Soccer Season Preview: Grambling State
2016 record: 1-11 (1-9 SWAC), 11th in SWAC regular season standings
Key Returners: Florence David
Key Losses: Savannah John
Grambling State will hope to improve on its 11th place finish in the regular season standings in 2017. The Lady Tigers will look to new head coach Justin Wagar to lead it in that effort, and hope to make a jump in the standings.
Wagar comes to Grambling with 15 years of coaching experience, and will hope to elevate the Lady Tigers program. Prior to Grambling, Wagar served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Portland State. He has compiled a 111-84-17 record during his career thus far.
Wagar will have a lot of new faces to work with in 2017. Grambling State only returns three starters from last season, while there will be 17 newcomers joining the Tigers in 2017.
Returning for Grambling this season is its top offensive threat from a season ago. Florence David returns and will hope to improve the Lady Tiger’s offense that scored just six goals and totaled 14 points in 2016. Florence scored three goals and totaled six points to lead the Tigers in last season.
Wagar will need to get more out of his players to improve the Lady Tigers win total in 2017. Grambling had just five players register a goal last season, and Wagar will need to try to get more out of his team, and get more secondary scoring for the Lady Tigers to improve in 2017.
Wagar will need to quickly get his players used to the style of soccer that he wants to play. With so many new faces and not a lot of experience returning, Wagar will have the opportunity to mold his program the way he sees fit in his first season as the Tigers’ head coach.
The Tigers will begin its 2017 slate on Friday, Aug. 18 when it takes on Texas A&M Texarkana. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.