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Etown is Falling for Fall

On September 11, 2017, classmates in the Communications 211 course with Dr. Poniatowski toured the campus of Elizabethtown College in search of what individuals were most excited for in the upcoming fall season. On the sunny late summer day, answers ranged from the fall foliage to indifference on the matter.

USWNT Names 22-Player Roster for Games Against New Zealand

U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis has named the 22 players that will be on the roster for the upcoming match against New Zealand on September 15. The 2017 USWNT schedule has been one of the toughest ones the team has faced within a calendar year facing New Zealand, South Korea and Canada. After falling to France in the She Believes Cup final, the players are looking to end the 2017 year on a with solid performances against these highly ranked teams.

Many veterans are returning to the pitch for this match including Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Ashlyn Harris, and Morgan Brian after suffering from injuries occurring early in the year. Rapinoe, Heath and Brian have been the backbone of the team due to the experience they possess with the amount of up and coming stars throughout the year. All four vets were a part of the roster in the 2015 World Cup when the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 to bring the gold back to the United States.

Ever since the 2015 World Cup in Canada, the USWNT has been in a transition period after the retirement of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach, and welcoming a handful of young, new faces to the team. Entering these last few matches of the year, the team currently has 12 players who have played 30 international caps or fewer. These young players have a lot to prove in a short amount of time in the upcoming months and hopefully can show that they have what it takes to play for the number one ranked team in the world.

A major area of concern is the absence of co-captain and reigning 2016 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd. Lloyd suffered an ankle injury playing for the Houston Dash. She currently holds 97 career goals for the U.S. and will soon be the sixth player in U.S. soccer history to reach the 100 goal mark once she has recovered. Lloyd is a key component to the USWNT. Her intense work ethic and world class skills and knowledge of the game allow her to dictate the game the way she, along with the rest of her team, want it to be played. With Lloyd out, other veteran midfielders including Brian, Heath, Rapinoe and Christen Press are going to have to lead the team to a successful end to 2017.

The USWNT has a record of 12-1-1 against New Zealand who is currently ranked in the top 20 in the world. The goal of the U.S. playing top teams in the off season is too continuously challenge the team. If they want to win another Olympic gold or World Cup, they need to continue to play the teams that they have a strong chance of seeing in those tournaments.

The excitement is high and the players are ready to finish their season on a high note and continue to be the best in the world.