Feb. 3, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma head soccer coach Nicole Nelson announced the signing of 10 athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for the 2010 season.
The coaching staff handpicked some of the nation's best prep talent from the top club programs across the country, including four Oklahoma products and six hailing from the state of Texas. Highlighting the class are Zoe Dickson (Orange, Calif.) and Carrie Whigham (Ahwatukee-Foothils, Ariz.), two members of the U.S. National program.
Joining the duo in the 2010 incoming class are Bailey Boulware (Oklahoma City), Devan Glover (Amarillo, Texas), Annalisa Hall (Friendswood, Texas), Samantha Howell (Colleyville, Texas), Amy Petrikin (Tulsa, Okla.), Emily Reid (McKinney, Texas), Molly Richey (Tyler, Texas), Camille Sanders (Edmond, Okla.), Kathryn Watson (Richardson, Texas) and Carley Yates (Edmond, Okla.).
"For the second straight season we have recruited a group of athletes that will help make OU soccer a championship caliber program,"said Nelson. "These players are excited to join the OU family and are dedicated to making championships a Sooner soccer tradition. They've competed at some of the highest levels of our sport for their age and that winning tradition will carry over immediately here in Norman.
"This class adds the necessary depth in every position that we have lacked the past couple of years and will create a very competitive environment moving forward. These players will make up a significant core of our team for years to come and I expect they will have a major impact right away."
Dickson started out in the U.S. National team pool at age 15 and has attended numerous camps since. The Orange, Calif., native is ranked No. 78 by TopDrawerSoccer.com for 2010. Dickson is the youngest in the family to attend Oklahoma. Her older sisters, Tiana, a senior on the soccer team and Norrelle, an All-American for the Sooner softball team, both have been key contributors to their respective programs.
"Zoe understands, better than most, the pride that comes with representing the University of Oklahoma," added Nelson. "She is an incredible competitor that is determined to make OU soccer successful on a national scale. She is a sophisticated attacking player and will be a great compliment to the current attacking personalities."
Whigham has also been a part of the U.S. National program since age 15. A 2009 NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-American, Whigham's last stint with the U.S. National team came during the U-18 camp held in California in January, her fourth camp in the last year. She is the currently the captain of the U-18 National team and will be competing in international matches during the upcoming months in Spain.
"Carrie has a drive that is second to none and an infectious spirit that will be appreciated by her teammates, coaches and all that work with her," said Nelson. "She embraces the challenge of building a championship program here at OU. Her experience with the national team has prepared her to the match up with some of the best forwards in the nation. We expect her impact as a defender to be significant for our program in the upcoming years."
The 12 members of the 2010 class, and Maryland transfer Caitlin Mooney (Edmond, Okla.), will join an Oklahoma team in the fall that returns 16 letterwinners from the 2009 season, including leading-goal scorer Whitney Palmer. The three-time All-Big 12 forward's 15 goals last year was the best single-season total in school history and ranked eighth in the nation.
The additions of Dickson, Mooney and Whigham give Oklahoma five players with national team experience. Sophomores Dria Hampton (U.S.) and Katharine Nutman (England) round out the group.
Individual profiles for each player are listed in alphabetical order below.
- Born in Oklahoma City
- Parents are Shana and Bill Boulware
- Part of the '91 Oklahoma Olympic Development Program (ODP) in 2008
- Club is three-time Oklahoma State Cup Champion and Region III finalist in 2007 and quarterfinalist in 2008 and 2009
- Scored 40 goals and 17 assists for Mustang in last three seasons
- Tallied 16 goals and 11 assists last season
- Team advanced to state semifinals in 2008 and quarterfinals in 2007 and 2009
- Three-time 6A All District
Nelson on Boulware:
"We've said that recruiting the best players in the state is a priority for our program; we feel that Bailey is one of the best forwards in the state, in this age group. She is a teammate of two other signees in the class on a very successful Hurricane '92 Soccer Team and is comfortable playing in a competitive environment. It's nice that we are signing a number of teammates in this class because an on and off the field chemistry already exists. Bailey does a great job running at players with the ball and has the physical attributes to rumble through defenders. She has a sophistication around goal that is unique to players her age."
