Monday, 13 May 2019 21:44

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Signs 11

Appalachian State University women's soccer is excited to welcome the 2019 signing class, as announced by head coach Sarah Strickland and the coaching staff.

The Mountaineer signing class consists of four defenders, three forwards, three midfielders and one goalkeeper, while three players are from two countries in Iceland and Sweden.

"We have been waiting a long time to welcome this class to App State," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Over the last two seasons, we have searched all over the world for young women that would be the right fit for our program to compete relentlessly both on and off the field. This class will definitely make an impact for App State women's soccer, and will complement the returning squad. I am very excited for August and can not wait to get on the field with this team."

Hulda Ágústsdóttir | 5'6 | Forward | Husavik, Iceland | Völsungur | 6-Man Wolfpack Family
Ágústsdóttir played with Völsungur throughout her youth career, totaling 26 goals. In just her first season with Völsungur, she made the first division squad. Ágústsdóttir was selected to the U16 and U17 national team camps for Iceland. In 2017, she contributed to her program being named team of the year in the second division en route to also being honored as younger player of the year. In addition, she is a board member of Völsungur.

Hayley Boyles | 5'7 | Defender/Forward | Wake Forest, N.C. | Heritage High School | Proud Family
A three-year letterwinner under Scott Sloan, Boyles came on the scene her sophomore and junior years. The future Mountaineer was named to the All-NAC teams both years, while she was named all-region. After scoring 24 goals and totaling six assists in just 19 contests, she earned honors from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association as a member of the all-state team. She was recognized as the NAC 6 Co-Conference Player of the Year and made the News and Observer All-Metro Team. For her career, she amassed 34 scores and posted 20 assists. Boyles played her club ball under NCFC ECNL under Bobby Johnston. Born on Oct. 9, 2000, Hayley is the daughter of Jody and Marcia Boyles. She has two younger siblings, Jack and Landry. Her father played baseball for App State in 1991, was a recipient of the Edmonson Scholarship and was named to the All-Southern Conference freshman team.

Philippa Maria Borjesson | 5'8 | Defender | Sweden | Gothenburg, Sweden | Cheetah Girls Family
Borjesson played under Stefan Skarland for Gothenburg and for Onsala BK in club ball. She made 40 appearances in the Swedish Division I League for Hans Palmqvist. Born on May 15, 1999, Borjesson is the daughter of Anders and Maria Borjesson. She has four younger siblings, Fabian, Nicole, Jaqueline, and Jouline.

Liney Brantley | 5'6 | Forward | Tallahassee, Fla. | Leon High School | Bad Girls Family
Under Tony Kidd, Brantley made the Big Bend All-Conference team three straight years, including back-to-back seasons on the all-first team her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned the Rookie of the Year award her freshman season and was tabbed the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year award her junior campaign. She totaled 38 goals and 36 assists for her career. Brantley played for ASG 99 Girls Elite under Alex Morris and Aaron Murphy. Born on Dec. 17, 2000, Liney is the daughter of Brett & Natalie Brantley. She has three siblings, Molly, Anna, and Izzy.

Olivia Cohen | 5'4 | Midfielder | Atlanta, Ga. | Lakeside High School | 6-Man Wolfpack Family
Was an all-around athlete at Lakeside, where she earned four letters in soccer, basketball and one varsity letter in track and field. Cohen was named to the all-region second team as a sophomore after scoring 14 goals and followed that year up with 24 goals her junior campaign en route to being named first-team all-region. She landed on the Dekalb County All-Star Team both years. In basketball, she was a Scholar-Athlete her junior year. The future member of the Wolfpack family, Cohen was named her team's Most Valuable Player overall and on offense, while she earned the Most Improved Player award in hoops. She played under Dom Martelli for the Atlanta Fire United U18 squad. The ECNL named her the Southeast Player to Watch in 2018. Born on March 14, 2001, Cohen is the daughter of Kevin Cohen and Maria Brigiotta. She has one younger sister, Emma. Her hobbies include playing basketball, snowboarding, traveling, hiking and camping.

