Meet the Freshmen: Midfielders

Lindsey Morrison
By Lindsey Morrison
Assistant Director of Communications

NORMAN This fall, the Oklahoma soccer team is joined by 11 freshmen in Abigail Bancroft, Cameron Tharp, Chloe Bohanon, Hailey Davidson, Megan McClay, Jackie Stacy, Jasmine Richards, Lauren Tovy, Megan Reilly, Olivia Smith and Paige Thompson will join the Sooners in 2018. Ten of the 11 players hail from the state of Texas with one coming across the pond from England. 

“Each comes from a competitive club, coached by the best and having played in some of the best atmospheres," OU head coach Matt Potter said when the class signed in February. "We continue to find ‘our' type of players and kudos to the staff for identifying and bringing this current group to complement the returning players on the roster.  It will create competition for playing time, which always serves as a motivator.  Our challenge as a staff will be to blend the two groups without taking from the individual talents as we look to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last fall.  I believe this incoming class will be lively, skilled and their energy will be fun for all Sooner soccer fans to watch.”

SoonerSports.com will provide fans a quick introduction to these new Sooners, with today featuring the midfielders. They will join the Sooners at their regular season opener on Thursday, Aug. 16, against Nebraska at 7 p.m. CT at the OU Soccer Complex.


Abigail Bancroft

Plano, Texas | Plano Senior High School | Solar ECNL | Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: I chose Oklahoma because when I visited campus I knew I could see myself spending my college years here. The university provides the best opportunity for me as a student athlete to succeed on the field and in the classroom. I felt very welcomed by the staff and team which made me very excited to come here.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Campus Corner

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I have an online shopping addiction

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Through balls

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: More of an attacking mindset

Major: Health and Exercise Science

Hobbies and interests: Shopping, traveling

Favorite food: Mozzarella sticks

Favorite song: Silence by Marshmello feat. Khalid

Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore

Favorite movie: Elf

Favorite ice cream: Cake Batter

Favorite professional team: USWNT

Least favorite food: Avocados

Hidden talent: I can play the piano

Dream vacation: Bahamas

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Eating a chocolate chip Cliff bar

Celebrity crush: Zac Efron

Favorite Professional athlete: Alex Morgan

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football, Baseball

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Physician Assistant to a Dermatologist

What are you most looking forward to in your four years at OU: I am excited to see the person I become and winning championships


Chloe Bohanon

Frisco, Texas | Frisco High School | FC Dallas | Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: I chose Oklahoma because of their academic and athletic opportunity and saw it as a great place for me to grow as a person.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: My team

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I never take short cuts

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: I believe I am quick with the ball and very creative on and off the ball

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: My fitness could always use improvement as well as my ideas and soccer IQ

Major: Undecided. Leaning towards Health and Exercise Science

Hobbies and interests: I love to run during some of my free time and I love to go to six flags and ride roller coasters

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite song: Anything produced by Drake

Favorite TV show: Riverdale

Favorite movie: About Time

Favorite ice cream: Chocolate

Favorite professional team: Barcelona all the way! 

Least favorite food: Thai food

Hidden talent: I can touch my tongue to my nose.

Dream vacation: Travel the world with my significant other

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Every game I have my headphones in and listen to a playlist I made for before the game. It helps tune everything else out and gets me focused. This pumps me up and gets me going.

Celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite Professional athlete: Marta 

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: None, soccer is the best sport in the world

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Coaching or becoming a physical therapist

What are you most looking forward to in your four years at OU: I’m looking forward to winning a national championship and making my own personal mark at OU.


Megan Reilly

Sugar Land, Texas | Stephen F. Austin High School | Challenge Soccer Club | Midfielder

Why I chose Oklahoma: its ranked as one of the best college athletic programs in the country. The quality of the prices college of business is top class and my intended major. OU gives me the feeling of home.

My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: Soccer camp!!

Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I’m pretty competitive, an introvert, and I plan on getting my master’s degree.

My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Vision, technical abilities, and creativity

Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: 1v1 defending, strength

Major: Business- management

Hobbies and interests: Watch Netflix, hangout with friends, watch sports

Favorite food: Mashed Potatoes

Favorite song: Champion by NAV

Favorite TV show: Stranger Things

Favorite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

Favorite ice cream: Mint chocolate chip

Favorite professional team: Mens-Borussia Dortmund, Womens- Houston Dash

Least favorite food: Brussel sprouts

Hidden talent: Pretty good at ping pong,

Dream vacation: Hiking trip all over South America

Pre-game superstition/ritual: Have to juggle a certain number before I play

Celebrity crush: Zac Efron

Favorite Professional athlete: Diego Maradona

Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football

Job I’d like outside of soccer: Google

What are you most looking forward to in your four years at OU: Playing during season, winning a championship, and going to other sporting events with friends

 

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