2012 Women's Soccer Season Preview
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
Rockford, Ill. - The Regents Women’s Soccer team will be in a rebuilding year in 2012 under new head coach Ana Costa. The Regents ended 2011 with a 3-12 record and a 13th place in the Northern Athletics Conference. Costa takes over a Regents program that has struggled to find its winning ways over the past couple of seasons and expects to see improvement in 2012. Coach Costa comes from Bacone College (NAIA) in Muskogee, Okla. where she led the Lady Warriors to an 18-30-4 mark over the past three seasons. Along with Costa will be new assistant coach Jessica Flores. Flores is a 2011 graduate of Bacone College where she played under Coach Costa. Flores also has professional playing experience, playing in Venezuela during the 06-07 seasons. The 2012 squad we be one with a lot of youth on it as there are just 5 returning players for last years team including 1 senior.
Leading the offense for the Regents in 2012 will be sophomore Callie Schmidt (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson). Schmidt recorded 7 goals and 1 assist thru 8 games in 2011 before an injury cut her season short. The Regents will also turn to junior Ashley Eggert (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem). Eggert was the lone Regent to play in and start all 15 matches for the Regents in 2011 playing mostly on the defensive side of the field. Eggert recorded 2 shots on goal and also received NAC All-Sportsmanship honors in 2011. The defensive will be led by the Regents lone senior Sarah Harkness (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere North). Harkness ended 2011 with 1 goal on 3 shot attempts. Known for her sideline front flip throw in, the Regents will look to Harkness to create more scoring opportunities with her passing abilities in 2012.
The Regents open the 2012 season on the road at Eureka College on September 1st. The Regents won last years match 6-2, which featured 2 goals by Schmidt and 1 by Harkness. Rockford College will open up Northern Athletic Conference play on the road at Concordia Wisconsin on September 5th.