Head Coach Joe Alianiello enters his first season with the Golden Eagles and is excited to get started.


The University of Minnesota, Crookston women’s soccer team will open practice for the 2012 season on Monday, August 13 at 7 a.m. at the UMC Soccer Field. The Golden Eagles will practice twice a day with the first session running from 7-9:30 a.m. and the second from 3-5 p.m.

Head Coach Joe Alianiello enters his first season with the Golden Eagles and is excited to get started. “I am excited to finally get on the field with a great group of student-athletes,” says Coach Alianiello. “I am looking forward to getting to know the players and have them get to know me during preseason camp. I look forward  to beginning the process of implementing my vision for the program. It's going to be a great two weeks of training and a great time to be part of the Golden Eagles Women's Soccer program.”

The Golden Eagles finished the 2011 season with an overall record of 3-14-1 and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) record of 2-10-1 which was good for tie for 12th place. Nikki Hammond (Jr, F, Nelson, Minn.) leads all returning players having scored four goals for eight points last season.

U of M, Crookston opens the 2012 campaign with an exhibition game against Jamestown College on Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. at the UMC Soccer Field. Their first regular season game takes place on Saturday, September 1 when they host Northern Michigan University at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles open the NSIC season at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Wednesday, September 5 at 5 p.m.