Special to the Register
The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team has signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, second-year head coach Melissa Barnes announced last week.
The seven signees set to join EKU in the fall of 2014 are Sutton Edwards, Jordan Foster, Logan Harvey, Anna Hall, Haley Kemper, Makenna Sullivan and Allison Werner.
“Our 2014 class is well-rounded, balanced, hard-working, competitive, and these players will represent EKU very well,” Barnes said. “Having graduated seven accomplished seniors, we will look for this group to compete immediately with our returners to fill several important roles. Our returning players are working extremely hard in the offseason; mix that with the talent of our incoming players and 2014 looks exciting.”
Edwards is a defender out of Huntington Beach, Calif. She is a four-year letter winner and team captain at Fountain Valley High School, and she plays club soccer for the Southern California Blues.
“Sutton is an intelligent defender who is solid technically and wise tactically,” Barnes said. “She is calm under pressure, which will allow her to compete immediately.”
Foster is a forward out of Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio. She was a prolific offensive player in high school, as she led the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) in scoring the past two seasons and broke the Fairborn High career scoring record with 67 goals. She was named the GWOC and Miami Valley Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
“Jordan is an athletic attacker who has a knack for finding the back of the net,” Barnes said. “She exploded for 51 points during her senior high school season last fall, scoring 21 goals.”
Hall is a goalkeeper out of Ross, Ohio. She broke the Ross High School records for shutouts (14) and goals allowed (eight) and was named first team all-state in 2014 and the 2014 Southwest Ohio Division II Player of the Year during her stellar prep career. Hall also won a club state championship with Ohio Elite.
“Anna is a goalkeeper who plays for Ohio Elite ECNL,” Barnes said. “She has a great combination of size, athleticism and quickness. One of the things that impressed me about Anna is her love for training and competing. She will add to the competition within our goalkeeping unit.”
Harvey is a forward from Wadsworth, Ohio and a three-year letter winner for the Wadsworth High School Lady Grizzlies. She did not play high school soccer as a senior to focus on her club team – Internationals Soccer Club, an elite group that won the 2012 U.S. Club National Championship and is currently ranked fourth nationally in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
“Logan is an attacking player that continues to improve,” Barnes said. “She has great size and excellent athleticism. She plays club at the highest level and chose to forego high school soccer in order to compete with her club team year round. This is a testament to her dedication and desire to be the best.”
Kemper is a forward/midfielder from Barnes’ alma mater – South Oldham High School in Crestwood. She was named first team all-state in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Lady Dragons. Kemper plays club soccer for the Kentucky Fire Juniors.
“Haley was our first commitment for 2014,” Barnes said. “Securing in-state talent is very important to me as a Kentuckian. Haley is a fierce competitor and can play either defensive or attacking midfield, or as a forward, depending on the needs of her team.”
Sullivan is a forward out of St. Francis High School in St. Francis, Minn. She holds the St. Francis High records for goals in a season (25), goals in a career (60) and points in a career (81). Interestingly, Sullivan prevents goals from being scored for her club team, the Minnesota Thunder Academy, for whom she plays outside back.
“Makenna plays forward for her high school team and outside back for her MTA ECNL club team,” Barnes said. “She has great pace, is dangerous in the attack and tenacious as a defender.”
Werner is a versatile midfielder/defender out of Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, the same high school that produced current EKU goalkeeper Erika Wolfer. Werner plays club soccer for Ohio Elite, with whom she won two Ohio South State Cup Championships in 2010 and 2011.
“Allison also plays for Ohio Elite ECNL,” Barnes said. “She is an experienced and versatile player who can play in the midfield or in the backline. She is smart, composed and reads the game extremely well.”