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Lady Flames Soccer Announces Five Signees

March 1, 2007
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Lady Flames Head Coach James Price

Lady Flames Head Coach James Price

Liberty Women's Soccer Head Coach James Price announced the signing of five new student-athletes on Thursday. 

"This group of players will really impact our team this fall," stated Price. "For the second year in a row, we have a lot of returning players, but we do have some needs.
I feel we have met those needs with this class. 

I look for these players to come in and compete for playing time right away and allow us to have a very productive pre-season as we prepare for our first game on Aug. 31."

Alyssa Anderson (D/M, Rochester Hills, Mich.) will enter the 2007-08 academic year at Liberty after a standout career at Oakland Christian Academy. In three seasons, Anderson scored 82 goals and assisted on 69 others. Last season, she was selected second-team all-state along with being named to first team all-region, all-district and all-conference. It was the second time in her career the defender/midfielder received those honors, as she was also a member of the all-region, all-district and all-conference first- team squads in 2005.

"Alyssa will bring needed balance to our squad with her ability to play anywhere on the left side. She has scored a lot of goals on the high school level and has completed at a high level for her club," commented Price. "We got to know Alyssa well through our summer camps and she will be a perfect fit for our team."

Ashley Gibson (M/F, Cleveland, Ohio) brings a strong resume to Liberty for her first season of collegiate soccer. A graduate of Cuyahoga Heights High School, Gibson was selected to the 2006 All-Cleveland second team in her senior season. She was also named to first-team all-conference, served as team captain and was her team's MVP in both 2005 and 2006. On the club level, Gibson was a member of Cleveland SA, which captured the state championship in 2005.

"Ashley is another summer camp alumnus who we feel will be an asset to our team immediately," Price noted. "She is extremely fast and is willing to take players on within the goal box. Ashley can play as a forward or in the midfield and will give us plenty of attacking options."

Ashley Nyholt (GK, Brampton, Ontario) was a three-sport athlete and accomplished goal-keeper at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Last season, Nyholt had the most shutouts in the Ontario Youth Soccer League. In 2005, she was a member of Team Ontario, which won the Canadian National Championship. Also strong in the classroom, Nyholt was a three-time honor roll student and will join her sister, Laura, as an incoming freshman at Liberty in 2007.

"Ashley is a very capable and polished goalkeeper," stated Price. "She doesn't have many weaknesses and will come to Liberty mainly to improve on her strong talent. She will be competing to start right away, which gives us a lot of options at the goalkeeper position for the upcoming year."

Laura Nyholt (MF, Brampton, Ontario.), the sister of Ashley, is also a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Nyholt was captain of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School team. For the past six seasons, she was also a starter for the team ranked in the top five in Ontario. The midfielder also excelled in the classroom in high school, as she was honored with numerous academic awards and named to the honor roll three times during her high school career.

"Laura is a tremendous competitor who will provide a strong presence to our midfield. She has the ability to win the ball back for our team and build an attack from there," said Price. "Laura is the type of player that you can guarantee will give 100 percent every game."

Maria Owen (F, Mt. Jackson, Va.) enters her first year of collegiate soccer in 2007 off a successful club career. Home schooled, Owen has made her mark on the club level with her passion and drive. She was a leading scorer for the U-18 SOCA Storm this past fall and this spring. The Storm was ranked No. 6 in the state in the club rankings released in January.

"We are extremely excited about Maria's potential," commented Price. "She plays with a passion and drive which make her almost unplayable at times. She has tremendous ability with the ball at her feet and is a confident scorer."