Norwich soccer player Mary-Kait Mace dribbles the ball through the midfield during a 2018 game in Northfield. Mace and teammate Madison Oelker will serve as team captains for the Cadets for the 2019 campaign.

NORTHFIELD — Mary-Kait Mace and Madison Oelker, of the Norwich University women’s soccer team, were named the team captains for the upcoming 2019 season on Thursday.

The rising seniors will assume leadership roles for the Cadets after the program posted its highest win total since 2011 last season. Norwich finished with a 7-9-1 record under first-year coach Heather Faasse.

Mace started in 14 games last season, tallying two assists as a midfielder. Oelker played in 12 games and started 11, scoring one goal. Mace has been a two-year starter after joining the team her sophomore season. Oelker has started in nearly every game during her three years.

“I am excited and proud to have both Mary-Kait and Mo (Oelker) co-captain our team next season,” Faasse said. “Both are perfect examples of what our program is about: dedication in the classroom and to their sport, positive influences on their teammates and community, and (they’re) passionate about making our program better.”

Mace earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this past fall and was also named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. She carries a 4.0 GPA as an athletic training major and also competes for the NU lacrosse team. “Mary-Kait is not only a two-sport athlete, but is also an exceptional student,” Faasse said. “Her peers and I appreciate the high work ethic that she exudes. Now in her second season as a women’s soccer captain, I am looking forward to watching Mary-Kait speak from experience and continue to captivate the younger players.”

Oelker has played in 43 games and made 41 career starts heading into her final season in the Maroon and Gold.

“(Oelker) brings the energy to the pair,” Faasse said. “As a member of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets, Mo is more of a vocal captain. I will be looking to her to help bond our corps and civilian students and mold them together into a team. She is a vital part of our midfield system, so her teammates naturally look to her for advice.”

Faasse also announced Norwich’s 2019 schedule, which features eight home games and a 17-game slate. The Cadets will open the season at Castleton on Sept. 1. Later that week, Norwich will travel to the New England College Classic in Henniker, New Hampshire.

The Cadets will play their home opener on Sept. 18 when they host NVU-Johnson at 7 p.m. The Cadets will also host Emmanuel on Sept. 22 at night following the Norwich football game against Coast Guard, highlighting the university’s Bicentennial Homecoming celebration. The Cadets will host Senior Day on Oct. 26 versus Regis.

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