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6 CUFC Seniors Commit to Play College Soccer

Date Posted: 2/15/2013

Charlotte United is pleased to officially announce six girls soccer players have committed to join the ranks of collegiate programs across the east coast. In addition to excelling on and off the field in high school and club, these young ladies are taking the next step and representing CUFC as they compete at the college level in the Fall 2013.

Bailey Masters, a defender from Rock Hill, SC, accepts a position with the Wofford College Terriers this Fall under Coach Amy Kiah. Bailey attends Grace Academy in Matthews and has played for Charlotte United since 2007. Bailey chose Wofford for their academics and athletics and plans to major in BioChemistry. Her favorite memory with CUFC was traveling to England with the team and training with the English women’s soccer teams during the Summer 2011. “Bailey deserves to have the opportunity to play at the next level,” Coach Ian Dennis said. “She consistently demonstrates an intensity and commitment any coach would welcome. She’s a great defender whose spirit and enthusiasm often propel her forward to get involved with the attack, and she gives all she has in every game.” Bailey is the daughter of Mark and Amanda Masters and has a 14 year-old brother, Dirk.

Wingate University Women’s Soccer program will welcome Brittney Smith to their team this Fall. Brittney is a midfielder who attends Sun Valley High School. Brittney spent her u-16 and u-17 years with MUFC and joined Charlotte United for her final club season under Gary Hoillet. “I have admired Brittney as a player for a couple of years,” says Coach Hoillet. “Her growth as a player has been a joy to watch. She has the ability to play anywhere in the midfield, however she is most dangerous running at defenders from out wide with the ball at her feet.” When asked her favorite memory in her time with the club, Brittney said, “I really enjoyed meeting the new players, playing for coach Hoilett, and as always, the challenge of the game.” She will be playing for the Bulldogs on an athletic scholarship for the Fall 2013. Brittney is the daughter of Sandy and Duran Smith and sister to Courtney and Nicole.

Butler High School goalkeeper, Jessica Bunce, will join the Bobcats of Lees McRae under Coach Nick Whiting in August. Jessica played for the u-18 Gold team under Coach Gary Hoilett during the Fall 2012 where she recorded a 14 game shutout season. “Jessica was such a huge addition to our team this year,” said Coach Gary Hoillet. “A fantastic shot stopper with great reflexes. She was a big part of why the team went unbeaten during the regular season, only losing one game all year, while conceding just four goals.” Lees McRae was attractive to Jessica since her first visit. The options to ski, hike, and camp made a huge impact on her decision as she loves the mountains. The team and coaching staff made her feel extremely welcome and made for a perfect fit. Jessica is the daughter of Linda Whitcher and sister to Jordan Bunce.

Kathryn Riley, a senior at Myers Park High School, will represent CUFC in a Washington & Lee jersey this Fall playing under Coach Neil Cunningham. Kathryn chose W&L to “obtain an education from one of the most elite schools in the country, and of course to continue to play the game I love!” Coach Jimmy Koutsikalis coached Kathryn for her last three years, and she was a player for CUFC for a decade of her youth career. Kathryn is the daughter of Bob & Suzy Riley and Andy & Ginger Aldridge and plans to major in Pre-Medicine. Her favorite memory comes from her last Sunday early morning game in a CUFC uniform. “We had more fun that game than I think any of us had experienced in a long time. Jimmy put our forwards as our back four and moved our back four up top for most of the second half and we still walked all over that team. Winning my last game ever where I would be wearing a CUFC jersey with my best friends and the best coach is something I will never forget.” She looks to play her favorite position, Center Back, when she takes the field with the Generals in the Fall 2013.

Nora Logan will be competing in the South Atlantic Conference under Coach Richard Moodie for the Eagles of Carson Newman. Nora, a four year player for Charlotte United, also plays forward for Metrolina Christian Academy. She chose this Division II Tennessee college because of its combination of atmosphere, Biblical values, academic excellence, and the opportunity to play soccer. “Nora has the ability to play with her back to goal. A true target player who does a good job of holding up the ball allowing her teammates to join the attack. She has over the past season become a better finisher as evident in her leading the team in scoring her final season,” remarked Coach Hoillet of Nora’s experience with CUFC. Nora hopes to major in Biomedical Engineering while competing in orange and blue. Her favorite memory with Charlotte Untied was being undefeated in the regular season in 2012. Nora is the daughter of Ann and Todd Logan and her younger sister, Caitlyn, plays for CUFC U14 Green.

Phenix Durham, a senior at Cuthberson High School, celebrated Wednesday evening her commitment to take the field for Lees McRae this Fall under Coach Whiting. Phenix comes to CUFC this past season after playing her u16 and u17 years with MUFC. Coach Gary Hoilett says this about Phenix, “Playing as a center back Phenix is athletic and a good ball winner. She is comfortable on the ball and has the ability to bring the ball out of back when it's won. I have wanted to coach her for a couple of years and was delighted when she committed to playing for me this past season.” Her favorite memory of this year was “having a team that worked hard every game to come out on top. I loved how we all worked together so well!” Phenix also says “I have been playing for CUFC for only one year but have had a great experience! The girls were all welcoming and Gary was a great coach!” Lees McRae College was her final choice because of the coach, the team, and her love of the mountains. During her time playing at Lees McRae, Phenix plans to major in Communications Arts while obtaining a coaching certificate in hopes to one day coach in college. Phenix is the daughter of Kim and Bob Black.

CUFC honored these young ladies, their coaches, and families on Wednesday evening at a celebration one week following National Signing Day. Please join us in congratulating these amazing players and wishing each young lady the best of luck as she represents our club this Fall!