WKU adds depth to middle and attacking thirds

WKU Women’s Soccer Coach Jason Neidell.

John Reecer

Seven student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to attend WKU and play on the women’s soccer team, announced Head Coach Jason Neidell, on Thursday.  

The seven players will join Tennessee-Martin transfer Taylor Fry in bolstering a Lady Topper squad that fielded 18 underclassmen last season. 

All of the signees join the program after successful prep-careers, and five of them have participated in the Olympic Development Program in their respective states. 

Neidell and his staff focused on depth in the middle and attacking thirds of the field when recruiting, with six of the seven signees joining as projected midfielders or forwards. 

“I feel like our recruiting ceiling continues to rise, and I appreciate the commitment and hard work of our assistant coaches Will Beddingfield and Dustin Downey and our former associate head coach Chris Tinius in helping make this class a reality,” Neidell said.

The seven are traveling to the Hill from six different states, including Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and New York. The 25-player roster now features players from nine different states. 

“These young ladies will boost our overall athleticism and technical ability, while addressing some key areas particularly relevant for us competing in Conference USA,” Neidell said.  “This class will make an immediate impact on our program, both on the field and in the classroom.”

The recruiting class is highlighted by Bowling Green products Ellie Young and Keely Vincent, who join from rival high schools Greenwood and Bowling Green, respectively. 

Vincent joins after posting 59 clean sheets between the posts for Bowling Green, while Young netted 110 career goals for Greenwood. 

Tennessee-Martin transfer Taylor Fry will add depth and experience to the Lady Topper defense, coming off her freshman season, in which she played in all 19 games for the Skyhawks, clocking 1,734 minutes on the back line. 

“We are excited to add Taylor Fry to our soccer program,” Neidell said. “She brings some good college playing experience, having played nearly every minute this past fall as a freshman at UT-Martin … We expect her to give us much-needed depth on our back line.”