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2017 Motlow State Soccer News

Motlow soccer shuts out Southwest Tennessee 7-0 in front of large Tullahoma crowd

Oct. 12, 2017

Tullahoma's Anastasia Wellington scored her second hat trick of the season and Manchester's Ali Shelton added her first two goals of the year to lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a 7-0 win over Southwest Tennessee Wednesday night at the soccer field behind East Middle School in Tullahoma.

Motlow (4-6-1) will now take to the road this weekend before playing its final home game next Wednesday. The Lady Bucks travel to Cuthbert, Georgia, where they will played Andrew College Saturday and Polk State College Sunday. Motlow will host the Covenant College JV in Smyrna on Oct. 18, then end the regular season with a trip to Pulaski to play Martin Methodist College JV on Oct. 23.

The game against Southwest Tennessee was played in front of the largest crowd of the season, and the Lady Bucks responded to the enthusiasm by jumping out to a 5-0 lead by halftime. Wellington had a hand in all five first half goals.

Shelton, who started the season as a goalkeeper but has been forced into the field due to injuries, got the scoring started at the 11-minute mark off an assist from Wellington. Anastasia then scored the next two goals, one at the 18-minute mark off an assist from Bethany Porter, and the other after 29 minutes on a penalty kick. Shelton scored again on an assist by Wellington at the 44-minute mark, and Wellington scored her final goal, with an assist by Rebekah Duross, one minute later to end the half.

Almost the entire second half was played on Motlow's offensive side of the field, and the Lady Bucks could have made the score much worse but eased out of attacking mode quite early. Porter scored on an assist from Keely Smith at the 50-minute mark and Natalie Feaster got her first goal of the year with an assist from Paige Loveless with 18 minutes remaining in the contest.

Motlow's dominance was evident in the statistical columns, with the Lady Bucks outshooting the Saluqis 29-3 and dominating in corner kicks 10-1. Southwest had six fouls as opposed to only three for Motlow, and Emily Bryant played the entire game at goalkeeper and completed the shutout with three saves.

Wellington now has eight goals and three assists on the year, including hat tricks in both contests against Southwest Tennessee, and leads the Lady Bucks with 19 points. Tyler Feaster has six goals and 14 points, Shelton and Shelby Grow have each scored two goals, while Loveless, Natalie Feaster, and Porter scored their first goals of the season.

Lady Bucks soccer
The Motlow women's soccer team is all smiles after beating Southwest Tennessee 7-0 in front of a large crowd at the soccer field behind East Middle School in Tullahoma Wednesday night. The Lady Bucks will travel to Georgia for a pair of contests this weekend, then host their final home game in Smyrna next Wednesday.

Motlow soccer to host Gordon State in Shelbyville, raise funds for Multi-County Cancer Support Network

Sept. 25, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will host Gordon State (GA) College for a soccer match on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Shelbyville Central High School in Shelbyville. Admission is $5 per person, with half the admission proceeds to be donated to the Multi-County Cancer Support Network. In addition, fans are encouraged to wear pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

According to the Multi-County Cancer Support Network website, "MCCSN is a not-for-profit organization formed to help relieve the everyday crises of families touched by cancer in an eight-county area including Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Lincoln, Grundy, Marion, Warren, and Bedford. Financial aid is provided to those qualifying as well as wheelchairs, wigs, etc."

The Lady Bucks (2-5-1) are first scheduled to travel to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, to face the Covenant College JV squad Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Motlow is recovering from a weekend road trip to Mississippi that saw it drop a pair of matches, both by shutout. On Friday the Lady Bucks went to Senatobia and dropped a 1-0 decision to Northwest Mississippi, then traveled to Tupelo Saturday and fell to Itawamba 2-0.

Although the defense and goal keeping continue to play at a high level for the Lady Bucks, the offense has been unable to get untracked the past three contests after scoring 11 goals over two games in mid-September.

