Olivia Simmons 8
Olivia  Simmons
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Rockledge, Fla.

High School:
Rockledge High School

Position:
D

 

10/13/2017

Soccer hits the road for big challenge with No. 3 South Carolina

Sunday’s match is the second of three matches that will be on the SEC Network

10/08/2017

Dores drop tough battle with No. 9 Florida 3-0

Gators got on the board early, added to lead in second half

10/04/2017

Dores set for road test against Kentucky

Following Thursday's match, VU faces No. 9 Florida at home Sunday afternoon

10/02/2017

Olivia Simmons named SEC Freshman of the Week

Simmons picks up her second SEC weekly honor this season

09/29/2017

Commodores win thriller over Missouri 5-3

Dores stay unbeaten in conference play following a season-high five goals Friday night

10/11/2017

Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Vanderbilt soccer team takes on No. 9 Florida Sunday afternoon at the VU Soccer Complex.

Honors
SEC Freshman of the Week (Oct. 2, 2017)
SEC Freshman of the Week (Sept. 11, 2017)

2017:
Played in 21 games and made five starts for the Commodores as a freshman... Finished the season with three goals, two assists and nine shots in 727 minutes... Named SEC Freshman of the Week for Week 7 after scoring two goals vs. Missouri on September 29... Named SEC Freshman of the Week for Week 4 after scoring a goal and two assists in wins over Western Kentucky on September 8 and Lipscomb on September 10, her first two collegiate starts... Came off the bench and appeared in both of Vanderbilt's NCAA Tournament matches against Ohio State on November 10 and vs. Santa Clara on November 17... Scored two goals in Vanderbilt's 5-3 win over Missouri on September 29, earning SEC Freshman of the Week Honors for Week 7... Started SEC matches against Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina, posting a season-high 74 minutes against the Razorbacks on September 21... Started and notched two assists in the 3-1 win over Lipscomb on September 10, capping a four-point week which earned her SEC Freshman of the Week honors for Week 4... Scored her first collegiate goal in her collegiate start on September 8 at Western Kentucky... Made her Commodore debut and played four minutes in the season opener vs. Tennessee Tech on August 18.

Personal:
Began playing soccer at the age of five … played for Sam Mitchell at Orlando Youth City Soccer Club … describes style of play as fast, strong and physical … came to Vanderbilt because, “the coaching staff really made the school feel comfortable and I feel like Vanderbilt is back on track to possibly becoming one of the top soccer schools in the SEC. Also Vanderbilt has a really great education and graduating from Vanderbilt will help me in my career” … sister Kaira runs track at Ole Miss … chose Vandy over LSU, Tennessee, NC State, Arkansas, UCF and FGCU.

Coach Ambrose on Olivia: “Olivia is another tough, hard-tackling, athletic defender. I love her playing personality. She has played as a center back, but also more as an outside back.  It is in this role where I think she can be most effective. She has the speed and engine to get up and down the line and she has the tenacity to shut down whoever she plays against. Olivia hasn’t seen a tackle she doesn’t like and this attitude is something I am excited to see in our practices this fall. She also has a very, very noticeable long throw that we feel will be a valuable attacking threat. She has had great preparation for Vanderbilt coming through the Orlando City youth program and over her time, she could become a force to be reckoned with in our backline."

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