Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Preseason honors pour in for RED FLASH

LORETTO, Pa. (August 13, 2012) – The Saint Francis University women’s soccer team hauled in plenty of hypothetical hardware on Monday, despite not yet officially opening its 2012 season. Five Red Flash earned spots on the College Sports Madness preseason All-Northeast Conference team before the squad as a whole was selected as the NEC preseason favorite for the second year in a row.
Red-shirt junior forward Tesa McKibben (Cogan Station, Pa./Montoursville) and junior defenderAlecia McNiff (Marietta, Pa./Donegal ) highlighted SFU’s haul from College Sports Madness earning offensive and defensive player of the year nods, respectively.  Ninth-year Flash head coach Brenda van Stralen was also tabbed as the preseason favorite to win her third consecutive Coach of the Year trophy.
McKibben, who opens the season in search of an unprecedented third NEC Player of the Year designation, was picked to the site’s first team along with McNiff and junior midfielderStephanie Boulter (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville).  Sophomores EloĆ” Nascimento (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Jose Maria Matosinho) and Mackenzie Walter (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) were both picked to the preseason second team. more

Monday, July 30, 2012


PENSACOLA, Fla. — They call Shakira Duncan “S-Money” and Tina Murray “T-Money.” Should it be “M-Money” for Mia Persson?
The Swedish midfielder punctuated a superb performance Sunday with two goals as the Gulf Coast Texans outclassed a weary, shorthanded Aztec MA side on their home field to claim their first Women’s Premier Soccer League championship.
Persson, from NAIA powerhouse Lindsey Wilson College, scored a 21st-minute opener, then completed a three-goals-in-10-minutes stretch midway thyrough the second half for the Texans (11-0-0) that ended any remaining doubt.
Danish forward Ida Gregersen and Jamaican star Duncan also tallied, and Murray, Duncan’s countrywoman, ignited from the left flank an attack that put up 23 shots (to five for Aztec) in a comprehensive performance at Ashton Brosnaham Stadium. more

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Soccer star critical after staph infection leads to massive stroke

A Webber International University freshman and former Winter Haven soccer star is fighting for her life after a growth on a heart valve created by a staph infection broke away, traveled to her brain and caused a massive stroke.
Bailee Kent, 18, is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. The bacteria that infected her heart valve broke off and traveled in her blood stream to her brain before doctors could operate on her heart. Kent now needs a new heart valve and could be forced to undergo brain surgery.
A Facebook page called “TeamBK6” has been created, with more than 1,400 member joining to offer support and encouragement to Kent and her family. more