Seven RedHawks Playing Semi-Pro Soccer This Summer
Seven members of the Martin Methodist Women’s Soccer program recently began play in their respective summer semi-professional leagues, United Women’s Soccer and the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
Six current members of the program and decorated alumna Millene Cabral all began play in their respective organizations earlier this month.
Natsuna Sugishita and Cabral joined LA Galaxy Orange County in Orange, Calif.
Sugishita, a freshman from Tokyo, Japan, joined the club after an outstanding inaugural RedHawk campaign. Sugishita finished first in the nation with 22 assists and was a Third Team NAIA All-American selection. The freshman also was named the SSAC Freshman of the Year.
Cabral, a senior from Porto Alegre, Brazil, departs Martin Methodist as the program’s all-time goals scored leader with 129 goals in 78 matches. Cabral earned seven various All-American honors during her four-year career, highlighted by a First Team NAIA All-American honor this season. Cabral is currently finishing her coursework at Martin Methodist and is expected to sign a professional contract later this summer.
Miku Sunaga, a sophomore from Tokyo, Japan, will spend her summer with Grand Rapids FC in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sunaga was a Third Team NAIA All-American and a First Team All-SSAC selection. The sophomore scored 44 goals and added 28 assists in two seasons with the RedHawks.
In the same Midwest Region of the UWS, RedHawk freshman Suzuho Yamasaki will spend her summer with Ann Arbor FC in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Yamasaki, a Kagawa, Japan native, starred as a midfielder in her debut season with the RedHawks. Yamasaki earned Third Team All-American honors and was a First Team All-SSAC performer. Yamasaki made an immediate impact for Ann Arbor FC, scoring a 40-yard strike in their opening match of the season versus Grand Rapids FC.
RedHawk freshman forward Mackenzie Stroebel will also play in her native Michigan this summer as a member of Ann Arbor FC Lumberjills. The Lumberjills are a member of the WPSL. Stroebel notched six goals and four assists as a freshman for the RedHawks, earning SSAC All-Freshman honors.
Finally, two RedHawk defenders will spend their summers in the WPSL’s Southeast Division.
Sophomore Ashlyn Wiggins, a Trussville, Ala., native, will play for Alabama FC in Birmingham, Ala.
Wiggins has played 43 games and serves as the team’s captain entering her junior campaign. Wiggins notched four goals and seven assists from her defensive post in the last two seasons.
RedHawk right back Sara Casey will spend her summer as a member of North Alabama SC in Huntsville, Ala. Casey started all 22 games as a freshman defender for the RedHawks in 2018 and earned SSAC All-Freshman honors.
The Women’s Premier Soccer League strives to provide the highest level of developmental opportunities for amateur players in the United States. Entering its 22nd season, the WPSL has grown to more than 100 clubs and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. Team rosters consist of highly skilled players from collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep athletes.
The WPSL is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), which is an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States.