Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer coach Jon Ireland has announced the signing of four players for the 2011 season.
He expects to add a few more players as he attempts to bolster his roster numbers.
The new players are Karli Crosby, Baylee Linnell, Brittany Rupple and Haley Wright.
"We have focused on offense and athleticism," Ireland said. "We think some of them could be an immediate help to us."
Crosby, 5-foot-3, is an attacking midfielder-forward from Brentwood, Tenn. She was an All-State selection at Brentwood High in 2010 by both the Tennesseanand the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association.
She was an All-District and All-Region pick in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She served as team captain in 2009 and 2010. She was the team MVP in 2008. She also lettered four years in basketball.
Crosby plays for the Brentwood Premier "92" club team. They were state champions in 2003 and a state finalist in 2009 and 2010. She played for the Tennessee ODP team in 2009.
Crosby has also excelled in the classroom. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the Student Leadership Team at Brentwood Baptist Church.
"She should really help us from an offensive standpoint which we struggled with last year," Ireland said."She brings everything we are looking for in our program.
"Karli is a great student and a great kid character-wise and work ethic-wise. She is a high energy player with a great personality. She was super excited to come here."
Linnell is from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. She is a 5-6 forward.
Linnell was an All-Region team member in 2010. She was named to the All-District team in 2009 and 2010.
In 2009 she was named team MVP. She received the "Golden Boot" Award in 2010 for most goals on the team. She played soccer as a junior and a senior. She was a cheerleader her freshman and sophomore years.
Linnell lettered four seasons in track and field. She was a member of the All-State track team and was MVP in 2009 and 2010.
"Baylee is a very, very athletic player," Ireland said. "She has the potential to be the most athletic player we have had in the program. Ever.
"She has all the tools to be really, really good. She has tons of potential. She is strong. She might break all of our weight room records and speed records."
As a track athlete Linnell brings something else that the Lady Bisons need _ speed at the forward spots.
"She is super fast," Ireland said. "In the women's game speed is so critical."
Rupple, 5-11, played defender-midfielder for Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas where she was All-State and All-Region in 2009-2010. She was All-District in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
She was team captain for 2010-2011. She has been named District Player of the Year and was a member of the All-Freshman team in 2007-2008. She lettered in soccer for four years.
In club soccer her team, Solar, was the Texas State Cup champion two years and a finalist for three years.
"Brittany brings a different element in terms of height," Ireland said. "She is very tall. She is a very technical player.
"We haven't had the largest teams. She will definitely help us in dealing with high balls and taller players on set pieces."
Wright is a 5-7 defender-midfielder who is also from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro. She and Linnell were both coached in high school by Jeff Boynton, a former member of the Lipscomb soccer team. She started every game in her four years on the team.
She was an All-District player for 2008, 2009 and 2010. She served as a team captain in 2010. In 2008 and 2010 Wright was named the team's Defensive MVP. She was also named to the Daily News JournalAll-Area team for three years. She was first team in 2010 and second team in 2008 and 2009.
Academically she is an International Baccalaureate candidate. She is a member of Soliedad Hispana Honoria, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and a Student Council Merit member. She also is a Big Sister/Big Brother mentor.
In club soccer she played for Lady Strikers '93. The team was the National Presiden's Cup Champion in 2009.
"She is athletic with good size and a tremendous work ethic," Ireland said. "She has a great attitude."
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.