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 |
|University||Texas A&M University–Commerce|
|Head coach||Neil Piper (18th season)|
|Stadium||Lion Soccer Field |
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|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
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.
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). 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.
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.
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.
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