A new women’s club soccer team is looking to kick off on campus this year.

After visiting the club sports tabling event at orientation this summer, first-year students Averie Silva and Megan Ham were inspired to revive KSC’s women’s club soccer team, which went inactive in 2014, according to Lynne Andrews, director of campus recreation and fitness. 

The pair, despite being in different orientation groups and visiting the table separately, came to the same conclusion upon noticing the absence of women’s soccer in the college’s club sport lineup. Keene State currently has 10 active club sports, including men’s soccer.

“After the orientation, we both got to each other [and] we’re like, ‘I want to start a club soccer team’,” Ham said with a laugh.

They hit the ground running as soon as they got to campus this fall.

The recruitment process started before the start of the fall semester, with both women making posts on the Keene State class Facebook pages throughout the summer. From those posts and other advertising, they said they currently have a group of 24 girls interested in joining.

Currently, Ham and Silva are in the early stages of getting the team established, working to set up an OwlNet page, schedule games, find referees, and hold executive board elections. 

Silva said they are hopeful to get through the housekeeping steps throughout the fall semester in order to get on the field this spring.

“Hopefully, by the time spring comes around, we can play in a couple of tournaments, actually play some games [and] get some practices done,” she said. “And then by next year, we should actually be a full running club, which will be exciting.”

Silva and Ham, who played soccer together in high school in their hometowns of Winthrop and Monmouth, M.E., wanted to create a space for students who want to participate in athletics but are unable to make the time commitment for the college’s varsity sports.

“It’s going to be a good opportunity for people who played soccer in high school and wanted to continue to play to finally get to do it out here,” Silva said.

After joining the women’s club rugby team with minimal experience in the sport, Ham and Silva said they immediately felt encouraged and welcomed by the upperclassmen on the team. Ham said they hope to build a similar learning environment for women’s club soccer.

“Even if people don’t know how to play soccer, if they want to get involved in something, they can come to some practices and just learn how to play,” Ham said.

 

Caitlin Howard can be contacted at

choward@kscequinox.com

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