Tahlequah Daily Press

February 12, 2014

NSU women’s soccer signs 13 HS players

— Northeastern State women’s soccer coach Chase Wooten recently announced the signing of 13 high school seniors to national letters of intent.

The class includes nine midfielders, two forwards, one defender and one goalkeeper. There are six players from the state of Oklahoma, five from Texas, one from Missouri, and one from Utah.

The new signees will join a RiverHawks team that finished 15-4 overall and 8-3 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play while posting a school-record 15 victories and a second-place finish in the MIAA.

“We have known for a few years how critical the 2014 class would be for NSU soccer. As we prepared for the talent base graduating with the 2013 team, the focus has been to recruit players that could take this program to an even higher level,” Wooten said. “I believe we have landed the goal scorers that were a must for the class. Players like Julia Mathis, Morgan Kent, Meagan Griswold, and Melissa Giles are all able produce goals at the college level. Chelsea Martin, Madi Logsdon and Katelin Teter should be able to give us a quality attacking and defending presence in the middle of the park.”

The 13 signees in the class are:

• Rachel Bacon (midfielder, Lee’s Sumitt, Mo.): A three-year captain and has 78 career goals and 68 career assists. Bacon was a All-State second team selection three times.

• Meagan Griswold (forward, Draper, Utah): The first recruit from Utah during Wooten’s tenre at NSU.

• Morgan Kent (forward, Sapulpa): Described as a “differene maker” by Wooten, Kent was an All-District selection during her junior year of high school.

• Madi Logsdon (midfielder, Union): An All-District selection in 6A-2 whileh playing for the Redskins.

• Alexandria Lowery (midfielder, Flower Mound, Texas): Has logged seven goals and seven assists during her career. Her club team, Andromeda FC 96 Girls, won the premier league state championship in 2013.

• Chelsea Martin (midfielder, The Colony, Texas): Was in the top 40 in scoring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with 35 points (14 goals, seven assists) a year ago. “She has a ton of success when the game goes through her,” Wooten said.

• Julia Mathis (midfieler, Broken Arrow): A center midfielder in high school, Mathis “should be able to score of (NSU) as a wide forward,” Wooten said.

• Naomi Miller (midfielder, Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas): Helped her high school team to a district championship and a second-round appearance in the playoffs in 2012.

• Taylor Rotto (defense, Mansfield, Texas): Helped lead her team to a District 7-5A Championship in 2013.

• Meg Smith (goalkeeper, Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas): Totaled 63 shutouts over the last three seasons and ranked No. 1 in the nation in shutouts in both 2012 and 2013. “She plays at the highest club level and has the ability to organize a team in front of her,” Wooten said.

• Katelin Teter (midfielder, Claremore): Scored 12 goals as a junior and helped lead her team to a district championship in 2013.

Others included in the signing class: Kayla Buster (midfielder, Broken Arrow); Melissa Giles (midfielder, Broken Arrow).

“This class covers a wide breadth of our needs as we move forward and with the overall size of the class it will evolve into the spine of our future,” Wooten said. “The players across the board bring in a good soccer pedigree and collectively have great speed. In regards to the 2013 senior players, it is always sad to see players leave after they have done so much to make a program grow. I am also truly excited about having a new core to merge with our returning program in August. This should be a very special and talented class for NSU; one that can take this program to new heights.”