Jul 9, 2012 5:22 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
Billings - In preparation for the upcoming season, several players from the Montana State Billings women's soccer team have been honing their skills in the United Soccer League's National Women's League. Jaucelyn Richter and Chelsea Shuman are members of the Colorado Rapids Women team that plays in the Western Division.
The W-League has 30 national teams ranging from the United States to Canada, and attracts talent from all across the globe. Colorado has a 4-4-3 record with three games left in the season. The W-League's season last for approximately two months and is a great way for collegiate athletes aspiring to play professionally to gain experience competing against the best players in the nation in a professional atmosphere.
"It's always an advantage for players when they can train and play games during the summer," said Wojtek Krakowiak, Head Coach of MSUB women's soccer team. "The opportunity to face quality competition and play the game at a faster pace helps Richter and Shuman to continue to develop and maintain their technical skills. I think this will be a great experience for them and can help benefit our team in the fall."
Shuman started three contests and played in eight total games for the Yellowjackets this season as a true freshman. She finished the season taking 10 total shots with three of them coming on goal.
Richter currently ranks fifth in career scoring leaders with 24 goals and 18 assists for a total of 66 points. This past season she poured in 11 goals and earned First Team All-GNAC honors and GNAC Academic All-Conference honors.
"We're very happy that Jaucelyn was able to come down to Denver," stated Alex Balog, Colorado Rapids Women Assistant Coach and MSUB men's soccer team Assistant Coach. "She is a player that is very good on the ball and can create opportunities out of nowhere. Jaucelyn gives our team more possibilities up top. Chelsea has played a lot of minutes for our Super 20's team. She has been a key contributor as the team pushes for a second place finish in the division. This experience will aid in her preparation for the upcoming collegiate season."
Yellowjacket fans can monitor Richter and Shuman's progress on the team and league's website provided below. The ‘Jackets kick their 2012 season off with a matchup against the highly touted Colorado School of Mines in the Tenth Annual MSUB Cup.
Colorado Rapids Women website: http://www.coloradorapids.com/women
United Soccer League: http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2012/22324.html#MAIN