BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Entering his third-year as the head women's soccer coach, Jason Lanham returns fifteen members of
last year's squad that posted a 16-3-1 mark and claimed the Appalachian
Athletic Conference regular-season and conference titles.
Union opens the 2010 campaign today at 11 a.m. against Cumberland (Tenn.) at Burch/Nau Field as part of the Golden Corral Classic.
The 2010 edition of the Union Women's soccer program is led
by a star-studded senior class as all five seniors Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.),
Jessica Brandner (Independence, Ky.), Renata
Peixoto (Brasilia, Brazil) Hannah
Goins (Corbin, Ky.) and Patricia
Nardy (Sao Paulo, Brazil) earned all-conference honors last season.
The Lady Bulldogs also return the AAC conference defensive
player of the year award winner (Nardy) as well as the AAC's golden boot award
winner in Hall.
"We had great success last season, but that was last year,"
commented Lanham. "We have a great deal of talent and experience coming back
this season and I'm looking forward to accomplishing great things in 2010."
A strength for the Lady Bulldogs in 2010 will be its
defense, as Union returns its first team all-conference defenderBrandner as well as its starting goal
keeper from 2009 in Nardy. In all, the Lady Bulldogs defense held its opponents
to just 17 total goals in 20 games in 2009. Nardy started 16 games last season
and posted four shut-out victories. In all, Nardy amassed 86 saves while
compiling a 14-1-1 record between the pipes. A large majority of the Lady Bulldogs
experience and leadership is on the defensive side of the ball and the group
should set the tone for the team according to Lanham.
Offensively the Lady Bulldogs return two of its top three
goal scorers from last season. Forward Ashley Hall netted 15 goals, while midfielder
Peixotokicked in 12 goals of her
own t go along with a team-high 17 assists.
"I feel our offense can be an overpowering unit in 2010 and
it all starts with the ball control at midfield," Lanham said. "As a whole, our
entire midfield unit is solid and our offense is triggered through how well
The Lady Bulldogs welcome four newcomers to its roster for
the 2010 campaign. Neidra Lundy (London,
Ky.), Heather Price (Bowling Green,
Ky.), Danielle Gilbert (Ft. Thomas,
Ky.) and Morgan Stuck (Shepardsville,
Ky.). The young pups of the program look poised to make their mark on the 2010 Lady
Bulldog squad and help take Union back to the national tournament this season.