Andersons making history on BC women's soccer team

By Melodie Hylton and Jenny Thayer
October 28, 1999

Three sisters are making history on the Bluffton College soccer field. DeAnna, Natalie and Laura Anderson are the first group of three sisters to ever play soccer on the BC team in the same season.

Although a first for Bluffton, this is not a first for the Andersons; all three played basketball for a season at Cory-Rawson High School.

DeAnna, senior elementary education major and third floor Hirschy residence advisor, has played soccer for eight years. She currently plays center middle on the BC team.

Last year she received a second team All-Conference soccer award from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. DeAnna advises her sisters to "stay focused on God."

A sophomore majoring in elementary education, Natalie played soccer on a traveling team and ran cross-country while in high school. She plays forward for the Beavers. Natalie states that DeAnna strongly influenced her to play at BC.

Laura, a freshman who has yet to decide on a major, is playing soccer for the first time in seven years. Her position is fullback for the defense. She says that DeAnna and Natalie "talked me into playing." The highlight of her first season is that "the girls on the soccer team have made me feel so welcome."

The girls said that they enjoy playing soccer together and that it brings back memories of playing together in high school. When asked if any sibling rivalry was present, Laura spoke for all three by stating: "Not at all."

Women's soccer coach Rick Fee said of the girls, "all three are really good soccer players." Although they are "very aggressive" on the field, the girls are protective of each other and "very close."