Preseason Women’s Soccer Report

(Photo by Lou Wood Photography)

(Photo by Lou Wood Photography)

Montgomery, Ala.-Last season may have looked different for the Hawks and the rest of the USA South conference but this year’s full schedule looks promising. The Huntingdon Hawks Women’s Soccer team are coming off a 5-5 record, with 3 of those wins at home. 

A Young Team

After 13 seniors graduated last year, the Hawks are ready for a season of growth. A full schedule awaits, with the first game on September 1, 2021, at Birmingham Southern College and the first home game on September 12, against Oglethorpe.

Head Coach Cliff Jordan said they’re most excited about “playing a full schedule. We are looking forward to playing at a high level with competition.” 

“The biggest thing I am looking for this year is growth. We graduated 13 seniors, so we are a very young team,” Jordan said. “Establishing a team identity, continuing to grow as a team, growing from the freshmen, to the sophomores, juniors and seniors to grow as a team.”

Players to Watch

Graduating 13 seniors means incoming freshmen should be ready to step up. 

Assistant Coach Hayley Knowles said they have done just that: “Ashlyn Purvis is probably the biggest freshman to watch out for. She came in immediately and was ready to work hard.”

Senior Doren Staley is back after appearing in 10 games last season. “[Staley] is a rock in the center back role,” Knowles said.

“Erin Cembrale in the midfield is always a classic,” Knowles said.

Junior midfielder Erin Cembrale appeared in 10 games last season, scoring 1 goal on 16 shots. 

“The sophomores have gotten so much better since their freshman year. They’ve really grown and we’re excited to see how they’ll perform this year,” Coach Knowles said.

Sophomores include Gillyanne Barnes, Kiki Culpepper, Joslyn Dahlburg, Jadyn Helm, and Madison Tryon.

Covid

While all teams hope Covid won’t affect the season, the Hawks are prepared to take it one day at a time. 

“We are just having to adjust to the daily updates of the Covid news. Looking towards our first game, we know it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Coach Jordan said. “We just want to get better day by day. We can’t wait to have our fans back cheering us on.”

Huntingdon’s home games will be available to stream at https://www.youtube.com/c/HuntingdonAthletics. Keep up with all Huntingdon Athletics by visiting https://www.huntingdonhawks.com

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