UPEI Women’s Soccer coaches Graeme McDonald and Glenn Smiley are looking forward to officially kicking off the 2014 AUS season on September 5 against Acadia in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
“We are excited to introduce a new attacking philosophy, incorporating a system with patterns of play to be more creative and score more goals,” said McDonald.
Since taking over the women’s program in April, McDonald and Smiley have met with the team, are overseeing off-season development programs, and looking after sport operations. McDonald is reaching out to the corporate community to create partnerships, providing businesses with exposure opportunities at the UPEI Turf Facility and at Panther Soccer home games.
McDonald and Smiley are also busy running their Soccer 1 Academy programs, and recently led their U18 Boys soccer team to an Atlantic Championship.
Most of the 2013–14 players are returning for the upcoming season, with AUS All-Star and UPEI Female Athlete of the Year midfielder Sarah Stanley and AUS All-Star striker Maria Scichilone leading the pack.
Preparations are also underway for the third annual Mulligan Cup, August 30–31. New this year will be a soccer festival component for families to enjoy. In the coming weeks, the 2014 soccer season pass ticket sales will be launched. For more information on Panther Sport and the UPEI Women’s Soccer team, visit www.gopanthersgo.ca
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