2010 FINAL RECORD: 8-10-1
2010 FINAL AII RANKING: #2
2010 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Lady Night Hawks Celebrate 2010 Season at Annual Awards Banquet
May 2, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks soccer team celebrated their 2010 season at their annual awards banquet held Sunday afternoon at Mom and Dad's Italian Restaurant in Thomasville.
Head Women's Soccer Coach Chris Davidovicz presented six different women's soccer players awards for their contributions throughout the 2010 season. Six ladies also received their Association of Independent Institutions Post Season awards. After a delicious meal, Coach Davidovicz began the presentations by announcing and awarding the A.I.I. Second Team recipients; Senior Eliana Nevarez, sophomore Myra Jenkins, Freshman Kasey Cooper and freshman Alexandra Sveinsdottir. He then presented fellow freshman Hannah Claesson and Carina Spengler with their A.I.I. First Team certificates. After a brief recognition of the women's soccer seniors, the afternoon moved into the team awards portion of the banquet. Spengler and junior Heather Collins were awarded the Competition Points Leader in recognition of their top scores in the women's soccer points system for training. Freshman Alx Walter was named the team's Most Improved Player. Sophomore Reem Moussa was presented the Team First award for her constant willingness to do all that is asked of her for the program. Fellow freshman Claesson and Cooper were recognized with the Immediate Impact Award for their contribution as first year players on the squad. Spengler wrapped up the afternoon by being named the John Rainey Excellence Award recipient for constant efforts to strive towards excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Women's Soccer opens the 2011 season on August 25th when they travel to Mt. Vernon, GA to face Brewton Parker College.
Men's and Women's Soccer Celebrate Annual Alumni Game
March 20, 2010
The Men's and Women's soccer teams celebrated their Annual Alumni Games yesterday at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Over 30 alumni participated in the Annual event celebrating the memories and accomplishments of the past, present and the future. Both the men's and the women's game drew very sprited supporters and family members in a sunny 80 degree day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Alumni traveled from as far as Maryland and as near as Thomasville, GA. Many of the kids in attendance enjoyed their time in the bouncy house and all in attendance enjoyed the delicious chili dogs from the Billiard's Academy in downtown Thomasville. In the soccer action, both the Men's and Women's programs came away with victories but the Alumni gave outstanding efforts and both teams were rewarded by hittng the back of the net in each game.
"It was a beautiful day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex", said TU Director of Soccer Operations and Men's Soccer Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We thank University Advancement for all the work they put in to make this happen. This event is a staple on our calendar and we look forward to welcoming our growing Alumni base each and every year as they return home. The best part of the day is to watch our alumni return with their kids and to watch the enjoyment in their faces as they watch mom and dad on the field reliving their glory days".
Men's and women's soccer are in full swing with their spring work and will face a full slate of off season games in preparation for the Fall 2011 season.
Claesson and Spengler Named to A.I.I. First Team, 4 Named to 2nd Team
November 17, 2010
Six Lady Night Hawks were named to the Association of Independent Institutions All Conference teams as announced by the conference office this afternoon.
Freshman defender Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) and freshman midfielder Carina Spengler (Boeblingen, Germany) were selected to the 1st Team. This marked the first time since TU joined the AII that two Lady Night Hawks receive first team honors.
Senior Eliana Nevarez (Riverview, FL), sophomore Myra Jenkins (Venice, FL), freshman Kasey Cooper (Jacksonville, FL) and freshman Alexandra Sveinsdottir (Egilsstaoir, Iceland) were all named to the second team. The six players selected all conference is the highest amount of players receiving post season honors since 2003.
The Lady Night Hawks finished the season 8-10-1 and lost 2-0 to #2 seeded and NAIA #16 Simon Fraser University in the A.I.I. Championship game, played last week at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
#2 SFU Tops Lady Night Hawks
November 13, 2010
The #2 seeded and NAIA #16 Simon Fraser University Clan(11-4-3) topped the Lady Night Hawks (8-10-1) ,2-0, to take home the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament Championship trophy on Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, AZ.
