Lady Moundbuilders edge Lions in season opener

By Emily Berry

Staff reporter

Aug. 26 marked the first day of the women’s soccer season.  With a final score of 3-2, the Lady Moundbuilders were victorious over Southwestern Assemblies of God University Saturday evening at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.

” We did a really good job coming together and bringing that family mentality to the field, said head coach Joe Wood. “There was obviously a number of things we need to work on, but that doesn’t take way from the fact that we got a W and it’s a great way to start the season.”

With eight freshman on the team, the Lady Moundbuilders have proven their potential for growth and experience as the season continues to progress. “They’re awesome, they’re doing a really good job,” said Wood. “They’re all coming in and doing the right things so I’m really pleased.”

One of the starters of the game was Kassidy Wackerly. The freshman defender said, “It’s a lot on my shoulders. I had to focus on my team, focus on the game, make sure I play and don’t let it get to my head.”

The team is comprised primarily of returning athletes this year.

“We have a ton of potential, we have a really good group of returners and they’re kind of the glue that’s brought everybody together and I think it’s awesome,” said Wood.

With this being the team’s first win, the Lady Moundbuilders are determined to achieve a greater level of success down the road. “I think we deserved it, we definitely outplayed the team and we worked hard for this,” said Wackerly. “I see really good things in our future.”

The Lady Builders will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday Sep. 2 against Mid America Christian at home. “We’ve got the potential for a great season and we’ve set some goals to break some program records and if we play with the heart we did today and were ready to make some improvements I think we’ll be there,” said Wood.

Emily Berry is a freshman majoring in communication. You can email her at

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