2011 FINAL RECORD : 10-7-1
2011 FINAL AII RANKING: #2
2011 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: NR
Claesson and Spengler Named NSCAA First Team ALL East Region
February 5, 2012
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named sophomore Hannah Claesson and sophomore Carina Spengler to the First Team All East Region.
Claesson started all 18 games this season as a part of the Lady Night Hawks backline that posted 4 shutouts. The native of Katrineholm, Sweden also contributed on the offensive side of the ball, scoring one goal and recording three assist. Spengler led TU in goals and total points for the second straight year, finishing the season with seven goals and 15 points. The resident of Boeblingen, Germany has scored 14 goals in her first two seasons and collected 30 points.
Moussa Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete
December 9, 2011
Junior Reem Moussa was named to the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete list. The native of Abu-Sinan Village, Israel was recognized for her high academic standards as a student athlete for the Night Hawks during the 2011 campaign.
A total of 485 women's soccer players across the country were recognized and Moussa was one of only 9 from the Association of Independent Institutions to be named. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
For complete list click HERE.
A.I.I. Recognizes Six Lady Night Hawks
November 22, 2011
The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) recognized six Lady Night Hawks for their performances during the 2011 season.
Sophomore defender Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) and sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler (Boeblingen, Germany) were named the All Conference First Team for the second consecutive year while sophomore midfielder Emma Hewett (Newcastle, England) was named for the first time in her career as a Lady Night Hawk. Senior goalkeeper Heather Collins, senior midfielder Nine Henriksson and defender Megan Jacobson were all selected to the Second Team. Spengler led Thomas in goals (7) and total points (15) for the second consecutive season and now has 14 goals in her first two seasons for the Green and White. Hewett finished the year tied for second in goals (5) and in third with points (11). Claesson, Collins and Jacobson anchored a backline that recorded four shutouts this past season. Collins had a 6-3-1 mark in the net while posting a 1.10 goals against average and recording 30 saves. Henriksson, in her only season as a Lady Night Hawk, recorded 2 goals and an assist (5 points) in 18 games. This marks the second consecutive season that six Lady Night Hawks receive post season recognition and the most First team honorees since 2003.
2011 A.I.I. Women's Soccer Conference Tournament
November 12, 2011
Women's Championship Game - 5:00PM
#2 Thomas University (0) vs. #1 California State University - San Marcos (1)
November 11, 2011
Women's Semi Final #1 - 12:00PM
#1 California State University - San Marcos (2) vs. #4 Embry Riddle University - Arizona (0)
Women's Semi Final #2 - 5:00PM
#2 Thomas University (1) vs. #3 Marygrove College (0)
Dakstats - A.I.I. Women's Soccer Tournament Home Page CLICK HERE
Lady Night Hawks Fall Short in Championship Game
November 12, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks (10-7-1) fell short in their upset bid of the #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos Cougars (14-3-1), losing the A.I.I. Championship game 1-0 on Saturday evening at Remington Park.
Cal State's lone goal scorer of the day was Kaliegh Dodson, who knocked home a rebound, after a throw in from 35 yards out was not cleared by the TU defense. The Cougar's Lauren Misklevitz was named the most valuable player of the tournament. TU Senior goalkeeper Heather Collins recorded six saves in the final and was named to the All Tournament Team as one of the 11 best performers from the conference tournament. She was joined by fellow senior Nine Henriksson, and sophomore's Hannah Claesson and Carina Spengler.
CSUSM advances to the 2011 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round while TU ends their season with loads of optimism for the 2012 season. The Lady Night Hawks completed their second straight season as A.I.I. Runner Up and their first winning season 2004.
Women's Soccer Defeats Marygrove in A.I.I. Tournament Semi
November 11, 2011
Thomas University (10-6-1), seeded #2, defeated #3 Marygrove College (9-7-4),1-0, on Friday evening in the A.I.I. Tournament Semi Final played at Remington Park.
