DURHAM, N.H.-- Michael Jackson, 10th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, announced that Debbie Newman (Unior, Conn.) and Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) have been named co-captains for the 2005 season. Both players were America East All-Conference Second Team selections as a junior in 2004.
Newman, a back who also served as a tri-captain in 2004, started all 20 games in which she played last season and was the leader of the defensive unit. Under her direction, the Wildcats allowed just one goal in each of the last five regular-season games and shut out the University of Hartford in the first round of the America East tournament. Newman's other 2004 accolades included selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and the NEWISA All-New England Second Team.
Wernig, a midfielder, started 19 of 21 matches last season and tied for third on the team in both goals (three) and points (seven). She tallied two of her three goals in conference play with goals against Hartford and the University at Albany. Wernig played her rookie season at the University of Northern Colorado before joining the Wildcat program as a sophomore in 2003.
The 2004 UNH women's soccer team finished in a tie for first place in the America East standings with a 7-2-1 conference record and completed the season with an 11-8-2 overall record after advancing to the America East semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.