Lillian Mace joins Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer incoming class
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Freshman and Ponte Vedra Beach native Lillian Mace is the newest member of the 2020 Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team, as announced on Monday. The midfielder is the ninth newcomer of the Owls’ incoming class.
Mace was a four-year starter at Ponte Vedra High School, and last season was team MVP and captain of the team. She was also named to the North Florida Women’s Soccer All-Star Team. She helped lead the Sharks to a 16-6-4 mark her senior year, and the squad advanced all the way to the FHSAA Class 5A State Championship match.
During her time at PVHS, the Sharks were three-time district champions, and regional champs this past season. Three times too, she was the team’s Midfielder of the Year. Additionally, Mace was a multi-year starter for ECNL Armada ’02, a top four team in the southeast that made it to nationals three times, and was part of the US National Training Center for three years.
Why Mace chose FAU:
“I am very excited to have the chance to play at FAU and be part of the great soccer program that Coach Baker has built,” said Mace. “From my first conversation with Coach Baker and Coach Brown, I knew I wanted to be part of the team. I am looking forward to working hard and contributing everything I have to the team, my teammates and to FAU. Go OWLS!”
Baker on Mace:
“Lillian is a terrific athlete, student and person,” said head coach Patrick Baker. “She has a special blend of skill and athleticism which will help her create a successful career here at FAU. Her playmaking ability and soccer IQ stood out to us as we watched her play. Through her development over the last year, we see her being a pivotal part of our midfield this fall. Lillian makes the game easy for those around her and is a very good passer of the ball. We see her as a great addition to the team, and can’t wait for her and her classmates to arrive on campus.”
Mace is part of a group of nine newcomers; click below to read about the previously announced eight: forward Gabi Cimino, defender Madeline Crowe and midfielder Katie Houston (link), goalkeeper Amit Cohen (link), forward Natalie Magayi (link), defender Teagan Dunekel (link), forward Pernille Eide (link) and defender Amanda Martin (link).
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