Even though the soccer team only graduated two seniors, the coaches have been working to sign new recruits to build up the women’s soccer program.
“These four players will immediately add to the program as quality players and quality students as well,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said.
A goalkeeper, a forward and two defenders will help fill out the 2010 Lady Drover soccer team.
“We’re hoping to add two more players to round out an excellent 2010 class,” Hampton said.
Katelyn Howard chose USAO to play soccer because of the homey feel it gave her when she came to campus.
“I chose USAO because when I came to visit, all the girl’s made me feel like I was wanted there,” she wrote. “They made me feel at home, a part of a family.”
Hampton said she will likely start competing right away at mid-fielder or on the back line.
“She brings a very good tactical awareness to the game,” he said.
The 5-foot-3 defender will join the team directly from Norman North High School. She plans to study pre-medicine in her time at USAO.
She is the daughter of James and JoAnna Howard, of Norman.
The Metro Christian Academy senior Addison Tipton will help the team fill the goalkeeper position next fall.
The 5-foot-8 athlete was showered with awards in high school. She was named Newcomer of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 and 2009, she was named Defensive Player of the Year, All-District and All-Metro Honorable Mention from the Tulsa World.
In addition, OKrankings.com ranked Tipton the No. 2 keeper in all the divisions in 2009.
In high school, she helped her team become regional champions in 2009, state runners-up in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and district champions in 2007 and 2008.
“She plays for a good club program and had a stellar high school career,” Hampton said. “She’s a good size and has physical presence in the box.”
Tipton decided to come to USAO because of the strong art and soccer programs. She plans to major in art.
She is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Tipton, of Tulsa.
Brittni Kent helped her varsity soccer team to the state playoffs while at Sapulpa High School.
The 5-foot-6 defender was named a Varsity Soccer All-State Honorable Mention and a Varsity Cross Country Second Team All-State as well.
Hampton said she should start in August as a defender or mid-fielder.
“She has good pace and is a strong, physical player that should help us right away,” he said.
Kent decided to come to USAO not only because of the soccer program, but also for the school size and the Chickasha community. She plans to major in biology.
Kent is the daughter of Steve and Darby Kent, of Sapulpa.
Lauren Carter decided to get back into soccer after spending a year as an art and psychology student at USAO.
“Carter is an excellent left-footed player from Tulsa,” Hampton said. “She brings a bit of grit to the team that is missing, along with very good technical ability.”
He said she’ll probably start as a forward or on the back line.
Carter was named All-State in soccer four years while playing for Wright Christian Academy in Tulsa. She was named to the Tri-State team three years and was an Offensive MVP two years.
She came to USAO because for the university’s art program.
Carter is the daughter of William and Rhonda Carter of Tulsa.