Sherwood Pleased With First Season's Results

Head coach Woody Sherwood led XU to a 7-11-0 record in his first season at the helm of the Musketeer women's soccer team.

Head coach Woody Sherwood led XU to a 7-11-0 record in his first season at the helm of the Musketeer women's soccer team.

Jan. 10, 2011

CINCINNATI -- Xavier women's soccer head coach Woody Sherwood had quite a bit to be proud of in his inaugural season at the helm of the Musketeers. After taking over a team that had won just four games the previous two seasons, Sherwood led the Musketeers to a 7-11-0 record in 2010.

The Musketeers' seven wins were the most by a Xavier squad since the 2006 season. XU also rebounded in conference play earning a 3-6-0 Atlantic 10 record, which was its best since 2007.

"This year we had expectations that were a little uncertain based upon the last couple of seasons," said Sherwood. "We hadn't set any real clear goals because we really inherited the whole team. By the end of the year though, we were successful. This past season's win total equaled the win total of the previous three seasons combined, we cut our goals-against average in half from the previous season, and we doubled our goals scored."

Most importantly, Sherwood noticed a distinct change in attitude among his players.

"We were able to change the culture," said Sherwood. "We went from the attitude of just being able to compete and actually being competitive. The previous season they lost nine games by three goals or more, that's not competitive. This season, we lost one game by three goals or more. The culture and attitude have changed."

The Musketeers showed that change was in the air early in the 2010 season with a 1-0 win over Butler on August 25. Xavier then topped Bowling Green 3-2 for its first road win of the season. Another highlight of the season came September 10 and 12 as the Musketeers downed Mercer and Western Carolina to take the Catamount Classic title.

XU was led by junior Jessica Brooks with seven goals while freshman Lauren Heap was second on the team with five strikes and fellow rookie Mariah Whitaker found the back of the net twice.



"This was a really good group of kids," said Sherwood. "They really seem to get along with each other and they're very easy to manage."

For the future, Sherwood is looking to build on the successes of the 2010 team.

"I'd like to build on what we accomplished," said Sherwood. "We need to raise the bar on how competitive we are and we'd like to play more attractive soccer. We certainly want to climb the Atlantic 10 ladder, and we just need to see when our incoming freshmen get here if we can realistically be one of the top four or six teams in the A-10."