Coming off a Big South Championship and an appearance in the NCAA College Cup, the Liberty women's soccer have welcomed seven new players to its team from six different states. Liberty's Class of 2017 is compiled of four defenders, a midfielder, a goalkeeper and a forward. Not only have these student-athletes excelled on the field but also in the classroom as all seven have posted a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, including with three with a 4.0 GPA. This class is compiled of six high school signees as well as a transfer in Sarah Erickson. The Flames have been able to recruit top talent throughout the country that have played in championship environments that include ECNL Championships and also State and Regional Cup finals.
Class of 2017
Kathleen Brumagim (Midfielder | Fairfax, Va.)
Brumagim was an immediate impact player at Patriot High School, starting all four years and was captain in her final season. She was a Cedar Run First Team All-Conference selection and was a part of a team that took home back-to-back conference championships. Brumagim was featured as the Athlete of the Week for Team Exos throughout her career while also excelling in the classroom holding a 4.059 grade point average (GPA).
Coach Rife: "Kathleen is a midfielder who brings a physical presence to the field. Her work ethic was something that caught our eye right away. Combined with her aerial presence, Kathleen will be a valuable asset to the team."
Our seventh & final member in our Class of 2017 is Kathleen Brumagim! Welcome to the Flames Family Kathleen! #GoFlames pic.twitter.com/fsP8ptUjE9 — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
Our seventh & final member in our Class of 2017 is Kathleen Brumagim! Welcome to the Flames Family Kathleen! #GoFlames pic.twitter.com/fsP8ptUjE9
Cora Duininck (Defender | Tulsa, Okla.)
Duininck attended Lincoln Christian School where she was a three-sport athlete, participating in soccer, track and basketball. Duininck played club soccer for Blitz United where she was a five-year starter and captain. While playing for Blitz united, Duininck was a part of four teams that were crowned Oklahoma State Champion while also being a two-time Regional Runner-Up. Duininck also competed for Tulsa Soccer Club-Hurricane ECNL where they were ECNL Texas Conference Runner-U in 2014 and 2015 and in 2016 they were ECNL Texas Conference Champions. She will not be the first in her family to play soccer at Liberty as her brother, Sam, played for Liberty men's soccer from 2010-15.
Coach Eggert: "Cora comes to us from Oklahoma and has proven to be a solid back line player who understands the technical and tactical demands of the position. Cora is not afraid to go into tackles and do what it takes to get the job done. We look forward to seeing what she will do in her time as a Lady Flame."
The NLI's continues to come in! Welcome to the Flames Family Cora Duininck from Tulsa, Oklahoma!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/MtiQxaZqtJ — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
The NLI's continues to come in! Welcome to the Flames Family Cora Duininck from Tulsa, Oklahoma!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/MtiQxaZqtJ
Sarah Erickson (Defender | Cheyenne, Wyo.)
Erickson comes to Liberty with a wealth of experience having played Division I soccer at Wyoming and also recently playing at Laramie County Community College. In her two seasons at Laramie, Erickson was an impact player having started both years and was named team captain in her final season. Throughout her time at Laramie, Erickson notched five goals and was an NJCAA First Team All-American and was an NSCAA First Team All-American.
Coach Eggert: "Sarah is a transfer coming off an All-American campaign. She possesses great athleticism and is an impact player. She has the ability to be dominant in the air with great range of pass as well and is great at driving the ball. Her maturity both on and off the field will contribute greatly to the program."
Happy #NationalSigningDay Flames Nation! Our first signee today is Sarah Erickson! Welcome to the Family Sarah! #GoFlames pic.twitter.com/89UP8xRBee — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
Happy #NationalSigningDay Flames Nation! Our first signee today is Sarah Erickson! Welcome to the Family Sarah! #GoFlames pic.twitter.com/89UP8xRBee
Lissi Gordon (Outside Back | Huntersville, N.C.)
While attending the Community School of Davidson, Gordon was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the soccer team while also letting in track. In 2014 Gordon helped lead the Community School of Davidson to the NCHSAA 1A State title and scored the only goal for her team in penalties. In her 2016 season, Gordon capped came away with another 1A State Championship with one goal and two assists in the finals. Throughout her career, Gordon tallied 69 goals and 34 assists while also earning All-Conference and All-Region honors in her freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Coach Rife: "Lissi is a winger with great pace and is able to attack up the flanks whether from an outside back or forward position. She has the athleticism that the position demands and a willingness to do the work on both sides of the ball."
Lissi Gordon welcome to the Flames Family! Gordon comes from Huntersville, North Carolina!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/wG7y5mkmg6 — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 2, 2017
Lissi Gordon welcome to the Flames Family! Gordon comes from Huntersville, North Carolina!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/wG7y5mkmg6
Melody Jayroe (Goalkeeper | Plano, Texas)
Jayroe attended Prestonwood Christian Academy and was also a member of the prestigious FC Dallas ECNL. While in goal for FC Dallas for two years, Jayroe was a part of a team that was ranked in the Top-4 in the country in 2017. Jayroe also played for the Dallas Texans ECNL for three seasons and was ranked Top-8 in the nation. Throughout her high school career, Jayroe has earned All-District Honorable Mention, All-Tournament Team and was named Defensive MVP in her sophomore season.
Coach Eggert: "Mel is an athletic shot-stopping goalkeeper. Her clean technical ability is one of her strongest assets. She possesses the necessary tools to keep balls out of the back of the net. We are excited to bring her into the tradition of excellent goalkeeping here at Liberty. "
From Texas to Virginia! Welcome to the Flames Family Melody Jayroe!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/VZ02OJvWKY — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
From Texas to Virginia! Welcome to the Flames Family Melody Jayroe!#GoFlames pic.twitter.com/VZ02OJvWKY
Elise Lawson (Defender | Alexandria, Va.)
As one of two signees from the state of Virginia, Lawson was homeschooled but competed for Braddock Rd Youth Club (BRYC) for nine years. She was a part of a program that reached regional play in the Premier League and in the National League. She helped lead a backline that was crowned Virginia State Cup Champions in 2012 and 2015.
Coach Eggert: "Elise is a central midfielder who reads the game well and has great vision. She plays with a consistency that creates a sense of dependability which is a sought after quality from the center of the pitch."
Our newest member of the Flames Family is Elise Lawson from Alexandria, Virginia!#NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/TRDLQAatD4 — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
Our newest member of the Flames Family is Elise Lawson from Alexandria, Virginia!#NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/TRDLQAatD4
Brenna Warren (Forward | Downingtown, Penn.)
As the only forward in the Class of 2017 for the Flames, Warren played for Penn Fusion soccer while also competing for her Downingtown East high School. She was a four-year letterwinner and starter. As a two-time captain for her high school, she was named Ches-Mont Second Team in her sophomore and junior years and then was named Ches-Mont First Team in her senior campaign. Warren was also named All-Area First Team in her senior season and All-Area Second Team in her junior year.
Coach Rife: "Brenna is a technical player and will push those around her to execute in training and match settings. She has experience at playing multiple positions and we view that her versatility will be a huge asset for our team."
Next up is Brenna Warren from from Downington, Pennsylvania! Welcome to the Flames Family Brenna! #GoFlames#NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/0V15BbcTpi — LU Women's Soccer (@LibertyWSoccer) February 1, 2017
Next up is Brenna Warren from from Downington, Pennsylvania! Welcome to the Flames Family Brenna! #GoFlames#NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/0V15BbcTpi
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