Feb. 7, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's soccer team continues its national rise by signing 10 players for the upcoming 2002 season. The class, which includes the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year, is Head Coach Randy Evans' best at Oklahoma and should help the Sooners improve on their school-best 11-7-1 mark of 2001.

"I feel like Santa was good to us this year," said Evans. "We've started to show great progress on the field and it seems to be paying off in the recruiting end. We are thrilled with the amount of interest we have received this year and certainly excited about the talent level of this class. This is a class that should be able to immediately raise the level of competition and be the base of the team for years to come."

The 2002 Signees:

Michelle Enos (5-5, Forward/Midfielder, Lamar High School, Arlington, Texas):
District Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 and Newcomer of the Year in 1999 ... Led the district in scoring in 2001 ... Helped lead club team, JATO Image, to several tournament championships. "Michelle is a skilled player with great field awareness. She is equally adept at playing in the midfield and on the front line and we plan on taking full advantage of her versatility," said Evans.

Emily Frye (5-6, Defender, J.J. Pearce High School, Dallas, Texas):
All-district honoree ... High school captain ... Also captain of her club team, Sting '84, that won prestigious WAGS championship, Dallas Spring Classic and Plano Labor Day Tournaments. "Emily is an experienced and skilled defender. She brings a lot of composure to the position," said Evans.

Jordan Gibbs (5-8, Defender, Norman High School, Norman, Okla.):
Three-year letterwinner at Norman ... The Daily Oklahoman's All-City Girls Soccer Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped lead high school to state runner-up finish in 2000 and 2001 ... Member of the Oklahoma Olympic Development Program (ODP) ... Club team, Norman '83 Red, was four-time state open champion (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001) ... Ranked No. 1 in her academic class ... Maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society. "Jordan is one of the most dominant players I've ever seen in the air. She's a tremendous header of the soccer ball," said Evans.

Shelby Hoge (5-7, Defender, Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas):
High school team captain ... Garnered All-District first-team and District Midfield MVP honors ... First-team all-region selection ... Led high school to state championship in 2000 in which she was named to the all-tournament state finals team ... Club team, the '84 Defeeters, was a four-time state champion, two-time regional champion and a national champion. "Shelby is a tenacious defender. Her aggressive style should make for a great fit at the college level," said Evans.

Jenny Jones (5-9, Defender, Denton High School, Argyle, Texas):
Team captain ... Earned first-team All-State and district MVP honors ... Led high school to two state championships ... Club team, '84 Solar, was Sony Cup, PUMA Cup Coca-Cola Classic, Dallas Spring Classic and Plano Invitational champions. "Along with a 40-yard throw-in, Jenny's size, strength and speed adds a strong defensive presence to the back line," said Evans.

Christy Kenkel (5-8, Defender, Bishop Kenney High School, Tulsa, Okla.):
Helped lead high school to three state championships ... Health South Player of the Year ... Also plays midfield for Tulsa Soccer Club, a seven-time state champion ... Has also played three years for the Oklahoma ODP Program. "Christy is a talented and hard-working player with the ability to play in the back or in the midfield at a very high level," said Evans.

Lauren MacIver (5-5, Defender, Jenks High School, Tulsa, Okla):
An NSCAA High School All-American ... Named the 2001 Oklahoma High School Player of the Year ... Member of the Tulsa Soccer Club. "Lauren is wonderfully skilled with a great mind for the game," said Evans. "Her offensive ability and defensive strength make her a great candidate for the center of the midfield."

Becky Nelson (5-4, Forward, Union High School, Tulsa, Okla.):
Was an All-District and All-Conference selection as well as captain for high school ... Was also a member of the USYSA Olympic Development Region III team ... Was able to participate in the adidas Elite Soccer Program in which several of the top high players in the country are chosen ... Member of the Tulsa Soccer Club alongside Christy Kenkel and Lauren MacIver. "Becky is an exciting player to watch, a real game-breaker," said Evans. "She brings a lot of speed to an already quick front line."

Shelly Sims (5-6, Midfielder, Norman High School, Norman, Okla.):
Was a high school All-District selection in 2000 and led Norman to the state finals in 2000 and 2001 ... Multisport athlete who also lettered in track and cross country ... Cross country team captain and team MVP in 2000 and 2001 ... All-State Honorable Mention as well ... Played club soccer for Norman Fury '83 Red Team which was a four-time state open champion (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001). "Shelly is that rare athlete that combines track speed with cross country endurance, great attributes for playing wide in the midfield."

Kristin Vesely (5-3, Midfielder/Defender, Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, Ariz.):
Also signed to play softball at Oklahoma ... First-team all-region and honorable mention All-State selection in 2001 ... Club team, the Sereno '84 Golden Eagles, were five-time state champions ... Played for the Arizona ODP team which won the state championship in 1998, 1999 and 2001 "Kristen has the speed, tenaciousness and left foot to make an immediate impact on the left side in the back or in the midfield," said Evans.