Hometown heroes: ACC, Big South and SoCon women’s soccer

Hometown heroes: ACC, Big South and SoCon women’s soccer

CorrespondentJanuary 20, 2014 

Indi Cowie, who rose to international fame as a freestyle soccer trick-master, has gone pro. The move allows her to accept compensation for her skill, which she’s done at halftime of games overseas and in FIFA video game commercials.

It also means Cowie (Green Hope 2012 graduate), who did not play high school soccer, is now done with NCAA soccer. She is also an undergraduate assistant coach with the Tar Heels.

Alexis Shaffer, Virginia: Shaffer (Green Hope, 2013) appeared in all 26 games for the Cavaliers and had three goals and six assists her freshman season. She was ranked fourth in the ACC with nine assists, helping Virginia to the national title game.

Paige Reckert, Clemson: Reckert (Apex, 2013) played in 18 games this past season, starting 16 games for the Tigers. She had two goals on the season for Clemson, a team that went 7-8-4.

Claire Wagner, Clemson: Wagner (Panther Creek, 2013) started in 19 games for the Tigers as a defender. She scored two goals and had one assist, as she led the team in total minutes.

Bria Dixon, Virginia Tech: Dixon (Cary, 2013) played in nine games for the Hokies, who made it to the Final Four. Sydney Curtis (Green Hope, 2013) played in three Virginia Tech games.

Taylor Francis, Pittsburgh: Francis (Panther Creek, 2013) didn’t see the field as the Panthers’ backup goalkeeper.

Maya Worth , North Carolina: Worth (Green Hope, 2013) redshirted the season for the Tar Heels.


Hanna Socha, Wofford: Socha (Panther Creek, 2013) saw playing time in two games for Wofford, with the most being 52 minutes against USC-Upstate in August.

Markey Studnicky, Western Carolina: The Catamounts were led this year by Studnicky (Apex, 2012), having nine goals on the season and two assists, totaling 20 points this past season. She started 14 games.

Angela Funari, Elon: Funari (Apex, 2010) started in 10 of the 19 games she played in this season, as she was able to score three total points (one goal and one assist).

Kim Gardner, Elon: Gardner (Panther Creek, 2011), another local player to play for Elon, saw action in 14 different games this season.

Rachel Collins, UNC-Greensboro: Collins (Athens Drive, 2010) played in two games for the Spartans, totaling 52 minutes in the net without a goal allowed.

Ashley Stokes, UNC-Greensboro: Stokes (Green Hope, 2011) started all 20 games and finished second on the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists. She finished with two game-winning goals and was third on the team in minutes played, earning a spot on the Academic All-Southern Conference team.

Big South

Cydney Smith, Campbell: Smith (Green Hope, 2013) played defender for the Camels, playing in 15 games and starting four. As a defender, she did have two assists for the Camels. Teammate Bailee Johnston (Panther Creek, 2011) played in 15 games while Ashley Clark (Panther Creek, 2011) sat out the season.

Heather Mueller, UNC-Asheville: Mueller (Apex, 2011) was the goalkeeper for the Bulldogs and saved 81 percent of the shots she faced.

Kennedy Garrett, UNC-Asheville: Garrett (Panther Creek, 2012) was another outstanding player for the Bulldogs, as she led the team with four goals and two assists. She started every game.

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