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Keeping Up with the Lady Eagles
Charlotte off-season update

Charlotte Lady Eagles News Release -

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Lady Eagles enjoyed another successful W-League season in 2012, winning the Southeast Division and falling to D.C. United Women in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Of the 24 players who made up the 2012 Lady Eagles squad, 12 are currently playing college soccer. Twelve others are post-grads, and most are still connected with soccer during the Lady Eagles' off-season.

Four of the Lady Eagles are currently playing for the Samford University Bulldogs. Defender Sabbath McKiernan-Allen, senior forward Kaley Blanton, junior midfielder Michelle Moll and sophomore Katie Danehy are currently undefeated in Southern Conference play with a record of 6-0-2 and an overall record of 9-5-2. Moll is in a three-way tie for the team lead with four goals for the Bulldogs while Blanton has three goals, tied for fourth on the team. McKiernan-Allen and Danehy are part of a Samford defense that has recorded four shutouts this season.

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers have three Lady Eagles suiting up for them this fall. A trio of juniors - goalkeeper Alex Kubrick, defender SarahAnne Waugh and midfielder Brooke Mulloy - have led the 49ers to a 4-1-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play and a 10-4-1 overall record. Kubrick has started nine games and has a 6-1-1 record with three shutouts. Mulloy has started in all 15 games, while Waugh has played in all 15 while starting 14.

There are two Lady Eagles playing in arguably the nation's toughest conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference. Gloria Douglas is a junior forward for the No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers and has played in all 16 games, scoring twice. The Cavaliers are 11-4-1 this season with one of their losses coming against ACC rival Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are No. 15 in the nation with a record of 10-3-3, and Lady Eagles midfielder Lee Page has played in 14 of the their 16 games as part of a defense that has recorded seven shutouts.

The Big East Conference's Cincinnati Bearcats feature Lady Eagles defender Christi Howard, who has played in 17 games so far this year, starting 15. Howard and the Bearcats are struggling through a 4-12-1 record this season. Bryan College's Kaitlyn Bryant, a senior midfielder, has also seen her Lady Lions struggle to a 2-9-1 record, but the team recently picked up its first conference win of the season against Virginia Intermont College.

The defending NAIA national champion Lee Flames have a record of 11-1 so far this season and are ranked No. 2. They are led in scoring by junior midfielder Leah Fortune who has nine goals in 11 games. Fortune was an All-American in 2011 for the Flames after transferring from the University of Texas after her freshman year. Fortune was also tied for first in scoring with the Lady Eagles this season with six goals in eight games.

Lady Eagles forward Rachael Baer took the reins of the North Greenville University Women's program this season, and fellow Lady Eagle Hannah Gmerek assists her in coaching the Crusaders. While the Crusaders have yet to register a win this season, they have been on the wrong side of seven one-goal games and registered their first tie recently. Fellow Conference Carolinas league member Belmont Abbey has Lady Eagle forward Ashley Braam as an assistant coach. Interestingly, Braam is also the strength coach for the Davidson women's team this year.

Sam Huecker once again assists the South Atlantic Conference 2011 Champion Lenior-Rhyne Bears. Huecker, a midfielder for the Lady Eagles, tallied three goals this past year which tied her for fourth on the team. The Bears are ranked No. 20 in the latest NCAA Division II coaches' poll and have a record of 11-1-0 overall and a perfect 7-0 conference record.

Lipscomb University of the Atlantic Sun Conference has added Lady Eagles midfielder Kelsey Fenix to its coaching staff for the 2012 season. Fenix played in all 12 games for the Lady Eagles, scoring once. So far the Bison have a record of 2-10-4 and a 0-6-2 record in the Atlantic Sun.

Rounding out the squad, Lady Eagles forward Amanda Naeher is working as an assistant coach at Charlotte Christian this fall, Paige Lanter, a defender for the Lady Eagles, is teaching in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tanja Baumann is playing in her native Germany, defender Shelley Lyle is helping with the Charlotte Eagles Urban ministry, the Urban Eagles, and goalkeeper Robyn Jones is working at Sports Connection.

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