The Chapman women's soccer team kicks off the 2018 season with a home opener under the lights against Knox College this Friday, Aug. 31. The Panthers look to their two captains, senior Lindsay Erl and junior Faith Holloway to lead the squad this year.
Two-time All-SCIAC Second Team selection and three-year starting center midfielder Erl seeks to control the midfield as she steps into the role of captain for the second consecutive year. The veteran led the squad in the 2017 season with five goals and three assists for a total of 13 points.
Holloway enters her third year as a Panther after earning her second All-SCIAC Second Team selection as well as her second All-West Region Third Team selection. The center defender tallied one goal last season and will be the anchor for the Panthers on the back line.
Junior forwards Elly Aronson and Bailee Cochran and sophomore Emmie Farber return as the core of the top line after contributing to the Panther offense in the 2017 season. Aronson started 14 of 18 games last year, tallying three goals and three assists for the Panthers. Cochran appeared in 16 games, recording two goals and an assist. Farber made her impact late in the season, tallying four goals in 11 appearances, including a clutch hat trick in the Panthers' 6-2 senior day victory over La Verne.
With just three seniors returning to the team, Chapman will turn to its 10 newcomers to help the squad earn a SCIAC postseason berth after missing the cut in the 2017 season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Ahdoot made her debut in goal in an exhibition match against Concordia University of Irvine. The transfer from St. Mary's University in San Antonio joins freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Bland in the fight to protect the net for the Panthers.
Along with Ahdoot, five other newcomers started for the Panthers against the Division II Eagles, showing the incoming class will play a large roll on this year's squad.
With promising youth on their side, the Panthers hope to move up from their No. 8 SCIAC preseason poll ranking and make a run at the top half of the conference standings.
by Katie Bell
Sports Information Assistant