By Nthabiseng Mushi
The "wego", not the ego, sums up what Raritan Valley Community College Golden Lion’s women’s soccer team’s goals are for this upcoming season. Having won only 1 game while losing 10 games last season, this year the ladies are setting high standards for themselves, and building a family in order to achieve these goals.
Well what are the goals you may ask? Simply, “to make the playoffs and take it from there,” said the new women’s soccer coach Mathew Hann.
The RVCC Athletics Department has made some changes to the coaching staff in hopes of making a mark in the region. One of these changes to the team, which kept the Golden Lion family intact, was the promotion of Coach Hann.
Franklin Township native Coach Hann brings years of experience to RVCC. As an alumnus and player for former men’s head Coach Otto Ormosi, Coach Hann not only played for RVCC, but was also part of the coaching staff as an assistant to his mentor and former coach. His history in coaching started in his early 20’s at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, a Division 2 team, where he spent 6 years as an assistant coach. “I want to bring professionalism and commitment to Raritan. It’s a great school and kids need to take the program seriously.” said Hann.
With 3 returners back, coach Hann spoke very highly of Deanna Fischer, and is thrilled with her leadership, both on and off the field. Along with Fischer, she will be joined by Melanie Campos, a freshman with a conference title and a Group 3 State Championship at Somerville High School. The winning tradition that she brings to RVCC is something that will hopefully be the driving force to reach the playoffs.
Hann is a father to a 5 year old boy, as well as a family not only to the ladies team, but to RVCC Golden Lions as a whole. He said, “One of our goals is to be the most aggressive and hardest playing team.” Students, staff and anyone in the community can come out and support the ladies’ at their first home game on September 16 against Bucks County Community College at 3:30pm.