Soccer star returns to field

After her yearlong absence in 2011, sophomore forward Jasmine Williams has returned to the women’s soccer team for the 2012 season.

Williams began her Owl career in 2010, where she started 16 games and scored a program-record 16 goals. Her efforts led to 1st team All-WSC South honors.

Although she was redshirted for the 2011 season, Williams has returned to the field and is planning on leading the team to many victories.

“There’s a lot more on the line now,” said Williams, who has played soccer since the age of six. “[I plan to] try to score as many goals as I can, do my job.”

Since her return, head coach Tim Tracey has recognized her ability to take people on and plans to design a system of play that will enhance her abilities.

“She has potential to do many great things and we’re working hard to make her play to that potential,” said Tracey. “We feel she needs to trust her teammates more and that will help her be a more dominant player out on the field.”

Her teammates have welcomed her back on the team, relieved with the help she provides in her position as the forward.

“Last year, I played forward so I was up there by myself. This year I feel like there is more support,” said forward sophomore Jade Vehawn. ”We have support in the back and support in the front.”

So far the ladies soccer team is undefeated in 2012 with a record of 4-0-2.

Their next home game will be Oct. 5 against Bakersfield at 1 p.m.