Wildcat soccer signs eight for 2018-19
Wayne State College women’s soccer coach Joe Cleary announced the signings of eight student-athletes to national letters of intent to join the Wildcat soccer program for the 2018-19 school year.
The list includes Alyssa Bagley of Papillion; Madison Kemp of Brighton, Colo.; Emily Kilby from Rogers, Minnl; Emah Maahs of Greenwood; Megan Phillips from Gillette, Wyo.; Gabi Rosa of Omaha; Brittan Speck from Elkhorn and Brooke Worrell of Overland Park, Kan.
“We are really excited to welcome these eight outstanding individuals into our Wildcat soccer family,” said Cleary. “Both the state of Nebraska and surrounding region are well represented with this class. I look forward to the contributions that this talented, high-character group will make to our program both on the field and in the classroom.”
Bagley is a 5-foot-6 goalkeeper from Papillion LaVista South High School where she was a four-year starter and letterwinner. She holds school records for saves in a season (190) and saves in a career (298) and is a three-time Class A All-State honorable mention selection while receiving All-Metro Conference honors in 2017.
“Alyssa is the total package as a goalkeeper,” stated Cleary. “She is a good teammate, confident communicator, solid shot-stopper and has good distribution. Alyssa will certainly be in the mix to compete for the starting goalkeeper spot in the fall.”
Kemp is a 5-foot-8 forward from Prairie View High School in Colorado where she is a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain. In her career, Madison has recorded 36 goals with 23 assists and is a three-time All-East Metro Athletic Conference selection. Last season, she was named Conference Player of the Year while leading her team to an undefeated season with 20 goals and 13 assists.
“Our program continues to have success recruiting in Colorado and Madison joining our program is another example of that,” stated Cleary. “She is an athletic and talented attacker and her attitude and excitement for Wildcat soccer will certainly show in her play on the field.”
Kilby is a 5-foot-3 forward from Rogers High School in Minnesota where she is a two-year starter and three-year letterwinner. She is a two-time Mississippi 8 All-Conference honorable mention selection while helping her team to three conference championships, one section title and one state tournament berth. In club ball, Kilby has led her team in scoring the last three seasons.
“We competed with a lot of schools in Minnesota and we are really excited that Emily chose to join us,” commented Cleary. “Emily is a hard-working, versatile forward that has a very good soccer IQ and I only see her continuing to improve with Wildcat soccer.”
Maahs is a 5-foot-9 forward/defender from Waverly High School where she is a three-year starter entering her senior season this spring. She is a two-time All-Eastern Midland Conference selection and was named Class B All-State honorable mention last season and excels in the classroom with Academic All-State and All-Conference honors.
“Emah was our first verbal commit of this class,” said Cleary. “She is a versatile player that can contribute at multiple positions and her ability and athleticism will cause matchup problems for other teams no matter where she plays.”
Phillips is a 5-foot-7 midfielder from Campbell County High School in Wyoming where she is a three-year letterwinner entering her senior season. Megan is a two-time All-Conference First Team selection while also earning Class 4A second-team All-State honors and helped Campbell County High School to the 2017 Wyoming State Championship. She also competes in volleyball and track and field.
“I have known about Megan since she was in eighth grade and we are excited that her and her sister (Samantha) will have the opportunity to play together again at WSC,” remarked Coach Cleary. “I think her athleticism and ability will help improve the dynamics of our midfield but she could end up playing multiple positions.”
Rosa is a 5-foot-5 forward/midfielder from Omaha Roncalli Catholic High School. She is a three-year starter who has scored 30 goals with 19 assists entering her senior season, helping the Crimson Pride reach the state tournament in 2016 for the first time in 18 years. Gabi is a three-time All-River Cities Conference First Team honoree and has been named Class B All-State honorable mention three times.
“Gabi is competitive and physical and consistently the hardest working player when we have watched her compete in practice and games,” boasted Cleary. “She will be a good addition to our attack.”
Speck is a 5-foot-3 forward/defender from Elkhorn South High School. She is a three-year starter who has provided depth to one of the stronger Class B programs in Nebraska, reaching the semifinals the last two years while winning the Class B title in 2015 with an undefeated season.
“I have always been impressed by the consistency of Brittan’s performances in practices and games,” said Cleary. “She is a technical player who always works hard and will improve the level of our program.”
Worrell is a 5-foot-6 defender from Olathe East High School in Kansas where she has competed in soccer and basketball. Most of Worrell’s soccer success has come with her club team, the KC Fusion, where she helped her team win the 2017 Region II President’s Cup championship while competing against some of the top attackers in the Midwest.
“I have watched Brooke play in a wide range of conditions against a variety of talent levels and she has always impressed me with her consistency, intelligence and fierce competitiveness on the field,” said Cleary. “She will be a good addition to our defensive line.”