Feb. 11, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina University head women's soccer coach Chad Millerannounced ten student-athlete additions for the 2014 season. High school and club standouts Chandler Arrowood, Mary Dixon, Alexa Frankeny, Emily Gerulis, Mackenzie Hill, Shannon Maloney, Anna Marie Mellis, Amy Owens, Jessie Pardue and Brianna Sears are set to join the Catamount women's soccer program in the fall of 2014.
"I am excited about the group of players we having coming to Western Carolina next fall," Miller said. "They are not only quality players but are a great group of people and we feel they will represent WCU well both on off the field."
"The 2014 group is a very balanced class and has a great mix of dynamic attacking minded players and some solid defenders and midfielders," Miller added. "We are returning 11 starters from last fall and have a great core group here already within the program. However, I feel with the right preparation several players from this group of young players will come in and have the potential to make an immediate impact on our program."
Listed below is a snapshot of each player in Western Carolina's 2014 recruiting class.
High School: Weddington High School coached by Powell Williams
Club Team: CESA ECNL coached by Andrew Hyslop
High School Soccer: Freshman and sophomore year named 3A All Conference and All Region ... Junior year named 3A All Conference, All County, All Region and Union County player of the year along with Southern Carolina Conference Player of the year ... Set record for Weddnigton for most goals in a season (33) in 2013 ... Helped lead Weddington to an 18-5-1 record last spring and a Southern Carolina Regular Season Championship.
Club Soccer: NC ODP 2010 & 2011, 2011-12 State Champions U16, 2012 Region III Champions U16, 2012 3rd place National Championships U16. Prior to CESA played for Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Interesting Facts: Sister played college soccer at Catawba (2yrs) and now at University of South Carolina - Beaufort, Cousin Camden Cox currently plays baseball for Montreat College.
Family: Father -Brian Arrowood, Mother-Kim Arrowood, Sister Taylor (21)
High School: O'Neal School coached by David Wood
Club Team: Triangle United Gold coached by Kalla Stark
High School Soccer: Freshman, sophomore, and junior years named Cape Fear Valley All Conference, sophomore and junior year named All State ... Helped lead team to state play offs all three years.
Club Soccer: NC ODP 2008-2011, NC State Cup Champions 2013, Atlanta Cup Champions 2012, Score Showcase Champions 2012, US Club Regional Champions 2012.
Interesting Facts: Varsity Basketball and All Conference in high school
Family: Father -Michael Dixon, Mother -Sharon Dixon, Sister- Kasey Dixon (24)
High School: JT Hoggard High School Coached by Justin Schatz
Club Team: Cape Fear coached by Justin Schatz & Anna Betton
High School Soccer: Named Mid Eastern All Conference for freshman, sophomore, and junior year ... Named All Region sophomore and junior years, Named All State and Mid Eastern Conference Player of the year in 2013.
Club Soccer: Won the NC Premier Division in 2013 and was Runner up in State Cup in 2013.
Interesting Facts: Older sister Chelsea plays soccer for Charleston Southern University
Academics: Member of the National Honor Society
Family: Father - Albert Frankeny, Mother - Lori Frankeny, Sister - Chelsea (19), Brother- Luke (14)
High School: Plymouth Christian Academy
Club Team: Michigan Rush coached by Mark Zathey
High School Soccer: Freshman and sophomore year named to MIAC All Conference teams ... Sophomore year named First Team All District and honorable mention All State ... Helped lead Plymouth to MIAC Conference Championships in freshman and sophomore seasons ... Did not play soccer Junior and Senior seasons of high school ... Also played basketball for Plymouth and was captain for two years, along with being named All-conference for 3 years.
Club Soccer: MRL (U14-U18), Michigan State Cup Quarterfinalist U13-U16, Michigan State Cup Semifinalist U17-U18, Disney Showcase Champions 2013.
Interesting Facts: Mom played college basketball at Ferris State University, Emily also coaches youth soccer.
Academics: Member of the National Honor Society (2012-2014), High honor roll (2010-2013) and Class VP (2010-2013).
Family: Father -Timothy Gerulis, Mother -Carol Gerulis, Brother- Ross (23)
High School: Jack Britt High School
Club Team: AC Sand Hills coached by Todd Abbey
High School Soccer: Freshman, sophomore, and junior years named to Mid South All Conference teams ... Junior year named All Region for NCSCA Region 4A also named Fayetteville Observer Player of the Week Junior year ... Helped lead Jack Britt to a 53-21-5 record her first three seasons along with three straight Mid South Conference runner-up finishes. Last spring lead a defense that only allowed four goals in conference play.
Club Soccer: U15 Kepner Cup State Champions, U17 Kepner Cup State Finalist.
