PORTSMOUTH – The women's soccer coaching staff is proud to welcome seven incoming freshmen to Shawnee State's Class of 2016. The incoming class brings a diversified skill set, joining a squad that features 13 returning players. The incoming freshmen bring a well-rounded and balanced skill set to Shawnee State as the class features three forwards, two midfielders and two defenders, all hailing from the state of Ohio.
"This class has a solid combination of offensive and defensive talent. Each of the incoming student-athletes has a little something different to offer to the program on the field. While all these players are gifted athletes, they also have stellar academic resumes as well." said head coach Rob Appell, who is entering his seventh season as at Shawnee State.
You can view a player-by-player breakdown of the incoming player's accomplishments along with a statement about each player's individual strengths. Just this week, the team arrived on campus and has already begun preparations for the 2012 season. The first game of the season will be Friday, August 24 at 2 p.m. on the Shawnee Turf. The Bears will host a total of nine home games this year.
#5 Elizabeth Abbott – Forward
Lakewood High School/Heath, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, three times in track and once in basketball … Three-time team offensive MVP … Finished her high school soccer career with 132 points (55 goals, 22 assists), including a 19 goal and 11 assist (49 points) senior season to earn second-team All-District honors … Two-time first-team All-MSL performer, earning second-team and honorable mention honors the other two seasons … Also a member of the ODP State team.
Personal: Daughter of Meg and Curt Abbott … Majoring in Graphic Design and Marketing.
Coach Appell on Elizabeth: "Elizabeth is a talented forward who has a great history of scoring goals. I feel that she will add additional elements to our attack in 2012."
# 7 Kayla Dye – Midfield
Zane Trace/Chillicothe, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer … Finished with 13 goals and 32 assists playing in the midfield, including a six goal, nine assist season as a senior … Helped her team to a cumulative 38-27-8 record over four years, including three straight 10-plus win years in her final three seasons.
Personal: Daughter of Tonia Dye and Chris Vorhies … Majoring in Early Childhood Education … Wants to teach second grade and coach soccer after graduation.
Coach Appell on Kayla: "Kayla will help us from the midfield this season as we look to reestablish possession through the midfield creating the link to our forwards."
#33 Jessica Fair – Forward
Beaver Local Lisbon/Negley, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer and three times in track … Finished her high school career with 44 goals and 18 assists (106 points) … Scored 27 goals during her senior season and finished with seven assists.
Personal: Daughter of Roseann and Robert Fair … Majoring in Biology with a minor in Photography.
Coach Appell on Jessica: "Jessica is a strong attacking player with a knack for finding the back of the net."
# 4 Hannah Figlestahler – Defense
Bethel High School/Tipp City, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer … Anchored a defensive unit at Bethel High School that went 43-23-2 during her four-year high school career … Scored nine goals and assisted on four more during her career, including an 11-point (five goals, one assist) junior campaign.
Personal: Daughter of Becky and Doug Figlestahler … Majoring in Dental Hygiene.
Coach Appell on Hannah: "I like Hannah's ability to control and organize from the back. We will benefit from her experience and winning background."
#18 Schuyler Jones – Forward
West Holmes High School/Millersburg, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, leading her team to four consecutive section titles … Two-year captain, guiding her team Ohio Cardinal Conference and District Championship as a senior … Finished high school career with 32 goals and nine assists … First-team Daily Record as a sophomore, also earning honorable mention in her last two seasons … First-team All-EDCCSA as a senior … Two-time second-team all-conference performer, earning second-team all-district as a sophomore.
Personal: Daughter of Marsha and Leonard Jones … Majoring in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science.
Coach Appell on Schuyler: "Schuyler is an aggressive forward that will make us stronger in the attacking third of the field."
#11 Erin Phillips – Midfield
Madison-Plains High School/Mt. Sterling, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, three times in track & field, and once in cross country … Graduated as her high school's all-time leading goal scorer with 15 goals … Three-time Madison County All-Star … Second-team All-South Central Ohio League and third-team All-Central District.
Personal: Daughter of Barb and Tim Phillips … Possible career paths include Photography, English or Education.
Coach Appell on Erin: "Erin comes with a lot to offer. I am looking forward to having a versatile player that can contribute in various ways."
#19 Tasha Wilson – Defense
Kettering Fairmont/Kettering, Ohio
High School: Lettered four times in soccer, also played basketball and ran track … Playing defense, managed to score three goals and assist on two goals in her senior season.
Personal: Daughter of Anita and Nathan Wilson.
Coach Appell on Tasha: "The attitude and work rate of Tasha is exactly what we are looking for from our defenders. Her experience and skill level will help solidify our back line."