TU put forth a valiant effort against a nationally ranked opponent but came up short of bringing home the championship trophy. SFU opened the scoring with a goal at the 17:53 mark of the first and took the 1-0 advantage into the break. The first half was dominated by the Clan but st the half TU regrouped and settled down, entering the 2nd half with more confidence and determination to tie the game. In a second half that saw more opportunities in the attack for TU, the Lady Night Hawks could not find the equalizer and continued to watch time slip away from the championship dreams. At the 81:57 mark of the game SFU put the game away on a finish off a cross. The 2-0 assured the Clan of the 2010 A.I.I. Championship and a spot in the 2010 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
"We put forth a great effort", said TU Women's Soccer Coach Ricky Zambrano. "I was proud of the way we bounced back in the second half. Simon Fraser intimadated our ladies in the 1st but I felt that in the second half we made a game of it and can walk off the field proud of our efforts. The Clan showed why they are historically one of the top NAIA programs".
Forfeit Victory, Lands TU in A.I.I. Championship Game
November 12, 2010
A.I.I. Tournament #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos (10-2-5) was forced to forfeit their A.I.I. Semi Final match against #4 TU (8-9-1) friday afternoon in Phoenix, AZ. The forfeit victory lands the Lady Night Hawks in Saturday's Championship game against #2 Simon Fraser University.
An oversight on CSUSM's post season roster nullified the 5-0 semi final victory over TU. "We are excited about this opportunity", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "Our team is respectul of this gift we have been handed and will be hoping that CSUSM receives an at large bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round this Sunday. They are a team that deserves to be there".
The winner of the A.I.I. Championship game will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Kickoff at the Reach 11 Sports Complex is set for 5PM EST.
Women's Soccer Returns to Postseason Play
November 7, 2010
Women's Soccer (7-9-1) returns to post season play for the first time since 2004, qualifying as the #4 seed for the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament in Phoenix, AZ.
TU will play NAIA #12 and A.I.I. #1 California State University - San Marcos at 2PM EST on Friday November 12 in semi final #1, in hopes of moving on to the conference final on Saturday. Semi final #2 will feature NAIA #16 and A.I.I. #2 Simon Fraser University facing the #3 seed Embry Riddle University (AZ) on Friday at 5PM EST. The winner of Saturday's final will earn a spot in the 2010 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
Offensively, the Lady Night Hawks are led by freshman midfielder Carina Spengler (Boeblingen, Germany) who has scored seven goals this season. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Heather Collins has posted five shutouts and a pair of freshman: Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) and Kasey Cooper (Jacksonville, FL), have had solid seasons in the TU central defense.
"We are extremely excited to be playing at this time of year", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "These ladies have worked hard to reach this point and we are looking forward to playing one of the best teams in the country in the semi finals. I am especially happy for our seniors who have accomplished one of their goals by helping guide this program back to the post season. They came here four years ago with this in mind and now can help lead the team towards goal #2, winning the tournament".
NCAA #17 West Florida Deafeats Thomas
October 31, 2010
NCAA #17 University of West Florida (16-2) defeated Thomas (7-9-1) 8-0 on Sunday afternoon in Pensacola, FL.
"We played a superior opponent today", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "They showed why they have won 14 games in a row and should be ranked Top five in the country. Not many teams in the country that are better at the D2 (NCAA) level".
Lady Night Hawk Seniors Unable to go out With Victory
October 24, 2010
The Lady Night Hawk seniors were unable to go out with a victory in their final regular season home game, as TU (7-8-1) drew 0-0 in 2 overtimes with the visiting NCAA D2 Eckerd College Tritons (3-12-1) on Senior Day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU dominated the game from the first whistle, outshooting the Tritons 24-6 and collecting 15 shots on goal while limiting Eckerd to 4. The Lady Night Hawks had many chances to find the game winner but the Triton keeper would not be defeated, collecting 15 saves in the contest. Freshman defender Hannah Claesson nearly won the game in overtime with a long distance strike that hit the crossbar and bounced out. The Thomas backline was dominant and collected their fifth shutout of the season.
"We played hard and played well but could not find the net", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "I am proud of the quality of soccer that we played today but disappointed that we could not send out our seniors in a winning way."
Prior to kickoff the seniors: Amber Belflower, Emily Delozier, Eliana Nevarez and Aida Vojnikovic, were honored for their outstanding contributions to the university community and to the TU soccer program. The four have logged in over 12,000 combined minutes of play over the last four year and have been an essential part of the character of the team. Thank you and best of luck as you move forward to the next stage of your lives.
