SMSU Soccer off to a Hot Start


The SMSU women’s soccer team has been off to a hot start this season. Head coach Erin Kasmarik-Mallett, and seniors Alli Miskowiec and Kelli Wentz are performing with plenty of confidence. The Mustangs are 5-1, but they are only focused on one game at a time.

“We try to take things a game at a time. It’s important to us not get caught looking ahead,” said coach Kasmarik-Mallett.

The success on the field didn’t come overnight. There has been a lot of work put in outside of practice.

“We spent a lot of time in the summer and spring season preparing for this year,” Wentz said. “We brought in a large group of freshmen that have been able to contribute as well as a lot of returners.”

“Our relationships on and off the field have helped a lot,” Miskowiec added. 

“We continue to build our confidence, every game we have an expectation that we’re going to win, and we back that up with results,” said Kasmarik-Mallett talking about her team’s success. “If something bad happens we believe that we will still be able to recover.”

The twelve freshmen have adjusted well to the team and haven’t missed a beat.

“They are able to keep up and contribute just as much as the returners,” Miskowiec said. “It feels like we have been playing together for years.” 

“Depth is really important, it’s been exciting for us to have fresh players especially for that second game,” Kasmarik-Mallett said talking about recent games.

“A lot more goals,” Miskowiec said excitedly.

“And more wins,” added Wentz.

“You can expect us to keep improving, our goal is not to make the same mistakes twice,” Kasmarik-Mallett said focusing on one game at a time. “We want to be playing our best at the end of the season.”

The next conference games are at home for the Mustangs on Oct. 4 against Minnesota Crookston and on Oct. 8 against Bemidji State.