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Lady Flames to Play W-League, Internationally

May 14, 2008
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Rising senior Mallory Neff is one of 11 Lady Flames playing W-League or U-20 National Soccer this summer.

Rising senior Mallory Neff is one of 11 Lady Flames playing W-League or U-20 National Soccer this summer.

Although the academic year has come to an end on Liberty Mountain, it remains a busy time for several members of the Liberty Women's Soccer program. Ten Lady Flames have are playing this summer with teams from the United Soccer League's W-League, while Silvia Betancourt has returned to the Costa Rica National Team.

Rising seniors Mallory Neff, Hope West and Emily House will be joined by rising sophomores Maria Owen, Kristie McBrien and incoming freshman Jeanine Johnston on the roster of the Richmond Kickers Destiny. In addition to the six Lady Flames headed to Richmond for the summer, rising seniors Ashley Braam and Lauren Kamphuis along with rising juniors Heather Bowling and Rachel Wisehart will play for the Charlotte Lady Eagles.

"I am extremely excited for this group of ladies, and very proud of their commitment to our program," commented interim head coach Adam Godwin. "The W-League is arguably the highest level of club soccer for women in the world right now.

"To have 10 girls from our team involved is just phenomenal! I would be surprised, if any program in the country has as many players as we do competing in the W-League this summer. That says a lot about the direction our program is heading in.

"I am particularly excited for May 24 and June 14 to roll around, because Richmond and Charlotte will be playing against each other! How great would it be if we saw all 10 Lady Flames on the field at once!"

In addition to the W-League contingent, Silvia Betancourt, who will be a freshman eligibility-wise this fall, is linking up with the Costa Rica U-20 National Team to compete in the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. Costa Rica will compete in Group B against Canada, Jamaica and Nicaragua. The tournament is being held in Puebla, Mexico, and will run from June 17-28.
"We are all extremely excited for Silvia," commented Godwin. "She is an outstanding player with a really terrific attitude, and I cannot wait to see what she achieves this summer.

"I cannot speak highly enough of the commitment of our entire roster this summer. In addition to these 11 players, we have other girls joining up with old club teams or getting private coaching. Every player has been assigned an intense summer workout program, which will give us a fantastic foundation for the fall.

"Overall, I am excited by the opportunities these ladies have to go out and impact the world for Christ this summer. This past semester has been so exciting to see the amount of spiritual growth we have experienced as a group. I am so excited to see these girls go out for a few months now and impact their part of the world."