Carlyn Baldwin, one of the most highly recruited midfielders in the 2014 women’s soccer class, enjoyed a fine freshman campaign at Tennessee last season. She played more than 1,700 minutes and contributed to the lacework of a young but growing midfield. The addition of No. 1 recruit Katie Cousins for 2015 will excite no one more than her future running mate in the midfield.
Baldwin came off the bench in two matches at the U20 Women’s World Cup last summer, making her a rarity in that she earned U20 WC playing time before she’d even reached college.
If Baldwin’s silky offseason skills (above, of course) are any indication, it appears she’s ready for the college season to kick off already.
Look out for the Tennessee women this year. The Vols signed a whopping five players in the IMG Academy 150 for this fall: Cousins (No. 1), Danielle Marcano (No. 49), Megan Massey (No. 57), Maya Neal (No. 30) and Tatum Wagner (No. 95). Remember too, the 2014 class was No. 11. We ranked this one No. 4 nationally.
It seems a given the Vols are in for a marked improvement over their 10-10-2 record last season. The bigger question is whether this team can compete for an SEC title. And perhaps more.