University of Kentucky women's soccer coach Jon Lipsitz announced the signing Thursday of a 15-player recruiting class that is rated by one service among the top five in the nation.
The Wildcats' class of 2012 includes a pair of players from the Lexington area: forward Kennedy Collier from Danville-based Central Kentucky Soccer Club and Boyle County High School, and forward Maddie Lockridge from Lexington Futbol Club and West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville.
The class is ranked in the top five nationally by soccer Web site Allwhitekit.com.
"It's been a long time coming waiting for this class to come on campus," Lipsitz said. "It's a class that obviously on paper looks like they will have a huge impact on the future of this program. We also know that is only on paper, and what really matters is what happens when they all get here. I am very confident in the impact they will have on and off the field.
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"They are not only tremendous soccer players with a huge amount of success as youth players, but also they are tremendous students and people," Lipsitz said. "We are extremely selective in recruiting, and being a great soccer player is only the beginning."
Collier helped lead Boyle County to state quarterfinal appearances in three of her four years. She made academic all-state all four years of high school.
Lockridge, an all-state player in 2010 and 2011, led West Jessamine to a state semifinal appearance this past season. She made academic all-state from 2009-11.
Kentucky finished the 2011 season 13-7-1 after falling to Washington State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2012 signing class
Pos. Club team Hometown
Kennedy Collier F Central Kentucky Soccer Club Danville, Ky.
Jackie Dallaire M McLean MPS Strikers Sterling, Va.
Danielle Fitzgerald F Herndon Firecats Fairfax, Va.
Allie Gorgol M CUSC '94 Elite Fishers, Ind.
Cailin Harris M Brentwood Soccer Club Hendersonville, Tenn.
Haleigh Hoff D WV Chaos Winfield, W. Va.
Kelli Hubly F Sockers F.C. Chicago Elk Grove, Ill.
Olivia Jester D Ohio Elite Cincinnati, Ohio
Courtney Kobashigawa D Ohio Elite Dublin, Ohio
Cara Ledman F Brentwood Soccer Club Franklin, Tenn.
Maddie Lockridge F Lexington FC Nicholasville, Ky.
Kylie Morgan GK Sockers F.C. Chicago Aurora, Ill.
Elaina Musleh M NSA Fury '94 Carmel, Ind.
Courtney Raetzman M Sockers F.C. Chicago Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Cailey Warfel D Challenge '94 Kingwood, Texas