Women's soccer awaits their playoff future with the announcement of Wednesday's NAIA Modified RPI. TU is seeking a spot in the four team A.I.I. Tournament to be played in Scotsdale, AZ Nov. 12-13. The Lady Night Hawks round out their regular season on Sunday October 31 in Pensacola, FL when they face the University of West Florida. Kickoff is set for 3:00PM EST.
Rivet Goal Helps Lead Women's Soccer over Lambuth
October 17, 2010
Freshman Deanna Rivet scored a second half goal to help lead TU (7-8) to a 2-1 come from behind victory over Lambuth University (3-9) on Sunday afternoon in Young Harris, GA.
LU took the lead just 2:55 into the game when they knocked home a loose ball in the Lady Night Hawks penalty area. From that point forward TU dominated every aspect of the game except for the scoreboard. However, that changed with seven minutes remaining in the first when freshman Carina Spengler evened the game with a strike from outside the 18 yard box that found the far post netting of the Lambuth goal. Notched at one TU continued pressing for the lead in the second and broke the tie with the eventual game winner by Rivet at the 50:28 point in the game when she knocked in a rebound off a shot by senior Aida Vojnikovic. TU saw many more chances go unrewarded firing 16 total shots in the half. The LU keeper was up to the task making eight saves in the second.
TU will wrap up their home regular season schedule on Sunday October 24th, when they welcome Eckerd College for a 3:30PM kickoff. Prior to kickoff women's soccer will honor their four seniors for their years of service to Thomas University and the Lady Night Hawks soccer team.
Mountain Lions edge TU
October 15, 2010
The Mountain Lions of Young Harris College (6-4-1) edged the visiting Thomas University Lady Night Hawks (6-8), 1-0, on Friday afternoon in Young Harris, GA.
TU dominated the game for the first half hour of the game but went down at the 33:10 mark on a Mountain Lion goal against the run of play. Down by one entering the second, the Lady Night Hawks pusehed their attack again looking to notch the game. Six minutes into the half YHC struck again finding an open runner on a corner kick that was headed home to extend the lead. TU made it a one goal game when Freshman defender Hannah Claesson knocked in a free kick at 62:45 mark of the game. Thomas continued to push for the equalizer and missed some quality chances to notch the game at 2. The Mountain Lions held TU off the scoreboard to secure the victory.
The ladies continue their northern Georgia road trip on Sunday when they face Lambuth University on the campus of YHC in a crucial A.I.I. match up at 1:00PM
First Half Goal Sinks Lady Night Hawks
October 7, 2010
A first half goal by the host Faulkner University Hawks (11-2) was enough to sink the Lady Night Hawks (6-7) on Thursday afternoon in Montgomery, AL.
Faulkner scored 20 minutes into the game on a free kick shot that caught TU in the process of setting up their defensive wall and was struck into the open net by the Hawks player as TU junior goalkeeper Heather Collins set up her wall. The Lady Night Hawks dominated a large percentage of the play for the remaining seventy five minutes but were unable to score on a Faulkner defense that was bending but would not break.
"We did everything pretty good today", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "I thought we dominated the larger percentage of play but alot of credit goes to Faulkner for taking advantage of the open goal. We created opportunities but did not finish them. Other than the goal we allowed, we were very satisfied with our team defense. You can see why Faulkner has 11 wins, they just found a way to win the game without playing their best".
TU will be back on the road again next week when they travel to Young Harris, GA to face Young Harris College on Friday October 15 at 2:30PM. The Lady Night Hawks will also face fellow A.I.I. rival Lambuth University on Sunday October 17th at 12PM.
Women's Soccer Shuts out Brewton Parker
October 2, 2010
Women's Soccer (6-6) scored 2 in the first and one in the second in a 3-0 shutout of the visiting Brewton Parker College Barons (1-9) on Saturday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Sophomore forward Reem Moussa opened up the scoring for the Lady Night Hawks with a goal at the 30:52 mark of the first on an assist by sophomore midfielder Myra Jenkins. Mousssa would increase the TU lead six minutes later on an assist from freshman midfielder Carina Spengler. Up by two in the second Thomas failed to capitalize on many opportunities and kept the score interesting until freshman forward Alexandra Sveinsdottir found the back of the net at 17:11 mark of the second, giving TU the three goal advantage. BPC managed only two shots on goal in the game, goalkeepers: junior Heather Collins, sophomore Kayla Webb and freshman Deanna Rivet combined for the shutout. TU now has four shutouts on the year.
