Although its only win is against Rochester College, not much else stands between women’s soccer and team unity both on and off the field.
“[The season] has been a great step forward from what we started to build last year regarding developing servant leaders and creating a team culture that girls love and enjoy,” head coach Chris Tillett said. “We have seniors who humbly serve their teammates, which sets a great tone for our team.”
Senior Amy Snider said this team is one-of-a-kind.
“I have never been so happy to practice and play with such a tremendous group of women,” she said. “They are a special group of rowdy and intelligent girls who truly work to love each other and grow in love for the Lord.”
The team served in the Fort Wayne area during preseason. Tillet was impressed with his girls, crediting them for “helping (me) to stretch and grow my faith when I’m supposed to be doing that for them.”
On the field, one of Tillet’s goals is to keep improving every day.
“We have been a bit inexperienced, and it has shown at times,” he said. “The team works hard and the lessons learned now will have us better prepared for conference games later this season.”
Olivia Knispel, a sophomore starter for the Foresters, said the team’s unity will help carry them through its learning period.
“[Last year] we pressed on throughout the season despite the losses, and I believe God rewarded our persistence as a team,” Knispel said. “He is teaching us to be patient and humble, in addition to how to glorify Him equally with either a loss or a win.”
With 11 games left in the Forester’s season, Snider said that the team is working to become bolder players who come out with intensity for every touch on the ball.
Upcoming games for the Foresters are Sept. 27 at Spring Arbor and Sept. 30 at home against Mount Vernon.