Aug. 6, 2013
Head Coach Derek Greene's Vanderbilt squad will open fall practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The Commodores will play host to Louisville in an exhibition game on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. CT. Admission to the game, which follows Vanderbilt's annual "Dore Jam" football fan day, is free.
Vanderbilt's 2013 regular season begins on Friday, Aug. 23, when UAB visits the VU Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. matchup.
The Commodores return a total of 192 games started from 2012, out of a possible 220 games started last season. This year's sophomore class--including Lakin (pictured), Myers and Williams--accounted for 85 of those games started a year ago.
Williams (F, So., Hampton, Ga.) led the Commodores in scoring as a freshman with six goals and six assists. Myers (MF/D, So., Armonk, N.Y.) played all but 20 minutes of her freshman season, primarily at center back. Lakin (MF, So., Wayne, N.J.) is a hard-working attacking midfielder with penchant for possession who dished out a pair of assists last year. The SEC's complete watch list can be found at secdigitalnetwork.com.
"We are very excited to see these three young women have their names mentioned prior to the start of the season," Greene said. "SEC women's soccer is no different than any of the other sports in our conference: you see some of the best players in the country every time you step on the field. The fact that Erin, Cheyna and Andie are all three sophomores should say a lot about where we are headed as a program. We expect big things from them as we move forward and I am confident they, along with the rest of our 2013 team, will be very exciting for fans to watch this season."
League coaches voted Texas A&M as the favorite to capture the 2013 crown, while Florida was selected to win the east. Vanderbilt was chosen 13th overall in the SEC.
Earlier this summer, Vanderbilt's incoming freshmen class was picked 27th in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer, good for fifth among SEC teams. A number of those eight newcomers are expected to compete for playing time right away for the Commodores.