Soccer Lady Flames Begin Season at Azusa Pacific

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Coach Matt Yelton will take his women's soccer team to Azusa, Calif. to open the 2013 season on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. (EDT). As in recent years, Yelton will send his ladies into a heated battle against long-time rival Azusa Pacific, and then rest a day before being pitted against Westmont College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Azusa holds a 5-4 edge in the series as both teams continue through the provisional stage of the NCAA Division II progression. The Cougars and Lady Flames have met nine times since 2005.

Lee ended the Cougars' season in 2010 and 2011 at the NAIA tournament during its four-year national championship run. Thursday night's matchup will be the Flames' first-ever visit to the Cougar Soccer Complex.

The Cougars are members of the Pacific West Conference and suffered the worst start in head coach Jason Surrell's 13 seasons, opening the 2012 campaign with a 3-5 record midway through the season. The program that had long been the standard of success in the NAIA looked lost in its first season of Division II play.

But Azusa pulled it together and found their rhythm in their first year in the Pacific West Conference, rattling off 10 consecutive wins to end the regular season to take second place with a 12-2 PacWest mark.

On the other hand, Yelton will be watching closely as his Lady Flames begin play in the Gulf South Conference and against NCAA Division II competition.

"We are looking forward to getting our season underway," said Yelton, who enters the new era with a 222-34-8 record since taking over the Lee women's program.. "I think this trip will be much like our upcoming season in the GSC in that we don't really know what to expect out of the bulk of the opponents we will be facing this year. I am pleased with what I have seen out of our player so far. We are basically a brand new team with eight new starters and some players in very different positions."

The Lady Flames will return to Cleveland and host NCAA Division III power, Emory University, one week from Friday in the annual Kickin' It for Kids with Cancer contest. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.


Randy Smith: Is Whale Watching A Sport?

My wife Shelia and I spent practically the entire month of July on the road; literally. First, the annual Smith family trek to Ponce Inlet, Florida, then a few days after returning from the beach we flew to the other side of the country to board a cruise ship to Alaska. This was my first visit to the "Land of the  Midnight  Sun" and boy was I ever glad I went. While ... (click for more)

Wolcott Leading Choo Choo Golf

Dickson's Ben Wolcott shot 64 Tuesday and took the second-round lead in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational at the Council Fire Golf Club. Wolcott, who plays at Ole Miss, shot 67 on Monday and holds a five-shot lead over Wes Gosselin and Michael Nagy. The tournament ends Wednesday. Results:   Ben Wolcott ... (click for more)

Beck Upset By Criticism Of Late WWTA Director Cleveland Grimes In WWTA Analysis; Boyd Won't Rewrite 57-Page Report

County Commissioner Greg Beck said it was inappropriate for fellow Commissioner Tim Boyd to include articles critical of the late Cleveland Grimes in a 57-page report on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He said, "Criticizing a dead man - I don't know if that's appropriate. If that's Christianity, let me off the wagon." Saying the report should ... (click for more)

Investor In Scheme Says Dyer Made Contacts At Quarterback Club

One of the investors who was a loser in an investment scheme recently halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission said one of the Chattanooga brokers involved made many of his contacts through the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. Paul Smith, former Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said Doug Dyer has been the president for many years of the club that promotes UTC and ... (click for more)

Give Bullet-Proof Vests To Every Black Youth In The City - And Response (2)

I heard a report that the Chattanooga police were being given better bullet-proof vests, and I had an idea. What if Chattanooga became known for something besides electric buses and fast internet service? What if Chattanooga provided a bullet-proof vest to every young black man and black youth in the city limits?   I can hear the scoffing as I write, but think about it. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Horses Vs. DesJarlais

It is well-known that shortly after the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry put on a very-pointed fundraiser for the equally repugnant Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) two years ago, the misguided doctor has repeatedly tried to bully and strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the behalf of the vermin who sadistically torture the ... (click for more)