NORMAN – This fall, the Oklahoma soccer team is joined by 11 freshmen in Abigail Bancroft, Cameron Tharp, Chloe Bohanon, Hailey Davidson, Megan McClay, Jackie Stacy, Jasmine Richards, Lauren Tovy, Megan Reilly, Olivia Smith and Paige Thompson will join the Sooners in 2018. Ten of the 11 players hail from the state of Texas with one coming across the pond from England.
“Each comes from a competitive club, coached by the best and having played in some of the best atmospheres,” OU head coach Matt Potter said when the class signed in February. “We continue to find ‘our’ type of players and kudos to the staff for identifying and bringing this current group to complement the returning players on the roster. It will create competition for playing time, which always serves as a motivator. Our challenge as a staff will be to blend the two groups without taking from the individual talents as we look to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last fall. I believe this incoming class will be lively, skilled and their energy will be fun for all Sooner soccer fans to watch.”
SoonerSports.com will provide fans a quick introduction to these new Sooners, wrapping up today with the forwards. They will join the Sooners at their regular season opener on Thursday, Aug. 16, against Nebraska at 7 p.m. CT at the OU Soccer Complex.
The Woodlands, Texas | The Woodlands High School | Texas Rush/Houston Dash | Forward
Why I chose Oklahoma: I chose to go to Oklahoma because I enjoyed the environment and felt like it was the best fit for me academically and athletically. I loved the feeling I got when I stepped on campus for the first time and knew that Norman was the place that I wanted to be.
My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: The people
Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I am the youngest of 5
My biggest strengths as a soccer player: Knowledge about the game
Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Individual battles
Hobbies and interests: Watching TV
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite song: Symphony No. 7 in D major, K. 45: II. Andante
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite movie: The Blind Side
Favorite ice cream: Birthday cake
Favorite professional team: Manchester United
Least favorite food: Salad
Hidden talent: Eating
Dream vacation: New Zealand
Pre-game superstition/ritual: None
Celebrity crush: Zac Efron
Favorite Professional athlete: Lionel Messi
Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football, hockey, lacrosse
Job I’d like outside of soccer: CEO
McKinney, Texas | McKinney High School | FC Dallas DA | Forward
Why I chose Oklahoma: I loved it instantly. It has so much to offer academically and athletically and it feels like home here.
My favorite part of OU/Norman so far: My favorite part is all the great people I am meeting.
Something I’d like for Sooner fans to know about me: I love to travel.
My biggest strengths as a soccer player: My biggest strengths are my aggressiveness, speed, strength, and mind for the goal.
Some areas I’d like to improve in as a soccer player: Areas I am working on improving in are footwork and learning to adapt to how this team plays.
Major: Business undecided
Hobbies and interests: Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching Netflix, and being by the pool; Interests: Fashion and music.
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite song: I have a lot by Drake, Young Thug, and Ed Sheeran.
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill, The Fosters, Shameless, or 90210.
Favorite movie: Endless love.
Favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream
Favorite professional team: Chelsea
Least favorite food: Tuna
Hidden talent: I’m artistic
Dream vacation: Dubai
Pre-game superstition/ritual: Two jumps before the whistle of every game.
Celebrity crush: Devin Booker
Favorite Professional athlete: Alex Morgan
Favorite sports to watch other than soccer: Football and basketball.
Job I’d like outside of soccer: Fashion designer and store owner.
What are you most looking forward to in your four years at OU: Making memories I will remember forever.