New coach, no problem
New head soccer coach Adrian Blewitt averaged one signee per week, after completing his off-season recruiting process.
Blewitt was announced as the new head coach Dec. 12, and on March 21, 14 new players were announced as signees in a press release.
The UALR soccer team is expected to return around 10 players from last season’s roster and Blewitt said he is confident the returning players have created a solid foundation for the newcomers to build upon.
“We have a strong returning core of players who are very determined to advance our team, so the combination of these two strong groups will begin a very exciting journey for our program,” Blewitt said in the press release.
The coach pulled in a diverse group of players from within Arkansas, surrounding states and several players from Europe (see graphic below).
Sophomore Lexus VanPelt, a returning player, said she is looking forward to the opportunity of getting to know some of these players. VanPelt said she has interacted with several of the signees; however, they have been of limited to video calls and Facebook exchanges.
VanPelt said she’s looking forward to next season, especially at the prospects of playing for a foreign coach (Blewitt hails from England) and alongside several foreign players.
“It’s like a whole different style of play,” VanPelt said. “I’m excited to get the new people in [the program] and change the team and be much better as a whole.”