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Women's Soccer Team Ends Season on a High Note

10/26/17


The women's soccer team at its final game. From left with flowers are sophomores Jacquelyn Gummel, Victoria Piazza, Marissa Reed, Shaunice Palms, Kellyann Krepp and Jennifer Macario.

Freshman Karissa Estelle (no. 14), with the ball, helped to anchor the defense. Also pictured are sophomores Jen Marcario, left, and Kellyann Krepp in their final game for Mercer.

Shaunice Palms was solid in goal, earning her a selection as the GSAC Player of the Week (Oct. 9-15).

Jen Macario (no. 10) played a quiet, but effective game at midfield.

West Windsor, N.J. – Though the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) women’s soccer team did not make it to the playoffs this season, the Vikings delivered strong performances in their final games that showed significant growth and improvement among individual players and the team as a whole.

Finishing the season with a 4-10-1 record, the Vikings' last four games made a big difference, as the Vikings went 2-1-1, winning at Camden County College and College of Southern Maryland and tying CCBC-Catonsville. 

Their final game was a 3-0 loss to Monroe, a team ranked 8th nationally in NJCAA Division I women’s soccer. The Vikings held the highly competitive Mustangs scoreless until the second half. Earlier this season, Monroe was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation.

Coach Diamond was pleased with the team’s development overall. “Even though we did not qualify for the post-season, I am satisfied with the way we finished. The women really came together to show what they could do. By the end, we were playing our best ball. That's something I hope the freshmen will carry into next fall," she said.

Three players earned All-Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) honors, with two of them also earning All-Region 19 honors. 

Sophomore Kellyann Krepp was selected to the All-Region First Team. The talented forward had 5 goals and 2 assists (12 points) and played in all 15 Vikings games. She battled through some injuries to continue to be a strong offensive presence throughout the season. Dominant on the defensive side was sophomore Marissa Reed, who was named to the All-Region Second Team.

Krepp and Reed were also selected to the All-GSAC First Team. Freshman Karissa Estelle was named to the All-GSAC Second Team. Estelle helped Reed anchor the defense and also had two assists on the season. 

Another player finishing the season on a strong note was sophomore goalkeeper Shaunice Palms, who kept the Vikings in many games.  Palms ended the regular season 4th in NJCAA Division I women’s soccer in saves, with 145 in 15 games. She was named the GSAC Player of the Week (Oct. October 9-15.)

Another sophomore, midfielder Jen Macario, had a strong second season for the Vikings, finishing with 5 goals and 4 assists in 15 games. 

The Vikings should return two freshmen who had solid rookie seasons, forward Taylor Mastropasqua, who finished with 5 goals and 3 assists, and midfielder Mary McDermott, who had 4 goals and an assist.

Diamond was assisted this season by Sarah Ghaffoor and Marissa Segal.

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