MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer University’s Elijah Denton, head coach of women’s soccer, has announced the 2013 signees to join the Lady Falcons soccer program after National Signing Day on Wednesday. Jennifer Baity, Lillie Brady, Brae Buster, Miracle Campbell, Alexa Eclipse, Madeline Gadd, Andrea Garcia, Kate Halligan, Dana Keeran, Hannah Kish, Erin Moore, Abby Ramsdell, Jocelyn Weiner and Jordan Yandle will begin their collegiate careers with Pfeiffer in August.
“We are very excited to have these young ladies join our family here at Pfeiffer," remarked Denton. This class is a very athletic group and they possess a strong soccer IQ as well. We have high expectations for them and feel confident that they will have an immediate impact on our program. They will be joining our returning group of players that did very well last year, especially considering how young we were. These new additions each have unique qualities that will complement those returning and will help us continue in our success during their time here.”
Baity (Yadkinville, NC) joins the Lady Falcons for Forbush High School with deep playoff experience as a member of Forbush’s western region championship team. A duel threat at midfield and forward, Baity succeeds off the field as a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and as Director of Kickstart for Christ Soccer Camp.
"Jennifer is a hard working player with a tenacious spirit on the field and in the classroom and will prove to be a tremendous asset for our team. She plays with a lot of heart and a lot of skill to match."
Brady (Boone, NC) comes to the village to help strengthen the backline of defense as an all-region performer with Watauga High School. Brady has also been an all-conference performer playing in the State Games and with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in North Carolina. Off the field, Brady has landed on the “A” honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Lillie is a strong, athletic player with versatility that can be used in the backline or as a defensive midfielder. She defends very well and is strong in the air."
Buster (Raleigh, NC) ventures to Pfeiffer as an attacker from Cary Christian School as an all-state and all-conference player in 2012. Buster has won a national championship with the 2011 NCYSA Olympic Development Program and doubles as an all-conference and nationally-ranked sprinter. Buster spends her free time as a member of Interact and as a Christian Ministries volunteer.
"Brae is a dynamic player that has a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net. Her work rate and technical abilities help create a lot of opportunities for herself and her team and we are excited to have her."
Campbell (Troutman, NC) enters her NCAA career as a team MVP, all-region, conference and county player with the South Iredell High School women’s soccer program. Playing both the front and back lines, Campbell has four years of starting experience with soccer, track and basketball, also been recognized as a top sprinter. Off the field, Campbell has been a four-year member of SGA, Beta Club and Interact Club.
"Miracle brings a lot of athleticism and speed to our team. She is a top sprinter in the state will create a lot of opportunities for herself and those around her because of that speed."
Eclipse (Locust Grove, VA) joins the Lady Falcons from Orange County High School as a midfielder and defender. Eclipse is an all-Commonwealth and all-Jefferson district player getting both an academic and varsity letter. As a four-year starter on varsity, Eclipse also participates in Key Club and the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School.
"Alexa is an aggressive player out of the back with the skills and abilities to get forward and create chances for the team."
Gadd (Concord, NC) begins her time at Pfeiffer coming from Jay M. Robinson High School as a team MVP, all-conference and all-region player her junior season. Gadd played basketball for two seasons and will enter the Nursing program at Pfeiffer. Gadd has spent time with the Juniorettes and the Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) club.
"Madeline is another strong, athletic player that will be an asset in our backline. She defends well from the centerback position especially in 1v1 situations and is extremely strong in the air."
Garcia (Purcellville, VA) enters the Lady Falcons soccer program coming from Loudoun Valley High School. Garcia has been a member of the varsity program for all four years playing both a forward and midfield position. Garcia was a second-team all-district player a year ago and plays clubs soccer with the Braddock Road Youth Club.
"Andrea is a tidy, technical midfielder that can create a lot of opportunities off the dribble and also strikes the ball very well."
Halligan (Tempe, AZ) will travel east to join Pfeiffer playing at Corona Del Sol High School for four seasons which includes three in cross country, track and a year of swimming. Corona Del Sol was a state finalist back in 2010 led by Halligan. Halligan was a member of the Arizona ODP State Championship team in 2010 and 2011 and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar.
"Kate is a very solid goalkeeper that reads the game extremely well and is a good distributor of the ball. She also has the athleticism to make key saves of very challenging shots."
Keeran (Asheville, NC) joins the Lady Falcons from Asheville High School as a four-year starter lettering in all four seasons. Keeran stays busy off the pitch as a gold medal winner in science, Special Olympics volunteer, Beta Club member and volunteer for various activities. Keeran currently ranks inside the top 15% of her class.
"Dana is a hard working player that never seems to need a break. She closes down players very quickly and will help create chances with her ability to pressure opponents."
Kish (Lake Orion, MI) will fly south as a scholar-athlete and all-district soccer player at Lake Orion High School in Michigan. A member of the honor roll Kish also helps out with Orion-Oxford Youth Assistance in community service as well as the Special Olympics soccer program and archery club. Kish would join a talented midfield area for the Lady Falcons.
"Hannah is a very technical midfielder that distributes the ball very well to teammates and can hammer a shot with either foot. She is a smart player that reads the game very well."
Moore (Woodstock, GA) is also a scholar-athlete playing with the 2010 region champs at Etowah High School. Etowah was also county champs in 2010 and 2011. A four-year starter, Moore has played five seasons between the Kansas and Georgia ODP programs and is a two-year member of Beta Club, Student Ambassadors, HOSA, Spanish Club and FCA.
"Erin is a solid midfielder that defends very well in the middle of the park and does very well with helping the team gain and maintain possession."
Ramsdell (Winston-Salem, NC) enters the village from North Davidson High School standing third all-time is assists at 22 in her four-year career. Ramsdell is as productive on the field as she is off being a National Honor Society member, Mu Alpha Theta and HOPE Club (Helping Other People Everywhere). Ramsdell will also join the Lady Falcons midfield with 14 career goals to go along with her 22 assists.
"Abby is very poised and composed in the midfield and is able to hold the ball up and help create chances with great distribution."
Weiner (Indian Trail, NC) is a 2012 all-conference player at Porter Ridge High School adding to the Lady Falcons midfield unit. As a member of student council, National Honor Society and Interact club, Weiner will look to contribute on campus and in the classroom as well. Weiner has spent her club playing days with the Under-18 Girls Elite FCCA.
"Jocelyn brings a non-stop, work rate to our midfield that is invaluable. She plays with a lot of energy that disrupts the play of the other team and creates chances for her own."
Yandle (Fort Myers, FL) comes to Pfeiffer from Fort Myers High School as another four-year starter holding the Green Wave’s assists record. Yandle has been named to the all-area’s first time for her actions on the field. Yandle has also spent time on the Fort Myers varsity track and bowling teams looking to hone her skills with the Lady Falcons at the midfield position.
"Jordan is a talented midfielder that reads the game well and makes playing the difficult passes seem so easy. She has the vision and the sense of where the ball needs to go and the ability to get it there."
Pfeiffer will look to keep building on their recent success after reaching the Conference Carolinas tournament championship game last season for the second time in three years.
“We are excited about these players for what they will do on the field, but even more so, what they bring to the classroom and social dynamic here at Pfeiffer," said Denton. This is a very strong group, academically speaking, and will add to our returning group’s stellar effort this year, maintaining a team gpa of 3.5 or better so far. These ladies are also very involved in a lot of clubs and organizations outside of sports and will add to the extracurricular events and activities that we have here at Pfeiffer.”