- Born in Orange, Calif.
- Daughter of Terry Nowotarski
- Younger sister of former OU softball All-American Norrelle Dickson and current OU senior soccer player Tiana Dickson
- Participated in U15 and U16 National Team Camp
- Member of Slammers FC for 12 years, team captain
- Rated No. 78 in class of 2010 by TopDrawerSoccer.com
- Five-time California South ODP Team Captain, team won 2008 National Championship
- Four-year starter for Modena High School ... two-time MVP
- Named school's offensive and defensive player of the year
- Four-time all-conference member
Nelson on Dickson:
"Zoe has the ability to affect the game at just about any position. She has the athleticism and competitive drive to immediately impact our program. Her understanding of the game, along with her technical attributes, allow her to be a very special attacking player. And she Bleeds Crimson!"
- Born in Las Cruces, N.M.
- Full name is Devan Marie Glover
- Parents are Jeff and Liz Glover
- Part of the North West Texas ODP Player Pool in 2008
- Four-year letterwinner at Amarillo High, team captain as a senior
- Named second team all-state as a junior
- Named all-state honorable mention as a sophomore
- Also played basketball and volleyball.
Nelson on Glover:
"Devan is a goalkeeper with good athleticism. She has a tall, strong frame that is a benefit for the position. She deals with balls at her feet well ,which has become a vital part within the game over the past few years. She has good shot stopping ability and the presence within the goal mouth to win balls in the air. Devan has the potential to bloom into a contender for the starting position here at OU."
- Born in Anchorage, Alaska
- Full name is Annalisa Marie Hall
- Parents are Rob and Joanne Hall
- Set Friendswood High school record for most assists (20) despite only playing half the season due to basketball
- Selected for ODP state team in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
- District 23-4A Offensive Player of the Year in 2008
- Named district newcomer of the year in 2007
- Two-time all-state tournament team (2007 and 2009)
- Also played basketball (2009 district MVP) and ran track (all-county in 2007, 100M hurdles)
Nelson on Hall:
"Annalisa comes to us from the Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, which is a program rich in tradition of competing at a high level and winning. She is an incredible athlete, very successful in both track and basketball, and I think that experience as a multi-sport athlete is going to make her a very successful defender at the next level. She is great with her left foot, which is a great attribute in our sport. We expect her to play primarily as a defender but she has the ability to score goals so she could potentially be a forward as well."
- Born in Dallas, Texas
- Full name is Samantha Leda Howell
- Parents are Greg and Terri Howell
- 2009 ESPN RISE All-America Honorable Mention
- Twice named to Region III ODP Pool ... Team was national finalist in 2008
- Scored 42 goals for Heritage High in last three seasons
- Scored 23 goals as a junior
- Team captain as a junior and senior and team MVP (2008, 2009)
- Named 2009 Player of the Year by Fort Worth Star Telegram
- District 5-5A Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008
- First team all-state in 2008 and second team in 2009
Nelson on Howell:
"Sam is one of four players in this class joining us from the Sting Soccer Club. Sting has historically been one of the most successful women's club programs in the nation. Sam is one of the most competitive prospects I've recruited. She is a gritty midfielder with ability to win balls in the air and on the ground. She also does a great job keeping possession in the attack. We expect her to play primarily in a defensive midfield role."
- Born in Tulsa, Okla.
- Full name is Amy Kathleen Petrikin
- Parents are Katie and Ron Petrikin
- Part of the ODP '91 pool in 2005
- Club team won three state championships (07-09)
- Helped lead Bishop Kelley to state finals as a freshmen and sophomore ... three-time team co-offensive player of the year
- Named all-district three times
- Twice named first-team All-Metro
Nelson on Petrikin:
"Amy is another exciting in-state product. She is a teammate of Bailey (Boulware) and Carley's (Yates) on the very successful Hurricane '92 Soccer Team. She has been in a very competitive soccer environment and part of a program that has a tradition of winning. Amy is a very talented athlete that has the ability to attack balls in the box and score goals. She has the potential to be an impactful forward in this conference."
