Ard and Hubbard have officially committed to play soccer for Tennessee Wesleyan College, under the direction of head coach Naomi Clarke.
“I think they’re both going to battle for playing time straight away as freshman. We’ve got a good team and a solid group of players. They’re not going to step in and win a spot automatically. I think they’ve got the ability to get good playing time as freshman.” Clarke said of her recruit’s promising capabilities.
Both girls are equally excited to have the chance to play for the Lady Bulldogs, with Ard having had TWC in her sights for over a year now.
“They had been an option since my junior year. I went to a camp up there and I really loved it. It’s just a perfect fit really,” Ard explained.
For Hubbard, the chance to play collegiate soccer and still remain to home were two of the perks of TWC.
“It’s exciting to play the sport I love in college,” Hubbard stated. “It’s a good school, has a good soccer program, and its kind of close to home which I love.”
Bearette head coach Tiffany Walker is proud of her two seniors and also likes the fact that she will be able to see them play in the future.
“These are my first two players as a coach going to go play anywhere. I’m really, really proud of them, it’s a huge accomplishment,” Walker proudly said at the signing. “I think it’s a really good fit for them. It’s nice that it’s local too, so getting the chance to go back and see them play will be exciting.”
Ard was the first Bearette to catch coach Clarke’s attention, as she was impressed with her good reaction time and natural ability. Hubbard would go on to tryout later, and Clarke immediately made her an offer to play at the collegiate level.
According to Clarke, the Lady Bulldogs are coming off a couple good seasons, having finished second in their conference the last two years and winning it all the year before. Despite an overtime loss at this year’s conference final, Clarke is looking forward to being in the top of the conference again.
“I think we have a great recruiting class, these two plus seven others that have committed and signed right now,” Clarke said of this year’s recruiting class. “We’re going to have a really strong team, one of the strongest teams we’ve had.”