2018 Motlow State Soccer News


Motlow Lady Bucks win first TCCAA/Region VII Tournament championship

Oct. 29, 2018

Tournament MVP Alexandra Rouse scored the game-winning goal, her second of the game, just past the 71-minute mark to lead the Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks to a 3-2 victory over Southwest Tennessee and the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament championship Friday afternoon at St. George's School in Collierville.

Motlow (11-4-2) advances to the NJCAA Central District Tournament, to be held in Godfrey, Illinois beginning Nov. 1. The Lady Bucks will face the host team, Lewis & Clark College, on the Trailblazers home pitch at a time yet to be announced. Prior to the trip, Motlow will host the Martin Methodist College JV Tuesday at 6pm at Tullahoma's soccer field behind East Middle School.

The dramatic come-from-behind win, after the Lady Bucks trailed 3-2 early in the second half, came on the heels of a grueling 1-0 overtime win over Dyersburg State in Thursday's tournament semifinals. Sophomore Tyler Feaster kicked the game-winning goal at the 98-minute mark to advance Motlow into the tournament finals.

Megan Blunhoefer got the Lady Bucks on the scoreboard first Friday, scoring an unassisted goal at 22:23 minutes. The Lady Saluqis bounced right back though, with Katie Smith scoring the first of her two goals five minutes later.

Smith scored her second goal two-and-a-half minutes into the second half, giving Southwest the 2-1 lead. The advantage didn't last long though as Rouse scored just 45 seconds later to tie the contest at 2-2 and set the stage for her game winner.

Emily Bryant went the distance for Motlow at goal keeper, saving three Southwest shots at the goal. Motlow outshot the Lady Saluqis 18-7, including 11-5 in the second half, with Rouse, Feaster and Blunhoefer keeping the pressure on with 12 shots combined.

Rouse, from Oak Ridge, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, while classmate Emily Vallejo, from Nashville, was named the league's Freshman of the Year. Sophomore Natalie Feaster from Franklin County was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year. Natalie Feaster, Tyler Feaster, Kayla Moultry and Keely Smith were each named the All-TCCAA team.

Head Coach Andy Lyon, who built the new Motlow soccer program from scratch after being hired in September 2016, was named the TCCAA/Region VII Coach of the Year.

The Lady Bucks will face a significant challenge at the Central District Tournament. Lewis & Clark is undefeated and currently ranked No. 6 in the latest NJCAA poll. The Trailblazers have shut out 12 of the 16 opponents they have faced, after advancing to the national tournament last season.

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The Motlow Lady Bucks won the first-ever TCCAA/Region VII Tournament championship Friday afternoon, beating Southwest Tennessee 3-2 at St. George’s School in Collierville. Motlow advances to the NJCAA Central District Tournament, beginning Nov. 1 in Godfrey, Illinois. Photo courtesy Dawn Feaster.

Motlow beats Dyersburg St., advances to TCCAA/Region VII Tournament title game

Oct. 25, 2018

Sophomore Tyler Feaster scored the winning goal eight minutes into the first overtime to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a 1-0 victory over Dyersburg State in the first-ever TCCAA/Region VII Tournament contest.

With the win, Motlow (10-4-2) advances to the conference championship game Friday at 1 p.m. against Southwest Tennessee, which beat Columbia State 2-0 in the other semifinal game. The tournament champion will advance to the NJCAA Central District Tournament.


Motlow clinches first Region VII regular season soccer crown with shutout of Southwest Tennessee

Oct. 16, 2018

Sophomore Megan Blumhoefer scored the game's only goal at the 61-minute mark and classmate Emily Bryant shut out the opposition as the Motlow Lady Bucks beat Southwest Tennessee 1-0 Friday evening in McMinnville. Motlow's scheduled game Sunday against Andrew College (GA) was cancelled.

With Friday's victory, Motlow (5-0, 9-3-2) clinches the top seed in next week's NJCAA Region VII Soccer Tournament, which begins Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. George's High School in Collierville. Southwest Tennessee will be the No. 2 seed. The winner of the tournament will advance to the NJCAA Central District tournament.

The Lady Bucks will travel to Columbia for their final conference game on Monday, Oct. 22, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Following the Region VII tournament, Motlow will host the Martin Methodist College JV for sophomore night Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at Tullahoma's soccer field behind East Middle School.

