So, if you are wondering how the girls prepare for game day here is a video they put together to let you in on their secrets….
Hope you liked it!
Despite the vicious heat, NGU came out on top when playing against Kings University, here are some of the awesome things the girls accomplished:
Pictures will be up soon!!
So, you are probably wondering about pictures for NGU vs CoLumbia College and USC Aiken….well the pictures for that game were not as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes so we decided to not show those.
Here are some pictures from SWU:
And here are some pictures from Limestone:
The thing is about these games….the girls fought hard and no matter the results on the scoreboard they knew they still had each other’s back and were using these games to help motivate their game for the next match!
NGU went away with a loss this match, 1-0. NGU battled hard and good possession throughout the match. Do not worry this did not discourage our girls, it only encouraged them and kept them motivated for their next opponent.
(Funny) Pictures from the game:
Well, in case you did not know preseason is referred to as iron week. During iron week the team is put through skill and fitness tests and also they have 2-3 practices each day for a week. However, iron week is not just about soccer, it is also about the team bonding and building chemistry.
Here are some pictures of iron week:
This is a video of the seniors lighting the torch to signify the beginning or iron week!
During Iron week the girls go through several competitions testing their physical endurance and their soccer skills! Each year there is a first,second and third place. The first place was M.Gleed, second place was J.Shutt and third place was B.Waldrep. This year the golden glove was added and that is a competition between the goals. The winner of the golden glove is M.Schober.
This is a picture of the team at the end of their camp they went to!
After camp and all that jazz, the team was able to do a team photo shoot. I mean, who doesn’t want a photo shoot with 20+of their new BFFs!?!
Yeah….I think senorities is hitting them already!!
Well, someone found their calling for after soccer. They are strutting their stuff into season!
We all have to do something with our hands!
When in doubt throw up a peace sign 🙂
Where has the time gone?? The little freshness from last year all growed up!
And here is the team of freshman!! Looking so fly!
It’s preseason, what else do you expect?!?
“And then coach was like “‘then we are going to run hills”‘”
Girls, let’s get in formation
Warning: the scene depicted above is from lack of sleep,lots of physical activity, and oh yeah….FUN!!
It has been about 9 months since I last put on a NGU uniform. There isn’t a day that I don’t think about and miss putting that jersey on. It’s still hard to believe there’s no more 6 am weights, no more running the dreaded beep test, no more pre-game dance parties (“baby its you…”), no more bus rides, no more walk/run/or what’s also known as ”wog”. Some of my best memories were made either on the soccer field or off the field with my teammates.
Having said all of this, I would not say my time here was always easy though; there were definitely some hard times. Some in which included, having to overcome the doubts when I was not producing any goals or assists, or when we lost every game but two my sophomore year. Or to the plague of injuries, which included, an ankle sprain, tearing my ACL for a second time and having to miss my senior year (which I hope no one has to experience). It was during these times though that I grew the most as a player and person.
When we lost every game but two my sophomore year, it wasn’t that we were not good, we had great players, we just couldn’t put it all together. And what made it worst for me was the fact that as a forward I did not score a single goal or assist that year. And if anyone knows me I am a player who is driven by stats, so it was hard seeing a zero next to goals and assist. It was during this time that I grew so much as player, being pushed by our Coaches to new limits during weights, fitness, and technical sessions. It was during this time as a team we kept each other accountable to not cut corners when we had to run 3 fifths for a practice (which I am sorry if you ever have to do these, they are death), or had to get up at 6 am for weights, or pushing each other to do one more 120. It was also during this time that I grew and stopped letting stats define me. All of this hard work paid off because the following season we won 8 games and made it to the Conference Tournament and I personally lead the team in assist that season. But this growth as a player happened because of the help of my teammates and Coaches pushing me to be the best during practice, but also helping me realize my identity is not found in how many goals or assist I make.
It was not until my senior year when I grew the most as a person. Everyone has an image of what his or her senior year is going to be. For me that was coming in and being the leader in assist and goals and help lead the team to a Conference Championship. However, that dream quickly slipped away, when I tore my ACL for a second time in our last spring scrimmage. I can’t even describe how painful it was finding out that I was going to have to miss my senior year and not be able to play with the girls who I had experienced everything with. From our first preseason, to our first College game, to the early morning practices and the countless runs to Olive Garden, Panera, and Chickfila to avoid the caf food. Knowing that I was not going to be playing my senior year, I had no clue what the season was going to hold, what my role was going to be, or how I was going to be able to impact other players without playing. I was not going to be getting that “dream” season. But it was at this time I grew as a person, having to rely on others for help, which I do not do well with, but really growing in my faith, trusting that God was in control. He gave me exactly what I needed during this time. God gave me a “dream” team and Coaches who encouraged me, were there when I needed a shoulder to cry on or a friend to go get ice cream with (and yes ice-cream does make everything better). And to top it off, through determination and perseverance I had the opportunity to play in my last two games of my career, even though I was not fully cleared or had not touched a ball in over 6 months. As painful and as much as I wish I had been able to play my senior year, I believe if I had played I would not have made as close of relationships with my teammates or Coaches, I would have been more focused on “MY dream” senior year than making relationships that are going to last a lifetime.
I am so grateful for being able to have played for the NGU Women’s Soccer Team. My experience here has taught me many life lessons and I have grown so much as a person and player. This team is so much more than yourself, how many goals you scored, or how many wins or loses; it is really about working hard, being a family and being there for one another during the good and the bad. This team helps you become the best version of yourself.
