MCCC MCCC
Sports News at MCCC
MCCC MCCC
menu bg MCCC arrow NEWS at MERCER MCCC arrow NEWS ARCHIVE MCCC arrow VIKING ATHLETICS MCCC arrow WWW.MCCC.EDU MCCC menu bg
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer spacer

Women’s Soccer Team Makes Steady Gains Over Course of Season

11/14/18



Following their final game, the team recognized the sophomores with flowers. Coach Elyse Diamond is pictured far right and Assistant Coach Tom DeStefano is standing second from left.

Nadine Abouelela was in goal for the Vikings. Also pictured are All-GSAC pick Mary McDermott (no. 16) and midfielder Kehri Garrett.

Forward Jamie Ervin was the Vikings' top scorer, and selected to the All-Region and All-GSAC First Teams. Also pictured are Gabriella Juarez (no. 7) and co-captain Taylor Mastropasqua (background).

From left, captains Karissa Estelle and Taylor Nelson with defender Mary McDermott.

West Windsor, N.J. -- It’s a true testimony to the spirit and maturity of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) women’s soccer team that they continued to hang together, improve and have fun despite not advancing to the playoffs.

“They played some of their best soccer as the season drew to a close," said third-year Head Coach Elyse Diamond. Their determination never wavered. They never gave up."
 
The women’s final record of 4-11-1 does not reveal some of the best moments the Vikings enjoyed on the field. Diamond recalls a 4-1 victory over Morris County College, a 5-1 win over Ocean County College, and a 1-1 tie against CCBC-Catonsville, all of which came at the tail end of the season.

“I always tell them that every day is a new day and each game starts 0 – 0,” she observed.

Diamond says that team chemistry was solid throughout the season, due in large part to strong leadership by sophomore captains Karissa Estelle (midfielder), Taylor Mastropasqua (midfielder/defender), and Taylor Nelson (defender).

Diamond notes that the team included a mix of experienced and inexperienced players. “There were some holes on the field, but we all learned to work together with what each player brought to the game,” she said. “Nobody complained. They dealt with the ups and downs together.”

The team also had its fair share of injuries, including Nelson, a highly effective defender who missed several games. Diamond moved Mastropasqua to Nelson’s position and found the midfielder ready for the job. “We never had a completely healthy squad for any game, but we made up for it pretty well,” she reflected.

Major contributors also included freshman Jamie Ervin, who scored 25 of Mercer’s 30 goals. Diamond describes Ervin as “in a league of her own.” Sophomore Mary McDermott proved central on defense.

With 11 players moving on, Diamond will certainly miss her sophomores. “I will be recruiting heavily for next season,” she said.

An unbeat and positive coach, Diamond sees a silver lining in the Vikings' losing season. "We persevered and pushed on through. Yes, we would have liked to win more games, but these players got a life lesson out of this – that it’s important to keep on going even through hard times. And, we finished on a high note.”

Ervin was named to the All-Region First Team and Estelle was named to the Second Team. Ervin was also named to the All-Garden State Athletic Conference First Team, while Estelle and McDermott were named to the All-GSAC Second Team.

Diamond was assisted by Tom DeStefano and Sarah Ghaffoor (partial season).

 

 

 

Return to Athletics Home Page

Return to Women's Soccer

Return to Current News

Top of page

spacer
spacer
bottom
spacerspacer