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Soccer Has New Coach, Same High Expectations

Written by: Kristin Whitman VSU’s women’s soccer team warms up to new head coach, Rebecca Nolin, with extremely high hopes for the upcoming season. Nolin played soccer at the collegiate and professional level and spent four years as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State. With her level of experience, it was time to take the next step and become the ...

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Heinz explains decision to leave: It’s time to be with family, friends

Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz wouldn’t leave her Blazer family−except to be with her own family. Last week, Heinz announced she was leaving after three years with the team. The coach that built the program in 2011 is leaving for a position in her brother’s business where she will be the sales and account manager. On March 19, ...

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Heinz says bye to VSU

Mel Heinz announced Tuesday that she will be leaving her position as women’s soccer head coach at Valdosta State. Heinz will be changing careers to work with her self-employed brother at his business in the Atlanta area. Heinz said in a VSU press release that she spent much time mulling over the decision and is at peace with it. She ...

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Heinz uses D-1 savvy at VSU

written by: Alex Tostado Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz has built two collegiate soccer programs from the ground up. Heinz started Winthrop University’s program from scratch in 2003 and at VSU in 2011. Heinz saw much different results between the two programs, however. During Heinz’s seven years at WU, the team compiled an overall record of 56-72-17. The ...

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Blazers look to be reborn with NCAA tournament berth

Written by: Alex Tostado VSU women’s soccer was given a second chance on Monday night. Although VSU lost in the first round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament last Thursday, the team was granted a No. 4 seed in the South Region of the D-II NCAA Tournament. Friday night the Blazers will matchup against the No. 5 seed, Florida Tech. ...

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Freshman forward thrives in her first-year at VSU

Written by: Julia Armistead / Photo by: David Lacy   Being a student athlete requires excessive determination, dedication and capability. Nicole Polk has proven to be a prime example of a successful student athlete, and she’s only a freshman. Polk has already established herself as a leading player for the VSU women’s soccer team. From the small town of Leesburg, ...

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Preview: Lady Blazers head to the beach for GSC tournament

Written by: Alex Tostado  Six of the eight eligible women’s soccer teams remain alive to battle it out for the rights to the Gulf South Conference Tournament title.  The tournament begins today when the No. 5 seed, North Alabama, takes on in-state rival and No. 4 seed, West Alabama. No. 3 seed, Valdosta State, will take on the No. 6 ...

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Column: UWF too cool for school

Written by: Alex Tostado  Blazer soccer has been filled with ups and downs this season, and I expect the Gulf South Conference Tournament to be the same way.  The Blazers have lost three games this season, all in October. The team finished the season 3-3 but still solidified its place in the tournament.  The tournament opens for the women with ...

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VSU women’s soccer gears up for match against West Georgia

Written by: Alex Tostado The VSU women’s soccer team will play its final regular season game on Friday at West Georgia. VSU enters the match with a record of 8-3-3 (4-2-3). The Blazers can clinch the No. 2 seed and first round bye in the Gulf South Conference Tournament with a win and a Christian Brothers loss or tie at ...

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Lions look to spoil VSU’s Senior Day

written by: Alex Tostado Valdosta State will play its final regular season home game on Sunday against a worn North Alabama (4-7-2, 2-4-2) team. The Blazers come into the weekend with a spot in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. VSU is trying to solidify the No. 2 seed in the tourney.     UNA needs vital wins in the final few games ...

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