Interesting Facts: Grandfather drafted by Philadelphia Phillies, father retired from US Army with three tours to war.
Academics: Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Academy of Scholars, Key Club member, 4.0 GPA and class rank in top 20.
Family: Father -Stephen Hill, Mother -Kymber Hill, Brother- Aaron (14)
High School: Brookwood High School coached by Jeff Becker
Club Team: UFA coached by Jose Vivanco
High School Soccer: Freshman year named Scholar Athlete ... Junior year named All Region Team ... Helped guide Brookwood to a 40-11-5 record with two regional championships and one runner up finish while also leading them to a state runner up finish her freshman year ... Shannon also set most assists record for a game with (6).
Club Soccer: Orange Classic Finalist 2011 & 2012.
Interesting Facts: One of her uncle's played football for the Indianapolis Colts and another uncle was the head men's tennis coach at the University of Dayton ... Shannon has been a Hospice Volunteer for the past 10 years and volunteers at school for special education students. Academics: Member of the National Honor Society and Scholar Athlete Award.
Family: Father -Joe Maloney, Mother -Maria Maloney
High School: Old Mill High School coached by Lauren Carrier
Club Team: Freestate Strikers ECNL coached by Peter Krech
High School Soccer: Freshman year out with ACL injury ... Sophomore, junior and senior year named All County ... Team Captain junior and senior year ... Named team MVP junior year ... Runs track at Old Mill.
Club Soccer: MD ODP 2009-2012, MD Regional Pool 2009, MD State Cup Champions 2013, MD State Cup Semifinalist in 2012, Bethesda Tournament Champions in 2012, Baltimore Mania Finalist in 2013, Denison Futsal Academy -National Champions in 2008, World Finalist 2008 (Brazil), National Finalist 2009, Regional Champion 2010, MD State Cup Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, (voted to all-star team each year) ... 2010 MD ODP Team went to Denmark and Sweden to play.
Interesting Facts: Cousin Nikki swims at the United States Naval Academy
Academics: Member of the National Honor Society of High Scholars
Family: Father -George Mellis, Mother -Patty Mellis, Brother- Dimitri (20), Sister- Athena (21)
High School: Sanderson High School coached by Todd Worley
Club Team: CASL ECNL & CASL Elite by Paul Forster & Tracie Foels
High School Soccer: Freshman, sophomore and junior year named to CAP 8 Academic All Conference teams ... Sophomore year named "The Brittany Sportsmanship Award ... Junior year named captain and also CAP 8 All Conference selection.
Club Soccer: Hamilton's Sportsmanship Award 2012, ECNL National Tournament Qualifier 2013, Elite Captain 2013
Interesting Facts: Sister Karri played soccer at NC State 2010-2014
Academics: Student Choice Award 2012, A/B Honor Roll 2010-Present, "Spartans of Excellence" Award 2012.
Family: Father -Eddie Owens, Mother -Tracy Owens, Brothers-Bryan (27), Jeff (25), Sister- Karri (21)
High School: Wilkes Central High School
Club Team: NC Fusion ECNL coached by Chris Robinson
High School Soccer: Freshman, sophomore, and junior years named All Conference and All Region ... Junior year was also named to the All State Team. Wilkesboro Central also won the conference championship her sophomore year ... Did not play soccer her senior year to enroll early at Western Carolina.
Club Soccer: NC State Cup Champions in 2010, was leading goal scorer for Fusion team in 2013.
Family: Father -Jeffery Pardue, Mother -Cindy Pardue, Brother- Louie (19)
High School: Oakland High School
Club Team: Tennessee Soccer Club coached by Shannon O'Brien
High School Soccer: Freshman Year named District 7-AAA Freshman Player of the year ... Junior year named second team all district ... Junior year named first team all district ... Senior year named first team All District, All Area, All State, Captain and Team MVP ... Helped lead Oakland HS to a 54-23-6 record over her career and also two regional championships ... Also ran track at Oakland.
Club Soccer: TN ODP 2 years, 2013 Mid West Region League Runner Up, Two Time Germantown Invitational Tournament Champions, Two time state tournament qualifier in past three years.
Interesting Facts: Great grandfather was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and grandfather was a decorated WWII bomber pilot ... Briana can play the saxophone.
Academics: Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, 4 years on the Honor Roll.
Family: Father -Brian Sears, Mother -Elaine Sears, Brother- Aaron (14)
"With the addition of these 10 talented players, I believe we have added speed, depth, and a tremendously competitive group to our roster for next fall", Miller said. "I would also like to thank Todd Herman, for all the hard work that went into the identification and evaluation of this class."
"As a program we continue to push and have good experience under our belts, the next step for us is competing for a Southern Conference Championship next fall," Miller added. "We are excited about our team and can't wait for August to get here."