East Central University head soccer coach Riley Bailey has announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2013 season. The group is comprised of six freshmen and two juniors: three forwards, three defenders and two goaltenders.
2013 soccer additions
Lexie DeVore Fr. F Frisco, Texas
Elizabeth Dodd Fr. D Mcloud, Okla.
Adrian Fairchild Jr. F Cheney, Kan.
Milan Galloway Jr. F Rialto, Calif.
Kylee Harper Fr. D Bartonville, Texas
Brooke Hazard Fr. D Burbank, Calif.
Lexi Hurley Fr. G Mesquite, Texas
Breeana Jewell Fr. G Harrah, Okla.
DeVore has spent the last two seasons on the Wakeland High School varsity team, which claimed the 2010 Texas 4A State Championship and went 46-3-5 in her two years on the team. In 2011, she was named to the all-district first team and was an honorable mention in 2010. Before moving up to the varsity team, DeVore spent one season as a member of the undefeated (13-0-1) junior varsity team for the Wolverines.
“Lexie is one of those tenacious players that don’t have an off switch,” said Bailey. “She can play several places, and I think she’ll add a much-needed scoring threat for us up top.”
Dodd was a defender at Dale High School in Mcloud. She was also a member of the South Lake Cosmos Club Team that is ranked No. 5 in Oklahoma and No. 117 in the nation.
“Izzy is coming off an injury, so we’ll see how things develop for her,” Bailey said. “But she’s a quality young lady, has a great attitude and has all the tools to be very successful.”
Fairchild is a transfer from Independence Community College in Kansas where she has played for the past two seasons. She was named the team MVP and was the team’s leading scorer in her sophomore season.
“Adrian will have the ability to fill several positions for us,” added Bailey. “She can be utilized up top or in the middle. I like her attitude and effort and think she’ll help solidify us as a team.”
Galloway is transferring from San Bernardino Valley College, where she was named to the All-Foothill Conference First Team in 2012 and tied for the leading goal scorer in the conference with 13 goals, including five multi-goal games. Galloway was also named to the 2011 honorable mention All-Foothill Conference.
“Milan has a great combination of pure speed, technical ability and is a quality goal scorer,” Bailey commented. “She’ll definitely help us be more dangerous up top and create chaos for more goals.”
Harper has spent the last four seasons playing varsity soccer at Argyle High School, where she has been at the top of the team standing for points. She was a 2011 All-District 10 Honorable Mention after leading the team in assists and was named the team captain in 2012.
“Kylee is a solid defender who can play both outside back position and can also make those long runs forward in the attack,” Bailey added. “I look for her to step up and challenge right away and definitely bolster our defensive unit.”
Hazard has been a key member of the John Burroughs High School varsity team for the past four seasons. She has helped the team for top-four finishes in the conference. In 2010 and 2012, Hazard claimed all-league first team honors and was the 2012 team’s best defensive player.
“Brooke is a quality defender who will definitely help our defensive unit,” commented Bailey. “She’s strong and tough, and she loves getting stuck in and challenging the opposing forwards. She can play several places, but I look for her to find a home at center back.”
Hurley has been a goalkeeper for the John Horn High School varsity team for the past two years.
“Lexi has great game awareness and the ability to lead from the back,” Bailey said. “I think she’ll definitely develop and has a bright future ahead with us.”
Jewell has backstopped her varsity team at Harrah High School for the past three seasons, helping them into the playoffs all three years. In 2012, she helped the team into the Oklahoma State semifinals and was named to the all-city team for her efforts.
“Bree has all the technical tools to be successful as this level,” commented Bailey. “She’s excelled as a keeper with club and high school so I think she’ll definitely come in and help raise the level of our goalkeepers.”
“I’m extremely pleased with this group,” said Bailey. “I think we definitely got stronger in the areas where we needed and gained some valuable depth throughout. This group is not just filled with good soccer players, but they are quality young ladies who have excelled in the classroom and community and should be a great benefit to East Central. I’m excited to add them to the mix and look forward to seeing them develop over the next few years.”