NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma soccer team announced its 2007 signing class on Thursday, Feb. 8. OU head coach Randy Evans signed nine athletes that will join the Sooners in the fall.
The coaching staff stayed consistent with last year's focus by adding more depth to the offense with the addition of six athletes listed as forwards.
“There is little doubt in my mind that this is the most athletic, most talented and deepest class that I have signed in my 15 years of coaching," said Evans. "I am thrilled with the level of work and commitment we are seeing from our returning players and excited to add this talented group to the mix. This should be a very fun team to watch in 2007.”
Evans landed seven of the future Sooners from the state of Texas while the remaining two hail from Norman and Orange, Calif. The class will join eight returning starters from 2006 that finished 8-11-1 overall and 3-6-1 in Big 12 play in 2006.
5-4 | Forward | Victoria, Texas
Attended Saint Joseph and Memorial High Schools where she was named the district's most valuable player and the offensive player of the year, All-State and Bay Area MVP. Alkek plays club soccer for 2006 South Texas State Champion Eclipse Black 89. Alkek also competes in gymnastics where she was a Power Tumbling five-time State Champion.
Evans on Alkek:
“Lauren is an amazing athlete. She has great speed, strength and agility. She is an explosive dribbler and is expected to make an immediate impact on the frontline.”
An all-district, all-region and Tarrant County Super Team player from Southlake Carroll High School. Allison played for the North Texas State Olympic Developmental Team (ODP) and helped her D’Feeters ’89 club team win the Premier League and the Surf Cup.
Evans on Allison:
“Kelsey is a very skilled and crafty attacking player. She has the ability, willingness and speed to take players on one versus one. She is expected to contribute immediately up top for us on offense.”
5-5 | Defender/Forward | Lewisville, Texas
The team captain and most valuable player at the Hockaday School. Bolden also garnered all-conference in the triple jump, long jump and 400m. She helped lead her Sting ’89 club team to a state, Premier League, Lake Highlands League and Texas Cup Championships.
Evans on Bolden:
“Ashley is a tremendous athlete and a terrific soccer player. She covers a ton of space in the back and is very hard on the tackle. She is also a proven threat on the frontline or out of the center of the midfield. She is expected to make an immediate impact wherever she ends up playing.”
5-6 | Forward | Norman, Okla.
Cooper helped her Norman High School team win a State Championship her sophomore year. She also competed at Southern Regionals with her Edmond Soccer Club ’89 team.
Evans on Cooper:
“She is a talented forward and has a terrific touch. Christina is very sharp on the ball with good vision and passing ability. She is expected to compete for playing time on the frontline.”
5-9 | Midfield/Defender | Orange, Calif.
Dickson attends El Modena High School and also plays for the Slammers ’90 team that has won three State Cup Championships, a Regional Championship, two US Club Regional Championships and a US Club National Championship. She is a scholar athlete and was voted Most Athletic Female at El Modena H.S. She is the sister of Norrelle Dickson, a current All-American on the OU softball team.
Evans on Dickson:
“Tiana has the skill, size, strength, speed, vision and distributing ability to run the show from the middle of the field or from the backline. We expect her to come in and help our team from the start.”
5-5 | Forward/Midfielder | Dallas, Texas
Frost helped lead her Highland Park High School team to a 4A State Championship game in 2005. She is also a member of the varsity track team. She and her Solar ’89 club team won club tournament championships at Beat the Heat and the Spring Classic.
Evans on Frost: Annie Hale
“Brie has the rare combination of top speed and terrific endurance. That’s a perfect fit for the outside of the midfield. She is expected to strongly compete for a spot at that position.”
5-9 | Defender | Sugar Land, Texas
The captain for her Clements High School team. She is a member of the South Texas State ODP team and helped her Eclipse Black ’89 team to championships at State Cup, Orange Classic and Premier League. She was named the most valuable player of the Austin Labor Day Cup.
Evans on Hale:
“Annie is a strong and powerful defensive presence. She is hard on the tackle and very difficult to beat. She will compete for a spot on our backline and give us depth at the position.”
Attended Plano East High School where she was named Tournament of Champions MVP and played for the North Texas State ODP team. She also helped her Dallas Texans ’88 club team win a National Championship, where she was named the MVP of the championship after scoring two goals and assisting on another score.
Evans on Palmer:
“Whitney will be one of the fastest players in the country. She has terrific pace, a terrific left foot and is very dangerous off the dribble. She is expected to provide an immediate boost to our frontline.”
West has helped Ursuline Academy of Dallas team to two State Championships. She also runs track for Ursuline where she is All-State in the 4/100, 4/200 and open 200. She has led her club team, Solar ’89, to numerous tournament championships.
Evans on West:
“Claire has good speed and is a very strong defender. She’s great with the ball coming out of the back and I expect her to push for a starting spot on defense.”