CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina head ladies’s soccer coach Chad Miller as we speak introduced the addition of 4 student-athletes for the 2023 season as we speak on Nationwide Signing Day. The 4 newcomers hale from 4 totally different states – Colorado, Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina.
“We’re enthusiastic about including this freshman class to our program” mentioned Miller. “Whereas it is going to be powerful to duplicate what our seniors did, this group of younger girls have the power to make a constructive influence on and off the sector right here at Western Carolina as student-athletes. They proceed our legacy of recruiting good student-athletes who can even be fantastic individuals and teammates. Their ardour for the sport stands out and we won’t watch for them to hitch our proficient group of returners.”
Mackenzie Megill, 5-6
Hometown: Aurora, Co.
Membership-Workforce: Actual Colorado ECNL
Previous to WCU: Megill and Actual Colorado U17 ECNL group gained the Nationwide Championship this previous yr. Additionally they gained the Northwest Convention. She was one of many prime Scorers within the US Soccer Developmental Academy and was chosen to the US Coaching Heart Youth Nationwide Workforce Identification Program. Her group additionally gained three Colorado State Cup championships. Unable to play Excessive Faculty till her junior season attributable to GA guidelines, Megill earned 2n/a group all-state honors as a junior after she scored 14 objectives and had 12 assists in 15 video games. She additionally was named first group all-conference after main her group to the Remaining 4 Playoffs. Megill additionally recorded a hat trick towards Manchester United in an exhibition recreation in England.
Private: A 4 yr starter on her highschool’s basketball group, Mackenzie is the daughter of Matt and Kristen. She has one sister, Abby.
Miller on Megill: “Mackenzie was one of many main goalscorers on the U17 ECNL Nationwide Champions and we could not be extra delighted that she selected Western Carolina. She is a pure finisher, however is unselfish and is simply as completely satisfied establishing others. She is tenacious up prime, but additionally has an acute consciousness of area and the place she ought to make runs. We predict she will add one other factor to our already sturdy attacking personnel”.
Malia Roberts, 6’0
Hometown: St. Augustine, FL
Membership-Workforce: Florida Elite ECNL
Highschool: Bartram Path
Previous to WCU: A captain group, Roberts led her Bartram Path Excessive Faculty group to 2 consecutive state championships and was named all-conference. In her three years to this point, they’ve a 58-4-3 report. From her defensive place, she has recorded 4 objectives and 5 assists.
Private: Malia is the daughter of Brian and Nisa Roberts. She has one sister, Jayden, and one brother, Bryson.
Miller-on-Roberts: “Malia brings a component of dimension and aerial capacity that’s unmatched. She attended our camp and we had been very impressed simply how far she has come after her harm. We imagine she has a really excessive ceiling and provides us a ton of flexibility positionally . She is one other nice child who we’re going to love having as a Catamount”.
Sofia Rodríguez, 5-11
Hometown: Taylor Mill, KY
Membership-Workforce: Cincinnati United Premier GA
Highschool: Newport Central Catholic
Previous to WCU: Has performed with Cincinnati United Premier (CUP) since her sophomore yr. That yr, they completed third within the nation. As a consequence of her GA schedule, she solely performed highschool soccer her freshman and sophomore seasons, the place she was the fulltime starter and MVP each years. She was named 1st group all-state as a sophomore and earned defensive “Participant of the 12 months” honors as a freshman.
Private: An honor roll member, Rodriguez is the daughter of Williams and Jody Rodriguez. Has 5 siblings, Alexes, Williams, Gabriela, Antonio and Emilio. Mom Jody performed volleyball at Dayton, whereas father Williams performed soccer at Thomas Moore.
Miller on Rodriguez: “Sofia has the power to not simply turn out to be an amazing goalkeeper for us, however a frontrunner as properly. Her engagement and power at our summer season ID camp actually stood out and you might inform the kind of character she has. She is already very sturdy within the internet and we all know that she has the potential to turn out to be even higher”.
Emma Soucy, 5-4
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Membership-Workforce: North Carolina Fusion ECNL
Highschool: Northern Guilford
Previous to WCU: Was chosen to the ECNL Tremendous Cup after main her NC Fusion group to the Mid-Atlantic Convention championship. In highschool, after being unable to play her freshman yr attributable to Covid, Soucy has amassed 46 factors in simply 37 video games going into her senior yr. This consists of 14 objectives and 18 assists. Her 15 assists as a junior the place a group main quantity. She was named All-Convention each years and All-Area and Offensive Participant of the 12 months as a junior.
Private: An honor roll and principal’s checklist member all 4 years of highschool, Emma is the daughter of Alison and Chip Soucy. She can be an completed equestrian, successful two nationwide championships in her profession.
Miller-on-Soucy: “Emma was our first commit of the category and is filled with power. She goes to convey a spark to our group and be capable to assist us both up prime or within the midfield straight away. She is equally adept at aiding or scoring objectives and we won’t wait to get her on campus.”