In the 55th minute TU’s sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler scored the games only goal when she struck a hard shot of the crossbar that was ruled by the officials to have bounced over the goal line, giving the Lady Night Hawks the one goal advantage. Thomas dominated the match most of the game and shut down the few opportunities that Marygrove was able to create in the attack.
TU will make it's second straight appearance in the A.I.I. Tournament Final. The Lady Night Hawks will face #1 seeded and NAIA #13 California State University - San Marcos on Saturday afternoon at 5PM. Thomas will be seeking it's first A.I.I. Championship and it's second trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
2011 A.I.I Women’s Conference Tournament Semi Final game 1
November 11, 2011
The #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos Cougars (14-3-1) defeated the #4 seed Embry-Riddle University - Arizona Eagles (6-9-3), 2-0, this afternoon at Remington Park.
Cal State improves their record to 14-3-1, and will face the winner of tonight’s 2nd semi final game between #2 seeded TU and #3 seeded Marygrove College in the tournament final.
Kick off for the A.I.I. Championship Game is set for 5PM tomorrow afternoon. The A.I.I. champion will advance to the 2011 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
Lady Night Hawks to Host A.I.I. Tournament
Novemeber 2, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks (9-6-1) will host the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Women's Soccer Tournament November 11-12 at Remington Park.
TU will enter their semifinal match seeded #2 and will face, the #3 seed, Marygrove College (8-6-3) on Friday November 11 at 5PM. In the first semi final on Friday at 12PM, #1 California State University - San Marcos (13-3-1), ranked #14 in the most recent NAIA National Poll, will face off against #4 Embry Riddle University - Arizona (6-8-3). Winners from the semi final matches will face each other in the Championship Game on Saturday at 5PM, seeking a spot in the 2011 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Lady Night Hawks entered the 2010 tournament seeded #4 and lost, 2-0, in the championship game to the #2 seed, Simon Fraser University.
TU is making their second straight appearance in post season play for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Thomas finished the regular season with two straight wins and having won six of their last eight games.
Whitaker Goal Helps Women's Soccer Top NCAA D2 VSU
October 26, 2011
Freshman Kelsea Whitaker scored a goal in the 76th minute of the game to help propel Women's Soccer (9-6-1) to a 2-1 victory over NCAA D2 Valdosta State University (11-5) on Wednesday evening in Valdosta, GA.
VSU opened the scoring when they found the back of the net on a strike from just inside the TU 18 yard box at the 21:38 mark of the first half. With the Valdosta State Blazers in control of the game, the Lady Night Hawks slowly began gaining control of the game with fifteen minutes remaining in the half. With just ten seconds to play in the half freshman Alyssa Tresch broke thru down the right side of the field and was found on the run by a combination pass from fellow freshman Alyssa Denton and Jenny Hernandez. Tresch received the pass inside the VSU 18 yard box and struck the ball on her second touch, beating the Blazer keeper to her right side with two seconds to play in the half. The teams entered the locker rooms at the half tied at one but it was TU that came out aggressive and set the tempo of play from the initial second half whistle. Unfortunately, for the Lady Night Hawks their ball possession was not resulting in scoring opportunities with the Blazer goalkeeper only needing to record one save in the half. On the other side of the ball the TU defense shutdown any semblance of an attack by VSU, minimizing their counter attack opportunities. Whitaker broke the tie with a header from just outside the six yard box off a free kick service by sophomore Hannah Claesson from 40 yards away from the goal. Leading by one with fifteen minutes to play the TU defense imposed their aggression and desire to win the game and preserve the victory. Senior goalkeeper Heather Collins turned away VSU's most dangerous scoring opportunity, deflecting a dangerous shot into the crossbar with only thirty seconds remaining in the game. It would be the last shot for the Blazers and a game saver for the Lady Night Hawks.
The victory concludes the regular season for TU. Women's Soccer will now begin preparations for the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament to be hosted by TU at Remington Park November 11-12.