- Born in Irving, Texas
- Full name is Emily Morgan Reid
- Parents are Craig and Lisa Reid
- Named ESPN RISE All-American Honorable Mention in 2009
- 2008 ODP state team ... 2004, 2006-07 pool
- Helped lead club team to USYS Region III Championship
- Ranked No. 18 in 2010 TopDrawerSoccer.com Regional Top 20
- Named all-state by Texas coaches in 2008
- Named all-region by Texas coaches in 2009 and team MVP
- District 6-5A First Team all district in 2009
- District 15-4A Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 with 33 goals and 24 assists
- Led McKinney Boyd to state title in 2008 and was named to all-tournament team
Nelson on Reid:
"Another member of a very successful Sting team, Emily has the ability to affect the attack from a midfield or forward position. She does a very good job of scoring different types of goals. We expect her to play in both an attacking midfield role and as a forward."
- Full name is Molly Claire Richey
- Parents are Robert and Dabney
- Member of the ODP state team from 2005-09
- Club team advanced to regional quarterfinals in 2009
- H.S. did not have a girls' team until senior year in which she helped organize
- Named team MVP of boys' team as a junior
- Named three-time all-district honoree while playing for boys' team
- Also ran cross country and track in high school ... Four-time all-state honoree
Nelson on Richey:
"Molly knows how to win from her success on the club level. She is a powerful athlete with the ability to affect the attack from a flank position. She is also a good defender. Her experience with playing on the boys team in high school has improved her speed of play and toughness."
- Born in Haverhill, Mass.
- Full name is Camille Marie Sanders
- Daughter of Parris and Sheryl
- Helped lead club team to state title and Region III quarterfinals
- Oklahoma ODP (2004-07) ... Region III pool player
- Led high school team to state finals on three occasions
- Named conference player of the year
- Also played for WPSL Oklahoma Alliance in 2008 and 2009
Nelson on Sanders:
"Camille is another athletic defender with the ability to attack out of the back. She has great work ethic and we look forward to getting her on campus and tapping into her potential."
- Full name is Kathryn Anne Watson
- Parents are Kim and James
- Born in Dallas, Texas
- Team captain of club team last four years
- Club team was runner-up in 2009 and Region III champ in 2008
- North Texas ODP team (2006-08) ... Region III in 2006
- Helped lead `92G ODP team to national championship in 2008
- District offensive player of the year as a freshman and sophomore with 22 goals and 21 assists combined in two seasons
- Tallied 17 goals and seven assists as a junior
- Team won 2009 UIL State Championship
- Senior captain
- Also lettered in track and as a cheerleader
Nelson on Watson:
"Kathryn is a talented athlete that has played at a very high level on the club scene. I think her potential at this level is going to suprise a lot of people. She is a really tenacious, hard-nosed defender. She has the ability to score goals on set pieces with her athleticism."
- Born in Mesa, Arizona
- Full name is Carrie Ann Whigham
- Parents are Lyle and Kristy
- 2009 NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-American
- Team captain of U18 U.S. National team set to play in Spain at the end of February
- Member of the U.S. national program since age 15
- Attended four U.S. camps in last year (last in January)
- Member of ODP state team (2005-2009)
- Club team captain and member of two state championship teams
- Named second team all-state in 2008
- High school team was state runner-up in 2007
- Ranked No. 94 recruit in nation by TopdrawerSoccer.com
Nelson on Whigham:
"Carrie is both tactically and techincally very sound. Her ability to read the game enables her to be very successful as a defender and her resume speaks for itself. With her experience on the national level and her leadership capabilities, Carrie has the potential to significantly impact our program from day one."
- Born in Oklahoma City
- Parents are Carlan and Debi
- Sister played soccer at Baylor and is current graduate assistant at Oklahoma
- Oklahoma ODP (2005-07)
- Club team was state champions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
- Led Edmond North to state finals in 2007 and 2008
- Daily Oklahoman All-City first team in 2009
- Two-time all-conference member (2008 and 2009)
- Also standout golf player in high school (three-time all-conference)
Nelson on Yates:
"Carley's work rate is hard to match. She is a very intelligent player that will not have trouble adjusting to this level. She was not only a high school standout in soccer, but golf as well, where she was recruited by a number of Division I schools."