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Team leaders set sights for postseason

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Sophomore midfielder Emily Shleppey playing during practice. Photo credit: Emily Teague

The Chico State women’s soccer team’s 2013 season ended after missing the playoffs with a record of 8-8-2. The Orion chatted with three key members of the team about their goals for the 2014 season.

Goal keeper Brianna Furner

“I think the key to our success is we all have to all be on the same page,” Furner said. “Each day we have to show up ready.”

She sees the advantages her team has over competitors, Furner said.

“I think the advantage is that we know where we have been in the past and we know how to get to the Final Four,” Furner said. “We will be able to teach that to our younger girls and persevere though.”

Last year’s team didn’t have set goals, Furner said.

“Last year we were more lackadaisical about our goals,” Furner said. “This year we repeat our goals and we remind ourselves about them.”

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Sophomore midfielder Emily Shleppey works on her skills during practice. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Midfielder Megan Tabler

One of two captains on this year’s team, Tabler was third in points on the team. The ‘Cats lost four key seniors from last year and will need their younger players to step up.

“We lost a lot of talent with that graduating class,” Tabler said. “I have confidence that our underclassmen will really step up and take on bigger roles this season.”

Being a veteran on a young team, it might seem there would be added pressure. In Tabler’s case, it’s the opposite.

“Any of the added pressure I feel is just from myself,” Tabler said. “I want to go out with a bang and have the best last season I can as a Wildcat.”

Head Coach Kim Sutton

Entering her 14th season as head coach, Sutton’s team only has five returning seniors.

“It’s a long season and we have to continue to get better,” Sutton said. “The conference is very tough.”

The team starts the season on the road for its first two games, with the first home game against Seattle Pacific University Sept. 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Check this video by Courtlynn Cerrito for an additional look at the upcoming season.

Angelo Boscacci can be reached at [email protected] or @Boscacci6 on Twitter.

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