Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles soccer program announced five additions for the 2017-18 school year. Elizabeth Shirley (FR/Harrison, Ark.), Sarah Kennedy (FR/Bryant, Ark.), Rhaegan Linn (FR/Conway, Ark.), Carlee Spears (SO/Harrison, Ark.), and Sofia Zarazua (FR/White Hall, Ark.) will join 14 returners for WBC.
"We put together a good recruiting class. We have some powerful freshmen coming into the program, as well as a transfer who brings in the quality we need to have a successful year," stated Head Coach Gabriel Sitibaldi.
Shirley comes to Williams from Harrison High School in Harrison, Ark. She was a defender on multiple state championship teams, as well as being named All-State in multiple seasons. "Liz is a fast and physical defender. She will lead us from the back with a good range of passing, allowing us to transition from defense to offense," said Sitibaldi.
Kennedy joins the Lady Eagles after a successful high school career at Bryant High School in Bryant, Ark. She won a state championship and her team compiled a 67-6-3 record from her freshman year through her junior year. She played defense for her team. "Sarah is a great addition to our program. She comes from a successful high school team and has a winning mentality," said Sitibaldi.
Linn joins the program after graduating from Conway Christian School in Conway, Ark. The forward will not only play soccer at WBC, but will run track and field in the spring. "Rhaegan will give us speed from the forward position. She has potential to be a great asset for our team," said Sitibaldi.
Spears comes to the Lady Eagles program via a transfer from NCAA Division I program University of Central Arkansas. The midfielder was named Arkansas Player of the Year as a high schooler, as well as MVP of the state championship game. She is a three time All-State player. "Carlee is a great player that will give us the experience and talent of playing at a high level. She has great offensive skills that will impact our program," stated Sitibaldi.
Zarazua comes to WIlliams via White Hall High School. The midfielder was named to the Arkansas Activities Association All-State team in 2016-17. "Sofia has a good pass and works really hard in midfield. She has a good work ethic and will help our transitions between defense and offense," added Sitibaldi.
WBC is scheduled to open play on September 1, when they host Ecclesia College at 1 p.m. You can follow along with the Lady Eagles season at www.wbceagles.com.