2017 Women's Soccer
Record: 3-3 Home: 2-2 Away: 1-1 AAC: 1-0
 
 
 
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Women's soccer will look to compete for the conference crown in 2017.
Women's Soccer - Fri, Aug. 18, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Entering his seventeenth season as head coach, Randy Douglas and the Skyhawk women's soccer team are hoping to use the momentum of a second-place finish in conference with an 8-2 record, and a 12-5 overall record a year ago to take them far during the 2017 season.  After winning 10 out of their first 13 matches a season ago, the Skyhawks would go on to lose three out of their final five contests and get knocked out of postseason play in the second round of the conference tournament by Bryan College, after receiving a bye during the first round of competition.

  

Point was picked to finish third in its conference according to the preseason Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Coaches' Poll, with only 2016 conference champion Reinhardt University and 2016 Conference-Tournament champion Tennessee Wesleyan ranked higher than the Skyhawks.

  

The AAC Tournament is set to begin with the opening round on Oct. 31, with the quarterfinal round scheduled for Nov. 3.  The semifinal and championship rounds are slated for Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, respectively.  All matches will be played at the highest remaining seed's home site.

 

"My expectations are high," commented head coach Randy Douglas, "We have a veteran soccer team that is very eager to compete.  It is never easy to replace a Conference Player of the Year like Celly Ruiz or a four year starting central mid-fielder like Erin Elmore, but I feel confident that these roles have been filled with quality players, and I am excited to see how they will perform.  We will not have nearly the amount of depth we had last year, but I believe our talent and experience is good enough to contend for the conference crown."

 

In order to meet Coach Douglas' expectations on the pitch this season, the Skyhawks' offense will look to sophomore forward Tayler Beasley (Ringgold, GA), junior midfielder Jessica Torres (Manati, Puerto Rico), and junior midfielder Cierra Binns (St. Cloud, FL) to consistently find the back of the net after scoring a collective 14 goals a season ago.   

Point's defense will be anchored by sister-duo Jasmine Marquez (JR/Savannah, GA) and her sister, midfielder Sabria Marquez (SO/Savannah, GA), who each added three goals to go along with four assists a season ago.

 In total, Point returns three seniors, six juniors, and eight sophomores, while adding four freshman.

 

Point begins its season with a non-conference match at home against Faulkner University on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.  Next, the Skyhawks play five non-conference matches before kicking off their conference schedule when they host Union College on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Point will then play one final non-conference game before beginning before facing conference opponents exclusively during its final 10 matches of the season between Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 28, when they will play Tennessee Wesleyan on the road.

 

2017 AAC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

School (1st Place Votes)

Total Points

1. Reinhardt (9)

141

2. Tennessee Wesleyan (3)

130

3. Point

107

4. Brenau

94

5. Bryan

88

6. Columbia

75

7. Union

73

8. Truett McConnell

72

9. St. Andrews

68

10. Milligan

51

11. Montreat

23

12. Bluefield

14

 
 
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