Toledo, Ohio— Now that the coaches have had some time to think, Toledo Villa is proud to announce the Women’s Player of the Year, brought to you by Buffalo Wild Wings. The inaugural player of the year is someone who flew a bit under the radar this season, but her consistent strong performances did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff. The only player on the roster to have played all 900 minutes of the league season, this years player of the year is non-other than standout forward, Marissa Swindell.
Coach Lori Williams praised Swindell’s play all season saying “Other players were all big at different moments, but to me Riss was the most consistently dynamic.” The sentiment was immediately echoed by the rest of the coaching staff showing just how positive an impact Swindell provided the team.
When asked about Williams’ assessment of her play Marissa had this to say, “I do feel that consistency is one of the main things I am for during training session and workouts, which is what I hope will show during matches.” She also credits her high personal fitness standards for being able to perform in a full 90 minute match.
As for the award, Swindell said she was incredible honored, is thankful for the experience and cannot wait to continue playing next year. She also told me that her biggest goal of the season was to simply make an impact on the team and while she only scored one goal this season, she was tied for the league lead with five assists, and as previously stated was the only Villa player to play every minute of the regular season. To say Marissa was a key cog in the offense would be an understatement. Almost half of the teams total assists belonged to Swindell, so it is safe to say that goal of being impactful was met.
Of all the experiences had during the season she told me her favorite memory was the pre-game speech Coach Williams gave the team before their final game against the Detroit Sun, saying it gave the whole team goosebumps.
Marissa is currently in the process of transferring to Bowling Green State University to continue her pursuit of becoming a registered dietitian. She is excited to continue playing soccer as long as she can and is excited to come back to Toledo next year!
Marissa, thank you for all your hard work this season!