VIENNA, WV – Ohio Valley University head women’s soccer coach, Jack Flynn, has been hard at work recruiting for his second season with the Lady Scots. With 10 returning players to the team, Flynn has signed eight more girls to the fall 2012 season. New recruits hail from four states and two countries.
“I am extremely excited about the upcoming season,” said Flynn. “We were fortunate to be able to recruit a number of very strong players to supplement the team this coming year. This year’s team will have tremendous heart, strong work ethic and overwhelming ability. The outlook for the coming season is very promising and I look forward to seeing how we grow as a team.”
Brittany Anderson, the daughter of Evon and Donny Anderson, joins the Lady Scots from Port St. Lucie, Fla. During her high school career, she made first team all-area and MVP. Anderson is a junior transfer from Broward College. She will play defender and major in pre-med/biology at OVU.
Jody Bethune will transfer to OVU after playing a year at South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. where she was the player of the year in 2009. Bethune, daughter of Carlton and Janet Bethune, is from St. Catherine, Jamaica, and attended Dinthill High School. Bethune is an all-around player who will add to the Lady Scots team overall. “This was a very wise decision for me” says Bethune. “I felt utterly most proud to represent Ohio Valley University. I am proud to say that I will be a positive contributor to the development of this program.”
Victoria Bruce, daughter of Jason and Tina Bruce, joins the Lady Scots from Franklin County, Va. Bruce, a junior, will major in sports management at OVU. She finished her high school soccer career as the all-time player in 2010 and first-team all-district. She earned the record for most goals scored in one game, as well as most goals in one season. Bruce will bring offensive action to the field, playing forward. On her decision to come to OVU Bruce explains, “OVU is a place for human development, a place where challenges are met, fought, and conquered.”
Brianna Hart joins the Lady Scots as a freshman. She is the daughter of Cynthia and Jeff Hart and is a native of Anaheim Hills, California. Brianna was a scholar athlete at Canyon High School and played center midfield for her team there. She will help bring depth to the midfield at OVU. “I look forward to challenging myself academically, physically, and spiritually” says Hart. Hart plans to major in Biology at OVU.
Vivian Lobato, a native of Coconut Creek, Fla., is a national letter of intent signee. She recently graduated from Coconut Creek High School. Her soccer honors include serving as team captain and South Plantation High School girls’ offensive player of the year. She plans to major in sports management and play forward for the Lady Scots.
Brianna Rice signed her national letter of intent to play soccer for the Lady Scots earlier this summer. Rice is the granddaughter of Curt and Becky Rice from Glendora, Calif. Rice received honorable-mention all-league at Glendora High School. She also earned first place in three age divisions of Keeper Wars, a national women’s soccer competition. She plans to major in psychology while studying at OVU and will serve as goalkeeper for OVU this fall. Rice says, “After my college visit, OVU was an easy decision. The coach and team as well as other students made me feel right at home. The environment will definitely help me spiritually as well as academically. I am very excited to be a Lady Scot and look forward to the next four years!”
Ashante Odogun, the daughter of Serina Ovigwe-Daniels, comes to Ohio Valley University as a freshman from South East London, England. Odogun will help the Fighting Scots on defense this year bringing lots of speed and experience to the back. “It’s a great opportunity to come play in the USA” says Odogun. “I want a great future and I believe playing here, playing at this university will provide it for me. To be honest I cannot wait to start. It would be amazing, not only for myself but for my on-going future as well.”
Heather Taylor joins the Lady Scots team from Lakeland, Fla. Taylor is a recent graduate of Summerlin Military Academy. She will bring discipline and skill to the women’s team this fall, planting herself as a hard worker with a positive attitude. She will major in accounting. Position on the team will be midfield. When Taylor was asked about coming to OVU she said, “Everyone was so nice. I really liked the small campus and the Christian environment. It’s a chance to experience something besides the Florida heat.” Taylor is the daughter of Deanne Taylor.
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