Blumhoefer's goal came on an assist from Keely Smith, giving Bryant all the points she needed as she saved all five of the Lady Saluqis' shots on goal. Motlow had 21 shots on the evening, with Southwest saving nine of the Lady Bucks' 10 shots on goal. Motlow held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

This season is the second year of women's soccer for both Motlow and Southwest Tennessee, but the first season that Southwest has competed at the Division I level. Columbia State and Dyersburg State both began Division I women's soccer this season, and if one more Tennessee Community College Athletic Association adds the sport then it will become an official conference sport.

Motlow has now won eight of its previous 10 games and has outscored its in-state rivals 14-2.

Megan Blumhoefer
Sophomore Megan Blunhoefer, pictured from a contest earlier this season, scored the game's only goal at the 61-minute mark to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a 1-0 win over the Southwest Tennessee Lady Saluqis Friday night. The win clinched the top seed for Motlow in next week's NJCAA Region VII Tournament. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow soccer hosts Southwest Tennessee with chance to clinch Region VII title

Oct. 10, 2018

After a hard fought 1-0 loss to undefeated Gordon State College Monday afternoon in Shelbyville, the Motlow State Community College women's soccer team can clinch the first TCCAA/Region VII regular season championship when it hosts Southwest Tennessee in McMinnville Friday at 6 p.m.

The Lady Bucks (4-0, 8-3-2) put themselves in position to clinch the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a 3-1 defeat over Dyersburg State on Saturday in Smyrna. The Region VII Tournament will be held Oct. 25 & 26 at St. George's High School in Collierville, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Central District Tournament.

Motlow got on the board early against Dyersburg, with Tyler Feaster scoring at the 17-minute mark on an assist from Megan Blumhoefer. The score remained 1-0 into the second half, with Motlow increasing its advantage to 2-0 with a goal at 56 minutes by April Gillespie on an assist from Keely Smith.

Emily Vallejo, who leads the Lady Bucks in goals and points this season, completed the scoring for Motlow with a goal at the 79-minute mark on an assist from Olga Lopez. Dyersburg State scored its only goal one minute later.

The Lady Bucks were aggressive on offense from start to finish, recording 33 shots with 11 on goal. Gillespie had six shots, with Vallejo and Smith adding five, with all five of Smith's shots on goal. Emily Bryant shut the Lady Eagles out in the first half as keeper, while Ashley Woods played the final 45 minutes.

Monday against Gordon State, now 13-0 on the season, the Lady Bucks battled even after giving up the game's only goal at the 14-minute mark. It was a defensive struggle, with Motlow getting off six shots and the visitors only five. Bryant was outstanding as goal keeper with three saves and the one goal allowed.

After hosting Southwest Tennessee Friday, the Lady Bucks will host non-conference opponent Andrew College at Tullahoma's soccer field behind East Middle School on Sunday at 2 p.m. Motlow will complete its Region VII schedule with a trip to Columbia State Oct. 22. After the conference tournament, the Lady Bucks will host Martin Methodist College JV Oct. 29 in Tullahoma to close the regular season.

Emily Bryant
Emily Bryant, a sophomore from Murfreesboro shown during a game earlier this season, has been Motlow's primary goalkeeper, playing in eight games and recording an outstanding 0.99 goals against average. Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks remain unbeaten in TCCAA with shutout win over Dyersburg State

Oct. 1, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's soccer team took another step towards the first TCCAA/Region VII regular season championship with a dominating 5-0 victory over Dyersburg State Saturday in Dyersburg.

Motlow (3-0, 7-2-2) has now won four consecutive games and has not lost in its previous seven contests. The Lady Bucks host a rematch with Dyersburg State Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Smyrna High School, then welcome non-conference opponent Gordon State Monday at 4 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School.

The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament will be held Oct. 26-27 at St. Benedict High School in Memphis. The tournament winner will advance to the NJCAA Central District tournament, scheduled for Nov. 1-2 at the home field of the Region 24 champion.

Sophomore Tyler Feaster got the scoring started for the Lady Bucks as they built a 3-0 halftime lead against Dyersburg. Feaster scored at the 12-minute mark on an assist from Keely Smith, assisted Emily Vallejo on a goal two minutes later, and then scored her second goal at the 18-minute mark. Paige Loveless assisted on both second half goals, including one by Smith with two minutes remaining.

