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Women's Soccer Kicks Down School Record

The women's soccer team had a great season, setting a program record of 13 wins (the team had only seven losses) and advancing to the conference championship game for the first time ever. The Cougars also became the lowest seed to advance to the conference championship game since the USA South began playing the tournament in 2000.

"First and foremost I think our team has a very special chemistry and it all comes down to a couple of fundamental principles which are fairness, acceptance and embracing our differences," Coach Carly Pearce said of the team's success. "When a person is comfortable in their own skin and others around them accept and respect their differences it is a recipe for success. Hard-work, commitment and a desire to win are all by products to our fundamental principles."

The team also had seven players voted to the USA South All-Conference Team: freshman Suvi Piipponen, freshman Sandra Johnson, sophomore Ringa Remes, freshman Pernilla Milton, freshman Maliha Ataullah and freshman Emma Brady. Mirva Toivonen earned recognition as the team's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team.

Looking forward to next year, Pearce plans to add quality student-athletes to an already solid foundation. She's also hoping that with the team's experience, they will be better able to mentally prepare for their games next year.

"Our team has had a taste of success and there is a desire for more. Our loss against CNU (Christopher Newport University) in the finals has fueled the team's desire to be better for next season."

Up to this point, Averett's only other conference tournament semifinal appearance was in 2006, a fact Pearce hopes to rectify in the near future. Her long term goal for the team is to win the USA South Conference and make an impact in the national tournament.

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