Kyndall Edwards | 5'6 | Midfielder | Monroe, N.C. | Sun Valley High School | 6-Man Wolfpack
Edwards was a three-year letterwinner at Sun Valley. She earned all-conference and all-region for all three years. Was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Played her travel ball under Phillip Poole for the Charlotte Soccer Academy. She played in the ECNLleague (U14, U15, U17) and the Development Academy (U18, U19). Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Edwards is the daughter of Jon and Suzanne Edwards. She has one younger brother, Jackson. Her uncle, Christopher Williams, played baseball at Charlotte, starting his freshman season at second base. Her aunt, Christian Barnhardt, was a cheerleader at App State.

Kerry Eagleston | 5'8 | Goalkeeper | Winston-Salem, N.C. | West Forsyth High School | Strickland Family
Was a premier goalkeeper in high school for West Forsyth, where she recorded four varsity letters under Scott Bilton. She was named all-conference and all-region all four years while helping her team capture the 2017 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A State championship. Through her career, she registered a more than impressive 77-6-5 at West Forsyth and registered 184 saves with just 29 goals allowed. She helped her team with three conference titles as well. Played for North Carolina Fusion under Andrew Flemming, where she was labeled as an ECNL Player to Watch in 2017. Born on April 3, 2001, Eagleston is the daughter of Randy and Karen Eagleston. She has one older (Ian) and one younger brother, Kyle.

Drew Hallum | 5'7 | Defender | Bakersfield, Calif. | Bakersfield College | Centennial High School | Bad Girls Club
In two seasons at Bakersfield College under the direction of Scott Dameron, Hallum started and played in all 35 matches, scoring three goals with two assists for eight points. She helped the Renegades to a 19-12-7 record over two seasons, highlighted by an 11-5-4 mark last season. In 2017, Hallum was named to the Western State Conference All-First Team because of her solid season. She followed that season up with more accolades in 2018, as she was named to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) All-State Team in addition to earning an all-region and all-conference nod. Because of her work in the classroom, she was also named to the Scholar-Athlete team and the Dean's List. Born on June 10, 1998, Hallum is the daughter of Rob and Robyn Hallum. She has two older brothers, Cole and Brock. Her father played football at Baylor, while both of her brothers were successful collegiate baseball players. Cole was an All-American and All-Conference at Campbell with Brock playing baseball at Long Island.

Emma McGibany | 5'4 | Midfielder | Tallahassee, Fla. | Leon High School | Cheetah Girls Family
Earned four varsity letters in soccer and one in track and field. Played under Tony Kidd with fellow future teammate Liney Brantley. Tabbed All-Big Bend Conference honors four straight seasons. She is the career-leading scorer at Leon. McGibany notched 17 goals and 16 assists last season. Born on April 27, 2000, McGibany is the daughter CJ and Amy McGibany. She has one younger sister, Anna Joy.

Anaelle Moleka | 5'10 | Forward | Atlanta, Ga. | Lanier High School | Proud Family
Moleka had a solid high school career for Lanier under Bryan Allen. She earned three varsity letters and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for two seasons in addition to a first-team all-region honor. Also, she led the team in goals scored. While playing for the United Futbol Academy (UFA) under Lizzy Shaughnessy, Moleka won the Disney championship in 2012 and earned the state title in 2016. She is the leading goal scorer in the US Development Academy as well. Born on June 20, 2001, Moleka is the daughter of Dina and Iggy Moleka. She has one younger sister (Naomi) and a younger brother (Samuel Joseph). Her father had a successful soccer career at Florida International, where he was a First-Team All-American and helped FIU reach the national championship in 1996. He signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL and became the team's all-time leading scorer.

Sunna Thorbjornsdottir | 5'6 | Defender | Reykjavik, Iceland | Haukar | Bad Girls Club
Thorbjornsdottir has played at the first team level for Haukar since she was 15. The future Mountaineer was chosen to represent her club at Laugarvatn, which is a premier soccer showcase for players around the area. She helped her team capture the Icelandic title in 2016 when her squad was promoted to the Icelandic Premier League. Thorbjornsdottir was named to the U17 and U19 national team camps. On two occasions, she named Man of the Match in the IPL in the summer of 2018 en route to being named the IPL Player of the Year in 2018.

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