Women’s soccer’s near-perfect record places them at top of conference


Courtesy of SEU Athletics Communication

Jenna Lipscomb sets up an open teammate during a home match. Lipscomb is a senior and a fundamental part in the team’s top spot in conference.

The St. Edward’s University women’s soccer team has had an impressive season so far. With a streak of 10-0-2 and the top spot in the Lone Star Conference, the Hilltoppers have an exciting postseason in store. 

Head coach Nick Cowell says that the team’s main focus is the quality of the players rather than the quantity of wins. 

We don’t really talk that much about winning. If we play well, compete and the team is on the same page, then we have enough quality soccer players where we will win some games,”

Jenna Lipcomb, a senior defense player, says it’s a good feeling to have the team at the top of the conference. 

Being the top in the conference is a really good feeling. I think that we have set ourselves up in a good position and we just need to battle these next few games out and give it all we’ve got,” 

The team is always positive both on and off the field, Lipcomb describes.

“The team dynamic on the field is great. On the field, we know our style of play and we know the strengths of each of our teammates. Off the field, we’re like a huge, loud family.” 

Chidera Aririguzo, a junior defensive player, gave her thoughts on how the team’s motivation to work hard has resulted in their top spot. 

“We work hard and push each other daily to never settle and keep progressing. As a team, we try not to lose sight of that and be complacent with where we are at this moment.” 

Aririguzo says that while there is pressure being placed on the team, she is glad to have this opportunity. 

“There is a lot of pressure that comes with the sport of soccer all around. It’s all good pressure though, and it’s a privilege to be in this position.” 

Like Lipcomb, Aririguzo describes the team as a large family that goes beyond just playing games and practicing. 

“We are a family, and our strength is in our numbers and our love for the game. I hope that our strong chemistry, the idea that we are playing for each other rather than simply with each other, fuels us as a team to overcome all of the obstacles and battles that will come our way in the conference tournament.” 

She says that, overall, she is grateful for what the season has brought and the determination of  the women. 

“This has been a season full of many ups and downs, but it has also been one of the most fun seasons for me. I look forward to finishing this season off even better than the last, and I believe that we’ve got the potential, grit and love to get things done.”

The Hilltoppers will close the regular season on the road against Angelo State on Nov. 8.