Clarkson women's soccer on the rise in 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:27 am

The Clarkson Women's Soccer team, led by third-year head coach Sarah Raymond and first-year assistants Kelsey Yam and Jeffery Gold, looks to continue taking steps toward becoming an annual contender in the Liberty League, hoping to improve upon its 6-7-3 mark from a year ago with a mixture of youth and defense.

Returning only one senior and adding 12 freshmen and one transfer student, the team skews very young. However, the Green and Gold do not lack experience, with nine returning players earning plenty of starts in 2012.

Led by the return of Liberty League First-Team goalkeeper Kim Kenline (Akron, NY), who ranked 25th in the country last season in save percentage, the Golden Knights also return their three top scorers from 2012 in Megan Strijek (Schenectady, NY), Anna Demasi (Colchester, VT), and Jessica Budaj (Windsor, MA). The Golden Knights defense, headlined by Kenline, allowed less than a goal per game last year, and Strijek led the way with 12 points, including four goals and four assists.

Clarkson will play 10 home games this year, opening up with the North Country Classic against Wellesley College on August 31st. The regular season wraps up at rival St. Lawrence University on November 2nd.