Friday's game was a foul-marred event, with eight by Motlow and seven by Northwest Mississippi. The home team had 17 total shots with Motlow shooting 10 times. From her goalkeeper position, Motlow's Lena Alakabi blocked seven of eight shots on goal. Northwest scored its goal at the 52:48 mark as Taylor Williams knocked in a rebound.

Saturday the home team had both goals by halftime, then held off the Lady Bucks' efforts in the second half. Itawamba scored at the 13-minute mark with Deanna Christie and at 35 minutes with Allie Barnett. Motlow took 11 shots on the afternoon but couldn't get any inside the posts, while the Lady Bucks goalkeepers made 10 saves.

Saturday's game in Shelbyville is the first of three remaining home games during the inaugural season of Motlow soccer. The Lady Bucks will host Southwest Tennessee on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Johnson Lane Recreation Area in Tullahoma, then host Covenant College in Smyrna on Oct. 18.

Kayla Moultry
Motlow defender Kayla Moultry, a freshman from Murfreesboro, fights off a shot while goalkeeper Lena Alakabi looks on during a Motlow home game earlier this season. The Lady Bucks will return to their home area on Saturday, Oct. 7, when they host Gordon State (GA) College at Shelbyville Central High School at 2 p.m. Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks head to Mississippi for rematch with Itawamba

Sept. 25, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will go in search of their first win over a community college team from Mississippi this weekend after suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Meridian Friday afternoon at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville.

Lena Alakabi
Motlow State freshman Lena Alakabi has only allowed six goals in five games in her role as the starting goalkeeper for the Lady Bucks this season. Alakabi, who played her prep soccer at Stewarts Creek High School, has an .838 save percentage and has made 31 saves on the season, including nine last Friday in Motlow's 1-0 loss to Meridian (MS) Community College.
The Lady Bucks (2-3-1) will travel to Senatobia on Friday for a 3 p.m. match against Northwest Mississippi, then turn around and go to Tupelo on Saturday for a rematch with Itawamba Community College. Motlow fell to Itawamba 3-1 in Winchester on Sept. 9.

Motlow was unable to generate any offensive consistency against Meridian on Friday. The two teams had earlier played to a 1-1 tie back on Aug. 25, on Meridian's home field. Despite another outstanding effort by Motlow's defense, the Lady Bucks saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Lady Bucks recorded only four shots on the day, with three coming in the second half. Tyler Feaster generated the only shot on goal for Motlow. Lena Alakabi had another outstanding performance at goalkeeper, saving nine of the 10 Meridian shots.

Following the weekend trip to Mississippi, the Lady Bucks will stay on the road when they travel to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, for a 5 p.m. match on Oct. 4 against the Covenant College JV. The game is a make-up date that was originally scheduled for Sept. 5, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Motlow will play a pair of home games after that, hosting Gordon State Community College on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School, then hosting Southwest Tennessee on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Tullahoma.

Motlow soccer wins two straight, hosts Meridian Friday in Fayetteville

Sept. 19, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks captured the first win in school history, then followed that with their second consecutive road shutout victory, raising their record to .500 heading into Friday's home game rematch against Meridian (MS) Community College.

Anastasia Wellington
Anastasia Wellington, a prolific goal scorer during her career at Tullahoma High School, scored five goals in two games over the weekend to lead the Motlow State Lady Bucks to a pair of shutout wins on the road. The Lady Bucks, now 2-2-1 on the season, host Meridian (MS) Community College on Friday at 5 p.m. at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville.
Motlow (2-2-1) traveled to St. George's High School in Memphis and beat Southwest Tennessee Community College 4-0 last Friday behind a three-goal hat trick from Tullahoma's Anastasia Wellington. Monday, Motlow shut out Hiwassee College 7-0 in Madisonville, with six different players scoring goals for the Lady Bucks.

"We've asked our players to set the tone of the match from the first whistle, and in both these wins you could see our attacking intent from the outset," said Motlow Head Coach Andy Lyon. "Anastasia is beginning to regain her confidence and sharpness, and she will only get better from here. The fact that we have had goals scored by various players is extremely encouraging."

