We caught up with Rachael Norton from Bemidji State University to talk about the Beavers historic season, her record-setting career, and playing up north.
(Her chat is also available a podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher)
As part of our effort to expand coverage of women's soccer across Minnesota, we'll be doing a weekly roundup of results in the NSIC, MIAC, and UMAC throughout the season. This week, conferences released their preseason polls in preparation for their regular season kickoff coming up soon.
Mankato is being picked to take the NSIC. St Thomas is slotted to win the MIAC. And St Scholastica looks like the early favorite in the UMAC.
In addition to our weekly roundup, we'll try to make it to at least one game in each conference to do a comprehensive live tweet with player and coach interviews and halftime analysis streamed live to our twitter account. We'd also love to feature some top performers from each conference so be sure to give us suggestions on Facebook, Twitter, or via email about who to interview!
As part of our effort to expand coverage of women's soccer in Minnesota, we'll be running snap shot features of every Division II and Division III program in the state throughout the summer. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with new content!
Where the team finished last year
Macalester finished last season with a record of 7-6-4 overall (4-4-3 conference), which put them 8th in the DIII Upper Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Since then, they’ve hired former University of Minnesota Associate Head Coach Krystle Seidel to lead the program and brought in former Gopher standout Tori Burnett as an assistant coach.
Any awards the team won (all conference, all region, etc)
- Jaime Hasama (All MIAC) – 4g. 4a. Also made the All-Region team.
- Clara Webby (All MIAC) – 3g. 3a. Also made the All-Region Team
- Allison Dwinnell (All MIAC, Honorable Mention) – Started all 17 games.
- Mia Stripp (All MIAC, Honorable Mention) – 0g. 1a. Started all 17 games.
From Head Coach Krystle Seidel:
Describe the way you like the team to play
Defensively organized and purposeful on the attack. Without giving away too much of our style and how we intend to play. I believe in a style that allows the majority of the game to be played in the attacking half of the field. Defensively, everyone will know where we are trying to force the other team and where we will try to turn them over and everyone will be asked to defend in our system. Attacking wise we will always talk to our group in terms of space, overloading zones, and finding players who allow us to break their defensive lines. Possession is important for us but purpose behind our possession will be something we talk a lot about this season. Purpose doesn't mean direct but there will be intentional thought behind the choices we make on and off the ball.
Talk about type of players bring in
If you look at our roster compared to our conference, I think we have a really unique thing going. The high academic reputation of Macalester College attracts players from all over the nation. I think it is truly special that have as our student-athletes come from such different upbringings and areas with different talents and perspectives on and off the field. My staff is out to identify talented players that are driven to achieve incredible things in the classroom and in life, and carry that same drive for achievement on the soccer field. Those players are not restricted to specific areas of the country so we will be creative in how we find them.
Both of our seniors Clara Webby and Mia Stripp have had fantastic careers in the backline. They are two of the captains for the fall and both have proven to be huge contributors to the immense amount of success keeping the ball out of the back of the net over the last few years. In total they have conceded 35 goals in 51 games which is a pretty unreal career stat. In addition to them, we have two returning Juniors that we know will be major contributors on the attack this season- Molly Adams and Liz Hahn. Both are very competent players on the ball and in addition to be high level possession players, we are going to work with them using their skills and vision to be goal creators. Sophomores Allison Dwinnell, fantastic defender next to Clara and Mia, and Kate Bond, forward, also contributed minutes last season and will continue to grow in their roles on the team this fall.
I got hired after the spring season concluded, so I haven't been able to see any of the first years or sophomores that I wasn't able to catch on game film from last year. I am really excited about the potential of the remaining sophomore class, in addition to Kate and Allison who have proven themselves in the conference. There is a lot that happens between your first collegiate year of soccer and your second. You become a veteran and carry yourself in a very different way. I think there will be players in that class that will have break-out years as sophomores that maybe didn't get many minutes on the field last season. The incoming first years are still unknown to me but I am excited to see what individuals in that class can bring.
How can we be followed
Follow us on twitter- @MacalesterWSOC, like our facebook page- Macalester College Women's Soccer or visit our website-https://athletics.macalester.edu/
All home games will be streamed on with a link on our schedule. So visit our website to watch!
Supporters giving $10/month and up
Chad Flynn & Mary Lahammer
Salvo Soccer Club