April 23, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer squad has concluded its 2018 spring schedule.

The Skyhawks faced a group of premier opponents as they faced two Southeastern Conference opponents in Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The team also matched up with Louisiana Tech, Christian Brothers, Arkansas-Little Rock, Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State and finished with Memphis.

“Overall, really encouraged with the spring season,” head coach Phil McNamara said. “First and foremost, I think we played as much soccer as any university in a seven-hour radius what with the fluctuating weather. We have been able to maximize our contests and take advantage of our weather opportunities. I feel like we have had as good a spring as anyone, as we have faced fantastic competition from different conferences and different levels. It has been very competitive and very rewarding for the entire group of players. We were able to get a good mix of minutes for the majority of the squad which have given us a jumpstart on some possible lineups for the fall season. With a small class coming in, it has been extremely important for us to see what we will have for the upcoming year.”

Returning all 23 players from last fall, UT Martin has seen its freshmen grow and rising senior class take on more responsibility. Leading the pack, All-OVC first teamer Danae Kaldaridiou (team-high seven goals and 18 points in 2017) has kept up the momentum from her fall showing. Amy McGivern (squad-best 71 shots in 2017), Katelyn Colvin (OVC-high eight assists in 2017) and Kaci Mitchell (41 career starts) look to be a force in the Skyhawk lineup.

“It was a very positive spring for Jill Hildreth in particular,” McNamara said. “We have seen some of the potential that she will bring to the group this fall. Nicole Collins had a very good spring as well. She is close to realizing the potential she has on the conference level. We are very excited to have seen all of our players grow and can’t wait to see what they can give us this coming season.”

This past season’s freshmen class quickly grew up this offseason as Kamryn Chappell (team-best 1,796 minutes in 2017) is coming off of an OVC All-Newcomer nod. Goalkeeper Erica Myers performed extremely well in the spring showings to add on to her 85 saves and 93 percent of minutes played last fall.

“We have seen a really nice balance with our rotations,” McNamara said. “The girls have seen enough action this spring to see what potential we will have this fall. There have been some lessons in the past month to keep us grounded but also give us a great peak in enthusiasm as well. We can’t wait to see what the 2018 season brings us.”

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