Feb. 6, 2013
Cullowhee, NC - Western Carolina University Head Women's soccer coach Chad Miller announced today seven student - athletes have joined the Catamount soccer program for the 2013. The following have signed: Kasey Cooke (Rocky Mount, NC), Brianna Cuevas (Cornelius, NC), Mercedes Ducker (Arden, NC), Ashley Hunter (Wilmington, NC), Haven Leland (Abingdon, VA), Carly Tinstman (Raleigh, NC) and Taylor Wood ( Raleigh, NC).
"We are excited to have this group of student-athletes join our program here at Western Carolina for the fall of 2013", Miller said, who will be entering his fourth season next fall. "This class all comes from great soccer backgrounds and are hard-working dedicated student athletes. Each of them will bring a different dynamic to the program that I believe can help bring our program success in the Southern Conference. We feel they will be excellent compliments to our core group of players and help us continue to grow as a group. All the players come from great families and we are delighted to call them Catamounts."
"I also want to thank Todd Herman, my assistant and recruiting coordinator, for all the hard work that went into the identification and evaluation of this class," Miller added. "We simply can't wait for August to get here and to have them join us for the 2013 campaign."
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Club Team: PGSA Stars coached by Darren Dawson
High School: Rocky Mount High School coached by Andrew Nick
High School Soccer: Named 1st team all- conference and all region in Freshman, Sophomore and Junior year. Her junior year was named Offensive player of the Year - with 44 goals which also led the conference. 2010 Conference Champions (first time in school history), 2012 Conference Champions.
Club Soccer: Team Captain (2010 -2012), Team ranked for Soccer in College #15 in the nation, USYS 2012 State Finalist, USYS 2011 State Semi Finalist, Disney Soccer Showcase Semi Finalist in 2012, 2009 Presidents Cup State Champions and Region III Champions, 2007 -2012 NC ODP Team.
Interesting Facts - Speaks Spanish
Academics: National Honors Society (2011-2013), ranked 13th in her class, Scholars List (9th - 11th grades) 4.9 GPA, International Baccalaureate Program
Family: Father -Cale Cooke, Mother-Michelle Cooke, Brother -Cody (14), Sister- Erin (14)
Coach Miller: "Kasey is a dynamic player that simply makes things happen on the field. She is a tenacious competitor, good on the ball, and loves to be challenged. We were impressed with Kasey's ability from day one and once we got to meet her in person at camp we knew this was a player we had to get. She has the proper mentality towards training and is a natural leader. Kasey is a great student athlete with a determination and focus not found in most. We are very excited about her future with our program and the impact she will have here."
Position: Defender / Midfielder
Hometown: Cornelius, NC
Club Team: 95 North Meck Red coached by Bobby Rosario
High School: William A. Hough High School coached by David Smith
High School Soccer - Varsity starter since Sophomore year, 2012 was named All Conference, All Region and selected to the All - Lake Norman News Team. 2011 & 2012 Conference Champions, 2012 State Champions 4A.
Club Soccer - helped guide her team to the Disney Showcase Runner Up (2012), Southern Soccer Showcase Finalist (2012), NC State Cup Finalist (2010,2011), NCYSA Premier League Champions (2010), NC State Cup Semi Finalist (2009), NASA Classic Tournament Finalist (20090, Jefferson Cup Champions (2008), Seaside Classic Champions (2008) .
Interesting Facts - Plays trombone & piano
Family: Father -Antonio Cuevas, Mother -Lisa Cuevas, Brothers- Jerell (24) & Jose (21)
Coach Miller: "Brianna will bring depth and competition in our wide areas especially in the back. Bri is a good defender and loves to get forward from the back. Her personality fits in well with our team as she is a fierce competitor and will do whatever it takes to succeed. It will be exciting to see her grow into a great player and we look forward to a successful college career as a Catamount."
Position: Forward / Midfielder
Hometown: Arden, NC
Club Team: Carolina Elite Soccer Academy Coached by Andrew Hyslop
High School: TC Roberson High School Coached by Rob Wilcher
High School Soccer - Has scored 72 goals and 29 assists going into her Senior season, As a Freshman named Offensive MVP, PACIS All Conference, Sophomore year named Offensive MVP, PACIS All Conference, NCISAA All State Player, Junior year named MAC All Conference, NCSCA All Region, 2012 Conference Champions.
Club Soccer - U14 NC State Champions as a member of the Greensboro Twisters, USYS U17 Region III Premier League East Champions (CESA), USYS U17 United States Southern Regional Champions (CESA), South Carolina State Champions 2012 (CESA), last four years in club soccer has 43 goals and 27 assists, ODP U11 - U15.
Interesting Facts - First family member to play college soccer, Speaks conversational French.
