GORHAM, Maine -- Senior midfielder Tara Moore (Portland, Maine/Deering) and senior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) have been named captains for the 2011 University of Southern Maine women's soccer team. Head coach Lisa Petruccelli, entering her sixth season at the helm of the Huskies' women's soccer program, made the announcement recently.
The Huskies are in their final preparations to begin the 27th season in the program's history this Thursday (2:30 p.m.) when they host the University of Maine Fort Kent. The Huskies will play five of their first six games at home.
Moore and Rothe are the only seniors among the 10 returning players that dot the Huskies' 19-player roster. Moore, a central midfielder, was tied for third in scoring last season with seven points after netting three goals, including the game-winning goal against Maritime (N.Y.) College, and picking up one assist. Rothe started 19 games in goal for the Huskies posting a 2.07 goals against average and making 113 saves. She had one shutout.
"(Rothe) and (Moore) were natural selections to serve as captains. As the only two seniors on the team, both will be playing pivotal positions on the field for us this fall," commented Petruccelli. "Kat directs the game from the goal and leads by example and work rate. Tara is the coach on the field, reading the game and communicating with the other players. I'm very pleased that they are willing to accept the responsibilities for leading this youthful team."
After Thursday's opener against UMFK, the Huskies will entertain Gordon College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) as the opening game of a women's and men's soccer tripleheader. The Huskies will travel to Bowdoin College on September 8 (4:30 p.m.) before coming home for a three-game home stand. The final game of the home stand will be the Huskies' Little East Conference opener against Western Connecticut State University on September 17 (12:00 p.m.).
The Huskies play nine of their 17 games this season at home, including LEC matches with the University of Massachusetts Boston on October 1, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on October 15, and Rhode Island College on October 29.
The Huskies finished the 2010 campaign 5-15-0 overall and 2-5-0 in conference play. Eventual LEC finalist UMass Boston knocked USM, the fifth-seed in the championship tournament, out the playoffs with a 1-0 win in the opening round.