NASHVILLE - Following a 12-win season and reaching the Atlantic Sun Conference final, Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien is proud to announce the Lipscomb women’s soccer team’s 2016 signing class. O’Brien, with help from associate head coach Kelsey Fenix, has assembled a strong recruiting class that includes seven student-athletes from the U.S. and one international player from Belgium.
"We are beyond excited because these players will positively impact our team on and off the field as freshmen,” O'Brien said. “As we continue to build this program, we knew the class of 2016 had to give us greater competition within the squad and undoubtedly these girls accomplish that need.”
Lipscomb’s 2016 signees are Olivia Doak, Audrey Ann Beck, Selah Gilmore, Hailey Eck, Leah Cernicky, Melissa Gray, Lotte DeWilde, and Bri Caccavale. These 8 student-athletes contain a variety of skills that add depth to the Lady Bisons’ roster at all positions. By position, Lipscomb adds one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, and three forwards.
“We add pace, power, intelligence, and competitiveness to the squad with these ladies, and we cannot be more pleased,” O’Brien said. “They fit our Lipscomb Soccer culture to a tee because each has a heart to glorify God with their talents and abilities, and an equal hunger to get to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. I love that."
The eight Bison newcomers will join the 20 returners for the 2016 season. Lipscomb finished the 2015 campaign in second place and reached double-digit victories for the second year in a row.
“As has been the case each of the last three years, this class makes us more talented from top to bottom,” O’Brien said. “We return nine starters from last season, so we feel we’ve got a very strong nucleus to build upon right from day one of preseason. This is great news considering we’ll be playing the toughest schedule in program history.”
|Olivia Doak||Forward||Tennessee SC||Shelbyville, Tenn.|
|Audrey Ann Beck||Forward||PTFC||High Point, N.C.|
|Selah Gilmore||Forward||Irvine Strikers||Mission Viejo, Calif.|
|Hailey Eck||Defender||Internationals||Fairlawn, Ohio|
|Leah Cernicky||Midfielder||West Coast FC||Mission Viejo, Calif.|
|Melissa Gray||Goalkeeper||Tophat||Alpharetta, Ga.|
|Lotte DeWilde||Midfielder||Gent Ladies||Kalken, Belgium|
|Bri Caccavale||Defender||Internationals||Medina, Ohio|
Starting Thursday Feb. 4, each signee will be featured one day at a time on the women's soccer Twitter account. On each signee's dedicated day, we will be releasing quotes from coaches, players and the signee themselves. Below is a breakdown of what days each signee will be highlighted.
Thursday February 4th - Olivia Doak
Friday February 5th - Audrey Ann Beck
Saturday February 6th - Selah Gilmore
Sunday February 7th - Hailey Eck
Monday February 8th - Leah Cernicky
Tuesday February 9th - Melissa Gray
Wednesday February 10th - Lotte DeWilde
Thursday February 11th - Bri Caccavale