Article by Lindsay Hillstrom
On Saturday (Sept. 18), the AQ women’s soccer team lost for the first time this season, falling 2-0 to Marian University. The Saints displayed a strong defensive performance in front of an enthusiastic homecoming crowd, but ultimately was not enough to defeat the seventh-ranked Knights.
Aquinas Head Coach Lewis Robinson praised his team’s performance and effort. Robinson acknowledged the contributions of captain and center back Merin McDermott, who stepped into a leadership role in her first year as a graduate transfer from Ferris State University. Macy Hollingsworth has also been a key player in the midfield during Aquinas’s strong start to the season.
“We’re really happy with where we are, and I think we’ve had a lot of wins and some great performances,” Robinson said. “With the one narrow loss on Saturday, I think it gives us a lot of really good learning experiences to be ready for the weekend when the conference starts.”
Coach Robinson also expressed his appreciation for the support the team received during homecoming weekend. “The atmosphere was awesome,” he stated. “Whenever you see our beautiful home field right there in the middle of campus and it’s packed with supporters—fans and family and students—it creates such a cauldron of atmosphere out there, which I love about this place.”
Since posting a 4-0 win in a rescheduled game against Saint Xavier University on Monday (Sept. 20), the Saints have bolstered their record to an impressive 6-1 this season. Robinson and his team hope to continue their winning streak as they begin conference play on Saturday, September 25th against Cleary University.