Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles soccer team travels to Texarkana, Texas., on Tuesday, August 29, to start their 2017 campaign. They will take on Louisiana State University-Shreveport at 11 a.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Shreveport, La., on August 30. However, weather has forced a change in date and location.
The Lady Eagles return 15 players from a team that finished sixth in the American Midwest Conference a season ago. They have added six players to this year's squad.
"We have added a good group of newcomers to a great group of seniors. It feels great to be a part of this women's program," said Head Coach Gabriel Sitibaldi.
The AMC Coaches' Poll has WBC picked to finish in seventh place in the 13 team conference.
"I think we have potential to be a better team than seventh. Our players are in better shape, and our new additions will help us a lot. We will work hard to show that we are better than seventh," said Sitibaldi.
"Defensively, Jasmine and Dara Britton (SR/Raytown, Mo.) will be our leaders. They will balance well with our young talent. Offensively, we have flexibility with Madeline Mead, Maria Ramirez, and Hannah Whitefoot (SR/Atoka, Tenn.)," stated Sitibaldi.
The season begins with three contests in the space of four days. After the road game at LSU-S, WBC will host Ecclesia College on Friday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m., followed by the University of Jamestown on Sept. 2. That game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Conference play will begin against Freed-Hardeman University on Sept. 12, at 5 p.m., in Henderson, Tenn. The two teams played a memorable matchup a year ago with WBC winning in double overtime.
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