Meet the Freshmen: Midfielders
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.
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
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.
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