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Women's Soccer Announces Additions
Liberty Women's Soccer Head Coach James Price and Assistant Coach Adam Godwin have announced the signing of seven student-athletes to attend the university for the upcoming 2008-09 academic year.
"We are very pleased and excited about this group," stated Price. "They address several needs our program has and complement many other areas. Not only are these ladies excellent soccer players, but they also have outstanding attitude and character, which is testimony to their parents, families and coaches."
"Our recruiting philosophy is to recruit character above ability, and with this group there is no doubt we have done that," added Godwin. "This group will undoubtedly help us achieve our goal of success on the field, but more importantly they will help us as we constantly seek ways to become better ambassadors for Christ."
Aimee Luurtsema (D/M, Grandville, Mich.)
Aimee Luurtsema arrives at Liberty with a stellar background at both the club and high school levels. She is a three-time member of a Michigan state championship team at Unity Christian, ranked No. 4 nationally and currently holding a record of 82-0-0. The unbeaten run is the third-longest such streak in U.S. history.
Luurtsema, a three-year starter, enters her senior season this spring having been named to the all-state squad on two occasions. On the club level, she has played ahead an age group level throughout her career and was part of the Bloomfield Force U18 team which won the 2006 Surf Cup, 2006 Michigan State Championship and 2007 USYS National Championship. Luurtsema currently competes for the West Michigan Fire, who were runners-up in the 2007 Michigan State Championships.
"Aimee brings to our program an incredible desire to win and compete," stated Price. "She is one of those tenacious players whose attitude will have a contagious effect on our group, and we are very excited by the different options her versatility will offer us."
"We've gotten to know her very well over the last 18 months from visits and camp, and we're excited to have her join our group."
Bekah Moye (M, Suwanee, Ga.)
Bekah Moye is another high school state champion, helping Providence Christian Academy bring home the Georgia State title in 2007. On the club level, Moye has been a starter and captain with the Atlanta Fire United since 2002. She has played at various levels in a center or outside midfield position and has been a part of the club's region and Super-Y teams since 2005. Moye also has experience at the highly competitive Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) level, consistently making it down to the final cut of 24 since 2003.
"Bekah brings a lot of quality to our midfield, and we are really excited to have her on board," said Godwin. "She has an excellent first touch, and complements it with really good vision and passing ability. She has an eye for the goal and will develop into an excellent player for us. We got to know her at our camp and were impressed with her, both athletically and personally. We're really pleased she has decided to become part of our team."
Jordan Woody (D/M/F, Asheville, N.C.)
Jordan Woody becomes the second Woody family member to become a part of Liberty's Women's Soccer program, joining her sister and 2006 Big South All-Freshman team member Maggie with the Lady Flames. A two-time South Carolina State Champion at the club level (2006 and 2007) with the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Woody also has Olympic Development Progam (ODP) experience in North Carolina, making the team's roster in both 2006 and 2007.
"Jordan's major attributes are her speed and the ability to play at a high level at several different positions on the field," commented Price. "She is a very dynamic and explosive player and is going to be a handful for opponents to defend. We know her and her family well from the time Maggie has spent with us, and we are excited she is finally part of the team!"
Karen Blocker (GK, Severn, Md.)
Karen Blocker arrives at Liberty with an outstanding soccer background. Appearing in all 81 games during her career at Archbishop Spalding High School, she posted 57 shutouts. The goalkeeper was twice named first-team all-met and all-state, three times named an all-conference first-team member and four times first-team all-county squad member. As team captain her senior year, Blocker added Team MVP and Golden Glove awards to her list of accomplishments.
At the club level, Blocker won the Maryland State Championship in 2007 and has three years of Olympic Development Program (ODP) experience. In 2006, she was invited to the Nike Premier 50 camp, a national camp which brings in the top 50 goalkeepers in the nation for training and development.
"We are so excited to have Karen join us. She is widely considered the top goalkeeper in Maryland and is going to have a major impact on our program," stated Price. "We were also extremely impressed with her attitude and maturity. She is an outstanding leader and is going to have a lasting impact on this program, both on and off the field".
Kendra Dalton (F, Chillicothe, Ohio)
Kendra Dalton comes to Liberty with a consistent record as a goal scorer at both the club and high school levels. After netting 27 goals and assisting on four others during her senior year at Zane Trace High School, Dalton was named Southeast Ohio Second Team All-Region and Southeast Ohio All-District first team. For her career, she was named All-District all four years and finished with 75 goals and 28 assists. An Olympic Development Pool member, she competed for the state-ranked Adidas Premier club.
"Kendra is going to bring us great presence in the forward position," commented Godwin. "She is a mobile and forceful forward who combines the ability to frustrate defenders with goal scoring. We got to know her from camp and are extremely excited she is joining us."
Katelyn Jacobs (D, Liverpool, N.Y.)
Jacobs joins Liberty with a solid soccer background. A four-year starter for Faith Heritage School in Syracuse, N.Y., she was twice named OHSL First-Team All-League and once to the second team. She was part of the league championship winning squads in both 2004 and 2005. On the club side, Jacobs has spent the past three seasons with the Syracuse Blitz Organization.
"Katelyn is a player we know well from two years at camp," said Price. "We are really pleased she has joined us. She is an excellent one-on-one defender and has good speed, which helps her compete well."
Added Godwin, "She has an excellent attitude and we are confident she will develop into an excellent player for us."
Jeanine Johnston (M, Lynchburg, Va.)
Jeanine Johnston joins current Liberty defender Emily House and graduating senior Kendall Bartholomew, as the third local high school product to join the Lady Flames in the last five years. Having started every game for E.C. Glass High School, the midfielder helped E.C. Glass capture three district championships (2005, 2006 and 2007). She earned all-district honors as a freshman and first-team all-district and all-area and second-team all-region as a sophomore.
As a junior, Johnston earned first-team all-district and all-area selections, as well as her second all-region second-team selection. For the second-consecutive season, she has also been named team captain as she embarks on her senior season this spring. At the club level, Johnston has captained Lynchburg United Elite to first and second-place finishes in the VSLI U19 Premier Division and has been involved in the Virginia ODP since 2001.
"We are excited to have the top player in the Lynchburg area choose to play at Liberty," stated Price. "Jeanine will bring a strong competitive spirit to the squad and has excellent vision and field awareness. She has the potential to score goals and is effective from set pieces."