Soccer signs eight

The University of Alabama women's soccer program announced the signing of eight players for 2002 season.

Staley's recruiting season took him and his staff far and wide across the country, but he feels that the hard work definitely paid off.

"These are kids that we can win with for years to come as each kid brings something special to the table," said Staley. "With these incoming freshmen I feel we have women that will be outstanding student-athletes. Their class and integrity is indisputable while at the same time we fully expect them to come in and make an immediate impact on our program on the field."

Staley's travels took him all the way to Utah where he signed Libby Probst, a native of Salt Lake City. Probst was named all-state for three consecutive years and was Olympus High School's Most Valuable Player for four straight seasons. She is also a four-time member of the state O.D.P (Olympic Development Program) team.

Lindsay Caton, of Cincinnati, Ohio was a member of the Cardinal Premier Soccer Club, the same club program that produced current Alabama standouts Katie Holtzapfel and Lauren Imwalle. Caton is a three time O.D.P. participant and participated in the 1999 Regional Camp Pool Training.

Kylie Boyd, from Ft. Worth, Texas, joins a long-line of Alabama players from the Lonestar State and her family is no stranger to Crimson Tide athletics. Boyd's brother Brent is the second baseman for Alabama baseball team. She was chosen as the 1998 Nike Outstanding Player and is a three-time member of the Texas O.D.P. program.

Sara Haight, who is attending East Peoria High in Peoria, Illinois, will bring a lot of skill to the Alabama program. As a defender in high school she has scored 40 goals and assisted on 25 others. She is a three-time all-area performer as well as all-conference and all-sectional.

Cally Morrill, who is attending Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida helped lead her club team to a third place finish at the prestigious Orange Bowl tournament in 2001. Staley really likes her speed and feels that she can come in and be an immediate impact player for the Tide.

Courtney Cockrill, another Texan addition from Austin, Texas could possibly fill the midfield position left vacant by fellow Texan Kathleen Motheral's departure. Cockrill has helped lead her club team to eight consecutive state tournaments and was a member of the Texas O.D.P. state team for four years. She is no stranger to the Capstone either as her grandfather, two aunts, two uncles and 10 cousins are attending or attended UA.

Shreveport, Louisiana native Leigh Alexander had ties to the Crimson Tide soccer program before she even signed with Alabama. Her former high school soccer coach, Chase Wooten, is currently an assistant on the Alabama staff. Alexander, another midfielder, is a goal scorer that finished ranked third in the city in scoring in 1999 and 2000. She is also a four-time Louisiana O.D.P. State team performer.

Staley's lone in-state signee this season was Huntsville native, Allison DeLisle. DeLisle, who is attending Huntsville High, was an all-state performer last season and helped lead her club team to the U-17 state championship.

The Tide will open the spring season at the end of the month when they travel to Memphis, Tennessee for the Marriott College Classic, February 23-24.

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