GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine women's soccer head coach Lisa Petruccelli announced that four members of her squad will serve as captains for the upcoming 2013 season that begins this Friday (August 30) with the opening round of the two-day USM Invitational Tournament.
Leading the Huskies this season will be senior goalie Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine), junior backs Devon McKay (Quincy, Maine) and Nicole Bordeau (Sanford, Maine), and sophomore forward Ceara "CC" Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic). This is the first season for McKay, Brodeau and Pelletier to wear the captains' armband. Cobb shared the captains' duties last season.
The Huskies open their 2013 campaign tomorrow (2:00 p.m.) hosting Maritime College (New York) in the opening game of the USM Invitational. Gordon College will play Thomas College in the second game (4:30 p.m.). On Saturday, Thomas and Maritime will play the first game (2:00 p.m.) with USM and Gordon wrapping up the tournament (4:30 p.m.).
"I'm excited to have such a strong, committed group of players to lead this year's team," said Petruccelli, now in her eighth season at the helm of the women's soccer program. "Katie, Devon, Nicole and CC are all driven to succeed individually and committed collectively to the success of this program."
Cobb, the lone returning senior, appeared in 10 matches last season, including seven starts. She posted a 2.12 goals against average with a 2-6 record and one shutout. For her career, Cobb has played in 20 matches compiling a 2.40 GAA and a 3-8 record.
"Katie leads this team on and off the field. She has the experience and knowledge to help guide this team and meet her high expectations for the upcoming season," added Petruccelli.
Bordeau and McKay are expected to be key players for the Huskies on the back line this season. Bordeau played in 17 matches, starting 16, and collected one assist in her first season with the Huskies. McKay played in 15 games making 11 starts.
"Devon and Nicole have the respect of their teammates and are recognized as leaders on and off the field. They work very hard every day and bring an energy and communication that the team can feed off of," continued Petruccelli.
Looking to bolster the Huskies offense this fall, Pelletier is moving up to the front line after spending the 2012 season patrolling the midfield. She played in all 17 games during her rookie season making 15 starts.
"As a first-year player last season, CC demonstrated a tenacious work rate and incomparable drive to succeed. Her self-motivation and commitment really energizes our team," said Petruccelli.
Petruccelli has 15 players returning from last year's side that qualified for the Little East Conference tournament among the 21 players on the roster. USM opens its LEC campaign on September 21 hosting the preseason favorite University of Massachusetts Boston.