COCHRAN, GA - 2018 should be an interesting one for Knights Women's Soccer. The team boasts a good mixture of experienced and novice players and the mix of the two will go a long way to decide the outcome of the season. A key issue for the Knights will be replacing All-Conference performer Sam Silva up front. Silva scored 50 goals in her four years at Middle Georgia and returner Alejandra Wahn, a sophomore from El Salvador, will join Freshmen Miagh Downey (Colchester, UK) Reagan Hyde (Milton, Florida) and Hannah Theriault (Dublin, Georgia) to try to fill the void. In midfield, the Knights return Natalie Skorupa (Nierstein, Germany) and Manuela Bedoya (El Salvador City) who will be aided by incoming freshmen Pernille Kelm (Frederikssund, Denmark) and Tabea Thoma (Frankfurt, Germany).
At the back, Senior transfer Sophie Reynolds will add leadership as will sophomore returners Anna Hieronymus and freshman Philippa Watters (Cavan, Ireland), . Big things are also expected from freshmen Ellie Russell (Salisbury, UK) and Vivien Grosser (Voerde, Germany). There is also a strong group of Georgia Freshmen on the squad led by Brandy Ann Wacker (Rome, Ga), Sarah Coursey (Savannah, Ga), and Kaitlyn Louthan (Leesburg, Ga).
In goal, the Knights will be strong with Senior transfer Ronja Andersson (Skjetten, Norway), redshirt freshman Donielle Harrington (Lake City Florida) and Anna Galarza (Smith Station, Alabama) competing for the starting spot.
As usual the schedule will be a daunting one. Out of conference the Knights face perennial Top 25 powers Gwinnett, SCAD, Thomas and Southeastern while there will also be competitive games against natural rivals such as Life and Georgia Southwestern. The conference will open with Bethel and include key games against Faulkner, Dalton, Brewton Parker and, for the first time, Florida College. Of course, there will always be the top five ranked trio of Martin Methodist, William Carey and Mobile.
"I think we have talent," said Coach Vinny Gill, entering his twelfth season in charge of the Knights. "The key will be patience. We will just have to learn from each game and if we do, by conference time, we will be fine."