Motlow was dominant in all phases of the contest, out-shooting the Lady Eagles 21-6 and holding an 11-0 edge in corner kicks. Emily Bryant and Ashley Woods split time as goal keeper, with each playing a half and only needing to make one save apiece thanks to Motlow's smothering defense.

Vallejo, a freshman from Nashville, is currently second in the TCCAA with seven goals and 16 points on the season, while Feaster is third in both with six and 15 respectively. Motlow's April Gillespie leads the league with six assists, and Woods is the top goal keeper with a 0.96 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage.

As a team the Lady Bucks are dominating the conference statistics. Motlow has 33 goals with the next closest at 19, 95 points with the runner up at 52, and the Lady Bucks have outscored their conference opponents 10-1 in their three TCCAA wins.

Tyler Feaster
Motlow State soccer standout Tyler Feaster, a sophomore from Franklin County shown in action from a game earlier this season, scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Lady Bucks to a 5-0 win over TCCAA rival Dyersburg State on Saturday in Dyersburg. The same two teams will square off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Smyrna High School. Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks take six-game unbeaten streak to Dyersburg State

Sept. 27, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's soccer team is on a roll, winning three consecutive road games and not suffering a loss in their previous six contests. Motlow will return to action Saturday with a trip to TCCAA rival Dyersburg State for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

The Lady Bucks (2-0, 6-2-2) traveled to Meridian, Miss., last weekend, beating the host team Meridian Community College 2-1 Friday, then handing Hinds Community College a 3-0 loss in Meridian Saturday. Motlow followed that with a trip to Pulaski Tuesday, where they downed the Martin Methodist College JV team 4-2.

This is the first season of soccer competition for Dyersburg State, and the Lady Eagles have struggled out of the gate with an 0-6 record, including a 5-1 loss to Meridian and a 5-0 defeat to Columbia State, both teams that Motlow has beaten this season.

Although Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between Motlow and Dyersburg State in women's soccer, the two teams should be very familiar with each other by next weekend. Following Saturday's contest in Dyersburg, the Lady Bucks and Lady Eagles will play again Friday, Oct. 5, with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Smyrna High School.

Motlow and Meridian both struggled offensively in the first half Friday, with neither team able to garner a goal. The home team took the lead with a goal at the 67-minute mark before the Lady Bucks stormed back. Tyler Feaster scored with an assist from Kristen Heath at 76 minutes, then three minutes later Bailee Walls scored the game winner with an assist from Feaster.

Alexandra Rouse led the Lady Bucks with four shots on the day, while Keely Smith had three. Emily Bryant played 68 minutes in goal and had one save, before Ashley Woods took over and shut out Meridian the rest of the way while notching four saves. Motlow led 16-12 in total shots and 6-2 in corner kicks, and overcame nine fouls by Meridian including two yellow cards.

The following day against Hinds, the Lady Bucks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Emily Vallejo at the 28-minute mark with the assist from Paige Loveless. Motlow continued to press the action after intermission, scoring at 51 minutes on a goal by Vallejo and an assist from Bethany Porter, then capping off the scoring with a goal by Walls on the assist from Vallejo at 78 minutes.

Motlow had 19 shots on the day, with Heath and Tyler Feaster leading the way with four each, including three on goal by Feaster. Woods went the distance as keeper and was outstanding, saving nine shots on goal by Hinds.

Vallejo, a freshman from McGavock High School in Nashville, continued her outstanding season by opening the scoring against Martin Methodist College JV with a goal at the nine-minute mark on an assist from Megan Blumhoefer. The Lady Bucks increased their lead to 2-0 with a Heath goal on the assist from April Gillespie at 39 minutes.

Motlow's lead increased to 3-0 at 52 minutes, with Loveless scoring an unassisted goal. Keely Smith wrapped up the scoring with a goal at 78 minutes. Bryant played the first 72 minutes as keeper and Woods finished up the final 18. Bryant had three saves and allowed one score, while Woods gave up a goal and had two saves.

Motlow once again out-shot the competition 13-5 and led in corner kicks 2-0.

With 10 games of their 17-game regular season now complete, Vallejo leads the team in total points with 14, including a team-high six goals and two assists. Gillespie, Walls, Heath and Feaster each have 10 points, with Gillespie leading the squad in assists with six. Woods has been the top keeper with a 2-0-1 record, a 1.09 goals-against average, and 23 saves on the season.

