LUBBOCK, Texas (August 2, 2013) – Lubbock Christian University women's soccer coach Alex Denning has finalized his recruiting class to assemble the 2013 Lady Chaparrals roster, which begins their season later this month. Seven freshmen and a NCAA Div. I transfer make up the eight new additions to the LCU roster.
The lone transfer is Lubbock, Texas native Leslie Castellano. The 2008 Coronado High School graduate spent the 2008 season at Arizona State University. She appeared in one game, serving as the goalkeeper in a loss to then-No.5 Stanford University. Castellano left following the season and will red shirt this season.
Incoming freshmen players include Jamie Boone (Belton High School), Hannah Dean (Monterey High School), Kaitlyn Glass (Sandia Prep High School), Bailey Martin (Hobbs High School), Chach Olivarez (Monterrey High School), Arian Parr (Randall High School), and Morgan Taper (Bellaire High School).
Boone was the 2013 District 8-5A Co-MVP and also claimed First Team All-District accolades in 2012. The Belton, Texas native was a four-year letterwinner at Belton High School and was the captain her senior season playing forward. She plays the midfield in club level competition, which led her to Olympic Development Program competition.
Dean is a local product from Monterey High School. She is a defender who claimed All-District honors in 7-4A in 2013 (Second Team) and 2-5A in 2012 (Honorable Mention).
Glass, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., joins the Lady Chaps after finishing her senior year at Sandia Prep where she went 14-9 on the year as the goalkeeper. She played for 1,320 minutes with 168 saves while averaging about 8.4 saves per game. Glass was a four year varsity letterman and went to the New Mexico 3A State championship game all four years winning the state title in 2011 and 2012. She was an All-District selection in 2012 to wrap up her senior year.
Martin is another native of New Mexico, coming to LCU from Hobbs High School. She appeared in 20 games her senior season and notched one goal as a defender. Hobbs qualified for the state tournament her senior season, as she claimed All-District 4-5A Second Team honors. She claimed All-District honors three times, including a First Team honor as a midfielder in 2011.
Olivarez joins the Lady Chaps roster from Monterey High School in Lubbock. She was a midfielder/forward who was a four year letterman and a four year varsity starter for the Lady Plainsmen. She received Newcomer of the Year her freshman season along with receiving three straight First-Team All-District awards. In 2007-2008 Olivarez was a part of the region IV Olympic Development Team and from 2009-2011 she was a part of region III Olympic Development Team.
Parr is a midfielder from Amarillo, Texas and prepped at Randall High School. Along with claiming Second Team All-District 3-4A honors on the hardwood, Parr claimed First Team All-District 5-4A accolades on the pitch. She lettered four seasons in soccer and three in basketball. Parr, who also claimed Honorable Mention All-District honors as a junior, played club for Amarillo Lightning soccer club, and was a captain of the team participating in the Plano Premier League and Lake Highlands league.
Taper is a product of Bellaire High School and is a native of Houston, Texas. The defender was a First Team All-District 20-5A selection her senior season. She played nine years and served the assistant captain role for her club team, Houston Express Navy. Morgan also guest played for several teams in the Eastern District Division One Association.
The new additions join a young roster, which has nine sophomores, three juniors and two seniors returning. LCU is returning nine starters off a 12-5-2 season a year ago. Included is sophomore Brooke Wendl, who registered 47 points last season off 18 goals and 11 assists. Allison Brinson and Priscilla Brannon make up the seniors on the roster. The season gets underway Aug. 23 with an exhibition game against Colorado State University (regular season opener for CSU) and their first regular season match is scheduled for Sept. 5 against University of the Southwest (N.M.).