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Wedemeyer Welcomes 10 Newcomers to Class of 2018

February 8, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lang Wedemeyer and Liberty women's soccer announced 10 newcomers on National Signing Day, Wednesday.

Anna Grace Abrams | Midfielder | Wilson, N.C.

After spending her first two years at Wilson Fike High School, Abrams wrapped up her high school career at Wilson Christian Academy where she scored 28 goals and tallied 35 assists. Making an immediate impact in her first year with the Chargers, Abrams helped her team win the NCCSA 2A State Championship where she was named All-State, team MVP and team captain. As a member of the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), Abrams participated in the ECNL for four seasons where she led her team to a division championship and to the National ECNL finals. Abrams also excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.5 GPA and was vice president of the National Honor Society. The native of North Carolina proved to be one of the state's best players as she was a U.S. Soccer training center invite and was a North Carolina ODP First team East selection.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "AG is a versatile player that can play in any number of positions on the field. She is an intelligent player that has a good sense of rhythm, but isn't afraid to mix it up either."

Kelsey Adams | Midfielder | Farmington Hills, Mich.

As a multi-sport athlete, Adams excelled on the soccer pitch as well as the lacrosse field at Brighton High School. In addition to playing for Brighton, Adams also competed for the Michigan Jaguars club team for six years. Adams will bring big-game experience to the Flames as she was a 2017 ECNL National Champion. Adams was also shined in the classroom posting a 3.89 GPA, was on the honor roll for all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Kelsey is a dynamic midfielder who can also play up top. She is very good on the ball in tight spaces and is very determined when running the ball out of midfield initiating attacks."

Avery Belk | Midfielder | Greensboro, N.C.

Belk joins Abrams coming from North Carolina to Virginia after attending Caldwell Academy in Greensboro. Belk proved to be one of the best midfielders in the state of North Carolina as she was an invitee to the U.S. Training Centers in 2015 and was a two-time Varsity All-State selection. Belk was also a two-time ODP Region III Training Camp invitee.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Avery is a very technical player that does a great job sitting in the space between the mids and backs in order to control the tempo of the game with her passing."

Madison Ellis | Outside Back | Grapevine, Texas

For the second straight year, Liberty is able to sign a player from Texas (Melody Jayroe, goalkeeper) as Ellis played for coach Billy Griffiths at Keller High School. Ellis helped lead Keller to qualify for State in 2017 and was a First Team All-District selection three years in a row. Ellis also played for Solar ECNL where she was a starter for a team that was Texas Conference Champion for three straight years and placed third at Nationals.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Maddie is a great defender that can play left or right and is as comfortable thwarting attackers as she is running up the flank to send in dangerous crosses."

Zoe Gaffney | Midfielder | Birmingham, Mich.

Gaffney made quite the stamp in Michigan playing for coach Manny Rodrigues at Seaholm High School as she earned All-League, All-District, All-Region and All-State selections. Gaffney played club soccer for Vardar ECNL and coach Demir Muftari for six years and competed in the ECNL playoffs four times. The midfielder was also a two-time ODP State Member where she participated in the Region II Showcase.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Zoe is a strong, ball-winning midfielder that can dominate teams in the air, but skillful enough to play-make. She is also versatile enough to play as a target forward as well."

Savannah Holmes | Midfielder/Forward | Albuquerque, N.M.

The school name that Holmes will play for won't change much, having played at Liberty Christian School. Holmes has competed all across the country against some top competition having trained for the West Ham International Academy and competed in the Norway International Cup Finals. Holmes was also a selection in the IV Regional ODP Pool. Having played for Sting ECNL Dallas 00', Holmes helped lead her club team to the North American Cup Champions in 2015 and participated in the Champions League playoffs.  

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Savannah is a fast, tenacious player that has the confidence and ability to take players on one-on-one on the flanks and make things happen in the attack.

Kasey Jamieson | Forward/Midfielder | Lansing, Mich.

As a multi-sport athlete at Lansing Christian School playing basketball as well, Jamieson excelled on the soccer field under coach Joel VandeKopple. As a four-year starter and three-year captain, Jamieson recorded 146 goals and 60 assists. In her junior campaign, Jamieson led Lansing to a State title while posting 46 goals and 18 assists. She has been an All-State, All-Region, All-District and All-Conference selection. She was a member of the 2017 National Champions, playing for the Michigan Hawks. Jamieson is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Kasey is a very active forward that can play central or wide.  She is great at making darting runs in behind defenses and is very dangerous when she can face up and run at the opponent's back line."

Madison Martin | Defender | Lebanon, Penn.

Playing at Mount Calvary Christian School for coach Kristen Ruhl, Martin was a three-year starter. Martin tallied 81 goals and 30 assists as she was a two-time Offensive MVP and all-conference selection. Martin also excelled in the classroom as she was an Academic All-Conference selection.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Maddy is a very tough defender that is dogmatic in her individual defense. She uses her great work rate to wear opponents down."

Emma Milne | Midfielder | Uxbridge, Ontario

Milne has played in top competition throughout Ontario as her club team was back-to-back Eastern OYSL League Champions in 2016 and 2017. Her club team continued to rack up trophies as she was also a part of the 2014 Robbie International Soccer Tournament Champions. In 2014 Milne was also a Level 3 Cup Champion in the C.G.S.L and was a Level 4 Premier Cup Champion in 2012.

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Emma is an energetic midfielder who can run all day long.  Her work ethic and skill make her a great complement to the players around her."

Rebekah Vine | Goalkeeper | Bellbrook, Ohio

Vine was one of the best goalkeepers in Ohio as she was named First Team All-Ohio in 2017 and Second Team All-Ohio in 2016. She was named the 2017 SWBL Player of the Year and was a two-time First Team Al-District selection. Vine made her mark at Bellbrook High School, setting the school record most career shutouts (44), most shutouts in a single season (16) and fewest goals allowed in a season (2).

Coach Wedemeyer Quote: "Bekah is a solid goalkeeper that is a tremendously hard worker and is motivated to get better and better every day."