The Notre Dame College women’s soccer program had a season filled with mixed emotions.
The team finished 2015 with 13 victories and have now won at least 13 games over the past three seasons. The team won 12 games in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and took a total of eight games at home. However, for Head Coach Mike Shiels and the Falcons, they fell short of their ultimate goal of repeating as MEC tournament champions.
“I have mixed feelings about this season,” Shiels said. “We lost a few games early in the year but then put ourselves in a great position and gave ourselves a chance.”
The Falcons started the season with two wins, two losses and a tie in their first five games. They turned the season around, winning 11 of their final 13 games in the regular season.
“Coming together as a team was a struggle early in the season,” Shiels said.
Members of the squad won many individual honors on the year.
Jillian Doss, Alexis Manoa, Megan O’Connor and Karla DiJohn were named to the 1st team All-MEC lineup. Miranda Melton and Norah Barnes were named to the 2nd team All-MEC lineup. Barnes was also named to the All-MEC Freshman Team.
For the Falcons, a loss to Charleston in the conference tournament marked the end of their season. They were unable to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Charleston earned a seed into the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame lost to the team twice this season.
“Losing is always tough,” Shiels said, “We wanted to give the seniors one more shot in the NCAA tournament.”
Shiels said the team usually has five to 10 students that they recruit every year, but he also wants the current team to realize the talent they have and how successful they can be moving forward.
“They need to know we have a lot of talented players and we have to stay focused,” he said. “We have to realize what we are working for and the goals that are set.”