Academics: A Honor Roll, Duke TIP Program, Beta Club, National Honors Society
Family: Father - Terry Ducker, Mother - Rebecca Ducker, Sister - Emme (10)
Coach Miller: "Mercedes has been part of our team for a long time now. She has competed in every camp over the last three years and built relationships with our players since her sophomore year. This early commitment was our first for this class and was a no brainer. Her love for the University and dedication to improving our team is what will bring her great success as a Catamount. She is an exceptional student and will enter the honors college as a freshman."
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Club Team: GSA Coached by Mick Townsend and Carolina Elite Soccer Academy Coached by Andrew Hyslop
High School: New Hanover High School Coached by TJ Rennie
High School Soccer - 2012 named All Conference and All Region, Led High School and State in Goals against average, 2012 Conference Runner-Up and 3rd Round of State Playoffs.
Club Soccer - USYS U17 Region III Premier League East Champions (CESA), USYS U17 United States Southern Regional Champions (CESA), South Carolina State Champions 2012 (CESA), ODP Team from 2006 -10.
Interesting Facts - Cousin- Evan Newton, MLS GK for San Jose Earthquakes.
Family: Father-Robert Hunter, Mother- Tiernie Regan, Brother- John (9), Sisters - Haley (16), Caitlin (13), Emma (7)
Coach Miller: "Ashley comes through our prospect camp and will be a great addition to our goalkeeping core. She has a great attitude and will be a positive asset to our team. She is athletic, quick and can make some big saves. Ashley is brave and will not back down from anything."
Position: Midfield / Defender
Hometown: Abingdon, VA Club Team: FC Alliance 95 Black Coached by Josh Gray
High School: Abingdon High School
High School Soccer- Only played Freshman year in high school, was named 1st team all district, 1st team all region, Honorable Mention All State for Southwest Dist VA.
Club Soccer- 2011 TN State Champions, 2012 TN State Runner- Up, 2012 Las Vegas Players Showcase Champions, 2013 Disney Soccer Showcase Champions, TN State ODP 4 yrs, VA ODP 1 year, Region III Pool Player.
Interesting Facts - Coy Craft cousin is on US U-15 boys national team and FC Dallas Academy Team, Mom, Dad, and Sister were collegiate athletes.
Academics: National Honor Society
Family: Father -David Leland, Mother -Melinda Leland, Sisters -Taylor (19) & Macie (14)
Coach Miller: "Haven is another product of the FC Alliance relationship that continues to be successful for us. She is a versatile, athletic, and strong athlete. She is listed at 5'10 and moves well for a big strong player. There are multiple positions that we will be training her in and it will not surprise me if she finds a spot on the field early in her career."
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Club Team: 93' CASL Chelsea Ladies Coached by Rusty Scarborough
High School: Sanderson High School Coached by Todd Worley
High School Soccer - 3 year varsity starter, bypassed Senior season to attend WCU 2013 Spring.
Club Soccer- Ranked 12th nationally, 1st in NC, NC State Champions u15 & u17, NC State Finalists U13, U14 and U16, Region III Champions U15 & U18, Disney Showcase Finalist 2009, US Club Championship Finalist 2007. 2011 ODP State Team and Region Pool. Academics: 2 Yr Academic All- Conference
Family: Father -David Tinstman, Mother -Cindy Tinstman, Brother- Jared (14,) Sister -Jordyn (21)
Coach Miller: "Carly is currently on campus and training with the team this spring. She is driven and we fell she has the tools to be a great SOCON goalkeeper. Her CASL club team experiences mixed with hard work here at Western has the potential to bring great rewards for Carly."
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Club Team: 94 CASL Elite Ladies Coached by Rusty Scarborough
High School: Sanderson High School Coached by Todd Worley
High School Soccer- Varsity team 4 yrs, 3 yrs Academic All Conference.
Club Soccer- 2009 NCYSA State Cup Finalist, Lake Norman Tournament Finalist, Matt Helms Memorial Tournament Finalist, 2010 Lake Norman Tournament Champions, 2012 NCYSA State Cup Finalist, 2011 95 ODP Team.
Interesting Facts -Lewis Landon (grandfather) played tennis at Penn State, Taylor has been a gymnast for 10 years and placed 2nd in state meet in 2009 &2010, Region Team member.
Academics: 2009 Student Choice Award, 2011 Most Outstanding Student Award
Family: Father -Emmet Wood Sr., Mother -Lynne Wood, Brother - Emmet Jr. (13)
Coach Miller: "Taylor will be another player from the CASL organization that will improve our team in 2013. She is a strong and gifted athlete that has some unique abilities. She has the desire to compete at a high level and that is exciting to us. Taylor is another player that can play multiple positions and we look forward to adding her to the mix."