It’s been more than three years since I launched Equal Time Soccer as the only outlet focused entirely on women’s soccer in Minnesota. In that time, our main focus has been on the state’s highest level college program (the University of Minnesota Gophers), women from Minnesota playing professionally abroad, and the growing number of WPSL teams that play over the summer.
As at outlet we’ve been able to do incredibly in-depth features like Emily Peterson’s epic return from her ACL tear to our video production about Minnesotans ‘Going Pro’ and even break stories ahead of all other Minnesota media like St Thomas’ announcement about going DI to Gophers and youth national team star Katie Duong going into the transfer portal.
But now that we’ve got our feet wet, it’s time to grow our team and expand our coverage. I am absolutely thrilled to say we’re adding three entirely new beats to our coverage and bringing on two new contributors to handle them. Annie Williams (former SDSU star, current pro, and Cottage Grove, Minnesota native -- more about her below) will be coming on board to cover St Thomas as they join the Summit League, her former stomping grounds, this fall. Mark Privratsky (my brother who has had spot appearances on shows and covering live tweets before) will come on board to cover the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Minnesotans playing DI across the country, as well as taking over the WPSL coverage from me. I will continue covering the Gophers and the pros.
In the next few weeks, Annie and Mark will be introducing their new beats on the website and on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. In the meantime, if you’re excited to support this kind of expanded coverage and want to show Annie and Mark how welcome they are, you can jump in and becoming a supporter for as little as $2/month on Patreon. I am absolutely thrilled to bring them on board and I know you all will love their work.
Annie Williams — Covers: St Thomas
Annie is a former All Conference and All Region DI soccer player who has also starred for multiple Minnesota teams in the WPSL. After finishing her collegiate career at South Dakota State, has played multiple seasons in the pro leagues in Costa Rica and now in Iceland. She, like Mark, is the cooler sibling in a set of twins and you can find her on both Instagram and Twitter.
Mark Privratsky — Covers: DI MNs, NSIC, WPSL
Mark is a twin of Matt Privratsky who wears glasses. He quit the lowest level division 3 soccer team in the nation (prior to ever practicing) in favor of concert choir in 2007. Mark spends much of his time reading soccer wikipedia and playing “FIFA”. He is excited to direct that energy into his coverage! Find his random musings on soccer, leftist venting, and pop culture brain dumps on twitter: @markprivratsky
We talk to Emily Bunnell LIVE on Instagram to do a deep dive on the transfer process. Emily started her college career at Baylor, spent her junior season at the University of Minnesota, and after finishing her undergraduate degree will now pursue her Masters and finish her last year of athletic eligibility at Seattle U.
You can watch the video below or listen to it as a podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher.
We talk to the former Gopher Soccer star and current University of South Dakota assistant coach Maddie Gaffney about bringing her playing experience into coaching, the differences between the Big Ten and the Summit League, the tension between disciplining a cat and getting it to love you, and a slew of Twitter questions.
You can also listen to the chat on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. As promised during the podcast, we are also embedding the fantastic glory days video of Maddie below.
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