By BEN LEDBETTER
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Methodist University's women's soccer team has a spruced-up home and just one loss.
The Monarchs (7-1, 4-0 USA South) have won five straight since losing to St. Mary's College of Maryland in the Salisbury University Classic on Saturday, Sept. 11.
In the latest game on Wednesday, Oct. 6, Methodist defeated N.C. Wesleyan 2-1 to earn its 20th consecutive win over the Battling Bishops.
Methodist scored its first goal in the 16th minute when Laura Harris made the assist to an open Tatiana Lourenco-Shiber who then kicked the ball into the net.
The Monarchs ended the first half with a 1-0 lead but extended that in the 64th minute when Natalia Marshall-Hewitt scored.
N.C. Wesleyan scored its first goal in the 73rd minute when freshman Vendela Dolsenius got her team's first point off an assist from junior Rhea Wilder.
The improvements made to Duggins Soccer Stadium were revealed to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 1 with a ceremony and a 1-0 victory over Ferrum by the men's soccer team.
“Wednesday was certainly an excellent day for both MU Soccer and the Fayetteville community,” said Methodist men’s soccer coach Justin Terranova, who is coaching his 19th season, in a statement.
The stadium is named for Nancy and Murray Duggins, who has previously supported Methodist and other projects within Cumberland County.
Murray Duggins is a 1966 graduate of Methodist and has worked in real estate in both Carolinas for 50 years. With a collection of apartment complexes, he has expanded into daycare, commercial construction and land development.
“I was in the third class to graduate at Methodist and I have watched the school grow into an amazing educational institution,” Murray Duggins said in a statement. “Methodist gave me the foundation to succeed in the business world. For that, I am eternally grateful. Methodist University is one of Fayetteville’s greatest assets. Nancy and I have been honored to help advance the MU environment in the past and look forward to seeing our student-athletes excel in this stadium.”
The stadium features 200 permanent seats, a concession stand and a ticket office. These improvements are in addition to the two-story soccer fieldhouse and new stadium lights which were installed in 2017.
“These stadium additions are a historical moment for our program,” said Terranova in a statement. “We have been working toward this for many years and are eager to host our first match in this great facility.”
Along with the improvements to the soccer stadium, the university recently added new stadium lights to its football field and improved multiple holes at its on-campus, 18-hole golf course.
“These projects and others were completely funded by gifts and donations,” said vice president and athletics director Dave Eavenson in a statement. “First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the people whose gracious donations made these projects a reality. All of these improvements will serve our students well and go a long way to help us continue the tradition of excellence that MU athletics has established over the years.”
As a Methodist graduate, Duggins said he was grateful to contribute to his alma mater.
“I was in the third class to graduate at Methodist and I have watched the school grow into an amazing educational institution,” said Murray Duggins in a statement. “Methodist gave me the foundation to succeed in the business world. For that, I am eternally grateful. Methodist University is one of Fayetteville’s greatest assets. Nancy and I have been honored to help advance the MU environment in the past and look forward to seeing our student-athletes excel in this stadium.”
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