The Lady Bucks will play host to Meridian on Friday at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. The game is a rematch of Motlow's season opener, when they went to Meridian and played to a 1-1 tie Aug. 25.

"I anticipate another close contest against Meridian," continued Lyon. "When we went down there for our season opener, they were solid overall as a team and didn't provide us any easy opportunities. I think the Lady Bucks and the Eagles are both considerably better teams than they were in August. We have had great support from our area communities and we hope to have a big crowd in Fayetteville on Friday."

Lyon's squad dominated the action from the beginning in Memphis, but couldn't put the ball in the goal in the first half despite outshooting the home team 17-0. Motlow's fortunes changed in the second half though, with Wellington getting things started with her first goal coming at the 51 minute mark on an assist from Paige Loveless.

Callie Simmons, a freshman from Smyrna, increased the lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 58 minutes mark, with the assist coming from Rebekah Duross. With her confidence soaring, Wellington closed out the scoring, and the hat trick, with a pair of goals in the final two minutes, the second one aided by a Bethany Porter assist.

Motlow finished with 38 shots on goal, while Southwest TN had only one. Lena Alakabi played the first half as goalkeeper, and Manchester's Ali Shelton played the second half and recorded Motlow's lone save.

Monday afternoon in Madisonville, Wellington picked up where she had left off against Southwest, scoring her first goal at the three minute mark and her second, with an assist from Keely Smith, two minutes later. Just five minutes into the contest, the Lady Bucks led 2-0.

Five different players scored the next five goals for Motlow, with Bailee Walls scoring at the 25 minute mark with an assist from Wellington, and Megan Blumhoefer scoring on a penalty kick at the 43 minute mark, assisted by Tyler Feaster. The Lady Bucks went into halftime leading Hiwassee 4-0.

Feaster notched her second goal of the season at the 51 minute mark, with the assist from Blumhoefer, and Loveless followed that two minutes later with a goal, also assisted by Blumhoefer. Shelby Grow, who scored her only goal of the year in the opener against Meridian, finished off Monday's scoring with a goal at the 63 minute mark, assisted by both Feaster and Walls.

The Lady Bucks have now outscored their last two opponents 11-0, and on the season Motlow holds a 13-5 advantage. Seven different players have scored for the Lady Bucks, with Wellington leading the way with five and Tyler Feaster and Grow with two each. Motlow's defense has been stellar, allowing an average of only one goal per game. Alakabi, Shelton and Emily Bryant have each spent time in the goalkeeper position.

Lady Bucks fall to Itawamba, travel to Memphis to face Southwest Tennessee Friday

Sept. 11, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks will go in search of the new soccer program's first win when they travel to Memphis to face Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Motlow (0-2-1) is coming off a hard-fought 3-1 loss to Itawamba (Miss.) Community College on Saturday. The Lady Bucks were scheduled to host the Martin Methodist College JV squad Monday at the Johnson Lane Complex in Tullahoma, but the match was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Lady Bucks and Southwest Tennessee are the only two community colleges in Tennessee that have women's soccer programs. They do not play as conference opponents though, as Motlow plays on the Division I level while Southwest Tennessee competes in Division III.

Saturday in front of a large crowd at Franklin County High School in Winchester, the visiting Indians from Itawamba controlled much of the action in the early going, getting on the scoreboard first with a goal at the 19 minute mark. Each team had opportunities throughout the half but neither could convert and the half ended with Itawamba on top 1-0.

Motlow began to turn the tide early in the second half, forcing the action on offense and getting multiple saves from goalkeeper Lena Alakabi. The Lady Bucks tied the score at 1-1 when freshman Megan Blumhoefer made a beautiful pass to classmate Tyler Feaster, who drilled the ball into the back of the goal at the 75 minute mark.

