LYNCHBURG, Va. – As the Liberty women's soccer team gears up to defend its Big South title, first year head coach Lang Wedemeyer spoke with LFSN's Alan York to give updates on the program. The voice of the Flames spoke to Wedemeyer about the team's tough 2017 schedule, moving back home to Virginia and building renovations for Liberty soccer.
Wedemeyer has had just over four months to get adjusted leading the Lady Flames as he went through his first spring with his new squad. Having arrived in February, Wedemeyer was able to see his team go through a four-game spring schedule highlighted by North Carolina State.
"It has really been a chaotic but wonderful time," Wedemeyer said. "It has been wonderful to work with the players in the spring season to kind of get to know them and for them to get to know me and the style of play we want to incorporate here at Liberty."
Wedemeyer enters a great situation as the Lady Flames return a wealth of talent as five players return that earned seven all-conference honors. Two first team All-Big South honorees return in Gabrielle Farrell and Isabella Habuda. Junior's Jennifer Knoebel and Sami Santos will enter their senior campaign after being named second team All-Conference. Joining Farrell on the All-Freshman team was Sisi Lam. Farrell was also named Big South Freshman of the Year.
All the talent coming back to Lynchburg will be need for a challenging 2017 schedule that features six teams with 11 wins or more last season and four teams that made it to the semifinals of their respective conference tournaments. Throughout the season, Liberty will play in seven different states, playing against some of the best competition throughout the East Coast.
It is somewhat of a homecoming for Wedemeyer, being a native of Roanoke, Va. and playing his collegiate soccer at Virginia Tech. During his time as a member of the Hokies, Wedemeyer was named the Hokie's top defensive player in 1991 and 1992.
"It's been great (Being in Virginia) we have seen our family so much the past few months then we have in the last 10 years," Wedemeyer added. "Being back in Virginia and being back in the Blue Ridge Mountains and being in Lynchburg has been wonderful."
Once the Lady Flames return to Lynchburg after the summer, they will see a renovated Luurtsema Hall as the locker room is being expanded to nearly double the space. Liberty is also adding a new team room where players and coaches will be able to meet and have a new place to watch film together.
Wedemeyer comes to Liberty following a highly successful 17-year run as the head women's soccer coach at South Dakota State. During his time at the helm of the Jackrabbits' program, Wedemeyer led South Dakota State to four Summit League championships and trips to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship (2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
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