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Texas A&M–Commerce Lions women's soccer

The Texas A&M–Commerce Lions women's soccer team is the women's intercollegiate soccer program representing Texas A&M University–Commerce. The school competes in the Lone Star Conference (LSC) in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The A&M–Commerce women's soccer team plays its home games at Lion Soccer Field on the university campus in Commerce, Texas. The Lions have won four LSC regular season championships, three conference tournament titles, and have made six appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Since 1998, the team has been coached by Neil Piper.

Texas A&M–Commerce Lions
women's soccer
Texas A&M–Commerce Lions wordmark.svg
Founded1995
UniversityTexas A&M University–Commerce
Head coachNeil Piper (18th season)
ConferenceLone Star
LocationCommerce, TX
StadiumLion Soccer Field
(Capacity: 500)
NicknameLions
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
         
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1999
NCAA Tournament appearances
1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
1999, 2004, 2014, 2015
Conference Regular Season championships
1999, 2003, 2008, 2014, 2016
For information on all Texas A&M University–Commerce sports, see Texas A&M–Commerce Lions

HistoryEdit

 
The 2015 A&M–Commerce Lions women's soccer team
 
The Lions in action against the Midwestern State Mustangs
 
The Lions in action against the Texas Woman's Pioneers

Women's soccer has been a varsity sport at A&M–Commerce since the 1995 season, during which the school competed as an independent. The Lions subsequently began play as an LSC member when the conference began officially sponsoring the sport in 1996. During the first three years of the program's existence, head coach Mike Munch led A&M–Commerce to two winning seasons and two appearances in the LSC semifinals, albeit no NCAA tournament appearances.[2]

Since beginning conference play, the Lions have won the LSC regular season title on five occasions (in 1999, 2003, 2014, and including co-championships in 2008 and 2016) and the tournament championship four times (in 1999, 2004, 2014, and 2015).[2][3] A&M–Commerce has also eight seven postseason appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament, achieving their best result (an appearance in the Elite Eight) during their first campaign in 1999. The program has won all of its championships and made all of its NCAA postseason appearances during the tenure of current head coach Neil Piper, which began in 1998.[2]

All-time recordEdit

Year Head Coach Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Place Tourn. Postseason
1995 Mike Munch 0-2-2 .250
1996 9-8-2 .526 2-4-2 .375 T4th Semifinals
1997 12-8 .600 6-4 .600 T2nd Semifinals
1998 Neil Piper 13-6 .684 5-2 .714 T3rd Semifinals
1999 16-4-1 .786 7-1-1 .833 1st Champions Elite Eight
2000 9-6-1 .594 3–4 .429 6th
2001 9-8-2 .526 5-2 .714 T2nd Semifinals
2002 14-3-2 .789 4-3-1 .563 5th
2003 16-3-3 .795 7-1-1 .833 1st Runners-Up First Round
2004 15-7-1 .674 7-2 .778 2nd Champions First Round
2005 11-5-3 .658 5-2-2 .667 3rd Quarterfinals
2006 12-8-3 .587 6-2-1 .722 T3rd Runners-Up
2007 9-10-1 .475 5-4 .556 T3rd Semifinals
2008 16-4-3 .761 7-1-2 .800 T1st Runners-Up Sweet Sixteen
2009 10-8-1 .553 5-5 .500 6th Quarterfinals
2010 8-7-3 .528 4-4-3 .500 6th Quarterfinals
2011 8-9-3 .475 6-6-2 .500 4th Semifinals
2012 5–12 .294 4–10 .286 T7th
2013 11-6-2 .632 5-4-1 .550 3rd Semifinals First Round
2014 16-5-1 .750 7-3 .700 1st Champions Sweet Sixteen
2015 13-6-2 .667 7-1-2 .800 2nd Champions First Round
2016 15-6-1 .705 9-3-0 .750 T1st Runners-Up Sweet Sixteen

Year-by-year results through the end of the 2015 season[2][3]

StadiumEdit

 
Lion Soccer Field as it appeared during the 2014 season

Lion Soccer Field has been the home of the A&M–Commerce Lions women's soccer team since its completion in 1999. The stadium seats 500 spectators with bleacher seating and has a playing surface that measures 115 yards (105 m) by 72 yards (66 m). Prior to its construction, the land on which it was built had been occupied by a botanical nursery and tennis courts.[4]

At the time it hosted its first game, on September 24, 1999, the venue consisted of little more than a Bermuda grass field, a scoreboard donated by a local business, and a chain-link fence around the perimeter. Over the next decade and a half, Lion Soccer Field benefited from numerous upgrades, including the addition of floodlights to enable the playing of night games (2009), a press box (2011), a permanent black metal fence to replace the chain-link fence (2013), and a new scoreboard (2014). In 2014, the stadium hosted both the Lone Star Conference Tournament as well as two opening-round games in the South Central Region of the NCAA Division II Tournament.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Logo Downloads - Texas A&M University-Commerce". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "All-time Game Results". LionAthletics.com. Texas A&M University–Commerce. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "2015 LSC Fall Media Guide". Lone Star Conference. 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Lion Soccer Field". LionAthletics.com. Texas A&M University–Commerce. Retrieved October 7, 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Texas A&M–Commerce Lions women's soccer at Wikimedia Commons