After starting their season with a friendly match against the Haitian National team, the Cornerstone women's soccer team begins its 2012 season on the road with games on Friday and Saturday against Taylor University and University of Saint Francis. The game time for Taylor University is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the game time for Saint Francis is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Following the Fort Wayne games, Cornerstone will make its 2012 debut at Cornerstone Stadium on Wednesday, September 5, facing Spring Arbor University. The matchup, which kicks off a 10-game home slate this season, is set for a 4 p.m. start.
A look at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Head Soccer Coach Randy Strawser (124-87-25) enters his 13th season at the program's helm. Along with returning coaches: Strawser, Dan McAllister, David Wood, Eric Mikel, and Ashleigh Lund, the Cornerstone coaching staff also welcomes Aimee Luurtsema and Alyssa Thayer (Morrow). Luurtsema, a Grandville native and Unity Christian graduate recently graduated from Liberty University in May, 2012. Luurtsema brings four years of soccer experience from Liberty to the excellent Cornerstone staff. Thayer (Morrow), a recent graduate and soccer player at Cornerstone University will be strengthening the goalkeeping coaching staff by bringing more goalie experience.
In 2010, the Golden Eagles were able to capture the WHAC Conference Tournament championship and move onto the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round but eventually losing to the hands of Lindsey Wilson. After posting a 6-8-4 overall record and 1-3-2 WHAC record in 2011, Randy and the team look to improve their 2010 winning tradition for the 2012 season.
The Golden Eagles return 19 players from last year's squad and addition to its returners, Cornerstone welcomes 7 newcomers on the roster - Teigan Mitcham, Josie Litty, Rachel Schutter, Anna Buffum, Kerri Hoffman, and Charlene Kehoe.
The nine Golden Eagle seniors will look to lead their team to another WHAC tournament championship alongside a handful of young talent including - Maylani Siemasz (JR), Amanda Van Laar (JR), Kate Wiegman (SO), Maile Carigon (JR), and Kerri Hoffman (FR).
Sneak Peak at Taylor University and Saint Francis
The Trojans from Taylor University enter Friday's matchup coming off an 8-6-4 season in 2011, finishing conference play with a 3-3-3 record. The Trojans are coached by Scott Stan. Stan enters his fifth season at Taylor with 37 wins. Taylor University begins their 2012 season with wins against Virginia Intermont and Concordia. The Trojans look to continue their two game win streak against Cornerstone.
The Lady Cougars of Saint Francis enter Saturday's matchup coming off an 8-11 season in 2011, finishing conference play with a 3-6 record. The Lady Cougars are coached by Christy Young. This marks Young's fifth season at Saint Francis with 30 wins. Saint Francis begins their 2012 season with losses to Indiana Institute of Technology and Judson University. The Lady Cougars seek to get their first win against Cornerstone.
The Golden Eagles first home match will take place at the Cornerstone Stadium against Spring Arbor University on September 5 at 4 p.m. Following the home opener, Cornerstone will have a home stretch of four non-conference games, highlighted by two night games on the 13th and 19th of September. Come out and support your Golden Eagles soccer team and check out the new lights.
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