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Eastern Florida Women Kick Off 2014 Soccer Season at Home on Friday
Sept. 3, 2014 - Five weeks after its first practice Eastern Florida State College's women's soccer team plays its first real game, hosting Spring Hill College's junior varsity at 7 p.m. Friday on the Melbourne Campus.
Admission is free.
Spring Hill is an NCAA Division II institution located in Mobile, Alabama.
Eastern Florida comes into Friday's game ranked fifth nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and sixth nationally by the NJCAA.
The Titans, who finished 12-3-1 last season, are shooting for their third consecutive NJCAA national tournament appearance.
EFSC head coach Jeff Carr is fielding a young team comprised of 21 freshmen among the 24 players on the roster. The pre-season and five scrimmages have given him a good idea of what he has but until his players face the heat of regular-season competition he won't know for sure.
He is building his team around sophomore captain and 2013 second-team All-American Jamie Perriello who will be joined in the midfield by identical freshman twins Abbie and Briana Camargo. Freshman Helen Ramsey is expected to be a scoring threat at forward while the backline will be anchored by returning sophomore Samantha Solis.
Also expected to play key roles are freshmen goalkeeper Asmara Holmes and classmates Kaila Henson, Haley Cook, Serena Delgado, Mariah Lewis, Kiana Hamilton, Kassidee Davis and Arnela Cordic among others.
"Everyone is anxious to get started," Carr said. "The scrimmages are good when it comes to assessing talent and positioning but there is nothing like being on our home field under the lights with the result mattering.
"We've practiced a lot. It's time to play. I expect us to come out with speed and determination and to play good, hard-nosed Eastern Florida soccer."
Speaking of EFSC women's soccer three Titans home matches, a 6 p.m. Oct. 4 visit from Navarro College, the 6 p.m. Oct. 7 visit from Polk State College and the 6 p.m. Oct. 24 visit from Broward College, will be carried live on WEFS-TV and streamed live on the Internet at www.njcaatv.com/efsc
Eastern Florida plays Polk and Broward three times each to determine which one team advances to the NJCAA District H final where a national tournament berth is at stake.
The national tournament will be held on the Melbourne Campus field for the second straight year in November and through 2016.