Oklahoma Soccer Inks 10 for 2018
NORMAN –The Oklahoma soccer family added 10 student-athletes to its program as head coach Matt Potter announced the program’s signing class on Wednesday.
The talented group of Abigail Bancroft, Cameron Tharp, Chloe Bohanon, Hailey Davidson, Jackie Stacy, Jasmine Richards, Lauren Tovy, Megan Reilly, Olivia Smith and Paige Thompson will join the Sooners in 2018. Nine of the 10 players hail from the state of Texas with one coming across the pond from England.
“It seems as if we have been talking to these future players forever!” OU head coach Matt Potter said. “We are excited to finally welcome them and their families. The group reflects our commitment to bring the brightest talent to campus. Whether on the field or in the classroom they are highly motivated to succeed. With a variety of skills and strengths this group will energize the current squad as we continue our quest towards competing for championships.
“Each comes from a competitive club, coached by the best and having played in some of the best atmospheres. 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.”
ABIGAIL BANCROFT // MF // Plano, Texas // Plano Senior H.S. // Solar ECNL U18
"The reason I chose Oklahoma was the minute I stood on campus I knew it was the right school for me!" -Abigail Bancroft
A native of Plano, Texas, Bancroft is a letterwinner at Plano Senior High School under head coach Heather Morse. She is a midfielder, but also plays center back for her club team, Solar ECNL U18. In 2017, Bancroft was an academic all-district selection and an all-district honorable mention selection. Bancroft was also a part of Plano Senior’s 2017 district champion team.
Bancroft is a member of Solar ECNL U18 under club coach Derek Missimo. She has been team captain since 2015 and was the team’s leading scorer in 2015 when the club won the USYA National Championship. Bancroft was a 2017 and 2018 ECNL Player to Watch and helped lead her club team to a 2013 USYSA Region III Championship, four USYSA Texas State Championships, four Lake Highlands Division 1 Championships and two Dallas International Cup Championships.
Bancroft has been on the honor roll all four years of high school. She is the daughter of Christopher and Cynthia Bancroft and younger sister to Alec.
Why Bancroft Chose Oklahoma:
“The reason I chose Oklahoma was the minute I stood on campus I knew it was the right school for me! The University of Oklahoma is the best school to help me succeed academically and athletically and I can’t wait to begin my journey there!”
CHLOE BOHANON // MF // Frisco, Texas // FC Dallas
"When I came onto campus for my first visit, I got that cliché feeling of 'This is where I wanna be' and saw myself here for the next 4 years of my life." - Chloe Bohanon
Chloe Bohanon hails from Frisco, Texas and has been on campus since the spring semester began after graduating high school in December. She played for FC Dallas under head coach Matt Grubb.
She is the daughter of Stephen and Kimberly Bohanon and has a sister, Eden, who is a freshman at Oklahoma.
Why Bohanon Chose Oklahoma:
“I had many reasons as to why I chose to come to OU. When I came onto campus for my first visit, I got that cliché feeling of “this is where I wanna be” and saw myself here for the next 4 years of my life. Not only was it the college itself, but the coaches and the girls that I would get to share this experience with as well. I sometimes think about the decision that I made to come here and there’s honestly no place I would rather be. I’m excited for what the future holds and curious to see what kind of person I will become.”
HAILEY DAVIDSON // F/M/D // Prosper, Texas // Prosper H.S. // FC Dallas Developmental Academy
"No matter where I was, I kept coming back to it and knew Norman was where I wanted to be eventually." - Hailey Davidson
Hailing from Prosper, Texas, Hailey Davidson was a two-time letter winner at Prosper High School under head coach Rafael Flores. Predominately a defender as a freshman, she moved to play forward as a sophomore, scoring 22 goals over two seasons. She was part of a record-breaking team that advanced to the regional quarterfinals as a freshman and regional finals as a sophomore. In 2016, her team posted a 26-0-1 record and Davidson lost only three games in her two years at Prosper High School.
Davidson played for FC Dallas under club coach Matt Grubb. She was part of the developmental academy and was team captain in 2017 and 2018. She participated in nationals in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was a two-time Market Training Invitee. She has been invited to play in matches against the U.S. Soccer U15 Girls National team twice. Davidson is one of three signees from the FC Dallas Developmental Academy in Dallas, joining Jackie Stacy and Lauren Tovy at Oklahoma.
Davidson also competes in varsity track. She is the daughter of Paul and Colleen Davidson and has a younger brother, Matthew. Her father, Paul, played soccer at SMU from 1985-1989. At Oklahoma, she plans to major in health and exercise science.
Why Davidson Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose to commit to OU for various reasons. First, the coaching staff is second to none. I always enjoyed talking with them and really felt they cared to get to know me as a person, not just as a player. Second, the opportunity I can have as a student athlete at OU. I feel I have all the resources I need whether it’s tutoring, or questions answered by the academic staff and I know with that I can succeed as an athlete at the school. Lastly, it feels like home. I went on many other visits to different schools, but at the end of the day nothing ever compared to OU. No matter where I was, I kept coming back to it and knew Norman was where I wanted to be eventually.”
