Meet the Freshmen

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN This fall, the Oklahoma soccer team is joined by seven freshmen in McKinley Crone, Darbey Hargrove, Paige Hobart, Kacie Kinley, Emma Ledbetter, Hannah Molone and Erika Yost. 

"This signing class shows the growth of the program and the foundation that we have now set for the future," OU head coach Matt Potter said when the talented group signed in February. "We are recruiting players that fit. We have replaced pieces of the program that we felt needed addressing. Our intent is to continue building, and with a proven product, we are now recruiting families and student-athletes that represent the values and style of play we feel can be successful.

"They all come from established and successful youth environments," he continued about the newest members of the program. "Well coached, better people. I'm excited too see the impact of our newest members, and how they compliment and make the current group better."

Get to know the seven student athletes who will make an immediate impact on OU soccer. They will join the Sooners at their regular season opener on Friday against Arizona at 7 p.m. CT at the OU Soccer Complex.


McKinley Crone

Maitland, Fla. | Edgewater High School | Florida Kraze/Krush | Goalkeeper

Why I chose Oklahoma: OU has a huge athletic history, and when I came on campus I felt this and knew I wanted to be a part of it.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: It feels like a big family.

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I was born and raised a Longhorn.

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Competitiveness

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Be more encouraging/team oriented

Major: International business and finance

Hobbies and interests: Politics, reading, writing

Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese

Favorite song: “Rude” by Magic!

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite movie: “The Great Gatsby”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: I wear a wristband to keep my mind focused.

Celebrity crush: Baker Mayfield

Favorite Professional athlete: David De Gea, Ali Krieger

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football

Job I’d like outside of soccer: President of the United States


Darbey Hargrove

Houston, Texas | Cypress Creek High School | Texas Rush | Defender

Why I chose Oklahoma: It felt like home.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Meeting new people

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I like to dance.

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Toughness and long balls

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Fitness

Major: Education

Three words that describe me: Outgoing, energetic, compassionate

Hobbies and interests: Rollerblading, dancing, watching Netflix

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Juju on that Beat”

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect”

Celebrity crush: Steph Curry

Favorite Professional athlete: Steph Curry

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Basketball

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Kindergarten teacher


Paige Hobart

Broken Arrow, Okla. | Union High School | TSC Hurricane | Goalkeeper

Why I chose Oklahoma: It’s close but not too close to home. I’ve always been an OU fan and supporter, I love the campus, I love the family feel of the team, and also my sister is here with me.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: The community

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I have a sister on the team and I’m left-footed.

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Team player

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Being more vocal

Major: Mechanical engineering

Three words that describe me: Smart, funny, happy

Hobbies and interests: Hanging with friends, Netflix

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: “If I Lose Myself” by One Republic

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite movie: “Moana”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: I wear certain sliders for games

Celebrity crush: Zac Efron

Favorite Professional athlete: Russell Westbrook

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Engineer


Kacie Kinley

Shawnee, Kan. | Mill Valley High School | Sporting Blue Valley ECNL U18 | Defender

Why I chose Oklahoma: The great academic support and the beautiful campus

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Headington Hall

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I have two French bulldogs named Zusi and Buttercup

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: My size, loud voice and passing ability

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: My dribbling ability and my speed of making decisions

Major: Biology

Three words that describe me: Introvert, attentive, tall

Hobbies and interests: Listening to music

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite song: “True Colors” by the Weeknd

Favorite TV show: “Friends”

Favorite movie: “The Longest Ride”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Listen to a certain pre-game playlist

Celebrity crush: Scott Eastwood

Favorite Professional athlete: Julie Ertz

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Pharmacist


Emma Ledbetter

Edmond, Okla. | Edmond North High School | OFC 99 | Forward/Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: I’ve always wanted to come to OU and play soccer ever since I was a little girl. It’s also close to home.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: I love the campus and my teammates.

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I love pasta!

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: I am mentally tough after facing injuries. I play smart and always work hard.

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Be more encouraging

Major: Pre-physical therapy

Three words that describe me: Helpful, considerate, competitive

Hobbies and interests: I like to run.

Favorite food: Steak or pasta

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite movie: “She’s the Man”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Pray and listen to music

Celebrity crush: Zac Efron

Favorite Professional athlete: Russell Westbrook and Alex Morgan

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Basketball

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Physical therapist


Hannah Molone

Edmond, Okla. | Edmond Memorial High School | OFC 98 | Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: It’s close to family and I was born a Sooner fan. I loved the campus and the coaches.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Being with the team

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Technical and a good passer

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Fitness and always improving technical skills every day

Three words that describe me: Energetic, funny, athletic

Hobbies and interests: Traveling and playing soccer

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite song: “Praying” by Kesha

Favorite TV show: “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”

Favorite movie: “Endless Love”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Praying before every game

Celebrity crush: Ed Westwick

Favorite Professional athlete: Russell Westbrook

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Medical sales representative


Erika Yost

Fountain Hills, Ariz. | Fountain Hills High School | SC del Sol ECNL | Forward/Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: The minute I stepped on campus, it felt like home.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Meeting other athletes and eating food

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I’m left-footed.

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: My left-foot crosses and my speed

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Defending

Major: Interior design

Three words that describe me: Kind, positive, caring

Hobbies and interests: Hanging with friends

Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese

Favorite song: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line

Favorite TV show: “Friends”

Favorite movie: “She’s the Man”

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Put left cleat on before right

Celebrity crush: Zac Efron

Favorite Professional athlete: Ezekiel Elliott

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football and basketball

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Interior designer

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