CARROLLTON, Ga. – Ten days stand between now and the official kickoff of the 2019 UWG soccer season, and today we continue the position previews of the 2019 squad with a look at the Wolves’ midfielders.


Head coach Stacey Balaam describes her midfielders as an energetic group, saying, “They are a young group, but they all have a great level of energy and work ethic and all are capable of improving the quality of our attack.”


Abigail Smithwick is the lone senior in the midfield, and is joined by junior Nikki Conte as the most experienced returners. Sophomore Janaisia Smith led the Wolves in minutes played as a freshman and started every game last season and is expected to be a key component again in 2019.


Conte had the most offensive statistics of the returning midfielders, scoring two goals and recording one assist for five points. Smithwick and Smith each chipped in with an assist last season.


Karley Baker who returns for her second season with the program and Georgia State transfer Alyssa Turner also add some knowledge and understanding to the midfield area and are adaptable to different roles.


Additionally, Katie Drittler returns and looks to have in increased role after contributing valuable minutes late in the year as a freshman last season. Balaam brought in three freshmen in Kenzie Stoup, Coley Branum, and Erin Dickson and look to them to bring a fresh perspective to the midfield line.


“It’s nice to have some depth in the midfield this year,” said Balaam, “We can look to any of our midfielders to make an impact whether the start or come off the bench.”


West Georgia opens the 2019 season on September 5 on the road, taking on Young Harris at 2 p.m. Two days after that game, the Wolves open their eight-game home slate with a 2 p.m. contest against North Georgia at University Field.