@AU_WSoccer Opens 2017 in the Sunshine State

Reagan Gould is a freshman midfielder for AU.

American (0-0-0) vs. Stetson (0-0-0)
Fri., Aug. 18, 2017 • 4 p.m. • Tampa, Fla. • Corbett Soccer Stadium
All-Time Record: First Meeting
Live Stats

American at South Florida
Sun., Aug. 20, 2017 • 1 p.m. • Tampa, Fla. • Corbett Soccer Stadium
All-Time Record: First Meeting
Live Stats | Video

WASHINGTON — The American University women's soccer team kicks off its 2017 season in Tampa, Florida, over the weekend. The Eagles will take on Stetson in the opener at the University of South Florida in a neutral-site contest on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. AU will conclude the trip down south against the host USF Bulls on Sunday at 1 p.m.

American welcomes eight freshmen — Morgan BrinsonRyleigh BrownKiara FairbairnReagan GouldAsia HorneTori KentOlivia Lai and Toni Williams and a pair of transfers — Carly Perry and Gabriela Maldonado to the roster.

Senior Kaylee Hillard and junior Audrey Denkler missed most of last season due to injuries, but are back to full health to start the 2017 season.

Hillard went down during the seventh game of the season and missed the remainder of the year. As a sophomore, she finished with a pair of assists in 18 games and took a career-best 12 shots. Denkler missed five games and finished tied for fourth in points with three. In 32 career games, she has eight points on three goals and two assists. 

The battle for the starting goalkeeper position will be a tough decision for head coach Anabel Hering. AU returns all three keepers from last season — Colleen VivaldiMorgan Lang and Amy Krotine – and adds Ryleigh Brown to the mix. In 2016, Vivaldi finished with the lowest goals against average (2.12), Lang had 54 saves and Krotine secured a win against Longwood.

Stetson finished last season 9-7-2. Sarah Collins will conclude her final season with the Hatters after scoring 10 goals for 26 points.

South Florida enters the 2017 season after a 12-4-3 record a season ago. Evelyne Viens returns for the Bulls after a 36-point campaign in 2016. Viens had 16 goals and four assists.