The match appeared to be headed toward overtime, but Itawamba capitalized on an opportunity and broke the tie at the 88 minute mark. The visitors closed the door on their win with a third goal in the final minute.

Motlow had nine shots on goal, while the Indians had 15. Alakabi ended the day with 12 saves, and each team collected four fouls.

Motlow Soccer
Motlow State freshman Tyler Feaster prepares to shoot during the Lady Bucks' contest with Itawamba Community College on Saturday. Feaster, a striker from Cowan, scored Motlow's lone goal at the 75 minute mark, but Itawamba went on to win 3-1. Motlow will travel to Memphis to face Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 15. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State soccer ties Meridian in season opener, hosts Southwest TN Sept. 2 in Smyrna

Aug. 28, 2017

The Motlow State Lady Bucks opened their inaugural soccer season on the road with a pair of games over the weekend in Meridian, Miss. Motlow will host Southwest Tennessee this Saturday at Smyrna High School.

After a long day of travel on Friday, Aug. 25, the Lady Bucks battled Meridian Community College to a 1-1 tie in the first soccer game in Motlow history. After ending regulation tied at one, the teams played two 10-minute overtime periods, and although both had opportunities to score and grab the win, neither could.

"I felt we created quite a few chances," said Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. "We are still working on our decision making in the final third, but I have no doubt that we will improve. We need to be a little more ruthless with our chances, but we worked hard and I felt we deserved at least a draw from the game. I am very pleased with the way the girls have bounced back from Monday's scrimmage. They worked hard in training this week and we saw many of them step up their performance over the weekend."

The Lady Bucks had very little time to recover from their first game before suiting up to face East Central Community College (ECCC) early Saturday afternoon on the same field in Meridian. Motlow fought through fatigue and heat before falling 1-0.

Although Motlow is still a year or two away from having a true home field on campus, the Lady Bucks are hosting multiple games this season at high schools throughout southern middle Tennessee. The 'home' opener will be this Saturday at 1 p.m. when Southwest Tennessee comes to play at Smyrna High School in Smyrna.

The Lady Bucks started the first half against Meridian in control. They carved out numerous first half scoring opportunities but could not make the final pass needed to set up a teammate to score, although Motlow had 10 shots on goal in the opening half.

Eighty-eight minutes into the contest, Motlow freshman Shelby Grow recorded the first goal in Motlow soccer history. She got possession at the edge of the box and hit the ball over the goalkeeper into the goal. The Lady Bucks failed to clear the ball though and Meridian was awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal, which they made to secure the tie.

Against East Central, the Lady Bucks once again put forth an outstanding defensive effort. It took Motlow a little while to adjust to the pace of action after a long game the night before. A cross from the right hand side early caused a moment of indecision in the box and Aubree Patterson of ECCC scored the game's only goal.

The Lady Bucks worked hard to cause ECCC problems in the back, but were unable to find a breakthrough. Calli Simmons had the ball in the ECCC net late before the goal was wiped off due to an offside call. Tyler Feaster also had an opportunity late but was knocked to the ground at the vital moment and Motlow was not awarded a penalty kick.

"After a hard game the night before in which two periods of overtime were played, our team gave everything they had on Saturday," continued Lyon. "We lost concentration for a second on a cross and were punished for it. We fought back though and competed well against a very strong team. I have no doubt that East Central will be a serious playoff contender this year and we gave them a decent test."

Motlow goalkeepers Lena Alakabi and Ali Shelton each made solid contributions to keep the Lady Bucks within striking distance. Alakabi played the entire first game and the first half of Saturday's contest. Shelton kept Motlow close by shutting out ECCC in the second half.

"The whole squad had a part to play this weekend and they gave everything they could," added Lyon. "I don't think we could have asked anything more from the Lady Bucks. I'm very proud of the effort."

The Saluqis from Memphis and Motlow are the only two schools in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association currently playing women's soccer. Southwest chose to begin competition in Division III, while the Lady Bucks are playing in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Therefore, the game is not considered a conference game.