Thomas will next be back on the road once again, traveling to Montgomery, AL to face Faulkner University on Thursday October 7 at 4PM (EST).
TU ends Losing Streak, Defeats Spring Hill
September 30, 2010
TU (5-6), ended a season high three game losing streak by defeating the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers (3-6) 3-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
The Badgers opened up the scoring at the 26:27 mark of the first half after the Night Hawks had dominated the majority of play and missed three clear scoring opportunities. Senior Aida Vojnikovic tied the game at one, after beating a defender in the box and chipping the goalkeeper . With four minutes left in the first, fresman forward Alexandra Sveinsdottir scored her first goal of the season to give TU the one goal advantage heading into the locker room. Up by one, fresman midfielder Carina Spengler headed home a corner kick off the foot of freshman Kasey Cooper to give the Night Hawks a two goal advantage only five minutes into the second half. It seemed like Thomas would cruise the rest of the way but they were unable to find a fourth goal and SHC scoredwith twenty three minutes remaining in the half to make it a one goal game. The Lady Night Hawks continued to push forward to find an insurance score but were unable to find the net. A strong defensive performance by the Thomas backline would hold the lead and help TU end it's two game losing streak.
Women's soccer is back at home on Saturday as they welcome Brewton Parker College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 3:30PM kickoff.
Bobcats edge Lady Night Hawks
September 26, 2010
The host St. Thomas University Bobcats (3-3) scored a first half goal and held on, to edge the Lady Night Hawks (4-6) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in Miami Gardens, FL.
Thomas held the first half ball possession advantage but was unable to convert that into quality goal scoring opportunities, giving STU the half time advantage. In the 2nd half TU launched a full out attack keeping the larger majority of play in the Bobcats half of the field but a lack of dangerous opportunities kept the Lady Night Hawks off the scoreboard and allowed the Bobcats to hold on for the victory.
"We probably had the better of the ball for 60-70 minutes of the game", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "Unfortunately over the last 3 games we have shown some solid moments but have been unable to be exteremely dangerous around the net of the opponent. We are in a goal scoring drought and have improve our play in the attacking half of the field".
TU returns to the Wendy's Soccer Complex on Thursday September 30th when they host the Spring Hill College Lady Badgers. Kickoff is at 2PM.
Thomas Falls to NCAA D2 Nova Southeastern
September 24, 2010
Thomas Women's Soccer (4-5) fell to the host NCAA D2 Nova Southeastern University Sharks (4-3) 3-0 on Friday night in Davie, FL.
With the game tied at zero, NSU scored two goals in 2 minutes late in the first half to take the 2-0 lead and never looked back. Three minutes into the second half, the Sharks capitalized on a penalty kick to stretch their lead to three. TU continued to maintain good possession of the ball and created some good scoring opportunites over the final forty minutes of play but the Sharks goalkeeper kept TU off the scoreboard. TU outshot NSU 3-2 in the second half.
The Lady Night Hawks will look to rebound on Sunday afternoon at 1:30PM, as they continue their 2 game road trip, facing off against St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL.
TU Defeated by AUM
September 21, 2010
TU (4-4) was defeated 5-0 by the visiting NAIA #21 Auburn University at Montgomery Senators this afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
AUM dominated the Lady Night Hawks from the start of the first half scoring all five goals before the intermission. Thomas came out in the second half and dominated a good majority of the play outshooting AUM 8-3 and keeping the ball in the Senators half of the field. The second half effort was not enough to overcome the dominating performance by the Lady Senators in the first half.
The Lady Night Hawks will next head to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to face NCAA D2 Nova Southeastern University on Friday September 24th at 5PM.
Lady Night Hawks Win 2nd Straight, Take TU Invitational Title
September 19, 2010
The Lady Night Hawks (4-3) won their second straight, defeating the visiting Florida Memorial University Lions (2-5) 2-0 and taking the title in the 4th Annual TU Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU dominated the majority of play in the first but could not break through and the teams went into halftime tied at one. Freshman midfielder Carina Spengler broke the tie when she converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute of the second half. The Lady Night Hawks continued to press forward, maintaining possession of the ball and keeping the play in the Lions half. Freshman forward Alx Walter added her second goal in as many games with 12 minutes remaining in the game when she finished a pass inside the six yard box from sophomore forward Reem Moussa.
