WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Maranatha Athletic Department has released the 2020 Women's Soccer schedule, and a strong returning squad and a "new" head coach will be gunning to get back to the NCCAA DII National Tournament.
Anyone that follows this team doesn't need a reminder about the last three seasons, but here it is: three times in a row, the Sabercats have faced Providence University College in the NCCAA DII North Region Tournament, and three times in a row, the Pilots ended the Sabercats' season in sudden-death overtime.
It's like a bad dream. But it makes the goal for the season that much more vivid.
Here's a quick look at the key games in the 2020 season:
|Sept. 8||vs Wisconsin Lutheran||Home opener|
|Sept. 10||vs Faith Baptist||NCCAA North Region|
|Oct. 3||at Grace Christian||2019 NCCAA runner-up|
|Oct. 9||at Indiana-Northwest||First-ever meeting|
|Oct. 10||at Faith Baptist||NCCAA North Region|
|Oct. 16||vs Mount Mary||Parents' Day|
|Nov. 6-7||NCCAA North Region Tournament||Tournament hosts|
|Nov 20-21||NCCAA DII National Tournament||Kissimmee, Fla.|
Jeff Pill will step in as the team's head coach for the 2020 season, maintaining oversight over both Maranatha Soccer programs in the process. Alyssa Wright will return as the primary assistant coach, and Taylor Pill, Kevin Risma, and Dr. Lane Hansel will all contribute coaching responsibilities to the team as well.
"What I'm very excited about is the chance to work with both groups of athletes," Jeff Pill said. "Both groups are filled with people that are passionate about what they are doing, and they want to use their talents for God's glory.
"I think we will be able to have a model where we work out a good balance of time with both programs, so I'm looking forward to having 'twice as much fun', in a sense. It will be exciting to work with two great staffs - people who are committed to the program and want the best for the student-athletes.
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Schedule updates and Gameday information: mbusabercats.com/schedule
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While the 2020 fall season still holds uncertainty, institutions in the area are optimistic about the return to competition. Midwest region institutions and conferences alike have indicated their intent to return to competition in September. You can find schedule changes (should they occur) at mbusabercats.com/schedule.