Emily Vallejo
Motlow freshman Emily Vallejo had three goals and one assist as the Lady Bucks won three games during the past week, all on the road. Vallejo, from McGavock High School in Nashville, leads Motlow on the season with six goals and 14 total points. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow soccer prepares for Mississippi trip after 3-3 tie with Itawamba

Sept. 17, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks scored three goals within a 14-minute span in the second half, including two by Kristen Heath, and held off powerful Itawamba (MS) Community College in extra time to earn a 3-3 tie Saturday afternoon at Franklin County High School in Winchester.

The Lady Bucks (3-2-2) will travel to Meridian, Mississippi, this weekend for a pair of contests, facing the host team Friday at 3 p.m. before quickly turning around and playing Hinds Community College on the same field Saturday at noon. Motlow's next home game is Oct. 5, when they host TCCAA rival Dyersburg State at 4:30 p.m. at Smyrna High School.

Despite playing two extra 10-minute periods, Motlow and Itawamba could not break the 3-3 deadlock. Both teams had opportunities to score but could not put the ball in the net. Itawamba entered the game with a 5-1 overall record, including wins over TCCAA teams Dyersburg State and Southwest Tennessee.

The visitors got on the scoreboard first with three minutes remaining in the first half when Grace Joyce scored on an assist from Halle Moore, giving Itawamba a 1-0 lead after the first 45 minutes.

Motlow was the aggressor coming out of the intermission. April Gillespie, a freshman from Madison, Ala., tied the score with a goal at the 50-minute mark with an assist from Keely Smith. Heath then put in two goals within nine minutes of each other, the first at the 55-minute mark on an assist from Gillespie, and the second at 64 minutes with an assist from Rebekah Duross.

Despite being down 3-1, Itawamba fought back with Sarah Whitt scoring at the 77-minute mark and Cynthia Betancourt tying the game with a goal at 82 minutes.

Heath had four shots for the Lady Bucks, while Paige Loveless and Kayla Moultry each notched three. The Lady Bucks had 20 shots as a team, one more than Itawamba, with each team logging two corner kicks. Manchester freshman Ashley Woods went the distance at keeper, saving seven shots on goal.

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Kristen Heath, a redshirt freshman from Wartrace, scored two goals Saturday to help the Motlow State Lady Bucks earn a 3-3 tie with Itawamba Community College in a contest played at Franklin County High School in Winchester. Heath now has seven points on the season with three goals and one assist. Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow soccer takes Region VII lead with comeback win over Columbia State

Sept. 11, 2018

Sophomore Bailee Walls scored the game-winning goal with nine minutes remaining to give the Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Columbia State Friday at the Raider Academy in Manchester.

Motlow (2-0, 3-2-1) is now in sole possession of first place in the Region VII standings. Although women's soccer is not yet an official sport of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA), the Region VII standings will be used to seed teams for the postseason tournament, to be held in Memphis, with the winner qualifying for the Central District tournament.

The Lady Bucks followed Friday's win with a 9-0 victory over the Covenant College JV Monday at Tullahoma's field behind East Middle School. Motlow will take the pitch next this Saturday, hosting Itawamba (Miss.) Community College at Franklin County High School in Winchester. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Columbia State jumped out in front in Friday's contest with a goal at the nine-minute mark. Motlow responded though, tying the contest when Tyler Feaster scored at the 16-minute mark with an assist from Alexandra Rouse. Walls' game winner came with an assist from Kayla Moultry.

Motlow had a total of 26 shots in the contest, with 10 on goal. Both Walls and Paige Loveless each had five shots and Feaster had four. Emily Bryant played the entire contest as keeper and had a pair of saves. The Lady Bucks had four fouls on the day while the Lady Chargers had two.

Monday the Lady Bucks dominated the action from start to finish against Covenant, with nine different players scoring goals and each goal featuring an assist.

Rouse had the first goal at the 10-minute mark on an assist from Loveless, Feaster scored one minute later on an assist from April Gillespie, and Gillespie got her first goal of the season at the 19-minute mark on an assist from Feaster.

At 28 minutes, Walls scored with the assist from Emily Vallejo, who got her own goal at 41 minutes with the assist coming from Peyton Burgin. Olga Lopez then closed the half with one minute remaining by scoring on an assist from Walls.

