CHICKASHA–With signing day passed the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma women’s soccer team brought in seven new players, five of whom are from the state of Oklahoma.
The Drovers have some key parts coming back into the fold for the next season, and head coach Jimmy Hampton believes the recruits will be a factor as freshmen.
“Overall, this class is one of the best we have signed at USAO,” Hampton said. “They compliment the very talented current group in place quite well.”
One of the factors the Drovers were looking for is a physical presence and Hampton believes this set of recruits fits that role.
“We have gained a lot of speed, physical presence, tactical awareness and become a much grittier team with these recruits,” Hampton said.
The new recruits are: Lauren Parker, from Stillwater; Morgan Wilson, from Piedmont; Jordan Cleveland, from Moore; Katelyn Williams, from Moore; Kayle Moore, from Oklahoma City; Daisy Goldsmith, from Cheddar, United Kingdom; and Zoe Watkins, from Hereford, United Kingdom.
Parker will be playing in the middle of the field and is out of Stillwater High School, where she was an All-District Honorable Mention as a center midfielder.
Wilson helped Piedmont High School to a district title in 2013. She also was named an All-District player.
Cleveland is a midfielder and forward from Moore High School. She was named All-District Honorable Mention in 2012-13.
Williams also comes from Moore High School and received All-District honors while helping them from the outside mid-field position.
Moore is from Southmoore High School has won Freshman of the Year honors, and Midfielder of the Year honors.
Goldsmith has contributed her way to two major championships as part of her select team in England, and will look to be a strong physical in the center of the soccer field.
Watkins led her team, Whitecross Hereford as captain to a national soccer final while anchoring the midfield for her team.
All of the recruits, according to Hampton, have different attributes that will help the Drovers keep up the winning seasons which USAO soccer has been known for.
“They all come from traditional winning programs so they will come in with those expectations,” Hampton said. “I’m looking forward to big things with our current class and incoming recruits in 2014.”