Lyco women’s soccer has a fresh start

After serving as the assistant coach in 2016, first-year head coach Kenny Fern takes the reins of the Lycoming College women’s soccer program and brings in nearly two decades of experience with the game as well as a deep freshmen class of 10 newcomers. When you toss in the program’s first 100-point scorer and a two-year starting goalkeeper, Fern has some key elements to help the team challenge in the MAC Commonwealth.

To get the team to challenge for one of the conference’s five tournament slots, Fern will have to quickly mesh the 13 new faces with five returning starters.

“We lost 16 players from 2013 and we gained 13,” Fern said. “It’s completely different from last year. We’re just trying to get the girls to jell and do a lot of different things away from the field to build team spirit.”

The most prolific goal-scorer in program history returns in senior Jordan Lazaric, as the speedy forward will look to add on to her program records of 103 points and 47 goals.

Lycoming welcomes freshman Madi Welliver from Warrior Run, the state’s all-time girls shutouts leader with 60 in her high school career.