In the second half, Moultry scored at the 52-minute mark on an assist from Gillespie, who also assisted Kristen Heath with a goal at 70 minutes. Kinsli Houck closed out the scoring with a goal at 85 minutes with an assist from Rebekah Duross.

Ashley Woods picked up her first win as goal keeper, playing the entire 90 minutes with one save. Every available player on Motlow's roster got in the game, with 14 different players attempting shots. The Lady Bucks attempted 25 shots, while Covenant College only attempted four.

After six games, Vallejo and Tyler Feaster lead the Lady Bucks with three goals and seven total points each, with Walls and Gillespie close behind with six points each. Walls has attempted 19 shots, Feaster 15, Rouse 13 and Loveless 12. Woods, Emily Bryant and Annie Kate Gibson have each won a game as keeper, with Gibson leading in saves with nine.

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Bailee Walls, a sophomore from Winchester, scored the game-winning goal with nine minutes remaining as the Motlow Lady Bucks beat Columbia State 2-1 in a women's soccer match Friday in Manchester. Motlow will host Itawamba Community College from Mississippi at Franklin County High School in Winchester at 4 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Dawn Feaster.

New Soccer Rivalry begins Friday when Motlow hosts Columbia State

Sept. 4, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's soccer team will play its first home game of the season while welcoming its newest rival when Motlow hosts Columbia State on Friday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Manchester. The contest will be played at the soccer field behind the Raider Academy on Highway 55.

Motlow (1-0, 1-2-1) traveled to Oxford, Ga., for a pair of games over Labor Day weekend. The Lady Bucks played to a 1-1 tie with South Georgia State (SGS) Sunday, than battled through a quick turnaround and stifling heat before falling to the host team, Oxford of Emory College, 2-0 Monday.

Columbia State (1-0, 2-0), playing its first season of women's soccer, opened the year with a win over Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponent Dyersburg State, also playing its first soccer season, and followed that by beating Meridian (Miss.) Community College last Saturday in Columbia.

Since Motlow joined the TCCAA in 1969, Columbia State has been its most significant rival, especially in men's basketball and baseball. With women's soccer now being played by four TCCAA schools, including Southwest Tennessee, and more expected to be added in the near future, the Lady Bucks and Lady Chargers are destined to become intense rivals in soccer, and that rivalry begins Friday.

Both Motlow and SGS scored goals in the first half Sunday before the defenses took over and shut out each other in the final 45 minutes. Daniela Ramos put SGS on the scoreboard first with a goal at the 19-minute mark. Motlow freshman Alexandra Rouse answered with her first goal of the season at 33 minutes, tying the score 1-1, which stood for the final 57 minutes.

Sophomore Emily Bryant got her first start of the season as keeper and shut down SGS in the second half. Motlow launched 22 shots on the day, including eight on goal, but credit SGS keeper Crysta Lynn Francis with seven saves. Rouse had six shots on the day, with three on goal, with Bailee Walls adding three shots.

Playing its second game in less than 24 hours, Motlow was unable to get its offense untracked Monday. Oxford took advantage, scoring its first goal just three minutes into the contest and adding its final goal at the 69-minute mark.

Bryant and freshman Annie Kate Gibson each played a half as keeper and each allowed a goal. Bryant had four saves in the first half and Gibson had two in the second. Offensively, Motlow managed three shots in each half, with Kayla Moultry, Walls and Kristen Heath missing shots on goal for the Lady Bucks.

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Motlow freshman Alexandra Rouse kicks the ball downfield towards teammate Emily Vallejo (10) during the Lady Bucks contest against South Georgia State Sunday in Oxford, Ga. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with Rouse, who played her prep soccer at Oak Ridge High School, scoring the only goal for the Lady Bucks. Motlow will host TCCAA rival Columbia State Friday in Manchester. Photo by Dawn Feaster.

Motlow shuts out Southwest Tennessee in TCCAA soccer opener

Aug. 27, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks opened the 2018 soccer season with a two-game road trip and returned after earning a convincing 3-0 win over TCCAA opponent Southwest Tennessee in Memphis Sunday afternoon.

Motlow (1-0, 1-1) opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia, Miss., Friday afternoon. The Lady Bucks will travel to Oxford, Ga., this weekend for matches against South Georgia Tech Sunday and Oxford College on Monday.