Following Saturday's home opener, the Lady Bucks will travel to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain on Tuesday, Sept. 5, before hosting Itawamba (Mississippi) Community College on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Franklin County High School in Winchester.

Motlow Soccer
Motlow State freshman Megan Blumhoefer, a midfielder from Smyrna, controls the ball during last week's scrimmage action against Georgia Military. Blumhoefer and the Lady Bucks will play their first official regular season home game when they host Southwest Tennessee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Smyrna High School. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

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.

Motlow Soccer
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.

Motlow Soccer
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.

Motlow State welcomes Lebanon's Shelby Grow to new soccer program

May 30, 2017

Shelby Grow
Lebanon High School defender Shelby Grow recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Shelby was named All-District 9-AAA following both her junior and senior seasons. Seated with Shelby during the signing are her parents Matthew and Tammy Grow. Standing, from left, are Chris Bergeron, Lebanon High School head coach and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach. Photo provided.

Stewarts Creek goalkeeper Lena Alakabi joins Motlow State soccer program

May 18, 2017

Lena Alakabi
Stewarts Creek High School standout goalkeeper Lena Alakabi recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Lena at the table for the signing ceremony are her parents Brad and Mimi Tidwell. Standing, from left; Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach; Lena's brother, Travis Tidwell; Jeff Marlow, Stewarts Creek soccer coach; and Brooke Mayo, Stewarts Creek soccer coach. Photo provided.

Feaster triplets sign Letters of Intent to continue as student-athletes at Motlow State

May 4, 2017

Triplets Hannah, Natalie and Tyler Feaster of Franklin County recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their soccer careers as student-athletes as Motlow State Community College.

The Feasters have all been four-year starters with the Rebelettes during their high school careers. Tyler earned first team All-District 8-AAA her senior season and Natalie earned second team honors following her junior season. All three have played select soccer with Camp Forest FC.

"We are very excited to have the Feasters join the Motlow State family," said Andy Lyon, head coach of the Motlow soccer program. "Not only is it a unique story to have triplets on a college soccer team, but they are all excellent players who will help us establish ourselves as a unit. They all have different strengths and talents.

"Hannah brings defensive experience and a calming influence to the defense," continued Lyon. "Natalie adds energy, fearlessness and the ability to play numerous positions. Tyler has great attacking instincts and will add excitement to the front line.

"The Feasters are excellent students as well as soccer players and they undoubtedly had multiple offers to continue as student-athletes at other places," Lyon added. "We are delighted they chose Motlow State."

Motlow will feature a women's soccer team for the first time in school history this fall. The program will join the other four sports at Motlow and participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association on the Division I level.

Feaster Triplets
The Feaster triplets from Franklin County High School recently each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their soccer careers as student-athletes at Motlow State Community College. Joining them for the signing ceremony, standing from left, are Andy Lyon, Motlow State head soccer coach; Dawn Feaster, mother; John Feaster, father; and Kent Bean, Franklin County High School head soccer coach. Seated, from left, are Hannah, Natalie and Tyler Feaster. Photo provided.

Stewart Creek defender Kinsli Houck to continue Soccer career at Motlow State

April 27, 2017

Kinsli Houck
Stewarts Creek High School soccer standout Kinsli Houck recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Kinsli was named all-district in District 7-AAA and represented the Music City Futbol Club. Joining Kinsli for the ceremony, from left, are her mother Connie Pickering; Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach; her brother Keaton Pickering; and father Jeff Houck. Photo provided.

Paige Loveless from Stewarts Creek signs NLI to play soccer at Motlow State

March 29, 2017

Paige Loveless
Stewarts Creek High School soccer standout Paige Loveless recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Paige for the signing ceremony are her parents, Susan and Brian, and standing left to right; Andy Lyon, Motlow soccer head coach, Paige's siblings Morgan and Mason, and Brooke Mayo, Stewarts Creek head coach. Photo provided.

