“Lady Volunteers” Commit to Tennessee Together

Cecilia Gagliano, entertainment editor

Seniors Amy Thompson, and Emma Dize have committed to the University of Tennessee Knoxville for women’s soccer.

Not only are they good friends, but they’re about to be teammates for the next four years.

The Tennessee Volunteers, which is part of the Southeastern Conference is a D1 soccer program. They are ranked number 21 for their soccer team, and have won four conference championships.

Brian Pensky took over as head coach for the women’s soccer program. He had coached for the University of Maryland prior to Tennessee.

Pensky was named the 2010 Soccer America National Coach of the Year for bringing Maryland to number one on the rankings.

Thompson and Dize have been playing since they were young. Playing for travel teams and Stone Bridge Girls Soccer.

Not only did Thompson work hard on the soccer field, but she played for Stone Bridge Girls Lacrosse.

“I’m really excited to continue my soccer career at such an awesome school,” Thompson said.

Getting committed was a huge success and proud moment for them both.

“I was extremely excited because Tennessee was my top school, it felt good to have things finally fall into place,” Dize said.

Both teammates were ultimately inspired by their family to work hard and do their best, leading them to where they are now.

“My parents stood by decisions and helped me greatly. I’m where I am today because of them,” Thompson said.

In just a year these girls will be playing side by side in the Regal Soccer Stadium in front of hundred of Volunteer soccer fans.