CARROLLTON, Ga. - Just two weeks after completing her second season at West Georgia, head soccer coach Stacey Balaam announced today the addition of nine signees to the 2019 Soccer recruiting class.

Of the nine new additions, Balaam brings in a pair of goal keepers, two defenders, three midfielders, and two forwards. And while all nine will be incoming freshman, they represent a diverse group geographically. Six are Georgia high school players, while the Wolves will add a Tennessean, one from Alabama and another from Ohio.

"We are excited to announce our signing class for the 2019 season. These young ladies will bring talent depth and good character to our program," said Balaam. "After seeing the intangible improvements on the field this year, I feel confident that this new signing class will make a big impact and support within the areas where we fell short last season," added the Wolves' head coach.

"I also want to thank Coach Chedgy for his collaborative effort within this recruitment process and his dedication towards the program's future." She went on to break down the class by position.

Goal Keepers

"We have increased the level of competition within our goal keeper position by bringing in Haley Brinkman and Abi Chaves, both of whom will challenge Jackie Donaldson who has started for us the last two years."

Defenders

"We are also excited to strengthen some defensive areas with Abby McGlamery, a center back and Adriana Juric as an outside back."

Midfielders

"We hope to improve on our goal scoring next year and have added many elements to our attack with some technical and forward-thinking midfielders; Erin Dickson, Kenzie Stoup, and Coley Branum.

Forwards

"We also added some instinctive goal scorers Ryelyn Wells and Cassidi Thomas who will bring quality in front of goal."

Coley Branum | MF

Milan, OH

Norwalk HS

Team Challenger FC

 

Overview

Prepped at Norwalk HS in Milan, Ohio for head coach Michelle Sandor … was named First Team All-District and Second Team All-Ohio as a senior this fall … was a two-time first team All-Conference as a sophomore and junior as well as making second team as a freshman … was first team All-District as a junior and second team All-District as a sophomore … was a State Finalist in 2018 … played club soccer for Team Challenger FC for Matt Kutner … daughter of Sheri and Don … has one sibling: Justin


Kenzie Stoup | MF

Montgomery, AL

Home School

Alabama FC ECNL

 

Overview

Played club soccer for Alabama FC ECNL for coach Nick Holt … daughter of Mark and Mary Stoup … has six siblings: Kaycee, Katie, Karlee, Kobey, Kelby, Konley


Cassidi Thomas | F

McDonough, GA

Eagles Landing Christian Academy

AFC Lightning

 

Overview

Prepped at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough … scored 33 goals as a junior to go with 18 assists … team went 15-2 last season, falling in the Quarterfinals of the GHSA Class A Playoffs … was named second team All-State and first team All-Region … played club soccer for AFC Lightning for coach Donald Kirkland … named Olympic Development Program 2001 All-Region Team … daughter of Michael Thomas


Adriana Juric | D

Snellville, GA

Brookwood HS

GSA ECNL

 

Overview

Prepped for head coach Chad Carithers at Brookwood High School … Team went 11-8-1 as a junior, reaching the second round of the GHSA AAAAAAA State Tournament … Team reached the Elite Eight in 2017 as a junior … Played for GSC ECNL for head coach Andy Trevers … Won a State Championship and reached the Regional Final 4 for club … daughter of Alma and Darko Juric … has two siblings: Sandro and Martina, who plays soccer for Kennesaw State


Abby McGlamery | D

Collierville, TN

Collierville HS

Lady Lobos Rush

 

Overview

Played for Collierville High School for head coach Gareth Munro … as a junior, helped her team to a runner-up finish in the State Tournament … scored two goals as a defender … was captain of her club team, Lady Lobos Rush where she played for head coach Clint Browne … daughter of Lee and Cheryl McGlamery … has three siblings: Taylor, Aaron, and Jacob


Abi Chaves | GK

Senoia, GA

East Coweta HS

AFC Lightning 00

 

Overview

Prepped at East Coweta HS where she was named a Scholar Athlete and was First Team All-Region … ended her junior campaign with 98 saves and 11 shutouts … led team to 13-7-1 record as a junior keeper, reaching the second round of the GHSA AAAAAAA State Tournament … played club soccer for AFC Lightning 00 … daughter of Shelia and Eric … has two siblings: Elliott and Elizabeth


Ryelyn Wells | F

Canton, GA

Sequoyah HS

UFA Milton

 

Overview
Prepped at Sequoyah High for head coach Lauren Holland … was teammates with fellow signee Erin Dickson … scored 35 goals and was a two-time MVP and a three-time offensive MVP … played club soccer for UFA Milton where she won a State Championship … daughter of Lori and Jeff Wells … has two siblings: Mac and Jensyn



Erin Dickson | MF

Woodstock, GA

Sequoyah HS

Nasa Tophat

 

Overview

Prepped at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Ga. for head coach Lauren Holland … assisted most of fellow signee Ryelyn Wells’ goals … led team to a 12-6-2 record as a sophomore and a 14-4 mark as a junior in 2018 … played club soccer for Nasa Tophat for head coach Phil Donaldson … daughter of Shawn and John Dickson


Haley Brinkman | GK

Suwanee, GA

North Gwinnett HS

United Futbol Academy DA

 

Overview

Prepped for North Gwinnett High for head coach Jeff Becker … saved three-of-four in State Playoffs … helped team to a 10-6-3 record as a junior in 2018 … Was an Athlete of the Week in Gwinnett County as a freshman … Played Club soccer for head coach Iggy Moleka for the inaugural Development Academy for United Futbol … daughter of Diane Brinkman …has two siblings: Cody and Amy

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