Nesselroade Annouces 2011 Signing Class
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury women’s soccer coach Paul Nesselroade has announced his signing class of 2011. The class consists of 10 incoming freshmen from six states including three from Kentucky and three from Ohio. The Eagles won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship for the fifth straight year in 2010.
Coach Nesselroade announced the signing of Samantha Chanda (Wilmore, Ky. / West Jessamine HS), Brooke Hadley (Danville, Ind. / Danville Community HS), Kaitlyn Hooper (Cleveland, Ga. / White County HS), Anna McKain (Fairfield, Ohio / Cincinnati Christian HS), Kait Rogers (St. Charles, Ill. / Wheaton Academy), Sloane Salisbury (London, Ky. / South Laurel HS), Bre Smith (Shelbyville, Ky. / Shelby County HS), Meredith Ury (Madison, Miss. / St. Andrew’s Episcopal School), Chelsie Waldron (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby HS) and Heather Wantland (Mount Vernon, Ohio / Mount Vernon HS).
“This year’s class is strong, numerous, and versatile,” said Nesselroade. “We have quality players coming in to contribute in all positions – and the depth of the squad is going to increase tremendously. We will have the ability to play 18 or more ladies in close games and I’m looking forward to that luxury.”
Samantha Chanda helped lead West Jessamine to a 17-4-1 record in 2010. She was named an honorable mention All-14th Region as a central mid-fielder. Chanda was also named player of the year for her club team, JYSA Storm. She appeared in 21 of 22 games, scoring one goal and adding two assists. At West she was also a member of the cross country and track teams.
Another mid-fielder Brooke Hadley joins the Eagles from Danville Community High School where she was twice named 1st Team All-Sagamore Conference in 2009 and 2010. As a senior in 2010 Hadley helped lead the Warriors to a 10-6 record. Hadley was third on the team in goals (10) and points (20) which earned her Team MVP Honors. She was also named to the Academic All-State Team in 2009 and 2010 and to the Indianapolis Star’s All West Team for 2010.
Kaitlyn Hooper leaves White County High School as the all-time leader in goals scored (40) and also holds the single season school record for goals scored. She was a three time All-Region selection as a forward and twice named to the All-Area squad. Hooper was a member of Team U.S. Atlantic Freedom at the Gothia Cup held annually in Sweeden. It is the largest soccer tournament in the world, pitting over 1,500 youth teams against each other in age divisions from 11-19. Hooper also played basketball and ran cross country at White County and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.
Anna McKain follows in the footsteps of her father, David, by coming to Asbury to play soccer. David McKain was a member of the men’s team from 1979-83. Anna spent four years on the Cincinnati Christian High School squad as a mid-fielder and defender. She was named 2nd Team All-Conference in both 2009 and 2010. McKain also played softball for the Cougars.
Kait Rogers joins the Eagles as another central mid-fielder out of Wheaton Academy. Rogers and the Warriors are off to a 13-6 record overall and will play in the sectional final on Friday May 27 for a spot in the 2A Sweet 16.
Sloane Salisbury helped lead South Laurel High School to their fourth straight trip to the Kentucky State Tournament in 2010. The Cardinals won the 31st District and 16th Region Titles in each of Salisbury’s four years on the team. Salisbury was named to the All-District team all four years and to the All-Region team in each of her final three seasons as a defender/mid-fielder.
Bre Smith joins the Eagles after five seasons, the last four as a starter, playing for the Shelby County Rockets. Smith played nearly every position for the Rockets and comes to Asbury as a forward or mid-fielder. She also was a member of the track and field team.
Meredith Ury will become another second generation soccer student-athlete at Asbury as her father Bill also played soccer for the Eagles from 1974-78. Her sister Maddi just finished her career as a cross country runner this past year as well. Ury spent the last two year’s playing for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and was a team captain and named best offensive player as a senior. She also has spent five years as part of the Chicago Fire Juniors. She was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. Ury also played basketball and volleyball and was part of three state championship track teams.
Chelsie Waldron comes to Asbury from Hilliard Darby High School in Hilliard, Ohio. Waldron spent two years as a Panther under the leadership of Amy Martin. She was a three-year captain and was named team MVP.
Heather Wantland was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets of Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She was named team MVP two years in a row and was named to the All-Ohio Capital Conference 1st Team once. Wantland was an honorable mention selection two other years. She was also part of the swimming and track and field teams.