McPherson College women’s soccer coach Doug Quint has brought in some reinforcements.
Quint on Monday released a 14-member recruiting class for the upcoming season, believed to be the largest in Mac history.
For immediate help, eight of the signees are transfers, while he also has added six freshmen to give the class nice balance.
Quint knew he needed to have a banner recruiting campaign as the Bulldogs graduated eight seniors from a much-improved team that went 10-6-1 last year and made the KCAC postseason tournament.
"Our staff really worked hard to find players all over the country that will suit our needs and help us continue our rise up the table," Quint said. "This talented class has the impact experience we needed and the youth we can develop over a four-year period."
• Adriana Reyes (D, West Valley City, Utah / Cottonwood HS / Barton County CC)—Reyes comes to McPherson after an outstanding two years at Barton County Community College, where she started all 32 games. She scored 14 points on five goals and four assists in 16 games as a sophomore. She also had one game-winning goal while earning second team All-KJCCC honors as a center back after leading the Cougars to a 9-6-1 finish in 2016.
• Juliana Munoz (M, Antelope, Calif. / Center HS / Folsom Lake College / American River College) — Munoz moves on to McPherson College from American River College after receiving team MVP and All-League honors in 2016 as a center midfielder. She also earned an invitation to play in the California Junior College Sophomore Showcase.
• Aida "Lexi" Sandoval (MF/D, San Jacinto, Calif. / Tahquitz HS / Mt. San Jacinto College) — Sandoval comes to McPherson College from a very successful Mt. San Jacinto College team, where she started as a defensive midfielder.
• Kenslie Nicolaides (D, Paradise, Calif. / Paradise HS / Butte College) — Nichlaides transfers to McPherson College from Butte College in California. The Lady Roadrunners finished 10-6-2 in 2016. She earned All-Conference honorable mention, team Defensive Player of the Year and received an invitation to play in the California Junior College Sophomore Showcase.
• Kaitlyn Kelsey (F, Surprise, Ariz. / Willow Canyon HS / Glendale CC) — Kelsey moves in from Glendale Community College in Arizona. She was a two-year starter where she earned All-Conference honors as a forward.
• Cheyann Lake (MF/D, Kansas City, Kan. / Piper HS / Kansas City Kansas CC) and Veronica Samaniego (D, Mission, Kan. / Shawnee Mission North HS / Kansas City Kansas CC) — Lake and Samaniego transfer to McPherson from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Both were two-year starters for the Blue Devils.
• Brooke Russell (MF, Hays, Kan. / Hays HS / Barton County CC) — Russell is another player who comes to McPherson from Barton County Community College. She was a two-year starter in midfield for the Cougars, tallying four goals in just six games as a freshman. As a sophomore, Russell posted four assists in 15 starts while ranking fourth on the team in shots with 29 as Barton County posted a 9-6-1 mark in 2016.
• Ashley Taylor (Eastvale, Calif. / Chino Hills HS) — Taylor recently earned MVP for her high school soccer team. She was identified by McPherson while playing for the Las Vegas Premier Soccer Club. She joins two of her club teammates at McPherson.
• Peyton Morris (Burleson, Texas / Mansfield Legacy HS) — Morris joins McPherson College from Mansfield Legacy High School. She was identified by McPherson while playing for Impact FC.
• Christie Silber (Simi Valley, Calif. / Simi Valley HS) —Silber joins McPherson from Simi Valley High School. She currently plays for Simi Valley Eclipse Soccer Club in California.
• Cheyenne Stout (Kemper, Texas / Lampasas HS) — Stout received district second team from her high school. She was identified while playing for the TCFC Flyers in Texas.
• Claire Singleton (North Las Vegas, Nev. / Legacy HS) —Singleton was identified while playing for the Las Vegas Premier Soccer Club. She joins two of her club teammates at McPherson.
• Tomi Simmons (Las Vegas, Nev. / Shadow Ridge HS) — Simmons was identified while playing for the Las Vegas Premier Soccer Club. She joins two of her club teammates at McPherson.
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