2013 MSU Women's Soccer Preview

- Injuries are a fact of life in competitive sports. When players go down inevitably someone has to step up to take their place. Unfortunately the MSU women's soccer team knows this feeling all to well. MSU having to start 20 different players last year.

Coming off two consecutive lone star conference championships, which lead to two consecutive post season appearances. The Mustangs spent last year watching the playoffs go on without them, after struggling to a 7-10-and-3 year, partly due to a wave of injuries that kept MSU from ever having a consistent starting lineup. But after a year of missing the playoffs, Head Coach Jeff Trimble says the Mustangs are committed to getting back to the post season in 2013, "The girls have been thinking about it. It's so hard when it ends the way it ends and you have 8 months to think about it before you can do anything about it as far as going out and playing games and stuff along those lines. So yeah it's certainly motivated us. It woke a couple of the girls up and hopefully it affects how the girls play this year."

Sophomore Ashley Cottrell, last year's LSC freshman of the year, says this team is ready to compete:"This year we have a huge team we have a lot of talent. I feel like we have so many goals this year, that even though last year was kind of a let down it motivates us to have a better year."

This year the Mustangs come in with high expectations, picked to finish second in the Lone Star conference. Receiving three first place votes. MSU only trailing West Texas A&M who got 10 first place nods. Part of the reason for the expectations is MSUs sophomore striker Ashely Cottrell, this year's preseason offensive player of the year. Head coach Jeff Trimble saying she will be a big asset, "She still feels like she has something to prove. And it's still a motivation. You can't have a better girl as far as being motivated or working hard and being a team leader. And I think the fact that her success arrived late in her freshman year will only motivate her. I don't think there will be any complacency with her."

"it's a ton of pressure," says Cottrell, "but I love that i have a goal and I have to live up to it. I just want to impress a lot of people and show them what I have."

The Mustangs have just two seniors that started at least half of MSU's games last year. Mickey Brown being one of them. Coach Trimble saying he expects her to step up in a big way, "Mickey has already shown us a lot of what we expect. We expect a lot of hard work. Leadership, her to attack the goal with her speed. I think the girls in her class. They won a conference championship their first two years. So last year that group was shocked a little bit. And it just shows that it doesn't come easy. And i think that mickey is showing some leadership in saying to the younger players that it won't come easy."

Brown says she's excited about this year's squad, "I think we're all on the same page and we know what our goals are and we want to strive for the best and go further. Especially since it's my last season. I want to come out with a ring and go a lot further than we did last year."

MSU begins the season in Colorado facing Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, then staying in Colorado to face Fort Lewis.

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