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Kingston Cougars in brilliant form and hoping for title charge

By Sami Betache Oct 27, 2022
kingston University Cougars womens game. credit: Abigail Woolvin

Our very own Kingston Cougars have started the season in dazzling form with back-to-back wins in their first two matches. 

The women’s football team are aiming for glory this season and are hoping to win the league title and judging their performance in their first two games they may be on their way to achieving this.

Team captain Abigail Woolvin, 19, said: “I feel really proud of them all, they have put in loads of hard work from the start, and it’s been brilliant so far.

“I’m so excited for the next upcoming games. We all feel so motivated and will continue to believe in the achievement of winning the league together.”

Their first win of the season was a decisive 4-0 win against King’s College in which Woolvin scored two with Lindsay Virgilio and Imogen Ashby also on the scoresheet. 

Their second win came against the London School of Economics, which was a 5-2 thrashing with Woolvin grabbing a hat-trick and Virgilio grabbing a brace, one a stunning 30-yard free kick.

Intending to continue their good form, Chiara Arduino, 19, said: “I think if we all keep up with training and making sure that everyone shows up. We could grow better as a team. Getting to know each other better is definitely a plus.”

The Cougars train and play matches in addition to their course commitments and are under immense pressure to perform on both fields. 

When asked how they balance university work and football, Arduino said: “I manage my time really well so I would make sure I keep up with my university work. I finish most of it on the weekends or separate the workload throughout the week so it wouldn’t interfere with my training days or match days.” 

During reading week, the players will be preparing for their next few games including a crunch match at the top of the table against Royal Holloway November 30.

Their next fixture is against UCL on November 12 followed by a clash against Kings College on November 16.

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