Head Coach Emma Wright-Cates and the Women’s Cardinals Soccer team are surely looking to turn the page on the 2018 season and improve on a three win season. It has been ten years since their 15 win season and 2013 was the last time they were above .500.
Head Coach Emma Wright-Cates
“Under head coach Emma Wright-Cate’s first year at UIW, the Cardinals improved their win total from last season. In Southland Conference play, UIW advanced to 3-7-1, after holding a 1-9-1 conference record the season prior. UIW concluded the 2018 season having climbed three spots in conference ranking before the SLC Tournament. The Cardinals put up more shots in the 2018 season with 159 (2017: 154). UIW allowed 33 goals this year overall, a marked improvement after conceding 41 in 2017. UIW is currently ranked 15th in the country (Division I) in saves this season.” – from the UIW Bio
Key Players Leaving
MF – Sabrina Martineau – 3 Goals
Key Players Returning
M/D – Andrea Reyes – Sophomore – 3 Assists
D – Taylor Husfeld – Senior – 2 Goals
Key Players Incoming
D – Karli Salazar – Freshman – Named MVP on all-district and all-region team in 2017 at Sandra Day O’Connor
D/Mid – Amaya Spearman – Varsity starter all four years of high school; team captain for two years in Witchta Falls
MF – Payton Adams – 9 goals, 12 assists in her 2018 season at Wakeland High School
2018 saw a few bright spots, improvements on goals allowed, improvement on conference wins and highlighted by an away 3-0 win at Sam Houston State in Huntsville.
This is a young squad with only four seniors, Annika Fields (D) 846 minutes played in 2018, Brooke Hanson (F) 5 shots on goal, Taylor Husfeld (D) 2 goals and Ana Campa (MF) second on team with 1238 minutes played in 2018.
Coach Wright-Cates will have to continue building on the positives from 2018, recruit top talent and the team will have to trust the process. Wright-Cates had success as an assistant coach at George Washington and Southeastern Louisiana in previous years.
The season starts for the Cardinals in San Marcos at Texas State on August 23rd. Southland Conference play starts on September 20th at home versus Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The top match of season will be against Sam Houston State at home, as Sam Houston will be looking to avenge last year’s 3-0 loss. The regular season ends on November 1st versus Abilene Christian University.
The Southland Conference Championship will be held from November 6th – 10th and hosted by Central Arkansas.