East Central soccer program adds six signees

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East Central University head coach Riley Bailey has announced the signing of six new student-athletes for the 2018 soccer season.

The Tigers will add three freshmen and three juniors to the team. The group consists of two forwards, two midfielders and two defenders.

“I really like this group,” Bailey stated. “They’ve all played at a high level with their schools and clubs and will definitely boost our efforts on the field. But more importantly, they are great students and solid young ladies who will continue our tradition of excellence in the classroom, throughout the community and on the soccer field.”

Below is a up-close look at each of the ECU soccer signees:

LoriAnne Baugh – A three-year starter at The Colony High School…recorded five goals and three assists as a senior ... also played for D’Feeters ‘99 Composite ECNL club team…also participated in cross-country during her high school career ... helped the team finish third at the UIL state cross-country meet in 2014 and to a Regional UIL championship in 2015 ... earned academic honorable mention honors.

“Lori is technically sound and a ‘workhorse’ type of player,” said Bailey. “She plays very simple and efficient when defending and loves to get forward and help in the attack. I think she’ll fit our style of play perfectly, and I look for her to have a great career here at ECU.”

Lauren Butler – Played four seasons for a homeschool team ... helped the team to back-to-back NCHC championships in 2014 and 2015 and a second-place finish in 2016 ... was the team’s leading goal scorer the last two seasons ... named the offensive player of the year twice ... is the sister of current Tiger soccer sophomore Alyssa Butler.

“I really like Lauren’s ability to create in the attack and finish her goal-scoring opportunities,” Bailey said. “She seems to always be in the right place at the right time and scores the goal. We’ve been needing some extra punch up top for the last few seasons, and I think Lauren has the capability to come in and provide an immediate impact with our attacking players.”

Jocelyn Caracheo – Played for three seasons on the Royse City varsity team ... helped the Bulldogs to a bi-district championship in 2016…named defensive midfielder of the district in 2016 ... earned first-team all-district honors in 2015 and second-team honors in 2014.

“Jocelyn is a gifted midfielder who can play both attacking and defensive mid,” said Bailey. “She’s crafty with the ball and can really generate great opportunities going forward for her teammates. Her poise and understanding of the game will definitely be a great contribution to our midfielders.”

Kariss Dunson - Spent two seasons at Northern Oklahoma College ... helped the team to two conference and regional championships and a district runner-up title in 2016 ... earned All-American Academic honors as a freshman ... tallied two goals and two assists for the Mavericks ... played at Union High School as a prep ... also participated in track and field and band in high school ... will earn an associate’s degree in biology/zoology from Northern Oklahoma College in May 2018.

“I’m excited to have Kariss joining us here at ECU,” Bailey said. “She’s a big, strong, powerful defender who I think can really have an impact with us right away. I like the way she cleans things up on the defensive side, and her leadership on the field really helps her teammates be successful.”

Andrea Kulessa – Spent two seasons at Rose State College with Stephanie Wainscott…helped the Raiders to a Region 2 Championship and to the NJCAA District finals in 2017…tallied three goals and three assists with Rose State ... spent her prep time at Del City High School ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... will earn an associate’s degree in enterprise development from Rose State in May 2018.

“Andrea is a great athlete and can really get after it on the field,” said Bailey. “She’s great in wide positions and has the ability to run all day, bolstering the offensive and defensive side of things. She will definitely add some athleticism and consistency to our outside players that we’ve needed.”

Stephanie Wainscott – Spent two seasons at Rose State College with Andrea Kulessa ... helped the Raiders to a Region 2 Championship and to the NJCAA District finals in 2017 ... tallied 10 goals and four assists as a sophomore ... spent four seasons on the Duncan High School varsity team and started every game for the Demons ... tallied 10 or more goals all four seasons, with a career total of 51 ... earned all-Vype honors as a sophomore, all-district as a junior and all-state honors as a senior ... will earn an associate’s degree in enterprise development from Rose State in May 2018.

“Stephanie has great pace and can really get behind opposing defenders to create and finish goal-scoring opportunities,” Bailey said. “She’s consistently led her team in goals, and I look for her to come in and really help us take our goal count to another level. I’m excited to have her as a part of our program.”

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Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.