13 Feb 2018 UCA women’s soccer adds seven players
The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team recently added seven new players to the roster.
The group, which features players from Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, is composed of two keepers, two defenders, a midfielder and a pair of midfielders/forwards. They will look to help the Bears replace 16 goals and 16 assists over 94 starts and 7,654 minutes played last season, in addition to 770 minutes and 34 saves in goal.
“We are excited about this recruiting class,” said Bishop. “Each of these young ladies comes from competitive club and high school programs that have them well-prepared for the next level. The combination of soccer ability, athleticism, work rate and understanding of the game will give each of them the opportunity to compete with our returning players from day one. Even more importantly, this is a high-character group that will be accountable teammates and members of the community here.”
Bishop continued, saying, “We are also excited about the fact that we have been able to address the needs we have from a position standpoint.
We graduated a big group from last season, including players that have played a ton of minutes for us over their careers. So, we needed players all over the field that could come in and compete right away and I have no doubt that this class will do that for our program and help us continue to compete at the top of the Southland Conference year after year.”
Mia Graff of Conway will contribute to the Central Arkansas attack. An All-Conference selection in 2015 and 2017, she is a three-time State Champion with the Mighty Bluebirds soccer club. The treasurer of the National Honor Society, she will graduate from Conway High in the top 2 percent of her class and with distinguished honors.
Gracie Hair, from Tulsa, will join a defensive unit that has proven to be one of the Southland’s strongest over the past two seasons. A two-time All-District selection at Broken Arrow High School, she also earned Defender of the Year honors as a junior.
Morgan Hurd, from Tulsa, will add depth to the UCA midfield. She is a three-time state champion and two-time national champion at Union High School, where she serves as team captain. She is the leading scorer for TSC ECNL 00 and is a Super Y National Champion with TSCH OFC. Hurd is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Reagan McCombs, a native of Aurora, Colo., will join the UCA goal keeping corps. During her time at Grandview High School, she has won a pair of state championships, a team MVP award, All-State First Team honors, and All-Conference Second Team honors.
Morgan Rollow, from Broken Arrow, Okla., can play both forward or outside midfielder. A four-year letterman and starter on the varsity team at Broken Arrow High School, she won a Super Y League National Championship with her club team, TSCH OFC.
Jayme Selph, from Benton, will add more depth at the goal keeper position. A three-year captain at Benton High School, she has been named All-Conference and All-State Tournament twice and All-State once. She has helped lead the Panthers to the semifinals of the 6A State Championship Tournament and has earned Arkansas Player of the Week honors.
Taylor Webb, from Lindale, Texas, joins the UCA back line. A three-time All-District First Team selection at Lindale High School, she was the Eagle’s offensive MVP during her freshman season and earned All-East Texas First Team honors as a junior. With FA Dallas DA U19, she earned North Texas State Team honors in 2015 and gained WPSL participation in 2017.