Thomas concludes their five game homestand on Tuesday September 21st, when they welcome the NAIA #21 Auburn University-Montgomery Senators to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 4:30PM kickoff.
Women's Soccer Back to .500
September 16, 2010
Women's Soccer (3-3) got back to .500 on the season after defeating the visiting Shorter University Hawks (1-3) in game one of the 4th Annual TU Inviational Thursday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
The Lady Night Hawks took the lead with 15 minutes left to play in the first half when sophomore forward Reem Moussa beat 2 Shorter defenders in the box and slid the ball to the far post of the SU net. Up 1-0 at half, TU held on the first 25 minutes of the half as Shorter dominated the run of play and missed two golden opportunities to tie the game. Slowly Thomas was able to regain control of the ball and with seven minutes left to play freshman forward Alexandra Sveinsdottir beat a Shorter defender down the line and found freshman forward Alx Walter running into the box, heading in the insurance goal that would end the day for the Shorter attack.
Shorter will face Florida Memorial University (Miami, FL) on Friday at Remington Park in game two of the Invitational. Kick off on Friday is at 5:30PM. TU and FMU will wrap up the action at 1PM on Sunday at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Three First Half Goals Too Much For TU
September 12, 2010
Three first goals by the visiting NCAA DII Rollins College Tars (3-1) proved to be too much for TU (2-3) to overcome, falling 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
The Tars scored three in the first seventeen minutes of play and dominated the first half of play. A inspired Lady Night Hawks team hit the field in the 2nd half and made things tougher for Rollins with solid defensive play and possession of the ball.
"Rollins is an outstanding team", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "They came into our place after beating the #2 team (University of West Florida) in the country on Friday night and should be in the Top 10 this coming week. It is really disappointing that we did not do a better job of making them earn their goals, we made some crucial mistakes that can not be made against a quality opponent such as Rollins. I am very proud of the battle we put up in the second half and really feel like we can learn from this past weekend".
The Lady Night Hawks remain at home this coming Thursday September 16th, when they host Shorter University (Rome, GA) at 2:00PM in game one of the 4th Annual TU Invitational. Shorter will play Florida Memorial University (Miami, FL) on Friday at Remington Park in game two of the Invitational. Kick off on Friday is at 5:30PM.
Lady Mocs Bite Lady Night Hawks
September 10, 2010
The NCAA DII Florida Soutern Lady Moccasins (2-0-1) bit the Lady Night Hawks (2-2), 3-0, on Friday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Florida Southern used two goals in a three minute span with less than ten to play in the first half to propel them to victory. Four minutes into the second the Lady Mocs put the game away with their third score of the game.
"We played a very tough opponent today", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "Florida Southern should be ranked in the Top 25 very soon and will compete to win the NCAA DII Sunshine State Conference, which in my opinion is one of the top conferences in the country at the D2 level. It is disappointing that we were not more dangerous in the attack, we lacked that one final pass".
Things do not get any easier for the Lady Night Hawks on Sunday September 12 when they welcome defending Sunshine State Conference Champions and NCAA D2 #21 Rollins College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 12PM kick off.
TU Defeats NCAA DII GSW
September 3, 2010
TU (2-1) defeated the NCAA DII Georgia Southwestern University Hurricanes (0-1) on Friday afternoon in Americus, GA.
Freshman Carina Spengler got things started early for the Lady Night Hawks finding the top right corner of the Hurricance goal on a strike from 30 yards out just 1:16 into the game. TU controlled the remainder of the half but could not find the net as the GSW defense held their ground. The Hurricanes made things interesting in the 60th minute when they knocked home a rebound to tie the game at one but TU bounced back and took the lead 1:23 later, when freshman Shelby Gillis found senior Aida Vojnikovic on a penetrated ball which Vojnikovic knocked past the oncoming Hurricane goalkeeper. A determined GSW team would not surrender and continued to hold their ground defensively but it was Spengler once again who iced the game when she headed home her 2nd goal of the game on a free kick service from fellow freshman Hannah Claesson. TU outshot GSW 19-4 on the day.
