On Friday August 26, the women’s soccer team held their first annual sporting apparel and equipment drive to support orphans in Honduras. This event is working together with the people in Demopolis, Alabama to gain clothes for the orphanage. Lydia Sutcliffe said, “It is just helping out in ways that we can…It makes us better people for it.”

Lydia Sutcliffe, who was announced the new assistant coach for UWA Women’s Soccer team, watched over the event with the players. The players were raising awareness about the children in Honduras who did not have any clothes to play in. Sutcliffe said, “We knew of a guy in Demopolis who was actually traveling to Honduras, and we know the kids in Honduras like to play soccer. We wanted to help them be able to participate in the sport they love.”

Some of the players like Emily Lemons and Sena Wogormebu spoke about the clothing drive. Lemons said, “I think it’s a great cause and it’s a very neat organization. Wogormebu said, “We doing something positive in the community to be able to donate clothes and know it is going to be helping someone is a great feeling.”

They will have more fundraising events coming up during the season. Every year during their game they raise breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. This game is called “Think Pink.” Sutcliffe said, “We do it as the women’s soccer team and help raise money for breast cancer by doing an auction and playing soccer.” This game will be held sometime in between March or April.

As the Gulf South Conference Women’s Soccer season begins to come around, West Alabama will start the year ranked fifth in the league as voted by the GSC coaches. Lee, being the last year GSC Tournament Runner-Up, is the favorite to win it all this year.

In 2016, UWA will look to continue its success in its sixth season as a program with their new assistant coach Lydia Sutcliffe. Last season the Tigers made their third straight trip to the semifinal round of the GSC Tournament. Only to fall short to North Alabama in a close 1-0 loss. West Alabama finished 10-6-2 overall and 8-3-1 in league play.

For more information about sporting apparel and equipment drive, contact the head coach, Garaeme Orr at gorr@uwa.edu and if you would like to donate any clothes, please drop them off at the soccer office at Hughes Gym Monday through Friday.

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