GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s soccer returns all three goalkeepers from last season and adds a newcomer to the mix for the 2019 season. With just one upperclassman in the group, head coach Michael Coll believes the position’s depth and youth will be a strength the team can rely on all season.
Tyler-Cooper as an Upperclassman
Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper already places among the best goalkeepers in program history after two seasons. She ranks fifth in goals against average (0.95), eighth in saves (193) and ninth in shutouts (14). In 2018, she started every game and was second in the SoCon in shutouts (six), third in saves (87), fourth in save percentage (.813) and fifth in goals against average (0.97), garnering an All-SoCon Second-Team selection.
“Aiyanah’s a very good goalkeeper, a starter for pretty much her entire collegiate career,” Coll said. “We need her to take on more of a leadership role as an upperclassman, and just get better. She's got certain things in her game I know she wants to improve on, and hopefully we can teach her those things. We want her to be even more vocal to her teammates. She's such a strong player with all this success already in her time here, she's going to have to inspire everyone around her for more team success.”
Depth Behind Tyler-Cooper
Kelley Mitchell and Anna Bryant are the two other returning goalkeepers. Both made their collegiate debuts last year. Mitchell battled back from injuries early in her career and made a save in 32 minutes of action in a win over Wofford. Bryant, who appeared in two games, didn’t allow a goal and made three in a victory over High Point. Freshman Abby Buchholz enters the mix after lettering every year at New Hartford (N.Y.) Senior High School.
“It's nice that we have four goalkeepers for the first time in my tenure here,” Coll said. “We've got two things: the opportunity to play some great games in training and ability to bring quality goalkeepers into a game if needed. This unit was very close last year, and that really made them better. We add Buchholz to the mix, and she's got to bring the same thing. She's got to be really supportive of the other three.”
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