Women’s soccer battles injuries

So far the Lady Warriors soccer team’s season has not been what the team had hoped for or expected going into their 2019 season.

October proved to be the roughest month so far for the Warriors, as they went 0-8. This dropped their record to 1-15 on the season, 0-10 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

It was also the second winless month in a row.

As of Oct. 31, the Lady Warriors have two chances left to avoid a winless conference schedule with senior day at home Nov. 2 against Southwestern College and then the final game at Kansas Wesleyan University on Nov. 5.

Jayden Cunningham is a sophomore forward at Sterling, and she said the struggles the team has faced have been due to players getting hurt.

“Injuries have played a huge factor in our season,” she said. “We haven’t really had a regular lineup due to so many girls being in and out with injuries.”

While staying healthy has been a major contributing factor to the teams record, this season marks the fifth consecutive losing season for the Warriors as 2014 was the last time Sterling finished with a winning record.

This is head coach Morgan Elzinga’s first season leading the Lady Warriors, while going 1-15 is not the way any coach wants their first season at a new school to go, Cunningham said this season is laying groundwork for the future.

“We have a really good coach,” she said. “She will impact the program more and more every year.”