Appalachian State women's soccer head coach Sarah Strickland and the coaching staff is excited to announce the signing of six future Mountaineers to the 2018 signing class.
App State signs Jessica Peters, Kirsten Seeley, Amanda Sales, Molly Niewald, Lauren Murphy, and Lindsey Poff. Strickland and the coaching staff are bringing in three forwards, two midfielders and a defender, while five of the six commits are from North Carolina.
"We are very excited to welcome this group," head coach Sarah Strickland mentioned. "It is a very athletic group of young women that are attacking minded and very dangerous in the final third. This class will definitely complement our current squad and help us next fall."
Jessica Peters | 5'2 | Forward | Mooresville, N.C. | Mooresville High School
A talented forward that had a successful high school career under head coach Michael Ebel in Mooresville, Peters was named all-conference her freshman, sophomore and junior years in high school competition. She posted a staggering 94 goals in three seasons, serving as the leading scorer for each of those campaigns. Peters also excelled on the basketball court and was named the team's Most Valuable Player three consecutive seasons beginning her freshman year. Adding to her high school team accomplishments, the future forward played club soccer for head coach Nick Brown with the LNSC 00 Eclipse Elite. A part of this squad, Peters won multiple championships, including winning the National League and the NCYSA Premier League championship in 2017. Born on June 10, 2000, Peters is the daughter of Cyndi and Graham Peters. When she arrives at Appalachian, she intends to major in business and minor in criminal justice.
Kirsten Seeley | 5'5 | Forward| Manassas, Va. | Forest Park High School
A dynamic player that can be featured at multiple positions, Seeley played high school soccer under the tutelage of head coach Catherine Bruton. Playing three years of high school soccer, Seeley worked her way up the recognition latter, earning honors of All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, all-conference second team as a sophomore and all-conference first team as a junior. The future Mountaineer also garnered impressive recognition from her squad, earning the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player for her play during her junior season. Seeley played club soccer for the Virginia Development Academy 99/00 under head coach Mike Cullina. Born on Aug. 17, 2000, Seeley is the daughter of Paula and Ed Seeley. She has one older sibling, Eric. Her hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, and tubing. When she arrives on campus, she intends to decide on a major and minor in business.
Amanda Sales | 5'6 | Defender | Holly Springs, N.C. | Middle Creek High School
An impressive multi-sport athlete in high school, the 2018 signee will be a reliable addition to the Mountaineers' squad. Sales played four years of high school soccer under head coach Guy Coleman, while also showing off versatility on the basketball court for three seasons. The Holly Springs native excelled in club soccer under the coaching of Pete Sadin, where her squad, the NCFC Elite 99, finished as a 2016 State Cup finalist and a 2017 State Cup semi-finalist. Born on Sept. 3, 1999, Sales is the daughter of Christine and John Sales. She has one younger brother, Luke.
Molly Niewald | 5'3 | Midfielder | West End, N.C. | Pinecrest High School
A midfielder that can pass and score, Niewald played four years of high school soccer under the direction of head coach Corey Rice. Earning distinguished honors, the incoming Mountaineer picked up all-conference honors as a sophomore and all-conference and all-regional honors as a junior. Voted the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player and captain, the 2018 signee notched 20 goals and six assists in 18 career contests. Aside from her high school soccer contributions, Niewald also thrived in club soccer. Scoring 17 goals and recording five assists, the team captain was a significant asset for head coach Pete Sadin. Niewald will join her former club teammate, Amanda Sales, on the Mountaineers' roster next season. Born on Oct. 28, 1999, Niewald is the daughter of Tim and Sherry Niewald. She has one older sister, Mikayla. Her parents both had former athletic careers, where her father played football during his first year in college, and her mother played volleyball and tennis in community college. The incoming freshman's hobbies include soccer, fitness, wake-surfing, painting, yoga and Young Life.
Lauren Murphy | 5'6 | Midfielder | Pfafftown, N.C. | Reagan High School
A skilled player on both sides of the pitch, Murphy played her high school soccer for head coach David Ashcraft. Putting in four years of work for her high school squad, the incoming Mountaineer earned multiple honors as a junior, including an All-Conference distinction and being named the Defender of the Year. The 2018 signee also played club soccer under the coaching of Chad Heinicke for the NC Fusion ECNL. Lauren will also be joining her sister, Sarah, who will be a senior next season for the Mountaineers. Born on June 22, 2000, Lauren is the daughter of Christopher and Sandra Murphy. Her hobbies include rollerblading and running. She will major in international business when she arrives at Appalachian.
Lindsey Poff | 5'10 | Forward| Charlotte, N.C.| Charlotte Catholic
Playing under the tutelage of Gary Hollett at Charlotte Catholic, Poff was a four-year letterwinner in soccer while earning all-conference honors. The Mountaineer signee played the travel circuit for the Carolina Rapids ECNL squad under Nathan Williams. Poff scored 18 goals and and amassed 13 assists, giving the future Mountaineer 49 points 23 games during the 2017 season. Her impressive numbers led to an all-conference and all-region selection. She helped lead her team to an NCHSAA state semifinals appearance. With the Carolina Rapids, she notched 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points. Poff's team success included a nationals appearance last summer. Born on Dec. 31, 1999, Poff is the daughter of Jim and Tracy Poff. She has one older brother, Jordan. Her hobbies include soccer, hiking, and traveling. Lindsey comes from a rich soccer background where her father played at North Carolina, mother at Boston College and her brother at Wofford. She intends to major in nursing when she steps on campus.