Women’s soccer plays well in exhibition

Justin Martin, Hunter Kiburz, and Elijah Herrington

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This past week, the Wayne State Women’s Soccer team defeated the Briar Cliff Women’s Soccer team in a 7-0 exhibition match.

The scrimmage was played in three 30-minute periods instead of the normal two 45-minute halves. Six different players scored goals to lead WSC to victory.

“When we play an exhibition we always want to walk away having accomplished something,” head coach Joe Cleary said. “During this exhibition what they have done to get better was being able to get everyone on the team valuable playing time and constantly hitting the back of the net. We have a young team and we are introducing a different style of play. The new playing style is very exciting but it’s a crazy learning experience.”

Cleary said the team’s goal is to get into the top eight of the NSIC. He feels like they are an underdog, but believes the team is talented enough to surprise some people and gain some respect around the conference.

“As a team, we are always looking to get better. It’s one of our biggest goals and I feel we are only as strong as our weakest player,” sophomore Madi Kemp said.

Last season Kemp broke her leg to end her freshman season. She is working hard to get back to the player she was before the injury. She said she feels great and is excited to be playing this year and wouldn’t choose to be alongside any other teammates.

“I love this group of players, we have a great group of senior leaders, and some hungry underclassmen, and the team has great chemistry both on and off the field,” Cleary said.

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