Feb. 8, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team signed five high schoolers, including four from the state of Oklahoma, to national letters of intent, OU Head Coach Randy Evans announced today. The 2001 class includes Christi Basgall, Kirstin Karfonta, Heidi Kohlbacher, Jessica McClish and Catherine Wade.

Basgall, a 5-7 defender/midfielder from Oklahoma City, is an all-conference performer from Westmoore High School and was captain of the Norman Fury 2000 state champion club team. Basgali is also a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

"Christi's strength is in her versatility and personality," noted Evans. "She has the ability to play center mid and any of the defensive positions. She has a terrific attitude, work rate and leadership qualities."

Karfonta, 5-9, is an all-city and all-conference selection as a defender from Edmond North High School. Karfonta is regarded as the state's top defenders and primarily played sweeper for the Oklahoma Olympic Development Team and her club team, the OKC Royals. Karfonta is also a two-time Junior National Taw Kwon Do Champion.

"Kirstin has the speed, strength and skill to become a terrific player at the college level," said Evans. "She should be able to step in right away and make a huge impact."

Kohlbacher, a 5-8 forward from Edmond as well, was the state's leading scoring in Class 4A and an honor student at Deer Creek High School as well as the team's MVP. As a member of the ODP, she was named to the All-Region Team and the National Pool twice.

"Before her ACL injury, Heidi was one of the top forwards in the region," added Evans. "I have been closely watching her recovery and it's great to see her returning to top form."

McClish, 5-4, played outside midfielder for Norman North High School. She led the team in scoring in 2000 and helped it reach the state finals in 1999. She played on the Oklahoma state champion Norman Fury club team and was a member of the state ODP team.

"Jessica is an exciting player to watch," noted Evans. "She has the skill and aggressive attitude you want in an attacking player plus she has the speed to get all the way to goal."

Wade is a 5-11 goalkeeper from Midland, Texas. She played for Midland High School and helped her club team, the Blast, qualify for competition in the top league in the Dallas metropolitan area.

"Catherine has the rare combination of size and athletic ability. She has the size and strength to get to the corners but also the agility to cover shots on the ground," said Evans.

"We are absolutely thrilled with what has just happened to our program," said Evans, commenting on the new class. "What we are most thrilled about is that we have just added five quality people to our team. They have terrific attitudes, great work rates and just fun to be around. What a great bonus that they are also terrific players. This class should immediately impact our program."