GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s soccer’s midfielder unit played a key role in an offensive attack last year that produced 50 goals, the most in a single-season in program history since 2004. The Spartans return all but one letterwinner at the position, with a few players who have already earned recognition from the Southern Conference.
UNCG will lose just one starting midfielder, but it will be a substantial loss the team has to overcome. After Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir transferred from Carson-Newman, she started all 43 games in her two years and earned All-SoCon First Team and Second Team and All-Tournament honors both seasons, including the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player last season.
“What a fantastic player Heida was,” UNCG head coach Michael Coll said. “We have added the experience of playing without her this past spring. So the players that were teammates of hers the last two seasons know that they're going to have to get better to make up for her loss.”
Senior Grace Kennedy and redshirt-junior Kaley Tucker combined to start all but one game in the midfield last year. Kennedy was selected to the All-SoCon Second Team honors with three assists on the season while logging 1,503 minutes. Tucker earned a spot on the All-Freshmen Team in 2017 and last year tied for third on the team in points (11) and fourth in goals (four) and assists (three).
Several other Spartans will return with starting experience and extensive playing time off the bench. Senior Ashton Duty returned from injury last year to start in six of 16 games played and has 30 career starts. Duty assisted on five goals and has collected seven career points. Sophomore Jordin Mosely played in all but one game with one start with six points and scored her first collegiate goal in the semifinal game of the SoCon Tournament against No. 3 ETSU.
“Grace and Kaley sort of take on the majority of that workload from Heida in the midfield, and Quiqui can also take on that role with her experience in the midfield,” Coll said. “It's going to be mostly making up for her loss by committee, but thankfully most of these players have played with Heida for many years. They know the things they will have to bring to the table.”
Newcomers Added to the Mix
UNCG will have multiple players added to the position. Three players redshirted in their first year in Greensboro last year, Rachel Rouse, Seraiah Dunham and Ashley Avelino. They will be joined by true freshman Gabi Santora.
“Gabi is a very good midfielder, so we'll see how she fits into the midfield and how her main strengths fit into our lineup, regardless of what formation we play,” Coll said. “We can flip from different ones if needed.”
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