After spending last season as the lone Division 1 community college soccer team in Tennessee, the Lady Bucks have been joined this year by Southwest Tennessee, Dyersburg State and Columbia State. Games against TCCAA opponents will determine seeding for the conference tournament in late October. Motlow posted an 8-7-1 record last year, including two wins over Southwest Tennessee, which played at the Division III level in 2017.

Sophomore Tyler Feaster, the top returning scorer from last season, got Motlow on the scoreboard first with a goal at the 32:20 mark with an assist from Bailee Walls. Sophomore Megan Blumhoefer scored at the 44:50 mark with an assist from Keely Smith, and freshman Emily Vallejo wrapped up the scoring at the 76:12 mark on an assist from fellow freshman April Gillespie.

Walls led the Lady Bucks with nine total shots, including six on goal. Feaster had six shots with two on goal, and Vallejo shot four times, all on goal.

Freshman Annie Kate Gibson played the entire contest as goal keeper and stopped all three shots that Southwest Tennessee attempted. Motlow out-shot the Lady Saluqis 16-6 and led in corner kicks 5-1. Southwest had four fouls during the game, with the Lady Bucks logging three.

Friday against Northwest Mississippi the Lady Bucks were unable to get their offense untracked in the first half. Northwest scored its first goal three minutes into the contest and extended its lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 10-minute mark. Motlow's defense stiffened and the score remained 2-0 at the intermission.

Vallejo got the Lady Bucks on the scoreboard at the 80:56 mark with an assist from redshirt-freshman Kristen Heath. Northwest wrapped up the scoring with its final goal in the final second of the game. Walls had five shots, with four on goal, while Feaster had five shots and two on goal. Gibson played the full 90 minutes as keeper, notching four saves on seven Northwest shots.

Motlow led in total shots 20-10 and the two teams were even with five corner kicks each. Northwest committed nine total fouls while the Lady Bucks had six.

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Motlow sophomore Tyler Feaster dribbles the ball down the field during the Lady Bucks' TCCAA soccer match against Southwest Tennessee Sunday in Memphis, Feaster, from Cowan, scored the first goal for Motlow in a 3-0 win. Photo by Dawn Feaster.

Motlow begins Second Soccer Season with Mixture of Experience and Talented Newcomers

Aug. 8, 2018

With a full season of college soccer experience behind them, 12 returning sophomores will lead the Motlow State Community College Lady Bucks when they begin the 2018 regular season with a trip to Senatobia, Miss., to face Northwest Mississippi Aug. 24.

Last season, the inaugural women's soccer campaign at Motlow, Head Coach Andy Lyon and his young squad, which featured only two sophomores, posted an 8-7-1 record, including winning five of their final six contests. Motlow shut out its final three opponents by a combined 16-0 score, and beat the only other Tennessee community college to field a team, Southwest Tennessee, 4-0 and 7-0.

With the new season comes new challenges. Two other Tennessee community colleges, Columbia State and Dyersburg State, have added women's soccer programs, bringing the total number of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) teams to four.

Although four teams is one team short of the TCCAA required five to sanction women's soccer as an official conference sport, TCCAA teams will play each other in home-and-home series and the TCCAA will hold a conference tournament Oct. 26-27 in Memphis. The winner will represent Region VII, which is the TCCAA, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Central District tournament Nov. 1-3.

With four Tennessee schools now fielding women's soccer teams, and others considering it next year, Lyon knows the challenges to recruit the best players in the state are growing.

"It is exciting to have an expansion of Tennessee community colleges playing women's soccer," said Lyon. "It does present greater competition in terms of recruiting, but it also gives soccer student-athletes in Tennessee more opportunities to play at the next level. The addition of Columbia State and Dyersburg State allows Motlow to have the opportunity to play teams not only closer to us geographically, but also schools that we have developed rivalries with in other sports. Now those rivalries will naturally transfer over into our sport as well."

Despite the abundance of returning sophomores, the Lady Bucks will have to replace their most efficient offensive player from last year, Anastasia Wellington. The Tullahoma native, and the first recruit signed by the new program, led the team with 11 goals, nine assists, 31 points and 34 shots on goal.

However, Lyon takes comfort in the fact that five of his top seven scorers return, five of his top six total assist leaders, and six of his top seven point producers are back for the 2018 season.

