NASHVILLE – After another successful season in which they won the ASUN regular season crown and appeared in the ASUN Championship game for a third consecutive year, the Lipscomb women’s soccer team and 2017 ASUN Coach of the Year Kevin O’Brien are proud to announce their 2018 signing class.
“I am very excited to announce this 2018 recruiting class,” O’Brien said. “First off, they are awesome kids with great character and the values it takes to be successful at Lipscomb. On top of that, they are wonderful soccer players too.”
The nine-person class is made up of the following players: Kristi Jones, Katia Hanger, Kammy McGee, Emanuela Schurch, Logan McFadden, Emily Patti, Brooke Walsh, Ellen Joss, and Madi Shea.
“It is the most dynamic and complete recruiting class we’ve signed since I’ve been coaching at Lipscomb,” O’Brien said. “We’ve added talent in every area of the field and many of these players will push for playing time on opening day of preseason camp.”
O’Brien believes that the players being brought in feature skills in a variety of areas and will be a strong addition to the roster.
“In terms of the overall skill set of this recruiting class, I am particularly excited about the speed these girls bring to the table,” O’Brien said. “Quickness, agility, pace and power are found with each player in this recruiting class.”
O’Brien also expressed the effect that his staff had on signing this 2018 group.
“I want to thank my assistant coaches for all of their hard work in the recruiting process,” O’Brien said. “Our coaching staff has put in hours upon hours of work to solidify this group of players. Without their tireless work, this announcement would not be possible.”
The nine Bison newcomers will join a strong core of returnees from one of the most successful seasons in program history.
“We were as close as we’ve ever been in 2017 to making an NCAA tournament,” O’Brien said. “I’m hopeful that the addition of this talented group of recruits, combined with the hard work our team is putting in daily, will be the recipe to finally achieve that goal."
Name Position Club Hometown
Kristi Jones Midfield Georgia SA Lynn Haven, Fla.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Kristi is a dynamic dribbler that is excellent running at defenses. She can play as an attacking midfielder, as a winger, or as a striker. She has wonderful vision and is a great playmaker. I’m confident that Kristi will make an immediate positive impact on our program.”
Katia Hanger Defender United FA Alpharetta, Ga.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: ““Katia is a very strong central defender. She has size and speed and reads the game exceptionally well. Furthermore, Katia has good feet and is strong under pressure. She is a good header of the ball and will add some aerial strength to the team on set pieces.”
Kammy McGee Forward Collierville Lady Lobos Collierville, Tenn.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: ““Kammy is a lightning fast forward that will most likely compete as a winger. She is powerful and explosive and is good going 1v1 at opposition fullbacks. If her crossing is on point, I think she has the potential to get 10+ assists per season.”
Emanuela Schurch Forward FC Luzern Luzern, Switzerland.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Emanuela is best playing right underneath the center forward. She is explosive and a good finisher and hopefully will be able to interchange positions with our forwards to create greater tactical flexibility for our team. She is a very quick player with a low center of gravity that can spin defenders at full speed. Her international playing experience with the U19 Swiss national team is unique to our team, and I’m excited about the professionalism she’ll bring into the program.”
Logan McFadden Defender Birmingham United Birmingham, Ala.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Logan is an athletic stud. She is fast and strong and is ready, today, to step right into the D1 soccer environment. She is a physical defender and hard to beat 1v1. Her defensive instincts are good and she will compete to play somewhere across the back line. Logan will undoubtedly improve the overall defensive abilities of our team.”
Emily Patti Defender FC Alliance Knoxville, Tenn.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Emily is a quick and sharp defender that’s tough to beat. She is a good dribbler and has nice distribution too. Her soccer intelligence is high, and she is good in possession. Not only is Emily a great all-around player, she’s got heart and will never quit on a play; I love that about her.”
Brooke Walsh Midfielder Space Coast Florida Melbourne, Fla.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Brooke is a solid all-around player. She is strong on the ball and makes good decisions in possession. She is comfortable around the goal and also excels in her defending. She is combative and tough and is not afraid to lay a tackle. I’m excited to see how she grows as a player, and I believe she has a bright future at Lipscomb. Brooke will most likely compete to play in the midfield.”
Ellen Joss Defender Kentucky Fire Jrs. Louisville, Ky.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Ellen is an athletic defender with a great work ethic and competitive spirit. I see a lot of untapped potential in Ellen and believe she’s got all the tools to make it at the D1 level. I really like her versatility and am excited to see how she develops in our program. She can play as a central defender or as a fullback.”
Madi Shea Midfielder Tennessee Soccer Club Murfreesboro, Tenn.
O’Brien’s Thoughts: “Madi is the epitome of a blue-collar player. She is scrappy and her work ethic and desire are unmatched. She never quits. She has excellent stamina that enables her to cover lots of ground during a match. I see her playing somewhere out wide (fullback or winger) for the team.”
Be sure to follow along at the Lipscomb women’s soccer Twitter account @LipscombWSOC for more updates on the new recruits.