August 2, 2012

Presentation cancels women's soccer again

For the second consecutive year, Presentation is calling off its women's soccer season less than a month before the season opens.

"We are at or above our recruiting goals with all other sports," PC athletic director Brian Spielbauer told the Aberdeen (S.D.) News. "However, we do continue to have challenges recruiting female athletes that are interested in soccer."

Presentation was scheduled to play 18 games, 16 of which would have been recognized by the NCAA, but only eight of which were to be against Division III schools, starting with a game at UW-Superior on Sept. 2. The other games were against Minnesota-Morris, Crown, Finlandia (twice), Mount Mary, North Central (Minn.) and MacMurray.

A year ago, then-athletic director Rick Kline said of the 2011 decision, "While this is disappointing, we feel this is the best decision for the soccer student-athletes at Presentation, as well as the soccer athletes at the other conference schools. It is important student-athletes have the most competitive and positive playing experience. A lack of players makes it more difficult to field a competitive team."

Since then, Presentation has left the UMAC.

The move leaves Presentation with the minimum five women's sports required for NCAA Division III membership for schools of fewer than 1,000 students. Presentation listed just 419 students on its most recent Title IX filing with the federal government, although 335 of them were women. That filing predated the school's addition of football last fall.

Presentation coach Jeremy Anderson left to take a high school basketball coaching and athletic director job in July.

The last time Presentation fielded a team, in the fall of 2010, it went 0-16.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.