"The returning players know our expectations and know what it takes for us to have a successful season," continued Lyon. "We started out a little tentative and unsure of ourselves last year, but the players adapted quickly and finished the season strong."

Among the returning student-athletes, and the high schools where they played their prep soccer, are Emily Bryant, Smyrna; Kayla Moultry, Siegel; Paige Loveless, Stewarts Creek; Bailee Walls, Franklin County; Megan Blumhoefer, Smyrna; Keely Smith, Shelbyville; Kinsli Houck, Stewarts Creek; Bethany Porter, Warren County, Rebekah Duross, Murfreesboro Central Magnet; and the Feaster triplets - Hannah, Natalie and Tyler, from Franklin County.

Smith and Natalie Feaster were the only two Lady Bucks to start all 16 games last year. Tyler Feaster was second in total goals with eight and in points with 20. Loveless, Blumhoefer and Tyler Feaster each had four assists last year, and Bryant had 28 saves and picked up three wins as keeper.

With a full two-year cycle of recruiting resulting in the incoming class of freshmen, Lyon expects the newcomers to contribute immediately. He likes what he has seen so far after the squad opened official practice Aug. 1.

"We are very excited about the incoming freshmen class", added Lyon. "They bring pace, enthusiasm, and versatility to our squad. Now we have the capability of allowing players to flourish in multiple positions, and we are happy with the depth that we have added. Having half the team getting great experience last season will allow them to pass on the lessons learned to the incoming freshmen. We're excited to see just how far this team can go and we can’t wait for the regular season to start.”

The class of newcomers, and the high schools they attended, includes Alexandra Rouse, Oak Ridge; April Gillespie, Sparkman (AL); Emily Vallejo, McGavock; Nai Leng, John Overton; Olga Lopez, John Overton; Peyton Burgin, Hixson; Katherine Kimball, Home Life Academy; Ashley Woods, Coffee County; and Annie Kate Gibson, Walker Valley.

"So far the preseason has showed us that together, our newcomers and upperclassmen are gelling into a cohesive unit," added Lyon. "They enjoy the game and each other's company, and their enthusiasm is contagious. This will be a fun team to watch and we hope soccer fans throughout our service area will support this squad. They are eager to represent Motlow."

The first home game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, when Motlow will host Columbia State at the soccer field behind the Raider Academy in Manchester. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.

2018 Motlow Soccer Team
Seated, front row from left: Peyton Burgin, Kristin Heath, Ashley Woods, Annie Kate Gibson, Emily Bryant, Alexandra Rouse and Kayla Moultry. Second row from left: Olga Lopez, Megan Blumhoefer, Bailee Walls, Kinsli Houck, Natalie Feaster and Emily Vallejo. Third row from left: Paige Loveless, Tyler Feaster, Keely Smith, Rebekah Duross, Hannah Feaster, Katherine Kimball and Bethany Porter. Not pictured: April Gillespie and Nai Leng. Motlow staff photo.

Motlow State soccer set to open season Aug. 24

July 19, 2018

The Motlow State Community College women's soccer team will open the 2018 season when it travels to Senatobia, MS, to face Northwest Mississippi Community College on Friday, Aug. 24, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Official practice begins for NJCAA women's soccer teams on Aug. 1.

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The contest opens a 16-game regular season for the Lady Bucks that concludes Oct. 29 with a home contest against the Martin Methodist College JV squad. Motlow does not have an on-campus soccer facility, so all home games will be played at area high schools. Last season the Lady Bucks played on high school fields in Tullahoma, Manchester, Winchester, Shelbyville, Fayetteville and Smyrna.

There are now four community colleges in Tennessee playing women's soccer, with Columbia State and Dyersburg State joining Motlow and Southwest Tennessee. All four schools will play at the Division I level of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament will be Oct. 26-27 in Memphis.

Although five schools are needed to qualify as an 'official sport' by the TCCAA, the conference tournament will determine a champion, who will then advance to the Central District I tournament against the top teams from Missouri and Illinois, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 at home of the Region 24 winner. The winner of Central District I, along with the runner-up, will advance to the NJCAA tournament, held in Melbourne, FL., in mid-November.

The Motlow soccer program under Head Coach Andy Lyon won eight games in its inaugural season while losing seven and tying one. The Lady Bucks did not meet the criteria to qualify for the district tournament in 2017 as the lone representative from Region VII.