The Lady Night Hawks will next welcome Florida Southern College on Friday September 10 at 2PM for their home opener at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Women's Soccer Falls to Webber
August 29, 2010
Thomas University women's soccer (1-1) fell 3-1 to the Webber International University Warriors (1-0) on Sunday afternoon at Babson Park, FL.
WIU took the early advantage with a goal in the ninth minute. Both teams battled back and forth over the remainder of the half. The Warriors extended their lead three minutes into the 2nd half for the 2 goal lead. TU got on the board when freshman midfielder Carina Spengler received a pass from sophomore midfielder Myra Jenkins and drilled it past the goalkeepers far post. The Lady Night Hawks missed two golden opportunities to tie the game and gave up the final goal with three minutes left to play.
TU will look to get back on the winning track on Friday September 3 when they travel to Americus, GA to face Georgia Southwestern University at 3PM.
Lady Night Hawks Open Season with Victory
August 27, 2010
The Thomas University Lady Night Hawks (1-0) opened their season with a 2-0 victory over the host Brenau University Tigers (0-1) in Gainesville, GA on Friday night.
Freshman Carina Spengler and senior Emily Delozier gave TU the first half advantage and a rock solid defensive line anchored by junior goalkeeper Heather Collins and freshman central defender Hannah Claesson, held the lead in the second half. It is the second straight defeat of BU by the Lady Night Hawks after Thomas knocked them off 1-0 in the 2009 season finale. The Tigers opened the season nationally recognized after receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 pre season poll.
TU returns to action on Sunday as they travel to Babson Park, FL to face Webber International University. Kickoff is set for 1pm.
TU Ready for Kick Off
August 26, 2010
TU is ready to kick off their 2010 season as they travel to Gainesville, GA to face pre season nationally recognized Brenau University on Friday Night at 7PM.
With pre season training in the rear view mirrow and the memories of a succesful 2009 season tucked away, the Lady Night Hawks will look to open their 2010 season with the same opponent they concluded the 09 season against. TU held off BU, 1-0, in a tightly contested season finale last November. Thomas returns six starters and has added 12 new players to their roster.
"We had a solid pre season", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "Towards the end of camp the injury bug caught up to us a bit but we are getting healthier now and are excited to get the season underway".
Lady Night Hawks Report for 2010 Pre Season Training Camp
August 8, 2010
The Lady Night Hawks reported to campus on Saturday and will open up their 2010 pre season training camp on Monday evening at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Head Coach Ricky Zambrano and his coaching staff welcomed back to campus 11 returning players and welcomed for the first time to campus their 2010 recruiting class. This class spans five foreign countries and three states. It also includes two college transfers.
In addition to welcoming the new recuits, two new coaches begin their first seasons as a part of the TU coaching staff. Assistant Head coach Chris Davidovicz joined the staff back in June after spending the last two seasons at Georgia College & State University. Also joining the staff is former All A.I.I. goalkeeper Jan Feldman who remains in Thomasville after a sucessful playing career for the Night Hawks.
"Our recruiting class of 2010 is a very deep and talented one that will be expected to come in and continue to raise the bar of our team", said Zambrano. "We expect all of these players to be an outstanding contributor on and off the field, and will represent the TU community in an exceptional way. The new members to our coaching staff are also a very welcome addition and are already making their presence felt".
2010 Recuiting Class
Hannah Claesson - DEF - Katrineholm, Sweden
Kasey Cooper - DEF - Jacksonville, FL
Ashley Covey - DEF - Tallahassee, FL
Shelby Gillis - MF - Tallahassee, FL
Emma Hewett - MF - Newcastle, England
Reem Mousssa - FWD - Abu-Sinan Village, Israel
Deanna Rivet - GK - Tallahassee, FL
Danielle Shipp - FWD - Prague, OK
Carina Spengler - MF - Boeblingen, Germany
Alexandra Sveinsdottir - FWD - Egilsstaoir, Iceland
Hjalmdis Vilhjalmsdottir - MF - Seyoisfjorour, Iceland
Alx Walter - FWD - Columbus, GA
Kayla Webb - GK - Riverview, FL
TU kicks off their 2010 season on Friday August 27, when they travel to Gainesville, GA to face Brenau University. Kick off is set for 7PM.