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Carolina Lady Rapids Season Preview

Our sister club in North Carolina gets going with their regular season this Saturday.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 WPSL season for the Carolina Lady Rapids kicks off this Saturday at Hough Stadium and for the Lady Rapids this is their first foray into the 103 team Women's Premier Soccer League.  As we discussed in December of 2015, the Lady Rapids are entering the WPSL this season and will play a summer schedule featuring some of the best local talent in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Here is our look at the Lady Rapids:

Home Venue: Hough Stadium--Cornelius, North Carolina

2016 Schedule:

Date Time Opponent Venue
June 4 3:00 PM MDT Greensboro Lady Dynamo Hough Stadium
June 5 10:00 AM MDT Carolina Elite Cobras Kroc Center Facility
June 8 5:00 PM MDT Lake Norman Eclipse Hough Stadium
June 11 3:00 PM MDT Oak City FC Hough Stadium
June 18 3:00 PM MDT Carolina Elite Cobras Hough Stadium
June 24 5:00 PM MDT Greensboro Lady Dynamo Macpherson Stadium
June 26 5:00 PM MDT Lake Norman Eclipse Mooresville High SChool
July 9 2:00 PM MDT Oak City FC WRAL Soccer Park Durham Bull Stadium Field

The Roster:

Brandi Arey--Gardner Webb
Kristin Brown--Appalachian State
Grayson Cameron----NC State
Courtney Carroll----Ole Miss
Kyla Clark----UNC Charlotte
Jane Cline----Appalachian State
Cannon Clough----UNC Charlotte
Rachel Coutinho----Belmont Abbey
Rebecca Coutinho----Belmont Abbey
Alex Denny----High Point
Danielle Doyle----Johnson & Wales
Jessica Easley----Appalachian State
Summer Edwards----College of Charleston
Lauren Ellis----Providence HS
Nicole Ferren----Belmont Abbey
Kendall Fischlein----Wake Forest
Kelly Flanders----Appalachian State
Angela Fumo----Gardner Webb University
Kourtney Gaylord----East Tennessee State University
Mary Givens----Princeton
Julia Grainda----UNC Charlotte
Ariel Harris----UNC
Shelby Hicks----UNC Charlotte
Carolyn Huddy----UNC Wilmington
Carrie Lewis----NC State
Virginia Lingo----UNC Charlotte
Justine Lockman----UNC Charlotte
Mary Manser----UNC Charlotte
Jane Perrin Mayer----Gardner Webb University
Virginia McNeill----Samford
Morgan Mosack----Appalachian State
Emery Noll----Carnegie Mellon
Riley Orr----UNC Charlotte
Alison Price----Louisville
Megan Roberson----Appalachian State
Clare Robinson----Wofford
Sarah Teegarden----Wake Forest
Martha Thomas----UNC Charlotte

Outlook:

It is a compressed schedule for the Rapids as they play 8 games in about a month and then transition into playoffs which could add an additional six games.  All told the season ends on July 31 with the National Finals.

It is hard to predict how this will all work for the Rapids, but for many of these players it is a starting point in their careers which should provide some pretty exciting football this summer.   And we here at Burgundy Wave are excited to cover the team.