As an athlete and an avid lover of food eating has never really been a problem. However, once I got to college and starting playing soccer and training as a collegiate athlete I soon learned that what I put into my body is what I get out of it. I could not fuel my body on junk food and expect great results. If you are wondering what else you should do in order to be successful, it is: EAT right! Here is a link on how I stayed focused on what to eat and how much to eat!
My name is Maggie Schopp. I’m the oldest and most mature out of me and my sister however everyone thinks she’s older because she’s like 6 feet tall. Fun fact I don’t really look like my family so the joke is I’m adopted and every time I meet new people I tell them that. I have a passion for movies and ice cream specifically Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake. If anyone ever needs a person to eat with or watch movies with in your girl. I also love adventures, I’ve been skydiving once and plan to go again as well as cliff diving sometime soon.
Hi, my name is Mary Courtney Puryear (#12) but most people call me MC! I’m the oldest with one sister and one brother. I’m from South Georgia so most people pick up on my accent pretty quick if they’re not from there:) I played basketball and soccer and ran cross country in high school but my true passion of course is soccer! I’ve never had surgery before because of an injury until recently I tore my ACL. Im praying for a full recovery so I can be back on the field as soon as possible! I love the God, the beach, chicken, and pretty much anything sweet:)
Hi, I’m Annie Miller! I’m a freshman goalkeeper, and I LOVE to nap. My friends at home even call me NarcolAnnie because they think I’m narcoleptic! I really love to travel, especially to the beach. If I could eat ice cream for the rest of my life……. I would. I love to be outside and compete at anything and everything. I have way too many pairs of Chacos, but I love, and wear, them all equally. I will laugh at all corny jokes and puns, so throw some at me! I’ll be majoring in Marketing and I get excited easily, so you know I’m pumped for NGU!!!!
Hey hey! I’m Heily, I know what you’re probably thinking “how do you pronounce that” but it’s actually the most basic name ever just spelled in Spanish. It’s Hayley! I’m a freshman at NGU and also a part of Ngu’s woman’s soccer program. I like to spend my time out on the soccer field with my dad and helping him train his club teams. I’m from Beaufort South Carolina where we’re known for beautiful sunsets and views of the ocean on every corner, I mostly love hanging with my friends at the beach or pool even though I can’t really swim but I know one day I’ll learn. I also like to sing but mostly just on my own because I’m a nervous wreck around other people. I love to make the most of every moment and making memories. I want to laugh and grow these following years and I know the lord is going to be with me along the way!
Hey Guys! My name is Jayce Ward. I am a freshman on the NGU women’s soccer team. I am from Greenville, South Carolina. I am a Clemson tiger fan!🐯💜 I like to consider myself a Major fan of Disney and its music! I love to watch Netflix. I like to go to the beach and spend time with my family.
My name is Abby Robinson and I am an incoming freshman. I am from Greenville, SC. I am the middle of three girls. I will be majoring in health sciences to become a PA to hopefully specialize in pediatrics. (I really love being with little kids hints the pediatrics) I have played soccer ever since i was three and have never stopped. I love the beach and really anything outdoor. I really love elephants, sea turtles, and dogs. Summer is my favorite time of the year besides Christmas. I really love food however i am usually a very picky eater. I will never turn down a capri sun those are my favorite. I can’t wait to see what the next four years have in store for me.
My names Charlsie, but I go by Chuck because Charlsie is hard to pronounce, but if you prefer to say my real name you say it like (Charl-c)! I love dogs, as you can see in my picture. I enjoy trips to the animal shelter, but I had to stop going because my parents didn’t like that I’d always bring one home. I have quite the obsession over coffee, me and the baristas at Starbucks are on a first name basis now. Oh also, I’m from Helen Georgia! Little German town in the middle of nowhere. I enjoy trips to the grocery store, preferably at night so there’s not as many people, and if you’re looking for someone to road trip with, I’m your girl. I could drive for hours and not get tired of it. Always down to adventure on top of mountains, although I am afraid of heights. I love going places I’ve never been before!
My name is Bri Rowe, I’m from smithsburg Maryland aka middle of nowhere. I’m the baby of my family where I have 2 order sisters Ang and Sara. Playing sports is one of my favorite things to do whether it’s soccer, track or even tennis. I also love hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. Chick fil a is definitely my favorite restaurant and I’ll love anyone who goes there with me.
Hey guys! My name is Sarah Nies but everyone calls me Sarah Beth. I live in Melbourne, Florida and love to go to the beach with my dogs, play soccer and read. I am the youngest out of my two brothers and one sister. I plan on majoring in clinical biology in hopes of going to medical school one day and becoming a surgeon. Oh and I also love anything that has to do with being outside or working out.:)
Hey guys! My name is Hope Robson, I’m a freshman at NGU, also a part of the womens soccer team. I’m from Englewood, Florida. I have a brother who is 2 and a half years older than me. My favorite food is pizza. I love to binge watch shows on Netflix, way to much. My hobbies include soccer, napping, and eating. My biggest weakness is food and jeeps.
My name is Madison Kelly and I am an incoming freshman at NGU. I am originally from Pensacola, FL but moved to Greenville last year. I am the oldest child of three, and my younger sister and brother are my absolute best friends. I love Thai food, Reese’s peanut butter cups, my favorite band is Coldplay, and I’m weirdly obsessed with Napoleon Dynamite!
Freshman, you are about to experience something rare! You are getting ready to experience something most people do not get to have, you are getting ready to play soccer at a collegiate level. It is always best to be over prepared than under, so here is your summer workout freshman, use it wisely. Have fun!!!