MEGAN REILLY // M/F // Sugar Land, Texas // Stephen F. Austin H.S. // Challenge Soccer Club
"I picked OU because it's ranked as one of the best college athletic programs in the nation." - Megan Reilly
Megan Reilly hails from Sugar Land, Texas where she was two-year letterwinner at Stephen F. Austin High School. Reilly played just her freshman and sophomore seasons, tallying 32 goals and 45 assists in her two seasons. She was the District 23-6A 2015 Varsity Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and named to the 2016 UIL I-10 Shootout All-Tournament Team. She was a two-time first-team all-district selection and was her team MVP both seasons as well as captain as a sophomore.
Reilly plays club soccer for Challenge Soccer Club under club coaches Chris Maravalli, Pat O’Toole and Stuart Self. In four years with the club, she has 20 goals and 21 assists. Reilly was a member of the Northern Ireland Women’s U19 National Team and the Player of the Match at the 2017 UEFA U19 Championships. She has also been invited to the U.S. Soccer training combine.
Reilly is the daughter of Mike and Stephani Reilly and has three brothers: Ben, Matthew and Christopher. She plans to major in business administration at Oklahoma.
Why Reilly Chose Oklahoma:
“I picked OU because it's ranked as one of the best college athletic programs in the nation.The quality of the Price College of Business program stood out to me, especially the major I intend to study. After visiting other SEC, Big 12, Ivy League schools, I realized that they did not have same feeling I felt at OU. I knew OU was the place for me and love that it feels like home.”
JASMINE RICHARDS // M/F //
The Woodlands // The Woodlands H.S.
// Texas Rush/Houston Dash
"I loved the feeling I got when I stepped on campus for the first time and knew that Norman was the place that I wanted to be.” - Jasmine Richards
Jasmine Richards is a four-time letterwinner at the Woodlands High School under head coach Dina Graves. A three-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer, she was the 2017 District 12-6A MVP and the Montgomery County Offensive MVP. She was also the 2017 All-Greater Houston Player of the Year. In her career at The Woodlands High School, she has tallied 60 goals, 37 assists and appeared in 72 games. She helped lead her team to district championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and a regional runner-up finish in 2017.
Richards has received multiple other honors including 2015 Honorable Mention All-District, First-Team All-District in 2016-17, First-Team All-Region in 2017, Honorable Mention All-State in 2017 and was a Top Drawer Soccer second-team All-American in 2017.
Richards joins Cameron Tharp as the second signee from Houston Dash/Texas Rush to Oklahoma. With the Houston Dash, she tallied 10 goals in 15 games in 2017. Richards was on the Rush Select National Team from 2013-15 as a goalkeeper and forward.
She is the daughter of Walter and Carolyn Richards and has four siblings: Jheri’, Jerrel, Brant and Toni. Her father, Walter, played basketball at the University of Texas El Paso from 1966-69. She is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Rho Khappa and is a two-time academic all-district honoree. At Oklahoma, she plans to major in business.
Why Richards Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose to go to Oklahoma because I enjoyed the environment and felt like it was the best fit for me academically and athletically. I loved the feeling I got when I stepped on campus for the first time and knew that Norman was the place that I wanted to be.”
OLIVIA SMITH // D // Barking, London, England
Barking Abbey // Chelsea Ladies
"I chose Oklahoma because I loved every aspect of it." - Olivia Smith
The only international player in this year’s class, Olivia Smith hails from head coach Matt Potter’s home country of England. She plays for Barking Abbey under head coach Sharon Brownlie. She was the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year and a National Cup Winner in 2016 and 2017.
Smith plays club soccer for Chelsea Ladies under club coach Jordan Knight. During the 2016-17 season, she started 14 games, scoring a pair of goals. Her team was the winner of the development league in both 2016 and 2017. She holds six international caps for England, with appearances against Lithuania, Germany, France, Poland and Norway. She also competed in the Euro finals in the Czech Republic in 2017, gaining a cap against Ireland.
Smith is the daughter of Spencer and Sarah Smith and has a younger sister, Millie. At Oklahoma, she plans to major in sport science.
Why Smith Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose Oklahoma because I loved every aspect of it. The team are so close and like a family. They made me feel welcome and from then on I was never signing anywhere else.”
Jackie Stacy // D // Dallas, Texas
Plano West Senior H.S. // FC Dallas Girls Developmental Academy
"I chose OU because I know it’s a school I’ll always be proud of." - Jackie Stacy
Jackie Stacy is a three-year letterwinner at Plano Senior West High School under head coach Tara Balogh. She was the team defensive MVP for the 2014-15 season and given the team 100% award in 2016-17. She has been a two-time First Team All-District selection (2015-16, 2016-17) and was the District 6-6A Utility Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season. She served as team captain, helping lead Plano West to a bi-district championship in 2014-15 and a third-place district finish in 2016-17.
