SEWANEE, Tenn. - Announced by Patrick Johnston and the Sewanee women's soccer coaching staff, the Tigers have announced nine newcomers to the 2019 roster.
"This incoming class will be a big step forward for us with lots of firepower. We will definitely be scoring some goals next year and having a lot of young players doing it. Out future is looking very good indeed," said Johnston, who enters his 11th season as head coach with the program and holds a 92-73-14 record.
Below are the list of players and a brief bio on each:
Mimi Davis (The Altamont School, Birmingham, Ala.)
Earning All-Metro and All-State honors with her high school program, she was also a part of the 00/01 ECNL Composite club team, where her team won state this past season.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee not only because of the beautiful campus, but the mixture of the academic, athletic and social aspects of the school were exactly what I was looking for in my college experience. I am so excited to attend next year!
Gabrielle Elve (Lovett High School, Atlanta, Ga.)
A member of a state championship team with her high school and club teams her freshman year, she was named to the All-State Team her junior year. She was also a Scholars List recipient.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee because of the pride that everyone has in their community and the deep relationships that are built there. It is clear to me that Sewanee fosters a hard-working, successful group of students, and I can not wait to become a student myself.
Emily Grasing (Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Atlanta, Ga.)
A four-year letterwinner at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, she was an All-State selection and played in the Region 3 Premier League all four years.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee because it felt like home. Originally from Atlanta, there are some people I grew up with that came here and the atmosphere was inviting. Out of all the people I talked to whether it be professors, coaches, students, alumni, I have not heard one negative thing about Sewanee. The Domain feels like a summer camp that you get to live at: there are always new things to do and new people to meet.
Abbie Kleckley (Spain Park High School, Birmingham, Ala.)
Starting in three of her four seasons of her high school team, her club team of Alabama FC won the state championship in 2018.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee because I wanted a school that was strong academically but also offered a sense of community.
Olivia Rhodes (Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas)
A four-year letterwinner and a three-year captain of her high school program, she earned All-District honors for four years and All-County for three of those four seasons.
Why she chose Sewanee: The reason I chose Sewanee is when I visited the campus I just got this feeling that Sewanee was the place that I was supposed to be. The campus is so beautiful, and I could really see myself spending my next four years there.
Bea Richardson (St. James School, Montgomery, Ala.)
Playing for the Capital City Streaks and the Birmingham United Soccer Association club teams, she was an All-Metro and All-State selection while playing for her high school team.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee because it was the best place to provide me with awesome academics and awesome soccer. Sewanee is where I feel at home.
Addie Roemerhauser (The Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans, La.)
Lettered four seasons with The Academy of Sacred Heart in New Orleans, she was a four-time All-State selection and was named to the All-Star Team her senior year.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose The University of the South because of the amazing location, the enrollment size, the academic reputation of the school, and the fun people I met when visiting.
Kathleen Shofner (Brentwood Academy, Nashville, Tenn.)
Playing with the Tennessee Soccer Club since seventh grade, she has played on the premier showcase team for the last two seasons.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee because the moment I stepped on campus it felt like home, like it was the place I was supposed to be.
Sam Stocker (Father Ryan High School, Nashville, Tenn.)
Lettering three years with her high school program, her team finished as a state finalist her senior year. With her club team, the Nashville United Soccer Academy, her team was a state champion her junior season.
Why she chose Sewanee: I chose Sewanee for the high level of both academics and athletics that the school provides. I wanted to continue to play at the next level and the more I came to campus to visit, the more it felt like home. I also love the family-feel that the team provides.
The Sewanee women's soccer team begins the 2019 season on Aug. 30 at Emory.