Lady Crusaders Continue Improvement On The Field
Tigerville, SC - The start to the 2014 North Greenville University women’s soccer season is fast approaching and the Lady Crusaders are ready to get the season started.
After finishing the 2012 season with a 1-12 record NGU, turned it around last season improving to 7-10 and grabbing a place in the Conference Carolinas conference tournament.
The new season also sees the Lady Crusaders welcome a new coach as Andy Robinson returns to NGU for his second stint as head coach.
Robinson was head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams from 2001-2002 then he spent 2003-2014 coaching at nearby Eastside High School where he led the Eagles to a 221-71 record over his time there. Robinson won two state championships, 2003 and 2007, and finished runner up four times in 2005, 2001, 2012 and 2013.
Robinson’s exploits were not unnoticed as he was named Region Coach of the Year six times and SCHSCA State Coach of Year twice and in 2007 was selected as the National Federation of State High School Association Coach of the Year.
The Lady Crusaders enter the new season with high expectations as they have a new coach with a winning pedigree and return key starters both in the attack and on defense.
Sophomore Lindsay Tuten will lead the line for the Crusaders, the forward had a stellar freshman campaign, totaling eight goals in 17 games tallying 17 points for the year overall. Tuten’s stellar season saw her claim post season accolades as she was named to Conference Carolina’s third team all-conference.
The defense returns a number of key players as well, seniors Erin McLure and Brooke Domingo return to bring leadership and experience to the backline and they are joined by sophomore Karis Hoover. Hoover was one of only two players to start every game for the Lady Crusaders last season.
NGU also sees the return of their All-Conference goalkeeper, senior Katie Tate. Tate finished last season with Second Team All-Conference honors after finishing among the best in the conference with a 1.65 goals against average and recording a school record 94 saves.
The Lady Crusaders open the season on Sept. 4 at Truett McConnell College, with their first home game coming September 6, against Anderson University at 1 p.m in Pepsi Stadium. The Lady Crusaders will open conference play September 13, at Erskine College.
With a winning coach at the helm and returning key players, the Lady Crusaders enter this season with high expectations and visions of a return trip to the conference tournament.