Three 2nd Half Goals Lead TU Over YHC on Senior Day
October 23, 2011
TU (8-6-1) used three second half goals to top NCAA D2 Young Harris College Mountain Lions (9-4-1), 5-3, on Senior Day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
YHC opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the game but the Lady Night Hawks notched the game at one six minutes later when sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler srung freshman Jodi Wright behind the Young Harris backline with a beautiful diagonal ball from the left side of the field into the right side of the YHC 18 yard box. Wright finished the ball one time, beating the Young Harris keeper to the far post. The Mountain Lions struck back six minutes later, taking a one goal advantage. With things looking like TU would go into the half down by one, freshman Kelsea Whitaker knocked in a rebound inside the YHC six yard box to notch the game at two. Thomas stormed out of the locker room and took the lead just six minutes into the half on a long distance strike by sophomore forward Emma Hewett. At the 58:40 mark of the game, TU was awarded a penalty kick when the YHC keeper was red carded. Spengler converted the kick to extend the Lady Night Hawks lead. Down by two, Young Harris did not back down and made it a one goal game when they found the back of the net with three minutes left to play. Freshman forward Charlotte Brown put the game away with only twenty six seconds to play when she struck a high shot from 30 yards that found the right upper corner of the net.
Prior to the game, Head Women's Soccer Coach Chris Davidovicz and the Lady Night Hawks soccer team honored their two seniors with a pre game ceremony. Senior goalkeeper Heather Collins (Palm Bay, FL) and senior forward Nine Henriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden) were escorted on to the field by their parents and presented senior plaques by the coaching staff. Collins has started 48 games for the Night Hawks over the past four years, collecting over 4,000 minutes in the net and recorded 12 shutouts while posting a 2.10 Goals Against Average. She currently has 242 saves. Henriksson is in her first season as a Night Hawk after transferring from Kentucky Wesleyan. So far this season she has played in all 15 games, collecting two goals and one assist.
Women's soccer will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday October 26, when they travel to Valdosta, GA to face NCAA D2 Valdosta State University in a 7PM kickoff.
October 18, 2011
This afternoon's women's soccer match in Tampa, FL against Florida College has been canceled due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms in the area, The match will not be rescheduled.
TU will shift their preparations towards hosting Young Harris University on Sunday October 23 at 12PM. The match is the final regular season home game for the Lady Night Hawks and is also Senior Day. Sunday will be the final match at the Wendy's Soccer Complex for the two TU seniors, goalkeeper Heather Collins (Palm Bay, FL) and Nine Henriksson (Gothenburg, Sweden).
NCAA D2 #5 Saint Leo To Much for Lady Night Hawks
October 16, 2011
The #5 Ranked team in NCAA D2, Saint Leo University (12-1-1), proved to be to much for the Lady Night Hawks (7-6-1) winning 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
SLU scored twice in the first half and added a third at the 52:35 mark of the game. TU cut the deficit to two when freshman Jodi Wright knocked in a cross from fellow freshman Kayla Labbe with 10:08 remaining in the game. Saint Leo finished the scoring at the 88:54 mark of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Rivet recorded 10 saves in the game.
TU returns to action on Tuesday October 18 when they travel to Tampa, FL to face Florida College in a 4PM kickoff.
West Georgia Ends Women's Soccer Win Streak
October 12, 2011
NCAA D2 University of West Georgia (4-7-1) defeated Women's Soccer (7-5-1), 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon ending the ladies four game win streak.
UWG scored a goal with 4:01 left in the first half for the lead going into the half. In the second half TU poured the pressure on West Georgia but was unable to break the Wolves. West Georgia put the game away with a second goal in the 76th minute of the game.
The Lady Night Hawks will look to get back on their winning ways on Sunday October 16, when they host NCAA D2 #5 Saint Leo University at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 1PM.
