Heinz explains decision to leave: It’s time to be with family, friends

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz wouldn’t leave her Blazer family−except to be with her own family. Last week, Heinz announced she was leaving after three years with the team. The coach that built the program in 2011 is leaving for a position in her brother’s business where she will be the sales and
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Heinz says bye to VSU

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Mel Heinz announced Tuesday that she will be leaving her position as women’s soccer head coach at Valdosta State. Heinz will be changing careers to work with her self-employed brother at his business in the Atlanta area. Heinz said in a VSU press release that she spent much time mulling over the decision and is
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Heinz uses D-1 savvy at VSU

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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written by: Alex Tostado Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz has built two collegiate soccer programs from the ground up. Heinz started Winthrop University’s program from scratch in 2003 and at VSU in 2011. Heinz saw much different results between the two programs, however. During Heinz’s seven years at WU, the team compiled an
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Blazers look to be reborn with NCAA tournament berth

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

Written by: Alex Tostado VSU women’s soccer was given a second chance on Monday night. Although VSU lost in the first round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament last Thursday, the team was granted a No. 4 seed in the South Region of the D-II NCAA Tournament. Friday night the Blazers will matchup against the
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Freshman forward thrives in her first-year at VSU

Nov 13th, 2013 | By
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Written by: Julia Armistead / Photo by: David Lacy   Being a student athlete requires excessive determination, dedication and capability. Nicole Polk has proven to be a prime example of a successful student athlete, and she’s only a freshman. Polk has already established herself as a leading player for the VSU women’s soccer team. From
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Preview: Lady Blazers head to the beach for GSC tournament

Nov 7th, 2013 | By

Written by: Alex Tostado  Six of the eight eligible women’s soccer teams remain alive to battle it out for the rights to the Gulf South Conference Tournament title.  The tournament begins today when the No. 5 seed, North Alabama, takes on in-state rival and No. 4 seed, West Alabama. No. 3 seed, Valdosta State, will
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Column: UWF too cool for school

Nov 7th, 2013 | By

Written by: Alex Tostado  Blazer soccer has been filled with ups and downs this season, and I expect the Gulf South Conference Tournament to be the same way.  The Blazers have lost three games this season, all in October. The team finished the season 3-3 but still solidified its place in the tournament.  The tournament
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VSU women’s soccer gears up for match against West Georgia

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

Written by: Alex Tostado The VSU women’s soccer team will play its final regular season game on Friday at West Georgia. VSU enters the match with a record of 8-3-3 (4-2-3). The Blazers can clinch the No. 2 seed and first round bye in the Gulf South Conference Tournament with a win and a Christian
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Lions look to spoil VSU’s Senior Day

Oct 24th, 2013 | By

written by: Alex Tostado Valdosta State will play its final regular season home game on Sunday against a worn North Alabama (4-7-2, 2-4-2) team. The Blazers come into the weekend with a spot in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. VSU is trying to solidify the No. 2 seed in the tourney.     UNA needs vital wins
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Blazer forward battles injury obstacles

Oct 17th, 2013 | By

written by: Alex Tostado  Torn but not down. Most people may cringe at the thought of tearing an ACL; for junior forward soccer player, Sydney Smith, this thought became a reality. Twice. Smith first tore her ACL in her left knee before her senior year of high school. She then re-tore it after the 2012
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