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By: Bridget Carroll

CCC Journalism Program

As the Camden County College women’s soccer team season comes to an end, head coach John Gallagher looks back on a season filled with shorthanded games, but also looks forward, hopeful for a season with a full roster.

With a team of only eight healthy and academically eligible players taking the field each day, the previously nationally ranked team still pulled through with a successful season.

Gallagher, who has been the head coach for 12 years, praises his players for their hard work.

“Playing [soccer] for CCC opens the door for the girls to make new friends and have new experiences, that’s the best part,” Gallagher said, as the girls get ready to start their afternoon practice recently.

Marissa Manera, a freshman defender who has played soccer for more than 12 years, said that continuing to play after her high school career at Washington Township is her favorite part about playing.

Nicole Bryan, a sophomore who can play any position has played for almost 16 years said that she likes that she can play in transition before transferring to a four year college, where she hopes to continue playing soccer.

Both women agree that making good friends at CCC is a bonus to playing a sport and getting involved.

Gallagher is looking for players for the 2013 season. While he won’t turn anyone away there are some qualifications. Prospective players must maintain academic eligibility, have standard time management skills, and be in good physical shape.

If you think you meet these qualifications and are looking for a way to get involved with school, stay physically fit, and meet new friends, don’t hesitate to contact Gallagher.

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