TU Topples USCB
October 8, 2011
TU (7-4-1) toppled the University of South Carolina - Beaufort (0-11), 11-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Thomas scored early and often, unleashing their highest scoring output since a nine goal performance back in 2009. Freshman Kayla Labbe opened the scoring with the first goal of the game just five minutes in. Labbe would extend the lead ten minutes later with her second goal of the match. TU would not look back scoring a third two minutes later when sophomore Emma Hewett found the back of the net. USCB struck back with a goal, once again making it a two goal game but freshman Stephany Holbrook gave TU a 4-1 advantage with 49 seconds to play in the first. Hewett tacked on another in the second and junior Reem Moussa would add two goals of her own. Four other Lady Night Hawks scored goals in the match; freshman Breanna Pullara, juniors Megan Jacobson and Myra Jenkins, and senior Nine Henriksson. TU has now won four games in a row.
The women will be at home again this coming Wednesday October 12 when they host NCAA D2 University of West Georgia in a 4PM kickoff.
Third Win in a Row for Lady Night Hawks
October 3, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks (6-4-1) won their third game in a row, defeating the host Warner University Royals (5-4), 3-0, on Monday afternoon in Lake Wales, FL.
Sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler scored two goals for TU, converting a penalty kick only a minute into the game for the early lead. Spengler would make it a two goal advantage in the fourteenth minute of the game depositing a header off a corner kick by sophomore Hannah Claesson into the back of the Royals net. Freshman Jenny Hernandez put the game out of reach in the 81st minute with her fifth goal of the season. TU dominated the game from start to finish out shooting WU 17-4. Senior goalkeeper Heather Collins recorded the shutout in the TU net. The shutout is the third this season for Thomas.
TU returns home this Saturday October 8 as they welcome University of South Carolina - Beaufort to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 4PM kickoff.
Thomas Soccer Extinguish Southeastern Fire
October 1, 2011
Thomas women's soccer (5-4-1) extinguished the Southeastern University Fire (3-5), 4-1, on Saturday evening in Lakeland, FL.
TU scored four unanswered goals after SEU took the lead in the third minute of the game. Down by one, sophomore Emma Hewett tied the game at the 6:28 mark of the first. Senior Nine Henriksson tallied her first goal of the year in the 33rd minute of the first half, giving the Lady Night Hawks a lead they would not relinquish. In the 63rd minute sophomore Hannah Claesson made it a two goal advantage on a long distance shot after receiving a pass from junior Megan Jacobson. Freshman Jenny Hernandez rounded out the scoring with her team leading fourth goal of the season at the 77:41 mark.
On Monday at 3PM, the ladies will conclude the Florida trip as they kickoff against Warner University in Lake Wales, FL.
TU Women Outlast NCAA D2 GSW
September 28, 2011
The TU women's soccer team (4-4-1) outlasted the visiting NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (3-6), winning 1-0 on wednesday evening at Remington Park as part of the YMCA College Soccer Game Night.
Freshman Jodi Wright scored the game winner at the 67:52 mark of the game and the TU defense posted it's second shutout of the year. Sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Rivet collected the shutout in the Night Hawk's goal. GSW had only three shots in the game and was not allowed a shot on goal by a tough Thomas defensive effort. TU dominated the run of play for the larger majority of the game firing ten shots but only being able to find the frame of the goal four times.
TU will next face Southeastern University on Saturday October 1 at 5PM, as they open a two game Florida road trip. The Lady Night Hawks will face Warner University on Monday October 3 at 3PM to conclude the trip.
NCAA D3 #5 Emory Blanks Thomas
September 23, 2011
NCAA D3 #5 Emory University (6-0-1) blanked Thomas Women's soccer (3-4-1), 2-0, on Friday evening in Atlanta, GA.
After a scoreless first half, Emory scored 2:59 into the second half to take the lead. EU found the back of the net in the 65th minute to piut the game away. TU was out shot 19-4 in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Rivet recorded five saves in 82 minutes of action.
