Alma, Mich. – The Alma College women's soccer season finished on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with an overall record of 2-13-1 and a 0-7-1 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in Meghan Gorsuch's first season as the full-time head coach.
This season was highlighted by the play of sophomore goalkeeper Ally Wentworth (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant). Wentworth only saw action in three games during her rookie year but this season she took on a major role as she started in every one of the 16 games for the Scots. Wentworth made 99 saves which ranked third in the conference and 11thmost in program history in a single season. With 104 saves through two seasons, Wentworth already ranks ninth all-time in Alma history.
The Scots started off their season with two shutout victories through their first five games. The first came on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Concordia University of Chicago when sophomore forward Lauren Sollestre (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Marian) scored in the game's final minute to give Alma a 1-0 win. The second came on Friday, Sept. 14 at Heidelberg University. Sollestre, sophomore midfielder Makenzie Rajewski (Midland, Mich. / Midland) and senior forward Kristina Berzkalns (Byron Center, Mich. Grandville) all scored for the Scots. Wentworth made five saves as Alma cruised to a 3-0 victory.
On offense the catalysts came from upper and underclassmen. Sollestre had the most shots on the season (27) while she tied for most on goal (16) with senior midfielder Lexi Moyer (Suttons Bay, Mich. / Traverse City West). Sollestre, Moyer and freshman forward Meghan Pfile (South Lyon, Mich. / South Lyon) led the Scots with two goals apiece. Pfile's goals came in back-to-back games against conference opponents Saint Mary's College (IN) and Olivet College. Moyer led all players with six points.
On defense, Alma had the core of senior Emily Esser (Jackson, Mich. Jackson) and freshmen Ashley Oldham (Gilbert, Ariz. / Chandler Basha) and Emma Petrock (Saline, Mich. / Saline) appearing in every game this season. As a squad, the Scots gave up just over two goals a game.
Esser, Oldham, Moyer, Wentworth and senior midfielder Melissa Gal (Bartlett, Illinois / Bartlett) started in all 16 games this year.
It was a season of firsts for a few Scots. Pfile and Oldham both scored their first career goals in their rookie seasons. Sophomore forward Tori Aquilino (Plymouth, Mich. / Canton) also scored her first of her collegiate career in Alma's 1-1 tie with Trine University. Gal picked up her first career assist on Pfile's goal against Olivet.
Alma graduates eight seniors this season. Esser, Moyer, Gal and Berzkalns are included with defenders Tori Sailar (Hastings, Mich. / Lansing Catholic) and Annie Burns (Sanford, Mich. / Meridian) along with midfielders Madi Ferry (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Bloomfield Hills) and Kali Rhines (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Central).