Nesselroade Announces 2012 Signees
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury Women’s Soccer Coach Paul Nesselroade is pleased to announce his 2012 recruiting class. The class features 14 signees, six from Kentucky, four from Indiana, and one each from Florida, Georgia, Michigan and the country of Ghana. The Eagles are coming off a 4th place finish at the NCCAA Nationals and their sixth straight KIAC Title.
“The class is full of strong players, good students and great fits with Asbury,” head coach Paul Nesselroade said. “I am very excited to integrate this class into the program. They play all over the field and will help out in every line of our team - including goal.”
Nesselroade begins his 10th season at the helm of the women’s soccer program and the 12th overall as a head coach. Nesselroade has a 98-91-8 record during his nine seasons and has won six KIAC Regular Season Titles and five KIAC Tournament Titles.
Here’s a look at the 14 incoming players for the 2012 season:
Jenna Bird – Wilmore, Ky. (West Jessamine High School)
Bird was a four-year starter for the Lady Colts under head coach Kevin Wright. She was named to the 2011 KHSAA State Championship All-Tournament Team after the Lady Colts advanced to the semi-finals. Bird led the team with nine assists her senior year playing as an outside defender and a forward. During her tenure the Lady Colts won 67 matches. Bird was an All-Tournament Team selection in the Louisville Male Bulldog Cup. Bird was a member of the CKSC Lightning club team, winning state championships in 2008 and 2010.
Kathryn Hale – Wilmore, Ky. (West Jessamine High School)
Hale was also a four-year member of the Lady Colts for Kevin Wright, playing as a defender. She was selected to the 2011 All-Region team as the Lady Colts won a school-record 19 matches and were state semi-finalists. Hale came alive in the postseason, scoring five of her seven goals after the regular season ended. She also added five assists during the year. Hale was also a member of CKSC Lightning club team, winning the 2010 State Cup Championship and was co-captain on the 2011 state runner-up team. In the classroom Hale was named NSCAA Academic First-Team during each of her final three years.
Taylor Clark – Lawrenceburg, Ky. (Anderson County High School)
Clark spent four years at Anderson County High under Jason Earnest. In her senior year she was named All-District and 2nd Team All-State. Clark led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists as a senior and during her career scored 88 goals and 50 assists (according to the KHSAA web site). She was a teammate with Hale and Bird on the CKSC club team, winning state championships in 2008 and 2010 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Clark also participated in softball, volleyball, basketball and track at Anderson County.
Becca Fogler – Columbus, Ind. (Columbus North High School)
Folgler follows in her sister’s footsteps as Carol Fogler played at Asbury from 2006-2008. Becca Fogler was a member of Columbus North, who played in the Indiana State Championship Game in 2011. Fogler played as a central midfielder and stopper for the Bulldogs under Head Coach Mike Spock. She was an Honor Roll student while at Columbus North.
Audrey Gray – Spring Lake, Mich. (Spring Lake High School)
Gray joins the Eagles after spending one year at Spring Lake High. A goalie, Gray also played for the Uruguayan American School in Montevideo, Uruguay. While there she played in the South American Athletic Conference tournament in Lima, Peru and was co-captain of the team. Gray was also an Honor Roll student all four years in high school and member of the National Honor Society. She played club soccer from the Tri-Cities Strikers and Georgetown Rangers, winning the Portage, Mich. Tournament with the Tri-Cities squad.
Dani Rader – Avon, Ind. (Covenant Christian High School)
Rader spent the last four years under Max Hudspeth at Covenant Christian High. She was a four-year starter for the Warriors and was named All-City and team MVP as a senior. Rader was also a All-City 2nd Team selection as a sophomore. While playing as a midfielder during her first three years, Rader scored six goals and collected eight assists. She was moved to the sweeper position as a senior and still managed to score two goals and assist on six more. Rader played club for Westside United and was the second leading scorer while taking team MVP honors from the sweeper position.
Rebekah Blackburn – Paris, Ky. (Bourbon County High School)
Blackburn played for three years under Jeff Jett at Bourbon County High. In 2012 Blackburn was named to the All-12th Region Team. The Colonels won two district and two region titles during her three years and advanced to the Elite 8 in the KHSAA State Tournament in 2009. In her sophomore year Blackburn was named to the 12th-Region All-Tournament Team. Blackburn is also a three-time 1st-Team Academic Team member. She played club for the Springboks and won the 2011 and 2010 KSSL Premier League Championship and placed second in the 2010 Music City Invitational. Blackburn was also a member of the track team at Bourbon County.
Cassie Holland – Lanesville, Ind. (Floyd Central High School)
Holland played all four years at Floyd Central for Lewie Stevens. Holland was named Most Valuable Midfielder during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was also an Academic All-Conference selection and a Hoosier Hills All-Conference selection. Holland was a member of the National Honors Society and a student mentor. She played club for Javanon out of Louisville.
Alex Ike – Accra, Ghana (Lincoln Community School)
Ike played five years at Lincoln Community for Nansie Ike and Eric Boatang. During her senior year Ike was named Athlete of the Year for Lincoln Community. She was the top goal scorer (25) and led the team in assists (12) while leading as the team captain. She also led the team in goals and assists as a junior and was the team MVP and captain. Ike was named to the All-Star Team at a tournament in Barcelona during her senior year. She was class president her senior year and vice-president of NHS. Ike was given an award in Washington DC for her outstanding achievement in community and service. She also played basketball at Lincoln Community.
Hannah Kline – McDonough, Ga. (Jackson High School)
Kline spent four years on the Red Devils squad, playing for coach Kevin Shivers. A three-year captain as a midfielder/forward, Kline took home the Coaches Award and the Super Devils Award two years in a row. She also played football and ran cross country for Jackson High. Kline played her club ball from 94 Thunder/RYSA Revolution. She was the top scorer for her team during the Atlanta Cup in 2011 and was named Peach Cup MVP in 2010. Her squad won the Peach Cup in 2010 along with the President’s Cup in 2009 and the Athena Cup in 2009. They were finalists in the Atlanta Cup in 2011.
Jerusha Pervenecki – Wellington, Fla. (The King’s Academy)
Pervenecki spent three years on The King’s Academy roster, playing for Coach Glenn Martin. Pervenecki helped lead the Lions to four straight district championships and three regional runner-up finishes. The Lions were also Adidas Palm Beach Classic Champions in 2010 and 2012. Pervenecki is also a member of FCA and NHS.
Bailey Couch – Scottsburg, Ind. (Scottsburg High School)
Couch played four years for Scott Craig and Scottsburg High. She was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection as well as a two-time All-Conference selection. Couch was selected to play in the Indiana Elite Nort V. South All-Star Game. She also participated in basketball and swimming at Scottsburg.
Sara Menges – Versailles, Ky. (Woodford County High School)
Menges was a two-year varsity member of Woodford County High for Coach Dave McIver. She was named Most Improved in 2011 as the Yellow Jackets posted a 15-5 record and won the 25th District Championship. Menges also ran track at Woodford and was a member of NHS and Beta Club. She played club for Bluegrass Soccer Club.
Olivia Miniard – Fort Mitchell, Ky. (Beechwood High School)
Miniard spent three years on the Beechwood Tigers squad. She was co-captain as a senior. In 2009, Miniard was an All-20th District selection and in 2010 was selected to the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team. Miniard was also a member of the track team and part of the cheerleading squad at Beechwood. She was an Honor Roll student and FCA member.