Bryan College has had a strong connection with the Chattanooga Football Club, and that continues with the hiring of new Chattanooga FC women’s goalkeeper Kerri Butler as an assistant coach for the Dayton school’s women’s soccer team. Butler was a star keeper at the NCAA Division I level for West Virginia and was an assistant for the first Akron team that reached the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament. Before working at Akron she was a graduate assistant at Division II member Slippery Rock in 2013 and 2014. Butler holds WVU records of 44 career shutouts, 14 in a season and a 0.67 career goals-against average, and she was All-Big East and that conference’s defensive player of the year before the Mountaineers switched to the Big 12 and won their third league title in her four seasons and reached the NCAA final eight. She has played professionally with the Atlanta Beat and D.C. United Women. She also will serve as a CFC Academy coach and goalkeeper trainer.
- Lee University has announced its 2017 women’s soccer schedule, and it officially will begin Sept. 1 and 3 at home in the Quiznos Classic against two other teams that joined the Lady Flames in the 2016 NCAA Division II national tournament. The Friday game against North Georgia (15-3-3 last year) is set for 7 p.m.; the Sunday match against Rollins (11-4-3) starts at 1:30. Lee was 14-3-2 last season. “We continually strive to play the best teams early on, as it helps us evaluate where we are at heading into conference play,” third-year head coach Chris Hennessey said in a Lee release. Home exhibitions against Tusculum (Aug. 19) and Bryan (Aug. 23) and a road exhibition at Emory (Aug. 26) will precede the tough opening tournament, which will be followed by the Gulf South Conference opener Sept. 8 at Spring Hill and a Sept. 10 neutral-site contest against Embry-Riddle at Foley, Ala. The Lady Flames will be home Sept. 15 and 17 for GSC visits from Delta State and Mississippi College and continue their 14-game conference slate through a home series Oct. 20, 22 and 26 against Alabama-Huntsville, West Alabama and Shorter. The GSC tournament begins Oct. 31.