The Lady Night Hawks will next face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University on Wednesday September 28 in the YMCA Game Night at Remington Park. Kickoff is set for 5PM.
Women's Soccer Falls to STU in TU Invitational
September 18, 2011
Women's Soccer (3-3-1) fell to the visiting St. Thomas University Bobcats (4-2), 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex in game three of the 2011 TU Invitational.
St. Thomas scored two first half goals and were able to hold their lead in the second half for the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Rivet recorded 12 saves in the match.
TU returns to action on Friday September 23, when they travel to Atlanta, GA to face Emory University at 5PM.
Lady Night Hawks Soar Past Shorter Hawks
September 14, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks (3-2-1) soared past the visiting Shorter University Hawks (0-4), 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex in game one of the 5th Annual TU Invitational.
Freshman Alyssa Tresch gave TU the lead in the first half. The Lady Night Hawks took the one goal advantage into the second half and were able to extend their lead with a goal by Emma Hewett midway thru the second. Shorter struck back with a goal in the last nine minutes of the game but Thomas held on for the victory.
Play continues in the TU Invitational on Friday evening at 5PM when Shorter faces St. Thomas University in game two of the invitational at Remington Park. TU will look to take the top spot in the invitational on Sunday afternoon at 2PM when they face St. Thomas University at the Wendy's Soccer Complex in the finale of the TU Invitational .
Faulkner tops Thomas
September 8, 2011
Faulkner University (2-0-1) topped the host Thomas University Lady Night Hawks (2-2-1), 4-2, on Thursday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU took the lead in the 20th minute of the first half with a goal by freshman forward Alyssa Tresch. Faulkner tied the game up just two minutes late and took the lead eight minutes later. Down by one with nine minutes remaining in the half, Lady Night Hawks sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler struck a shot from twenty two yards that sailed into the net off the out stretched left arm off the Faulkner keeper. The teams headed into the locker room notched at two and battled back and forth in the second half. With chances and possession exchanged by both teams it was Faulkner that struck with the eventual game winner twenty five minutes into the second half and put the game away with a fourth goal at the 84th minute of the game.
The Lady Night Hawks will look be back in action on Wednesday September 14 when they welcome Shorter University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for game one of the 2011 TU Invitational. Kick off is set for 4:30PM.
Women's Soccer Holds Off CBU Comeback in Draw
September 4, 2011
Women's soccer (2-1-1) held a two goal advantage at the half and held off a second half comeback by the host NCAA D2 Christian Brothers University (1-0-1) in a one goal draw on Sunday afternoon in a rainy Memphis, TN.
Junior midfielder Myra Jenkins gave TU the early advantage when she knocked in a corner kick service from freshman midfielder Breana Pullara just thirteen minutes into the game. Jenkins struck again fourteen minutes later scoring off an assist from senior forward Nine Henriksson, giving the Lady Night Hawks a two goal advantage. TU dominated the first half outshooting CBU 11-3 but were turned away four times by the goalkeeper and were unable to convert a third goal to possibly put the game away in the first. Christian Brothers made it a one goal game in 31st minute of the game and tied the game on a controversial penalty kick call with less than two minutes to play. In overtime each team fired three shots with senior goalkeeper Heather Collins turning away CBU's only shot on goal while her counterpart had two saves in the first overtime and seven total in the game.
After four games on the road, the Lady Night Hawks will finally open their home slate of the 2011 regular season schedule. Thomas will welcome Faulkner University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex on Thursday September 8th at 4:30PM.
TU Falls to NAIA #25 AUM in 2 OT
September 1, 2011
TU (2-1) fell 2-1 to NAIA #25 Auburn University-Montgomery (1-0) in double overtime this afternoon in Montgomery, AL.
