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Motlow State opens soccer practice, regular season begins Aug. 21 in Manchester

Aug. 1, 2017

The inaugural Motlow State Community College soccer season is officially underway. The Lady Bucks began practice Aug. 1, at the Johnson Lane Recreation Area in Tullahoma which will serve as the team's practice facility for the 2017 season.

Motlow will hold its first scrimmage contest when it hosts Jones County (Mississippi) Community College on Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at Johnson Lane. The second scrimmage is a week later, Aug. 21, when Motlow hosts Georgia Military College at the soccer field behind the Raider Academy in Manchester at 2:30 p.m.

Motlow will open the regular season on Aug. 25 in Meridian, Miss., against Meridian Community College. The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 2, against Southwest Tennessee at 1 p.m. at Smyrna High School.

Head Coach Andy Lyon has recruited a squad made up entirely of student-athletes from middle Tennessee. The roster currently shows 19 names but has room for 22 players. With the season not starting for three more weeks, and Motlow classes not beginning for four more weeks, Lyon hopes to add another player or two before opening day.

"I think we have recruited some of the best players from the southern middle Tennessee region," said Lyon. "This group excelled in high school and in select and travel play, and many achieved all-district, all-region, and even some all-state awards. They are excellent students and will represent the team well in the classroom, and the College well in the community and on the field."

Motlow's roster, by position and high school, includes:

Forward - Anastasia Wellington, Tullahoma and Tyler Feaster, Franklin County.

Midfielder - Kayla Moultry, Siegel; Paige Loveless, Stewarts Creek; Bailee Walls, Franklin County; Megan Blumhoefer, Smyrna; Natalie Feaster, Franklin County; Calli Simmons, Smyrna; and Rebekah Duross, Central Magnet.

Defender - Shelby Grow, Lebanon; Alex Ragan Laye, Shelbyville; Keely Smith, Shelbyville; Hannah Feaster, Franklin County; Kinsli Houck, Stewarts Creek; Allyssa Hubler, Hillwood; and Bethany Porter, Warren County.

Keeper - Emily Bryant, Smyrna; Ali Shelton, Coffee County; and Lena Alakabi, Stewarts Creek.

"We have two student-athletes who attended Motlow last year and are sophomores in the classroom (Wellington and Shelton), although they have two years of soccer eligibility remaining. The rest of our roster consists of freshmen, and we hope to have all of them for two years both in the classroom and on the soccer field."

The hometown breakdown of the roster by county is: Rutherford 9, Franklin 4, Bedford 2, Coffee 2, Warren 1 and Davidson 1.

Following the season opener in Manchester, the Lady Bucks will go on the road for their next two contests. Motlow will be in Meridian, Miss., Aug. 25, to face Meridian Community College and Aug. 26, to play East Central Community College. The second home game is Saturday, Sept. 2, when Southwest Tennessee Community College matches up with Motlow at Smyrna High School at 1 p.m.

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The 2017 Motlow State Lady Bucks: Front row from left; Kinsli Houck, Anastasia Wellington, Alex Ragan-Laye, Ali Shelton, Tyler Feaster, Allyssa Hubler, and Megan Blumhoefer. Second row from left; Bailee Walls, Calli Simmons, Natalie Feaster, Lena Alakabi, Kayla Moultry, Shelby Grow, and Bethany Porter. Back row from left; Hannah Feaster, Assistant Coach Zach Crownover, Rebekah Duross, Emily Bryant, Keely Smith, Head Coach Andy Lyon, and Paige Loveless.

Motlow State soccer schedule features contests throughout middle Tennessee

July 13, 2017

The Motlow State Community College soccer program has finalized its 2017 schedule, and with an on-campus facility still a year or two away, fans throughout middle Tennessee will have an opportunity to see and support the Lady Bucks at multiple high school and community fields this fall.

Motlow will play a 17-game schedule, with seven of the contests classified as 'home' games. The season will open on Monday, Aug. 21, when the Lady Bucks play their first official soccer match at Raider Academy in Manchester against Georgia Military College.

"The NJCAA allows us to play up to 18 games during the regular season, so we feel good that we were able to schedule 17 our first year," said Andy Lyon, Lady Bucks' head coach. "Obviously, schools have conference schedules they must play, plus natural rivals, so it took some maneuvering to work out dates."

The Lady Bucks will play two home games at Tullahoma's Johnson Lane Recreation Area, and one home game at high school fields in Manchester, Smyrna, Winchester, Fayetteville and Shelbyville. The Lady Bucks will also use the Johnson Lane facility as their official practice location.

"We are very grateful to area high schools for working with us and allowing us to use their fields to play," continued Lyon. "Not only does it give us a place to play, but it also gives us a great opportunity to promote our program throughout Motlow's service area. We also thank the City of Tullahoma, especially Recreation Department Director Kurt Glick, for working with us and allowing us to practice and play some games at Johnson Lane."

Women's soccer is not yet a full Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference sport, with only Motlow and Southwest Tennessee Community College planning to compete this fall, so the Lady Bucks will have significant travel challenges to complete a full schedule.

Road games include trips to Meridian, Senatobia and Tupelo in Mississippi as well as Cuthbert, Georgia. Junior colleges and community colleges in Kentucky and Alabama don't play women's soccer, forcing Motlow to look further for quality opponents. However, a number of TCCAA schools have indicated they are considering adding the sport in the future.

Area fans will get an early opportunity to see the Lady Bucks in action when Motlow hosts Jones County Community College for a scrimmage on Monday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Lane complex in Tullahoma. Jones County ended last season ranked No. 11 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Motlow's baseball, softball, and basketball teams compete in Region VII of the NJCAA along with nine other community colleges in Tennessee. Together they form the TCCAA. It takes at least five schools from the state competing in any sport for the TCCAA to recognize the sport officially.

With only Motlow and Southwest Tennessee scheduled to begin women's soccer this fall, the Lady Bucks are forced to compete in another district. The NJCAA decides which district that will be, and they have placed Motlow in District H, which consists of Region VIII from Florida and Region XXIII from Mississippi.

NJCAA bylaws say the Lady Bucks must play 60% of their contests against junior college competition, and they must win at least 50% of those games to be eligible to compete in the postseason. With 12 of Motlow's 17 scheduled games being against JUCO teams, the Lady Bucks will qualify if they can win six of those games. If Motlow does qualify for the postseason, it will play in Melbourne, Florida, against other qualifying teams from District H in early November.

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The Motlow State Lady Bucks will open the 2017 soccer season, the school's first, when they host Georgia Military College on Monday, Aug. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Coffee County soccer field behind the Raider Academy. Among those suiting up for Motlow and the high schools they played at are, from left: Kayla Moultry, Siegel; Shelby Grow, Lebanon; Kinsli Houck, Stewarts Creek; Lena Alakabi, Stewarts Creek; and Emily Bryant, Smyrna.