (Weston, Fla.), Eliza Meltzer (Framingham, Mass.), Macy Golman (Dallas, Texas), and Alex Pariseau (Millbury, Mass.) as the 2018 team captains.
"Our four seniors have played an integral role in the growth and development of this program over the past three years. They have worked tirelessly and made significant sacrifices to change the culture and steer the team toward success. They care deeply about their teammates and want nothing more than to see this team reach its full potential. I am excited to see where they can lead us this fall!" said Smith.
Simons is entering her fourth season with the Cougars and has started and played in every game for the past three years. As a defender she recorded an assist in the 2016-2017 season. Last season Simons was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference Team. Simons also served as a captain for the women's soccer team last year.
"I am very excited to be a captain for the women's soccer team for a second season. Our goal is to have a successful season and make it to the playoffs again. I intend to lead by example by giving 110%. As captain, it is vital to be a supportive and motivating leader and provide positive reinforcement that will inspire my teammates on and off the field," said Simons.
Meltzer, who also served as a 2017 team captain, saw action in 18 games as a sophomore and 11 games as a junior. Over her career she has appeared in 29 games and started 18 of them. Meltzer has 12 career points from four goals and four assists over her three seasons. She was also named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team last season.
"Being a part of the women's soccer program for the last three years has really shaped my Clark experience as a whole. I think the team has grown every single year and I am so excited for this season. We have an amazing group this year and I can't wait to have another opportunity to lead them, and do what I can to make their season successful both on a team level and an individual level. Every single member of this team brings something different to the table and, as a captain my most important job is guiding my teammates to do their absolute best. Coming off the most successful season of my career last year has made me very confident about this coming season, and I can't wait to see what everyone can do," said Meltzer.
Golman is also entering her fourth and final season with the women's soccer team. Over the past three years Golman has appeared in 52 games and started all of them. As a midfielder she has five career point from three assists (last season) and a goal. Golman was also named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team last season.
"As a captain, it is an honor and a privilege to lead my team. Leadership to me means leading by example, fostering competitiveness, good sportsmanship, and camaraderie amongst my team. As a captain, I will continue to lead by giving 110% whether it is at practice, in the weight room, or during a game. As I look forward to the season, I look back at where we have been as a team. As a freshman, our team won two games. Each year we have continued to improve, but I know that this season will definitely be our best yet. We have an extremely strong team on and off the bench and I know we are destined for greatness," said Golman.
Pariseau is entering her fourth season with the women's soccer season. Due to an injury sophomore year Pariseau was not able to take the field, but from her freshman and junior year combined she played in 36 games and started 29 of them. She has 12 career points from five goals and two assists. Last season she recorded the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over NEWMAC opponent, WPI (9/16).
"Going into my fourth season with the team, the program has really grown over the last few years. It is an exciting time to be a cougar, and it is an honor to be one of the captains this season. The team has brought in a group of really talented first years, and the returners have come back even stronger. We are all excited to get after it and see what we can do. This season the team is hoping to make it even farther than we did last year. Making the quarter finals of the NEWMACs was a great accomplishment, but we know that this team is talented enough to go even further. I am looking forward to growing closer as a team and showing the NEWMAC what we're made of. Having four captains this season allows each of us to take on a different role to help the team succeed. My strengths fall in the tactical and technical side of the game, so I enjoy working with coach and the team in adjusting our formation and breaking down film to determine how we can be most successful. I also believe that leadership does not stop once we step off the field or leave the locker room, and I take pride in knowing that my teammates trust me and know that I am there for them whatever the situation may be," said Pariseau.
The women's soccer team open up their season on Friday, August 31st at Framingham State University for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. They open their home schedule the following week, on Tuesday, September 4th with Southern Vermont at 7:00 p.m.