AUM scored the game winner in the 102nd minute of the game on well struck ball from 15 yards out into the far side of the Lady Night Hawks net. TU had a goal called back for a questionable off sides call only minutes before Auburn-Montgomery ended the game. Freshman Jenny Hernandez gave the Lady Night Hawks the lead at the 26:31 mark of the first half, sprinting past the Auburn-Montgomery backline and beating the goalkeeper to her left side. Less than a minute later AUM struck back and evened the match at one. Both teams exchanged chances with Auburn out shooting Thomas 15-7. AUM played the match with only eleven players.
Thomas will need to bounce back this Sunday with their fourth road game to open the 2011 season. TU will continue their Labor Day weekend road trip when they face NCAA D2 Christian Brothers University in 1 PM (EST). Follow the game via Live Stats by clicking HERE.
Lady Night Hawks Stay Unbeaten
August 28, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks (2-0) stayed unbeaten in the early going defeating Webber International University (1-1), 4-1, on Sunday afternoon in Babson Park, FL.
For the second straight game TU got on the board in the first two minutes of the game when freshman Jodi Wright scored her second goal of the season just 1:26 into the game on an assist from Kayla Labbe. Thomas took control of the game with a three goal outburst over five minutes late in the first half. Freshman Jenny Hernandez scored at the 37:05 mark, followed by a penalty kick conversion from sophomore Carina Spengler just three minutes later. Hernandez made it 4-0 with her second goal of the game at the 42:42 point of the first. With a 4--0 lead at the half TU was unable to seize complete control of the game allowing WIU to gain some momentum after the break. Webber scored their only goal eleven minutes into the half and was stopped from producing any further damage by a stingy Lady Night Hawks defense.
Women's soccer will look to remain unbeaten when they face their stiffest challenge of the season in a match up on Thursday afternoon at Pre Season NAIA#25 Auburn University-Montgomery. Kickoff is set for 3:30PM Eastern Time.
Women's Soccer Opens 2011 Season with Victory over BPC
August 25, 2011
Women's Soccer (1-0) opened their 2011 season with a 3-0 victory over the host Brewton Parker College Barons (0-1) this afternoon in Mount Vernon, GA.
Freshman forward Kayla Labbe opened the scoring just ninety seconds into the match when she finished a thru ball from junior midfielder Myra Jenkins. Thomas dominated the majority of the first half but the score remained the same going into halftime. In the 76th minute sophomore midfielder Carina Spengler extended the lead with a header off a corner kick service from freshman midfielder Breana Pullara. TU wrapped up the scoring when a cross by freshman midfielder Alyssa Tresch found freshman forward Jodi Wright at the six yard box, knocking the ball past the Barons keeper for the three goal advantage.
"It was a great job of team defending today", said TU first year Head Coach Chris Davidovicz. "We played some great attacking soccer and dominated possession the whole game but did not finish all our chances". The victory, marked the first career coaching victory for Coach Davidovicz. The Lady Night Hawks had 21 shots in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Rivet collected her first career shutout in the TU net.
TU will be back in action this Sunday afternoon at 3PM when they travel to Babson Park, FL to face Webber International University.
Lady Night Hawks Ready For Season Opener
August 24, 2011
The Lady Night Hawks will open their 2011 regular season tomorrow, traveling to Mount Vernon, GA to face Brewton Parker College.
TU will look to use the momentum created by a positive pre season training camp, in an effort to start the season on a winning note. For the last two weeks the Ladies have worked to establish their system of play and will look to establish their presence from the opening kick off.
Kick off for tomorrow is set for 5PM. TU will continue play in their opening weekend, when they travel to Babson Park, FL to face future Sun Conference foe Webber International University on Sunday at 3PM.
TU Women's Soccer Open's 2011 Training Camp
August 8, 2011
Women's Soccer opened up their 2011 training camp, welcoming seventeen new players and a restructured coaching staff.
