Feb. 1, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma State Cowgirls have signed seven players to their 2012 recruiting class, it was announced today by OSU head coach Colin Carmichael.
Carmichael received signatures from three of the top high school players in Texas as well as a pair of prep stars from both Oklahoma and Missouri. Five of the Cowgirl signees are ranked among the top 150 recruits in the nation for 2012.
"These seven young ladies may be the most talented group that we have brought on campus to date," Carmichael said. "Many of them have competed for and won national championships at the youth club level. They have all competed at a very high level and played for terrific youth coaches. We are very excited about the unique qualities that each of these players brings to our team. Not only are they wonderful soccer players, but they all have the values and work ethic that has been a signature of our program over the past several years.
"I have no doubt that these student athletes will help OSU soccer continue to shine on and off the field. The bar has been set very high by our graduating seniors, but this group should help to ensure that we continue our winning ways."
The following is a breakdown of OSU's signees.
|Name||Position||Hometown (Previous School)||Club Team|
|Kelsey Bass||D||Dallas, Texas (Highland Park HS)||Texans Red 94|
|Caitlyn Biggers||D/F||Oklahoma City, Okla. (Bethany HS)||OFC 94|
|Delaney Kiely||D||Liberty, Mo. (Liberty HS)||KCFC|
|Haley Maurice||MF||Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS)||Texans Red 94|
|Madison Mercado||MF||Sapulpa, Okla. (Sapulpa HS)||OFC 94|
|Lauren Reyes||D||Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)||Texans Red 94|
|Allie Stephenson||F/MF||Lee's Summit, Mo. (North HS)||KCFC|
A member of the United States Under-18 Women's National Team, Bass has been on the Region III ODP team since 2009 and has also starred for the North Texas State ODP team.
Bass played club soccer for the '94 Dallas Texans and helped lead that squad to four consecutive Region III Premier League championships and three North Texas State Cup titles. The Texans were the USYSA Region III champions and national championship finalists in 2009 and were the first team from Texas to win the prestigious Manchester United Nike Cup in 2008.
At Highland Park High School in Dallas, she lettered four seasons and was an all-district and all-region performer in 2010 and 2011. She also earned Defensive MVP honors in 2011.
Bass was listed 97th on the ESPN Rise Top 150 Recruits for 2012.
Carmichael on Bass: "Kelsey is a great overlapping left full back. She is a good defender who is also able to get into the attack. Her ability to serve quality left-footed balls makes her very dangerous when she overlaps into the attacking third. She should be a ready-made replacement for Colleen Dougherty."
At Bethany High School, she was named district MVP in 2009 and 2010 and led her team to district titles in each of those years. She holds the school record for goals in a season (26) and assists in a season (8).
Carmichael on Biggers: "Caitlyn is a player who can play any position on the left side of the field. She has great pace and combines well with teammates when she is attacking. As with Kelsey (Bass), her ability with her left foot will give us added options on that side of the field."
Kiely has played on the Region II ODP team since 2007 and a member of the KCFC Alliance Intensity club team. She led KCFC to an ECNL national championship in 2011 and has played on seven state champion and two regional champion teams.
At Liberty High School, she helped the Blue Jays to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 squad finished 28-3 and ranked No. 6 nationally. She was an all-state performer in 2010 and 2011, and she was named to the NSCAA All-Region Team in both of those years.
Kiely was in the 85th spot on the ESPN Rise Top 150 Recruits for 2012 and was a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, which also listed her as 69th best recruit in the nation and the fourth-best recruit in the Heartland Region.
Carmichael on Kiely: "Delaney is a dominating center back who has the physical tools to compete at this level immediately. She is very good in the air and is very brave in the tackle. She reminds me a lot of Carson (Michalowski), and the thought of them teaming up in the center of our defense is very exciting."
A member of the Dallas Texans Soccer Club since 2004, Maurice has played on two state championship and two premier league championship teams as well as a national finalist squad.
At Mansfield High School, Maurice was a varsity starter for four seasons and led the team to the playoffs each year. Along the way, she earned Midfielder of the Year and all-district honors.
Carmichael on Maurice: "Haley is a hard working center midfield player. She is always a goal threat from the midfield and has a habit of scoring vital goals for her team. She is comfortable on the ball and also works very hard to close down opponents."
A member of the Region III ODP team, Mercado also played club soccer for OFC '94 and led that team to five state championships.
Mercado, the younger sister of former OSU All-American Melinda Mercado, was a two-sport star at Sapulpa High School. On the soccer pitch, she was a three-time all-conference performer and a 2011 NSCAA High School All-American. She was also an ESPN Rise Magazine Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year finalist in 2011. She was also an all-conference performer in basketball and was recruited to play that sport collegiately.
Listed 145th on the ESPN Rise Top 150 Recruits for 2012, Mercado was also a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and considered the No. 3 recruit in the South Region.
Carmichael on Mercado: "Maddie is a talented midfield player who can create goal scoring opportunities out of nothing. She reads the game very well and tends to think two or three plays ahead of the action. Her vision allows her to set up her teammates for scoring chances. Maddie will add another attacking option to our team and will cause problems for opposing defenses."
D, Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville HS)
A member of the Mexico Under-17 National Team, Reyes helped that team qualify for the U-17 World Cup in 2010. A member of the Dallas Texans '94 since 2004, she helped the team capture four State Cup titles.
As a prep star at Lewisville High School, Reyes earned all-district honors twice and is also a two-time district defensive MVP.
Considered a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Reyes also earned the No. 86 spot on the ESPN Rise Top 150 Recruits for 2012.
Carmichael on Reyes: "Lauren is a tenacious wide back. She is very quick and aggressive and does not back down from physical confrontations. She is very good at possessing the ball out of the back and will help to initiate our attacking play.
F/MF, Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit North HS)
A member of the Region II ODP team since 2007, Stephenson helped lead that squad to championships in 2007 and 2009. She also played for KCFC and led that team to the ECNL national championship in 2011.
At Lee's Summit North High School, she was a three-time all-district, all-region and all-state selection and was an All-American selection in 2011.
Stephenson is OSU's highest-ranked recruit in the 2012 class. She was a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and listed as the 46th best national recruit on their Top 100 Recruits for 2012 list and the No. 2 player in the Heartland Region. She came in at No. 48 on the ESPN Rise Top 150 Recruits for 2012.
Carmichael on Stephenson: "Allie is a quick and skillful attacking player who can play up front or as an attacking midfield player. She is very good attacking 1v1 and is a threat to score and create goals. These attributes should fit in with our system and attacking style of play."