SEATTLE – Less than a month from players reporting for the season, head coach Lesle Gallimore named team captains on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld and attacking player Chelsea Archer will captain the Dawgs in 2014.
Both Kufeld and Archer are in their fourth season at UW, although the former has two seasons remaining because of a redshirt season. Kufeld was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 goalkeeper last season, while earning a spot at the U-23 U.S. National Team Camp this summer. Archer has four career goals as a striker and attacking midfielder.
Kufeld and Archer were by Gallimore from a leadership council voted on by their teammates. The leadership council picked by the team also includes Stine Schoening, Kate Bennett, Amanda Perez and Katey Fawcett.
“All six of these players have tremendous leadership ability, buy-in, coachability and a desire to be the best for our university, team and program,” said Gallimore. “It was a difficult decision to only choose two, but I feel that Megan and Chelsea provide outstanding perspective and insight on the pulse of our team. They have both been here and experienced all of the ups and downs of being a Division-I student-athlete and they have the backing of their teammates and will quickly earn the respect and admiration of the incoming freshmen. I look forward to continuing to watch them both grow as leaders, students and soccer players and I know our team and our staff can rely on this whole group to win and win the right way.”
Kufeld comes from a natural position of leadership at goalkeeper.
“It is a great honor to be named a team captain and to know that my teammates and coaches respect and trust me to lead our team this year,” said Kufeld. “We have a great group and I'm very excited to get this season started.”
Archer represents a senior class that has rededicated themselves to the Huskies after a disappointing 2013 season.
“It is a real honor to be chosen to be a captain not only by my coaches but by my teammates,” said Archer. “By putting me in this position it shows that they believe and trust in me to help lead our team to a successful season. My team and its goals come first. Being on this team is a privilege not to be taken granted. Every player has her strengths, but the team as a whole working together is what is important to be successful this upcoming season. Teamwork, respect for one another, and the pride of representing the University of Washington will motivate us to accomplish a winning season. I'm fully committed to each of my teammates and my team as a whole. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity and I look forward to see what this season has in store for us. I truly believe this is going to be our year and I can't wait to get started August 6th.”