A three-star recruit according to Top Drawer Soccer, she is ranked the No. 29 player in the State of Texas according to the site. Stacy is one of three signees from the FC Dallas Developmental Academy in Dallas, joining Hailey Davidson and Lauren Tovy at Oklahoma.
Stacy is a member of National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.9 or higher GPA all four years of high school while taking all advanced placement classes. She is the daughter of Max and Sally Stacy and has one younger brother, Ryne. She plans to major in journalism.
Why Stacy Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose OU because I know it’s a school I’ll always be proud of. The strong academics, quality athletic programs, and inclusive campus culture make me feel at home. The coaching staff inspires a supportive and motivating environment, and the players are already making me feel a part of the family. I couldn’t be more excited to get to Norman and be a part of this team, supported by the whole OU family.”
CAMERON THARP // D // Klein, Texas
Klein H.S. // Houston Dash/Texas Rush
“I chose to come to the University of Oklahoma because of the rich tradition and drive to win championships while getting a world class education." - Cameron Tharp
A native of Klein, Texas, Tharp is a three-time letterwinner at Klein High School under head coach Adrian Ramirez. She was a second-team all-district selection in 2015 and a first-team all-district selection in 2016 and 2017. As a sophomore she was the Katy Tournament MVP. Tharp has been a three-time District 15 6A champion and a regional quarter finalist twice with Klein High School.
Tharp is a member of Houston Dash/Texas Rush under club coach Nick Oshea. She has played in over 106 matches in the last four years with her club team and has been on the DASH team of the week four times in the last year.
Tharp is currently Student Body President, a member of National Honor Society and was homecoming queen in 2017. She has been a class officer all four years of high school and been on homecoming court her sophomore and junior years. She is the daughter of Clay and Susanne Tharp and has one brother, Mason. She plans to major in business.
Why Tharp Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose to come to the University of Oklahoma because of the rich tradition and drive to win championships while getting a world class education. The staff made me feel welcome as soon as I stepped on campus as a Matt Potter Soccer Camp camper which started it all. It’s crazy to think that after two years in the making I’m only months away from my future.”
PAIGE THOMPSON // D // Katy, Texas
Katy H.S. // Albion Hurricanes FC
"The camaraderie I have with the coaches, my recruiting class and the current players makes me feel at home and I am excited and ready for the next four years. " - Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson comes to Norman from Katy, Texas. Thompson is in her first season at Katy High School after spending her first three years at Seven Lakes High School where she was a two-time letterwinner. In 2016, she earned District 19-6A All-District First Team honors. With Seven Lakes High School, she was a member of the district champion team and the 2016 regional finalist team.
Thompson plays club soccer for Albion Hurricanes FC under club coaches Rafael Brazo and Daniel Hill. With her club, she has appeared in three ECNL U17 Champions League Playoffs.
The daughter of Bary and Jill Thompson, she has a younger sister, Emma. At Oklahoma, she plans to major in nursing.
Why Thompson Chose Oklahoma:
“Coach Potter and Coach Vega will give me every opportunity to make an immediate impact on the team. Their playing style, as well as their commitment to making sure I am successful athletically and academically, was a great fit. The camaraderie I have with the coaches, my recruiting class and the current players makes me feel at home and I am excited and ready for the next four years. I am blessed to be receiving this opportunity.”
LAUREN TOVY // M/F // McKinney, Texas
McKinney H.S. // FC Dallas Academy
"I chose the University of Oklahoma because instantly after being on campus it felt like home." - Lauren Tovy
A native of McKinney, Texas, Tovy is a three-year letterwinner at McKinney High School under head coach Alex Pantarotto. She was a three-time first-team all-district selection (2015, 2016, 2017) and the 2016 and 2017 Offensive Player of the Year. In three seasons, she has scored 23 goals with 20 assists and played every game of her first three seasons of high school. In 2015, Tovy was a member of the district champion team and was team captain in 2017.
Tovy plays club soccer for FC Dallas Academy and is one of three signees from the academy, joining Jackie Stacy and Hailey Davidson at Oklahoma. She has not played this season after tearing her ACL.
Tovy is a member of National Honor Society and was an academic all-district selection in 2016 & 2017. The daughter of Jamie and Kim Tovy, she has two brothers, Tanner and Zach. At Oklahoma, she is planning on majoring in business.
Why Tovy Chose Oklahoma:
“I chose the University of Oklahoma because instantly after being on campus it felt like home. I want to play soccer and get an education at a school that is challenging and very competitive. The University of Oklahoma gives me both. OU has a lot to offer academically as well as for the student-athletes. All of that along with a great soccer program all stood out to me.”