Central Magnet senior Rebekah Duross will continue soccer career at Motlow State

March 20, 2017

Rebekah Duross
Central Magnet High School senior soccer standout Rebekah Duross has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Seated with Rebekah during the signing ceremony are her parents, Suzanne and Doug. Standing is Bernie Ortega, left, Lady Rapids select coach and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach. Photo provided.

Smyrna's Emily Bryant signs National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Motlow State

March 15, 2017

Emily Bryant
Smyrna High School senior Emily Bryant recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College. Seated with Emily are her parents Andrew and Louise. Standing are Brian Grogan, left, head soccer coach at Smyrna, and Andy Lyon, head soccer coach at Motlow. Photo provided.

Smyrna's Megan Blumhoefer signs Letter of Intent to play soccer at Motlow State

March 1, 2017

Megan Blumhoefer
Motlow State Community College is proud to announce that Smyrna High School standout Megan Blumhoefer has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student athlete at Motlow. Seated with Megan is her father Jason and her mother April. Standing, from left, is Megan's brother Chandler; Brian Grogan, Smyrna High School head coach; and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head coach. Photo provided.

Franklin County senior Bailee Walls signs Letter of Intent to play soccer at Motlow State

Feb. 21, 2017

Bailee Walls
Franklin County High School soccer standout Bailee Walls recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Bailee for the ceremony, seated from left: Jeff Walls (father), Bailee and Michelle Walls (mother). Standing from left: Kent Bean, Franklin County head coach and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Motlow State photo.

Shelbyville's Keely Smith signs Letter of Intent to join soccer program at Motlow State

Feb. 17, 2017

Keely Smith
All-District 8-AAA soccer player Keely Smith of Shelbyville recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Seated from left are Ricky Richardson (uncle), Cliff Smith (father), Keely, Allison Smith (mother), Lily Smith (sister) and Billy Richardson (grandfather). Standing from left are Andy Lyon (Motlow soccer head coach), Neal Gordon (Shelbyville head coach), Whitney Gordon (Shelbyville assistant coach), Garry Bailey (Shelbyville assistant coach), Zach Smith (brother), Shirley Smith (grandmother) and Dee McCullough (Shelbyville athletic director). Photo provided.

Smyrna's Marianna Ford signs Letter of Intent to play soccer at Motlow State

Feb. 15, 2017

Former Stewarts Creek High School soccer standout Marianna Ford recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College.

Ford is currently a freshman student at Motlow and will have two years of soccer eligibility on the community college level. Motlow will field its initial women's soccer team in the fall of 2017, with practice scheduled to begin August 1.

"Marianna is an excellent addition to the soccer program here at Motlow," said Andy Lyon, head soccer coach. "Her first touch is excellent and I'm really excited about bringing another creative player to the team. She fits in well with the players we are putting together and I look forward to her combining with our attacking players. She is versatile and has a great understanding of the game, not to mention an engaging personality as well."

Ford was a three-year starter while at Stewarts Creek as a striker and an attacking midfielder. As a junior and senior she was named first-team All-District 7-AAA.

Marianna Ford
Former Stewarts Creek High School standout Marianna Ford recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Ford for the signing ceremony are, seated from left: Callie (mother), Marianna and Ryland (brother). Standing, from left; RC Ford (father) and Andy Lyon, Motlow State head soccer coach. Motlow State photo.

Motlow State to hold Futsal Tournament in late January, now accepting boys and girls teams

Dec. 7, 2016

On track to begin its new women's soccer program in the fall, Motlow State Community College will expand its soccer scope by holding its first annual winter Futsal Tournament Jan. 28-29, 2017, inside Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus.

The tournament will serve as one of multiple athletic department fundraisers designed to improve Motlow's ability to compete in all sports on a national level. It will feature boys teams on Saturday and girls teams on Sunday. Team ages will range between U8 and U20. Availability is limited, so teams are encouraged to contact Motlow women's soccer Head Coach Andy Lyon at 931-393-1622 or as soon as possible.