First year Head Coach Chris Davidovicz was promoted in January after serving the 2010 season as Assistant Head Coach. Davidovicz added a new assistant coach to his staff, bringing in Kelly McLane who graduated in May from Georgia College & State University where she played for Coach Davidovicz from 2008-09.
The Lady Night Hawks return twelve players from the 2010 squad that went 8-10-1 and lost in the Championship game of the 2010 A.I.I. Conference Tournament. The post season appearance marked a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. In 2012 women's soccer will look to build upon their championship game loss with a mix of new and old. TU returns a pair of 2010 A.I.I. First Team All Conference selections in Sophomores Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) and Carina Spengler (Boeblingen, Germany), along with a couple of second team selections, junior Myra Jenkins (Venice, FL) and Kasey Cooper (Jacksonville, FL). "We feel that this years crop of new players will bring alot of excitement and energy", said Davidovicz. "As a staff we feel that we will have added depth in all positions and this group will also add new dimensions to our attacking and defending abilities. The charecteristic that stands out above all else, is how well rounded each of these players are".
In April, Thomas University was selected as the host school for the 2011 A.I.I. Conference Tournament to be played November 11-12 at Remington Park and will be playing this season with the goal of securing the #1 seed in the tournament. TU will face a schedule that includes ten NAIA schools and six NCAA DII schools. The Night Hawks will face a major challenge early on when they travel to Montgomery, AL to face NAIA Nationally ranked Auburn University-Montgomery and will open their home campaign on Thursday September 8th at 4:30PM, when they welcome Faulkner University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU opens their season on the road, traveling to Mount Vernon, GA to face Brewton Parker College on Thursday August 25th at 5PM.
The Sun Conference Announces the Addition of Thomas
July 6, 2011
(Courtesy of The Sun Conference Sports Information Office)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sun Conference has announced that Thomas (Ga.) has been approved for league membership. Located in Thomasville, Ga., Thomas will begin conference competition in 2012-13. The addition of Thomas will bring the number of schools in The Sun Conference to 12.
"On behalf of the 11 members of The Sun Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Thomas University to our conference,” incoming Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope stated. “This addition will allow us to develop a divisional format in several of our sponsored sports that should help to decrease travel costs and missed class time.
“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant efforts by [former TSC Commissioner] Rob Miller in achieving this accomplishment. I appreciate all of Rob's hard work to find a great institution for us."
"Thomas University is proud to enter the Sun Conference,” Thomas President Dr. Gary Bonvillan said. “Our competitive teams have earned their place among some of the top contenders in NAIA. Transition from independent status to conference membership will also position Thomas for a much more favorable schedule of play for many years to come. Our student athletes and fans will benefit a great deal from this move."
Thomas was founded in 1950 and has an enrollment of 1,030. Thomas first began intercollegiate athletic competition in 1994 and has competed as an independent school in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for the last 16 years. The Night Hawks will field a team in six of the league’s 15 sports, including baseball softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer. Thomas will add men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s cross country in the fall of 2012 and have plans to add men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball sometime thereafter.
As an independent, the Night Hawks have made one national tournament appearance each in women’s soccer (2003) and women’s golf (2010) and finished as the women’s golf Association of Independent Institutions champion in the spring of 2010 and was the AII women's soccer runner-up in the fall of that same year.
The softball program has also enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lady Night Hawks, who have made four national tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), capped off their 2004 campaign by winning the NAIA National Championship.
"We are excited about the prospect of joining the Sun conference,” Thomas Athletic Director Mike Lee commented. “As we searched for a Conference affiliation the Sun Conference seemed like the right fit for the future of our Athletic Department. It is a great conference with an outstanding reputation both on and off the field, we look forward to competing against the strong field of competitors that the conference has to offer."
Originally formed in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), The Sun Conference was established as a conference for small independent institutions within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Heading into its 22nd season of competition, The Sun Conference continues to be one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences in the NAIA. The league sponsors championships in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and field and women’s volleyball.
The Sun Conference Web Page - CLICK HERE