Women’s soccer welcomes new students at annual meet & greet
Sam Tapper — Sports Writer
After a long offseason of training and conditioning, the Southern women’s soccer team is back on campus and ready to go as their season is right around the corner.
Though the excitement for the season is evident among players and coaches, the journey begins each year at their annual meet- and-greet, an event the program has been hosting for several years, but never during the first week of school.
“This is a part of Week of Welcome,” said head coach Adam Cohen. “We just want to be here to let people know about athletics and to kind of welcome them and let anyone coming on campus know that they’re in a friendly place. The best thing that we can do, is every time we come into contact with somebody, we have a smile on our faces.”
The first week of each fall semester at Southern is known as the Week of Welcome, or W.O.W., for short. The purpose of the whole week is to get students acquainted and familiar with the campus and all its clubs and organizations, particularly the freshman who are new to campus and may be unsure about how to get involved with either club or team organizations.
“We’ve done similar things with our team and welcoming people in the past, but not during Week of Welcome,” said senior midfielder Mikaela Magee.
“I think this is kind of new for us and I think it’s really cool and something that I think we’ll do going forward.”
The event was scheduled to take place on Jess Dow Field with open space.
However, the intense rain forced the event to be moved under Moore Field House and cut short by an hour, yet that did not seem to take away from the excitement.
There was free pizza, refreshments, giveaways and music for all Southern students, and the athletes seemed to enjoy meeting some new faces.
“It’s really important to get our names and how friendly we are as a team out there,” said sophomore forward Courtney Viglione. “We want people to be as invested in us as we
are invested in them, we represent the school, we want them to come support us so we can support them and give them that title.”
The consensus among the players is that the Owls are serious about winning and are looking to boost their team chemistry each day. Even though they have much longer and tougher days ahead of them on the field and in the training room, the team camaraderie remains high.
“It’s so exciting,” said sophomore midfielder Georgia Teixeira. “We have a really good group of girls and we all get along so well. I’m really excited for the season.”
The Owls will open their season on Friday, Sept. 6th, as they take on the University of Bridgeport as part of the SNHU Tournament in Manchester, New Hampshire. Their
first home game of the 2019 season will be on Wednesday, Sept. 18th as they host NE-10 rival Adelphi University.
Coach Cohen added that team events such as this one go a “long way with team bonding,” but also serve as a message that his players are not just a part of one team, they are a part of the University and help make it what it is.
“We are a true family and care about every single one of each other,” said Viglione. “We just want to be the face of Southern and make sure everyone knows we’re doing everything we can for them.”