Women's Soccer Columns

Michael Lewis

Army women’s soccer standout Elizabeth Betterbed believes in character first

by Michael Lewis November 16, 2009 in Women's Soccer

Elizabeth Betterbed seems to be the living embodiment of the old Army recruiting slogan: Be all you can be. As a senior at the United States Military Academy, Betterbed is ranked No. 1 in her class, is a Deputy Brigade Commander and an important member of the Army women’s soccer team. For her achievements, Betterbed has been selected one of 10 women’s finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. She loves it at West Point. “After school every day, I get to play soccer,” she said. “It… Continue Reading

Eric Anderson

Statistics don’t tell the whole story of Dartmouth’s Myra Sack

by Eric Anderson October 19, 2009 in Women's Soccer

Angie Hind knows a good soccer player when she sees one. She played at the game’s top level in her native Scotland, spending 17 years with FC Kilmarnock and three years with the Scottish national team. She also has an A-level coaching license from the Scottish Football Association and was a coach in the national team program for five years before coming to the U.S. to join the coaching staff at Dartmouth College. But one thing has bothered Hind, who’s now in her fifth season as the Big… Continue Reading

Michael Lewis

Juvenile diabetes hasn’t slowed men’s and women’s soccer standouts

by Michael Lewis September 21, 2009 in Women's Soccer, Women's Soccer

It is difficult enough to be a successful student-athlete these days. Add a disease such as diabetes and the challenge becomes even greater. Two college soccer players have managed not only to survive, but have thrived on every front. That’s a big reason why University of North Carolina-Greensboro defender Lauren Lopez and George Mason midfielder Richard Edgar are candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. They don’t feel sorry for themselves one bit. They go out and live life to the… Continue Reading

Martin Renzhofer

Pride in Classroom Leads to Off Field Winners

by Martin Renzhofer December 13, 2008 in Women's Soccer

Maybe because the sport relies on 90 minutes of concentration, knowing one slip can mean the difference between victory and defeat, women’s soccer attracts its share of classroom achievers. For example, Cache Valley is the home of Utah State. The campus and town are located somewhat isolated in an open pocket of the Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah. Unless the college landscape shifts with a sudden, unexpected jolt, Utah State will never be known as a power base for women’s soccer –… Continue Reading

Gayle Bryan

The Past Has Proven the Need for Senior Leadership

by Gayle Bryan November 07, 2008 in Women's Soccer

Heather O’Reilly and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ run to the 2006 NCAA College Cup Championship provide a perfect example of the impact senior leadership can have on a team. The 2006 Tar Heels were a very young team in stark contrast to the 2005 version, which was loaded with senior talent and leadership. When the second half of the College Cup final began, there were seven freshmen on the field. O’Reilly was no longer the young pup playing alongside veterans Lindsay… Continue Reading

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