Clinton, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women’s soccer team will look to rebound from a 3-14-0 season in 2016. The Blue Hose get their preseason started with a trip to Georgia State on Saturday.
The leading returning scorer for the Blue Hose is senior midfielder, Frances Whitesides. She is coming off a junior season in which she scored four goals and had one assist. Sophomore Alyssa Leaman is the leading returner in goal. She played over 850 minutes in goal in 2016 recording 63 saves and allowing 22 goals for a .741 save percentage.
This season the Blue Hose will travel outside the state of South Carolina only four times as five of their nine road games are within the state borders. A trip to Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala. is their farthest trip. Gardner-Webb is far and away the opponent they have played the most all-time, they also boast a 16-6-1 record in their 23 meetings. Alabama State is the team they have faced the least as they are 2-0-0 in their two meetings back in 2013-2014.
PC has their first of four exhibition matches this Saturday as they face Georgia State at 2:00 p.m. They play at home on Tuesday the 15th versus Spartanburg Methodist, then face Limestone in Gaffney on the 17th before wrapping up the preseason with the Blue/White game on Saturday the 19th.
“I am looking forward to getting the team out to play our four scrimmages,” said coach Brian Purcell. “As much as we may practice certain things there is nothing like the real game to get the players to really understand what it takes to be successful. We’ll try not to get too caught up in the results of the game but focus on the development and improvement.”
The match between the Blue Hose and Georgia State will be played at 2:00 p.m. in Norcross, Ga. on Saturday the 12th.