Last year, the Goshen College women’s soccer team ended with a record of 5-12-1. This year, the team hoped to take steps in the right direction.

And indeed, they have had an impressive start to their season: the Leafs are currently 5-0, their best start to a season since 1997.

This past weekend, they won 3-0 against Carolina University, led by junior Seja Lang who scored twice for the Leafs. Brynja Hjartardottir scored the third goal to secure the win. 

“We are all very excited about our potential this season,” freshman Sophia Yoder said. “Our determination and togetherness could take us far.” 

Lang spoke more about this, saying, “We are looking to make history in the women’s soccer program.” 

“We have an amazing coaching staff that continues to emphasize our worth as a team and as players [which]  helps bring confidence on and off the field, creating a positive environment for our team to grow,” Lang said. 

Both Yoder and Lang have had an impressive start to their seasons — they are tied for the lead in goals scored with 4 each.

This year, the program brought in 11 new players, which has brought new energy to the team. The new personnel “allow the team to achieve a higher level of play … we fight for each other on the field, whether it is a forward fighting for a goal or a defender making a slide tackle to secure the win,” Lang said. 

With this momentum, their strong start has placed them on the right path. “Our team chemistry has helped a lot, as well as the positive culture that the coaching staff and upperclassmen have created,” Yoder said. 

The Leafs’ next game is at home on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Madonna University. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.