ADA — The East Central University women’s soccer program and head coach Heather Beam recently signed five players to letters of intent for the 2006 fall season.

Among those signed were goalkeeper Kelly Davis, two defender/midfielders, Caitlin Reilly and Rebekah Jackson, and two true midfielders, Kayla Woolery and Ada's Joy Barrick.

The Lady Tigers, who suffered through a injury-plagued 2005 season with a 2-15 record, hope to make some strides with the new additions.

Davis, a 5-9 goalkeeper out of The Woodlands, Texas, should battle the Lady Tigers’ Christie Sarginson for the starting duties this fall. Davis is a two-sport standout in soccer and volleyball while garnering first team all-district honors in soccer. She is a member of the Challenge Soccer Club, one of the premier clubs in South Texas, and has competed nationally placing second in the Director’s Cup finals.

“We are extremely excited to have Kelly join our program,” said Beam. “She is one of the top goalkeepers coming out of the state of Texas this year. We look for her to step right in and contribute and challenge for the starting job.”

Reilly, a 5-7 defender/midfielder, comes from Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas where she served as a team captain. She also plays for the High Plains Drifters Soccer Club, based out of Amarillo.

“Caitlin is a great addition for our program. She is both technically and tactically sound,” Beam said. “She will step right in to our defensive unit and provide leadership and a strong presence.”

Jackson, a 5-3 defender/midfielder out of Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, has been an all-district selection. She is also a teammate of Reilly’s on the High Plains Drifters.

“Rebekah is a speedy, aggressive player who can play outside back and also a wing position. We are excited to have Rebekah here and know that she will do a good job for us,” said Beam. “She has the versatility to play several positions and we will definitely be able to utilize that to our advantage.”

Woolery has been a standout on the Putnam City West High School squad for the past four years as she has been honored with all-district and all-conference awards. She has also played basketball and volleyball at PC West.

“Kayla is a pure athlete. She has that hard-working, never-say-die attitude that is contagious,” Beam said. “We’re excited about what she will bring to our program and she should be an immediate help in our midfield.”

Barrick is a two-sport star out of Ada High School, where she also starts in basketball. She is the first Ada High player in Beam’s nine seasons as the Lady Tiger head coach.

“I love Joy’s intensity, her strength and willingness to go through a brick wall to get the ball,” said Beam. “You can’t teach that tenacity and love for the game. She’s definitely going to come in and contribute to our program.”

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