BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The CSU Bakersfield women's soccer team rounded out its 2017 roster with the late addition of an international student-athlete. Head Coach Gary Curneen and the rest of the Roadrunners welcomed Evelyn Daly to Bakersfield in time to prepare for the upcoming season.
“We are delighted to welcome Evelyn into the program and everyone is excited to play with her,” Curneen said of Daly. “She brings unique experience from the Irish national team setup, which allows her to see certain things a little different on the field. That can help us progress on the tactical side of the game and also complement other teammates.”
Curneen continued on about what Daly brings to the CSUB program: “Playing under Dave Bell has really helped her development. Probably her biggest strength is her work rate and attitude. She has a phenomenal drive and determination to compete and get better. This is what we want our culture to be about and hopefully Evelyn will not only enjoy becoming a 'Runner, but she will thrive and help us push the bar higher every day.”
An incoming freshman from Whitechurch, Ireland, Daly spent her club years with Cork City. She earned time with the Irish U17 National squad and was named the 2014 International Player of the Year for the team. Daly also brings a high level of grit to the ‘Runners, having played Gaelic football, a sport that combines the skills of soccer and rubgy.
Daly and her teammates will get their first chance to compete together this weekend in an exhibition match. The ‘Runners will travel to play UCLA on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles.