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Wingate standout K. Williams begins pro career in Finland

5/20/2011
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Kokkola, Finland----Wingate University women’s soccer student-athlete Kerstin Williams (’11, Summerville, S.C.) has signed to play soccer professionally in Finland for Gamlakarleby Bollklubb (GBK). A four-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection, team captain and leading goal scorer three of four seasons for the Bulldogs, Williams has been rewarded with the opportunity to explore a new culture and develop her soccer skills in the next level of competition.

Williams made her first appearance today (Wednesday, May 18, 2011) for GBK. She scored a goal in her team’s 5-0 victory over IK Myran. On Saturday, she walked across the stage during Wingate’s 2011 Commencement Exercises. The Summerville High School product received a B.S. degree in Sport Management. On Monday, she flew to Finland to begin a new chapter in her life.

In 2010, Williams led the Bulldogs with nine goals and 21 points. Williams ranked sixth in the SAC in goals, while ranking eighth in total points. She had two goals (including the match-winner) and an assist in the 3-2 win over Lees-McRae College. Williams netted the match-winner against Brevard College. She had a pair of goals against Chowan University, while also notching a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win at Newberry College. Williams had a goal and an assist in the 3-1 victory over Anderson (S.C.) University.

For her career, Williams recorded 28 goals, nine assists and 65 total points. As a junior, she was third on the Bulldog charts with 19 points (nine goals, one assist). During her sophomore campaign, she started 19 of 20 matches and posted 22 points (nine goals, four assists). Her point total was second on the Wingate team. Williams had one goal and one assist as a true freshman. Williams was a two-time All-County performer at Summerville High School. She was a two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player. Williams led her team in goals scored every season she participated. Kerstin Williams is the daughter of Jerry and Tracey Williams. WINGATE UNIVERSITY Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience. Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.

Wingate University is ranked number three among NCAA Division II Academic All-America® producing schools in the 2000’s with 38 honorees during this millennium. Only Pittsburg State (Kan.) University and Truman State (Mo.) University have produced more Academic All-America® honorees during this time period. Wingate’s 47 Academic All-America® honorees (lifetime) is tops among all SAC schools. (Wingate University student intern Robert Cook contributed this article. A rising senior from Bradford, England, Cook is majoring in Sport Management with a Marketing minor.)

David Sherwood (‘85)Wingate University
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