"We are expecting a big turnout," said Lyon. "Futsal has always been popular in this area and we are really looking forward to watching these players show what they can do. I'm a big fan of futsal as it can really make a big difference in a player's overall game. It is fast-paced and challenges players to increase their speed of thought, decision making, ball control and first touch."

For those not familiar with the game, unlike some other forms of indoor soccer, futsal is played on a hard court surface. It is also played with a smaller ball which has less bounce than a regular soccer ball due to the hard playing surface. The surface, ball, and rules combine to create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique, as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

"The game of futsal is gaining in popularity throughout the world, and I'm genuinely excited for Motlow to be hosting this event," added Lyon. "We are looking for teams to fill out our brackets. I've received a lot of interest so far from teams all over this area. We expect a great weekend of competitive futsal."

United States Futsal (USFF) has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is "The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer" and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players.

Coaches and players the world over see futsal as a fast paced, action-packed, electrifying game with many similarities to soccer that can be played indoors and outdoors. "Futsal fever" is catching on in USA, with coaches recognizing numerous technical and tactical benefits that are transferable to soccer.

Futsal Tournament

Smyrna's Calli Simmons becomes second soccer signee for Motlow State Lady Bucks

Nov. 4, 2016

Current Smyrna High School senior Calli Simmons became the second member of next season's Motlow State Community College women's soccer program when she signed a National Letter of Intent recently to play for the Lady Bucks.

Motlow Head Coach Andy Lyon joined Simmons at her high school for the signing ceremony, along with family and former coaches. Simmons' signing comes on the heels of Tullahoma's Anastasia Wellington, who became the first Motlow soccer signee earlier in the day. The National Junior College Athletic Association signing period opened Nov. 1, and both Wellington and Simmons signed that day.

"Calli possesses a great soccer IQ and reads the game extremely well," said Lyon. "She has an inventive side to her game that I feel will benefit our style of play. I know Calli will be a positive teammate and excellent representative of the soccer program and Motlow."

Simmons earned second team all-district honors playing for Smyrna this past season in rugged District 7-AAA. She is the first high school student-athlete to sign with the Motlow soccer program, as Wellington is already a student at Motlow this academic year.

Calli Simmons
Smyrna High School soccer standout Calli Simmons recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Simmons was joined at the signing ceremony by, seated from left, Frankie Simmons, brother; Chad Simmons, father; Calli; and Sherri Simmons, mother. Standing from left, Stephanie Goldsmith, Smyrna head coach; Bernie Ortega, Stones River Futbol Club travel team head coach; and Andy Lyon, head coach of the Lady Bucks. Photo provided.

Tullahoma's Anastasia Wellington is first Motlow State soccer signee

Nov. 2, 2016

Former Tullahoma High School soccer star Anastasia Wellington made history when she became the first student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent with the new Motlow State Community College women's soccer program.

The signing period for all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) sports except football opened on Nov. 1, and Wellington and Lady Bucks Head Coach Andy Lyon wasted no time in making the Tullahoma native the first face of Motlow soccer.

"We are extremely proud to have Anastasia become the first student-athlete to sign a soccer National Letter of Intent with Motlow State," said Lyon. "She will represent the program well on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Wellington had an outstanding career in her four years at Tullahoma, earning first team all-District 8-AAA honors after both her junior and senior seasons. She was named second team all-district after her sophomore season, and in her first campaign was named freshman of the year.

Outside of her high school career, Anastasia as a two-time state champion on the club level, playing for head coach Pat Lazarus and the Camp Forest Soccer Club.

"Anastasia is a potent attacking threat," added Lyon. "She is indicative of the level of talent we are striving to bring to the Motlow soccer program as it begins. She was an outstanding player at Tullahoma and we are confident she will continue to excel here at Motlow. This is just the beginning for this new program, and Anastasia represents the type of high quality person and talent that will fill the Lady Bucks roster."

