Following the success of its championship 2018 season, Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien had more good news to share Monday.
“They’re going to create more depth, and if they work hard, they could be starters for us,” O’Brien said. “Because you play so many games in rapid succession, it’s important to have a deep team and be able to rotate your squad.”
Rogers scored two goals in 15 games as a freshman at Auburn in 2018. She tallied 86 career goals at Prattville High School near Montgomery, Alabama.
“She has electric pace and is good at running at defenders,” O’Brien said. “She’ll fit into how we play with our transition and counter-attacking style.”
Van Liere appeared in 15 matches over three seasons at Florida. O’Brien said her passing ability from the center midfielder position will provide a boost for the Lady Bisons.
“She’s technical, intelligent and is a really good passer,” he said. “We have talented forwards, but their runs [toward the goal] don’t mean anything if we don’t have someone to pass them the ball.”
Rogers and Van Liere join forward Allie Dunn as Lipscomb’s 2nd and 3rd transfers from the SEC. Dunn played at Arkansas in 2017 and figured to be a promising addition for the Lady Bisons before an injury derailed her 2018 campaign.
Lipscomb is coming off its most successful season in program history after finishing with a 15-5-2 record and winning its first-ever ASUN tournament title. The Lady Bisons then shocked Mississippi State in a 1-0, overtime victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Nov. 9.
“That’s elevated our program for sure,” O’Brien said of the tournament run. “These transfers wanted a good soccer environment plus the spiritual formation side of things, which is something we offer that a lot of schools don’t.”
The Lady Bisons are already working to repeat as ASUN champions. The team returned to campus last week and began spring training in the weight room. They move to on-field practices this week and will play a handful of exhibition matches later this semester.
“We’re not here to defend our championship,” O’Brien said. “We want to go out and get another one. That starts with spring training. It’s a grind and involves many more practices than games, but it’s what we need to do to reach our goals.”
Doak named Scholar All-American; recognition rolls in for Lady Bisons
Lipscomb forward Olivia Doak was named a Second-Team Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (USC). She holds a 3.86 GPA as a Biology major.
The junior scored nine goals and earned ASUN Player of the Year honors in 2018. She also appeared at No. 92 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 list.
Doak, defenders Justis Bailey and Logan McFadden and goalkeeper Kate Mason were each named to the USC’s All-South Scholar Region Team.