Motlow will play nine road games and seven home games, with the first home contest scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, against Columbia State. Other TCCAA home games are Friday, Oct, 5, against Dyersburg State and Friday, Oct. 12, against Southwest Tennessee. Motlow will play home games this season in Tullahoma, Manchester, Winchester, McMinnville, Shelbyville and Smyrna.

The Lady Bucks will take three extended road trips, where they will play two opponents over a two-day or three-day span. Two days after their opener in Senatobia, they will be in Memphis to play Southwest Tennessee. On Sept 2-3, they travel to Oxford, GA, to face South Georgia Tech and Oxford College, and Sept. 21-22, Motlow heads to Meridian, MS, to face Meridian Community College and Hinds Community College.
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The Motlow Lady Bucks will officially begin soccer practice Aug. 1, and will open the 2018 regular season Aug. 24 against Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia, MS. Motlow will return 12 sophomores, including, from left: Megan Blumhoefer from Smyrna, Bailee Walls from Winchester, and Paige Loveless from Murfreesboro. Motlow Staff Photo.

Motlow soccer signs Oak Ridge standout Alexandra Rouse to Letter of Intent

July 12, 2018

Alexandra Rouse Signing
Oak Ridge High School soccer standout Alexandra Rouse recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Rouse has been a member of the varsity squad at Oak Ridge all four years of high school, and was named first team all-district following both her junior and senior seasons. She played select soccer for FC Alliance and KSA in Knoxville. Joining Alexandra for the signing ceremony are her parents, Brian and Mary, seated, and standing from left, Jeff Trombly, Oak Ridge coach; Katrina Williams, Oak Ridge coach; Mike Mullins, Oak Ridge athletic director; and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Photo provided.

Murfreesboro's Katherine Kimball inks Letter of Intent with Motlow soccer

June 22, 2018

Katherine Kimball Signing
The Motlow State Community College soccer program recently welcomed Katherine Kimball to the program as she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow. Kimball, from Murfreesboro, was a homeschool student and represented the Middle Tennessee Golden Eagles. She was joined at the signing ceremony by her parents Tray and Kimberly Kimball. Photo provided.

Motlow soccer program signs Nashville's Nai Leng to Letter of Intent

June 12, 2018

Nai Leng Signing
The Motlow State women's soccer program recently announced that Nai Leng, from Nashville, will continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow this fall. Leng, a midfielder, played her prep soccer at John Overton High School. Joining Nai for the signing ceremony is Motlow Head Coach Andy Lyon. Photo provided.

Nashville's Emily Vallejo joins Motlow State soccer program

May 25, 2018

Emily Vallejo Signing
Nashville's Emily Vallejo recently signed a National Letter of Intent with Motlow State Community College to continue her career as a student-athlete in the women's soccer program. Emily is a forward who has represented McGavock High School in Nashville for the last four years, and was awarded all-district honors in every season. Joining Emily for the signing ceremony are her parents, Jorge Vallejo and Yadira Araujo. Motlow's second soccer team will begin official practice Aug. 1, with the first game scheduled for Aug. 24. Photo provided.

Madison (Ala.) soccer standout April Gillespie signs Letter of Intent with Motlow State

March 20, 2018

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Sparkman High School (Ala.) soccer standout April Gillespie recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Gillespie, from Madison, Alabama, is an offensive attacker and was named team offensive most valuable player her junior season. She played select for United Soccer Club in Huntsville. Joining April during the signing ceremony are, from left, Andy Lyon, head coach at Motlow; Scott Gillespie, father; April; Kaitlin Gillespie, mother; and Ian Harding, head coach at Sparkman. Photo provided.

Hixson's Peyton Burgin signs Letter of Intent with Motlow soccer program

March 13, 2018

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Hixson High School soccer standout Peyton Burgin recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Peyton was a four-year starter at defender for Hixson, and helped lead her team to the District 6A/AA championship three out of four seasons. She also plays select soccer for Redoubt FC in Chattanooga. Joining Peyton for the signing ceremony, seated from left: Kellie Burgin, mother; Peyton; Pyper Burgin, sister; and David Burgin, father. Standing, from left: Andy Lyon, Motlow soccer head coach, and Zach Crownover, Motlow assistant coach. Photo provided.

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