The Lady Bucks will continue to recruit and sign players throughout the year, leading up to the official beginning of practice on Aug. 1, 2017. Motlow is expected to fill approximately 20 roster spots when the junior college soccer season opens during the final week of August.

Anastasia Wellington
Former Tullahoma standout Anastasia Wellington became the first women's soccer player in Motlow State Community College history when she signed a National Letter of Intent with the school on Nov. 1. Joining Anastasia at the ceremony were, seated from left, her great-grandmother Louise Wellington, Anastasia, and her grandmother Regina Gray. Standing from left, Pat Lazarus, head coach of the Camp Forest Soccer Club, Jessica Souviney, mother, and Andy Lyon, Motlow head coach. Motlow State photo.

Motlow State women's soccer program to hold tryout Nov. 12 at Johnson Lane in Tullahoma

Oct. 17, 2016

The new Motlow State Community College women's soccer program will hold its first tryout on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Johnson Lane Recreational Fields in Tullahoma, according to Head Coach Andy Lyon. The tryout session is scheduled from 10 a.m. - noon.

"The tryouts will allow me to watch players and see how they mesh with different groups and situations," said Lyon, who was hired to lead the new program in August. "I am extremely excited to get started. Those that try out will get to see the caliber of student-athletes that have already expressed an interest in our program."

The tryout is open to high school seniors and to those who are current Motlow freshman students. Attendees must bring appropriate clothing and footwear, and must bring proof of a completed physical examination within the previous 13 months.

"There has been a very encouraging amount of interest in the program since it was announced in late July," added Lyon. "I have received nothing but encouragement from the soccer community and I am confident that we are going to field a team that they can be proud of."

For further information about the tryout and the Motlow women’s soccer program, contact Coach Lyon at or 931-393-1622.

Andy Lyon named Motlow State women's soccer coach

Sept. 1, 2016

With its first match now less than one year away, Motlow State Community College has announced that Andy Lyon of Tullahoma will be the school's first head coach of the new women's soccer program.

Lyon is familiar to soccer players and fans throughout middle Tennessee and beyond. He is the chairman of Camp Forrest FC, a select soccer club based in Tullahoma. He has won both indoor and outdoor state tournaments and has coached numerous players that have represented various college soccer teams throughout the region.

"I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge of starting the first junior college soccer program in Tennessee," said Lyon. "I believe Motlow is in an advantageous area geographically due to the large pool of women's soccer players in the surrounding area. I'm anxious to get started and am looking forward to bringing in quality student-athletes who will represent Motlow State as women's soccer pioneers in our state."

Born in Nottingham, England, where he took part in Nottingham Forest Youth programs and studied and played soccer at Leeds University, Lyon came to the United States to join the coaching staff of the NY/NJ Metrostars in their youth development program. He was hired away from the Metrostars by the Major League Soccer organization to direct youth camps and as a player development consultant.

Coach Lyon currently holds a USSF B coaching license as well as USSF national youth license and a NSCAA director of coaching diploma. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach of the men's program at the University of the South and was an assistant coach with the Webb School girls soccer team in Bell Buckle.

"Andy is exactly the type of coach and leader that we were looking for to start our program," said Scott Shasteen, athletic director at Motlow. "He has vast experience in coaching on all levels and he is very familiar with high school coaches and student-athletes throughout Motlow's 11-county service area as well as across the country."

Lyon's first day of work was Sept. 1, and in addition to leading the new women's soccer program, he will also be the coordinator of non-credit activities at Motlow.

"I am eager to get started on this exciting project and am thoroughly looking forward to bringing in quality student-athletes who will represent Motlow on the women's soccer stage," added Lyon. "Soccer continues to grow and the new women's team gives student-athletes a path to play on the junior college level."

Motlow has not yet determined where it will play home games while it seeks to build a soccer facility on the Moore County campus. Those interested in the Motlow women's soccer program can contact Coach Lyon at 931-393-1622 or

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