Soccer Star

Soccer Star

Aspiring soccer star and former Tupton Hall student Dayna Randall recently reached the quarter finals in a prestigious American tournament. 

Dayna, now 20, attended Tupton Hall Sixth Form before moving to the United States to enbark on a 4 year football scholarship at Tennessee Wesleyan University where she studies Exercise Science and plays in forward with the women's Bulldogs team.

The Bulldogs recently made it to the national quarter finals of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) tournament after beating the Mustangs from The Master's University, California, 3 - 0. Dayna scored in this game bringing the scoreboard to 3. But in the next round they were to be knocked out of the final 8 by the University of Northwestern Ohio.

This was the first time in the history of the Tennessee university that the Bulldogs have competed in the national competition, which features the 16 best teams in the USA and is held at Orange Beach, Alabama.

Dayna's dad Kev said: "This is a massive achievement for such a small (unranked) university with a fraction of the budget of major universities and colleges. They have now beaten teams ranked 6th and 11th in the country."

"Hopefully Dayna's success might be an inspiration to other budding sportsmen and sportswomen who are currently at Tupton Hall School."

Read our interview with Dayna before she left for America - find out how she got started in football.