Women's Soccer Signs Talented Group

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 31, 2007) - The John Brown University women’s soccer program has recently signed 15 incoming freshmen covering five states for the fall 2007 season.

From Texas, we have 5-3 forward Brittany Allen from Plano, who played for Plano West High School and Sting Soccer Club. Ashley Cecil, a 5-2 defender from Murphy, played for Plano High School and FC Texas Soccer Club. Also from Plano High School and FC Texas are 5-9 goalkeeper Katie Mahoney and 5-9 midfielder Melinda Gentry. Ashleigh Noble, a 5-4 defender also from Plano West High School and Solar Soccer Club, will help to fill the gap in the defense left by graduating senior, Amber Aparicio. Her high school and club teammate, 5-3 Alex McMichael from Plano West, will also look to use her tenacity and quickness to the ball to help in the midfield. Rounding out the Texas signees is Ashleigh Coetzer, a 5-9 midfielder from Trophy Club, Tex., who will be looked on to provide support for the defense.

From San Diego, Calif., we bring in 5-9 midfielder Natiel Oswald-Bauer of Rancho Bernardo High School and Surf Soccer Club. From Escondido, Calif. are 5-10 midfielder Camille Malkiewicz and 5-4 forward Robyn Cluka. Both players play for San Pasqual High School and also for Surf Soccer Club.

Sisters Libby and Katy Stubbs from Broken Arrow, Okla. top the list of Oklahoma signees. Libby, a 5-7 midfielder and 5-3 midfielder Katy both played for Hurricane Soccer Club. 5-5 goalkeeper Brittany Henderson, also from Broken Arrow, looks to provide needed depth and challenge for the starting role as she gets college experience.

Courtney Scott, the lone Kansas signee, is a 5-5 midfielder from Overland, Kan. that played for Blue Valley West High School and Blue Valley Stars Club team.

Siloam Springs native, 5-9 Sarah Kidd, rounds out the list of impressive talent joining the 2007 class.

Head Coach Joe Thoma is excited about the incoming class and what they can bring to the table.

“These kids are tremendous players and also good people,” said Thoma. “I definitely think they have the ability and talent to help us reach our goal of finishing in the top of the Sooner Athletic Conference and getting to the regional tournament.”

During the 2006 campaign the women finished 6-11-1 overall and 6-7-1 in conference.

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