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NCAA Jan 04, 2021

UNC Wilmington women’s soccer adds Emily Bowbliss to 2021 recruiting class

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNC Wilmington head women’s soccer coach Chris Neal has announced the addition of Union Pines High School standout Emily Bowbliss to the Seahawks’ roster for the 2021 season.

Bowbliss, a 5-9 forward from Whispering Pines, N.C., becomes the ninth member of UNC Wilmington’s 2021 recruiting class. The Seahawks signed an initial 7-member class in November, prior to adding German defender Sophie Trepohl in December.

“We’re excited to have Emily join our squad,” said Neal, who embarks on his third season at the helm in the spring. “She is a very good athlete with highly competitive DNA in her family. She is also a successful multi-sport athlete and the well-rounded experience will help her transition to the demands of Division I soccer. We feel she can help us in a variety of positions.”

Bowbliss scored seven goals with four assists for the North Carolina FC 03 Elite club team. As a sophomore at Union Pines, she earned All-State distinction after scoring 35 goals with 20 assists. In addition, she received All-Conference and All-Region honors during her freshman and sophomore campaigns.

In addition to playing soccer at Union Pines, Bowbliss also competed on the cross country, basketball and track and field teams.

Bowbliss is one of four members of her family to compete in college athletics. Her mother, Jennifer, played basketball at the University of Connecticut and the University of Delaware. Her father, David, was a two-year letter winner for the NC State wrestling team and her older brother, Ben, played football at Charlotte in 2018.