UMD women's soccer aims to rebound in 2022
The Bulldogs began practice this week, with their home opener scheduled for Aug. 25 at Malosky Stadium in Duluth.
DULUTH — After his team averaged less than a goal per game last fall and mustered just three victories, the head coach of the Minnesota Duluth women's soccer team was frank Thursday prior to a team practice on campus.
"We're going to have to score some more goals," were the exact words Greg Cane used twice as he enters his 29th season as coach of the Bulldogs.
His team was slotted 11th out of 16 teams in the NSIC preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday . UMD is coming off a 2021 season in which it finished 12th with a 3-9-3 mark in the league and 3-12-3 record overall. The Bulldogs were outscored by opponents 34-15 last fall.
"We have a pretty seasoned attacking group coming back and that's going to at least apply pressure to opponents," Cane said. "It's going to allow us to bring the game to opponents a little bit more."
Sophomore forward Anna Tobias — an All-NSIC second team selection — is the team's top returning scorer having scored four goals last season. Junior forward Jackie Jares was second with three, while senior forward/midfielder Lauren Singstock had a team-leading five assists.
Cane said redshirt senior forward Hannah Caldwell, who sat out all of last season, and senior forward Sarah Stange, who had a single goal last year, could also be key offensive contributors.
"All those players are in the mix attack-wise," Cane said. "Plus we've seen some encouraging things from some young players."
The Bulldogs open the 2021 season with two nonconference games in three days at the end of the month at Malosky Stadium against a pair of foes from Michigan's Upper Peninsula. UMD hosts Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, and Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. NSIC play begins on Friday, Sept. 2 at St. Cloud State.
UMD began last season with two four-goal road losses to Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan, starting 0-9-1 before winning back-to-back games at Minnesota Crookston and Concordia St. Paul. The Bulldogs finished the year 3-3-2, with 11 of their 15 goals coming over those final eight games.
"We have a long preseason (this year) than we've had since I've been here," Singstock said. "I think that will play a big part in us being able to really establish a good connection, just being able to be on the field a lot more. I'm hoping that will turn things around for us and give us the results we're been looking for."