NASHVILLE – Following a second consecutive season in which the Lady Bisons tied the program record for wins with 12 and reached the ASUN Conference Final, head Coach Kevin O’Brien and the Lipscomb women’s soccer team are proud to announce their 2017 signing class.
“The players in our 2017 recruiting class each bring strong talents to the team that will provide much needed depth as we endeavor to win our first conference title in program history,” O’Brien said.
The seven-person class is made up of the following players: Riley Henry, Alliyah Parker, Kaitlin Echols, Alli Gaither, MaKayla Merryman, BreAnah Webster, and Mary Clifford.
“What each player brings to Lipscomb as soccer players pales in comparison to the Christian character we are getting,” O’Brien said. “They are all honest, hardworking, faith-filled women that will make our collective testimony even stronger for God. I’m so excited to have this group joining us in August and feel like this could be the most talented squad in program history.”
The seven Bison newcomers will join 21 returning student-athletes from one of the most successful seasons in program history.
NAME POSITION CLUB HOMETOWN
Riley Henry Midfield FC Pride Indianapolis, Ind.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Riley is a soccer junkie. I love that about her! She is a central midfielder that has an excellent soccer IQ and the technical ability to go along with it. Another attribute that makes Riley special is her ability to spray 30-40 yard driven balls with accuracy. She is very talented and will compete to play early in her career.”
Alliyah Parker Forward Libertyville 1974 Gurnee, Ill.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “I’m excited about Alliyah in that she has great versatility and can play anywhere on the front line or as an attacking midfielder. She is speedy with good technique and vision. I think her combination play going to goal is very strong and I’m excited to see how she’ll strengthen our team.”
Kaitlin Echols Defender Lady Lobos Memphis, Tenn.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Kaitlin is a great addition to our defensive unit. She is a soccer-playing defender with very good technique and vision. She does not get rattled under pressure and connects on a great percentage of passes forward. Her size and aerial ability will be welcomed as well.”
Alli Gaither Forward BUSA ECNL Rome, Ga.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “I am confident that Alli is going to be a great player for our soccer program. She is a strong and powerful lefty that can function effectively on the wing or as a central striker. Her ability to score goals is one of her greatest strengths and those kinds of players are invaluable to any program.”
MaKayla Merryman Forward FC Pride Lafayette, Ind.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “MaKayla is a quick and sharp winger that’s electric going forward. She is equally effective scoring or assisting and continually makes great decisions in and around the box. She is another player we are adding that has a great soccer brain and understanding of how to play the game at a high level.”
BreAnah Webster Defender Darby FC Pickering, Ontario, Canada
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “BreAnah is a great all-around player. She is extremely athletic and can play in the back, midfield, or up top. She has pace, power, soccer savvy, and a cannon-of-a-shot! I’m excited to find out where her best position will be going forward and think that wherever she ends up she’ll excel.”
Mary Clifford Midfielder Pleasanton Rage ECNL Pleasanton, Calif.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Mary was a player that showed up at an ID camp and impressed playing in the center of the park. I scouted her at an ECNL event, and she did well playing as a wide midfielder. She is simple and smart with her decisions on the ball and will bring more versatility to the team.”
Be sure to follow along at the Lipscomb women’s soccer Twitter account @LipscombWSOC for more updates on the new recruits.