By Alex Hill
As the women’s soccer season gets underway, I thought it would be fitting to speak with their new head coach, Siggi Nagele. He was very happy to answer a few of my questions about this upcoming season.
First off, I asked him what the expectations and goals were for the upcoming season as far as the team goes. Siggi answered by saying that the team aims to make it into the Conference Tournament, as well as place several of our Mocs on the All-Conference teams. While keeping the specific team tactics confidential, he was able to tell me that the team will be playing a possession-style game. This will entail working the ball into the opponents’ half and creating attacking options through a fluid, build-up play. The team also will look to be wary of counterattacks, but overall they are looking to dictate the flow and pace of the game.
Siggi has extensive experience in coaching at club, high school, collegiate, and even the Olympic development level. He has been coaching soccer for over thirty years and is the proud founder of the women’s soccer program at Eckerd College, a fellow Sunshine State Conference team.
Some of this year’s standout players include captains Sheila Ramos, Margot Chowansky, Aubrey Riggins and Helena Norrstrom, as well as Juliana Guida and Gaelyn Crowder.
Coach Nagele is very optimistic about the future of the team, citing a strong freshman and sophomore class. He believes the team is in great hands moving forward under star players such as Elanee Otto, Alyssa Barden, Caitlin Quaempts, Alexa Moberley and others that will surely lead the Mocs to future success on the field. Siggi believes these young women will continue to improve as players and as leaders.
Be sure to catch the Lady Mocs in action at Florida Southern College on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish.