Drysdale Lands on Preseason Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team
Lauren Drysdale has landed a spot on the Preseason All-League Team, highlighting the early awards for the 2021 Army West Point Women’s Soccer team. The announcement, which was put out by the Patriot League on Tuesday morning, also shared that the program has been picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ poll.
“After a COVID year, we are all looking forward to stepping back on the pitch for the season and certainly back into our Patriot League matchups,” head coach Tracy Chao said. “Every preseason there are a lot of questions every team is looking to answer in a really short window, and now, it has been two years since any of us have been in this position going into a fall. What we do know is there are no easy games in the Patriot League, and our focus is not on where we’re predicted to start but the process of getting to where we need to be at the end. With that said, Lauren Drysdale is just a piece of our process for this fall who certainly came off a solid spring. She is a servant leader who exhibits that on and off the field and has the quality and consistency in her game and work rate that obviously goes unnoticed.”
Drysdale, who landed on the 11-player squad as a midfielder, will captain the Black Knights after garnering First Team All-League honors in the shortened 2020 campaign. The junior started all five of the team's games last season, playing the full duration in two matches. She finished the slate with one goal, a game-winner during the team's 1-0 victory over conference foe Lehigh (March 13). Drysdale is one of two all-conference players returning from last year's team, joined by Elise Urkov (Third Team). Read more.