NIACC women face Southeastern CC in opener

NIACC's Kirrilly Hughes moves the ball up the field in home match last season against DCTC.
NIACC's Kirrilly Hughes moves the ball up the field in home match last season against DCTC.

What's next: The NIACC women's soccer team opens its regular season Saturday at Southeastern CC in a non-conference match. The season-opener is slated to start at 2 p.m. in Burlington.

Second season: The NIACC women's team, under the direction of head coach Leo Driscoll, begins its second season as a program after not fielding a squad since the 2004 season. The Lady Trojans were 4-9 a year ago in their return to the game of soccer.

The Lady Trojans have a roster of 10 sophomores and nine freshmen, including honorable mention all-region performers from a year ago Emma Eden (defender) and Kirrilly Hughes (midfielder).

New kids on the block: This will the first season that Southeastern CC has fielded a women's and men's soccer program. Zachary Newton will coach both the men's and women's teams at Southeastern.

Home opener: The NIACC women open their home season at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Lake Superior College. The Lady Trojans topped Lake Superior College 3-0 last season.

Lady Trojan tidbits: Eden had three goals and two assists last season … Hughes scored two goals during her freshman season.