July 31, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University soccer team has added another former professional player to its coaching ranks, the program announced on Wednesday. Head coach Aaron Rodgers and the Bobcats will be welcoming Elizabeth Woerle as an assistant coach in advance of the 2013 season.
“We are excited to have Liz join the Bobcat soccer program because she brings a great deal of playing experience to our staff,” said Rodgers. “She was an all-conference forward in the Missouri Valley Conference and has just recently completed playing professionally in Germany. Her insight on how to conduct and maintain oneself in a professional manner will be excellent. Not only will the forwards be able to learn from her, but all of the players on the program will be able to gain knowledge from her experience.”
Woerle completes a unique coaching situation for the Bobcats, becoming the third former professional soccer player on the current coaching staff. The native of Coon Rapids, Minn., played professional soccer with 1. FC Lübars of the Frauen Regionalliga in Germany during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Along with Rodgers (multiple seasons in the United Soccer Leagues) and Allison Whitworth (multiple seasons in Women’s Professional Soccer), Woerle completes a coaching staff which is the only one in the Mid-American Conference comprised entirely of former professional players.
While in Germany, Woerle made 11 appearances for 1. FC Lübars in domestic competition. She scored one goal during this time, finding the back of the net in the 90th minute of a 3-1 win over Magdeburger FFC on Oct. 23, 2011. The midfielder also made one appearance for her club during a domestic cup match, playing 23 minutes against FSV Gütersloh.
Prior to her time in Germany, Woerle was a standout player at Drake University. Elizabeth appeared in 87 matches for the Bulldogs, scoring 22 goals (eight game-winners) and dishing out eight assists. She was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Freshman Team (2006), Second Team (2008), and First Team (2009). She was a significant participant on the 2006 team which won the MVC regular-season championship and qualified for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
“I am excited to be a part of the Ohio University soccer program and the close-knit community within Bobcat athletics,” said Woerle. “It is a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach and learn from Aaron (Rodgers) and Allison (Whitworth), who have both come from successful programs and have a lot to offer.”
Ohio opens the 2013 season with an exhibition contest at UNC Greensboro on Aug. 15. The ‘Cats will then begin the regular season with three straight home matches, the first of which is a contest with Indiana on Aug. 23.
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