Women's Soccer Season Outlook
2011 Season Outlook
The last three seasons the Lady Conqs have finished thirteenth, twelfth and thirteenth, a mere 3-43-2 free-fall. With certainty, the women’s squad needs direction in shape and commitment, and there is reason to believe that three years of insecurities could be cast aside with the hiring of men’s coach, Tim Romanello, who will now lead both programs.
This past summer has been anything but another typically quiet one. Finding pieces to the puzzle has been priority number one, and the parts have definitely changed from a year ago. Romanello’s first change was the hire of Jason Clare, a full-time assistant coach from Yeovil Town FC, a mid-flight professional team overseas in England. “He brings great knowledge and a tenacious attitude about the game,” says head coach Tim Romanello. “It’s great to have him here and he will pay great dividends to this program. I’m very excited about the partnership.”
The coaching staff will see only four players return from the 1-15-1, 2010 squad that finished second-to-last in the Region VI standings. Defenders Cristal Aldrete and Cynthia Navaro were both starters a year ago and will be joined by Laura Claro and Carina Perez.
To transfer an also-run into a competitive Kansas Jayhawk side, Romanello must bring the same level of confidence and commitment that characterized his men’s sides in recent past to the women’s side. A pair of Aussies was just the start to a fury of changes designed to improve a struggling program. Forward Amanda Carney and winger Briana Palmer will be joined by a quartet of Texans—goalkeeper Kristin Cook, defenders Myra Guererro and Eleanor Quintana and midfielder Alex Medina.
Midfielders Cassie Coop (Utah) and Lety Ibarra (Nevada) and goalkeeper Alyssa Laydon (Colorado) round out the out-of-state talent for the Lady Conqs. The team will see five players that played a high amount of minutes on a much-improved Dodge City High School varsity girls team. Rosie Botello, Monica Garcia, Leslie Gomez, Araceli Osorio and Kassandra Rodela complete the fourteen incoming players that will represent the program’s first recruiting class under Romanello.
A mid-table finish from the women would be a drastic turn-around, but is that realistic? “I think so,” said Romanello. “Why couldn’t we? Better talent means better results. There will be expectations for these players, and if they hold themselves accountable, the score will take care of itself.”