Courtesy Hofstra Athletic Communications
After playing every game at center back last season, Turner has stepped into more of a leadership role on defense in 2010 following the graduation of All-Colonial Athletic Association defender Diane Caldwell. “It is a big responsibility in that back four,” said Turner of being a key catalyst to the Pride’s successful defense this season. “We are really strong back there.”
In addition to stepping up large on defense, the Stocksbridge, England native played a key role on offense registering two game-winning goals on free kicks in a week span against Columbia and James Madison last month. “They were really the first free kicks I had ever taken,” said Turner, who has been playing soccer since the age of seven. “[Making those kicks] was a big lift."
As a freshman last year Turner was named to the CAA All-Rookie team. She spent much of the off-season working on enhancing her speed and head coach Simon Riddiough has noticed improvements in many facets of her game as well as being more vocal on the field. “She has been big time,” said Riddiough. “She has improved confidence wise.”
With Turner's solid play on defense and clutch free kicks on offense, Hofstra is riding a 10-game winning streak since a season-opening loss to current second-ranked Boston College. Hofstra will next be in action on Friday at home against Towson at 7 p.m., and with a win will break a program record for consecutive wins, previously set in 2005.