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Season Preview: 2018 Women’s Soccer

Season Preview: 2018 Women’s Soccer

DEARBORN, Mich. – Coming off its inaugural season, the University of Michigan-Dearborn women's soccer team looks to continue to develop in its second year as a varsity-sponsored program under head coach Danielle Dow in 2018.

The team, which included six freshmen and several experienced student-athletes from the former UM-Dearborn club program, played 12 games and 10 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference matchups.

Scoring the first goal in program history was Valeria Cossyleon off a feed from Jenna Rogers against Adrian College. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Jordan Anheuser cemented her name in the WHAC record books by making 12.42 saves per game in 12 appearances, a new conference record. She compiled 149 saves and played in every minute in net for the Wolverines.

UM-Dearborn was well represented academically with three NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Seniors Kathleen Rubenson and Rachel Leonard along with Rogers each maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above while achieving a junior academic status.

What You Need to Know

  • UM-Dearborn will play 15 games this season, opening the season at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., on Wednesday.
  • The Wolverines will host seven home games at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Mich.
  • UM-Dearborn's roster includes 10 returners and 12 newcomers, including five incoming freshmen.

Key Returners

  • Jordan Anheuser: The sophomore goalkeeper will be back to lead the Wolverines in net. Her 12.42 saves per game were highlighted by a 26-save performance against Indiana Tech in the home opener in 2017.
  • Valeria Cossyleon: Looking to build off an impressive first season, Cossyleon will be counted on as a scoring threat in the midfield for the Wolverines. She scored the first two goals in program history on nine shots, while appearing in all 12 games.
  • Jenna Rogers: the returning forward will look to utilize her goal-scoring abilities to spark the offense. Rogers finished her first season with one assist and led the Wolverines with 15 shots in 12 starts.
  • Nicole Losek: Joining the Wolverines later in the season, Losek, a sophomore, quickly became a key player, recording one assist and two shots in five games.

Fresh Faces

  • Heidi Newman: The sophomore will be looked to as a leader of a new-look defensive unit.
  • Breana Pheiffer: A freshman midfielder from Plymouth, Mich., Pheiffer will be utilized in the defensive midfield, providing a strong presence after a successful four years at Plymouth High School.

Schedule at a Glace

The Wolverines open their second season on the road with a matchup against Grace College at 6 pm Wednesday followed by the home opener against the University of St. Francis (Ind.) at 2 pm Saturday at Gabriel Richard High School. UM-Dearborn opens WHAC play on Sept. 22 at home against Lourdes University before heading out on the road for games against Lawrence Tech and conference newcomer Cleary University. Senior night will be played against University of Northwestern Ohio on Oct. 20. The regular-season finale will take place the following week at Indiana Tech on Oct. 27.