Coach Woody Sherwood Recaps 2012 Women's Soccer Season
Jan. 7, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier women's soccer head coach Woody Sherwood recently wrapped up his third season at the helm of the Musketeers' program. The 2012 women's soccer team posted a 6-12-1 overall record and a 1-8 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. XU tallied four shutout wins on the season and its 6-4-1 start was one of the best for the program in recent years.
"One of the big things that was different this year, early on that helped us, what as deep as we were," commented Sherwood. "We played a lot of Friday-Sunday games where we'd go 18-19 deep on Friday to allow us to survive on Sunday on some of those hot days. We had kids come in more fit so we were able to play three or four more kids than the year before."
The Musketeers picked up their first road win of the season, a weather-shortened 3-0 shutout at IUPUI on Sept. 2. The win in Indianapolis snapped a 14-game road winless streak for XU and helped propel Xavier to its 6-4-1 start. The Musketeers went on to claim a 1-0 overtime win at Northern Kentucky just two days later and also shutout A-10 foe Rhode Island on the road, 1-0, on Sept. 28.
"We were NKU's opening Division I home game, at their place with 1,200 people," said Sherwood. "That's a program that's had a lot of success on the national stage. For us to get that goal in overtime and to win that game on the road, that was huge for us. The 1-0 win at Rhode Island was huge for us too."
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery finished the season with 134 saves, fifth-most for a single season in program history, to lead the Atlantic 10. The Cincinnati native averaged 7.05 saves per game (2nd A-10) and posted a .817 save percentage (8th A-10) while her four shutouts on the season were tied for eighth in the league. Markesbery has been a key to the Musketeer defense over her two seasons in goal for XU, amassing a career saves total of 261 (4th XU) and 13 career wins.
"Katie Markesbery is always going to stand on her head a couple of times a year and make some unbelievable saves for us," Sherwood said.
Offensively, the Musketeers were led by junior Mariah Whitaker with nine points on the season. The Zionsville, Ind., native scored three goals and assisted on three scores for XU while getting off a team-high 34 shots. Four Musketeers netted two goals apiece on the season including junior Ashton Green, sophomore Margaret Woods and freshmen Catherine Allon and Erin McGauley.
"We've got a solid group of kids who fundamentally get the game, who are technically decent enough to execute what we're trying to do and are athletic enough to be nationally competitive," commented Sherwood.