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Struble Finalizes First Soccer Recruiting Class

Struble Finalizes First Soccer Recruiting Class

DECATUR, Ga.--Heading into his second season at the helm of the Agnes Scott soccer program, Eric Struble is pleased to welcome seven new Scotties to the fold for the 2018 campaign. Alyssa Bayus (Phoenix, Ariz.), Journey Bradham (Dunwoody, Ga.), Sabina Gentry (Roseland, Va.), Skye Svehlak (Huntsville, Ala.), Val'Dazia Todd (Warner Robins, Ga.), Bethany Velarde (Wassenaar, Netherlands) and Riley Washington (Augusta, Ga.) officially become part of the class of 2022 when fall teams report in two weeks. 

The Scotties saw improvement as the season wore on in 2017 after shifting into a completely new scheme under Coach Struble. A tough, winless September turned into a solid stretch of games in October where the Scotties went 4-3 to close out the regular season and earn a spot in the USA South Conference tournament. A short-handed Agnes Scott squad nearly pulled off a result in Montgomery against a higher-seeded Huntingdon side, but the Hawks were able to take the win in the second half with a late strike, 2-1. 

The seven-player class expects to continue building on the foundation that was laid throughout the 2017 season. 

"I'm incredibly excited about the incoming seven first-years for the soccer program," stated Struble through email. "They're all fantastic soccer players with great playing backgrounds and they all fit the style of play that we're building here at Agnes Scott. More importantly, they represent the energy and personality that makes Agnes Scott so special. I have no doubt that they're all going to have immediate positive impacts at the school, both on and off the field."

Agnes Scott makes its 2018 debut on September 1 at Struble's alma mater, Randolph College (Va.), at 11 a.m. 

Meet the Commits

Alyssa Bayus

Position: Goalkeeper

Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.

High School: Sunnyslope High School

Club Team: Excel Soccer Academy

Why Agnes Scott?

"I chose Agnes Scott College because I believed the school reflected exactly who I am. ASC offers an intimate setting, in which I can grow closer to fellow students, as well as mentors, coaches, and teachers. Extraordinary opportunities for me to succeed are provided through the school. I am also excited about being a part of a thriving soccer program."


Journey Bradham

Position: 

Hometown: Dunwoody, Ga.

High School: Chamblee Charter High School

Club Team: Chiefs Futbol Club

Why Agnes Scott?

"I chose Agnes Scott because I loved the beautiful campus, the opportunities both Decatur and Atlanta provide, the SUMMIT program, and the close community it provided as a small women's college. I also loved that it would allow me to play soccer throughout college."


Sabina Gentry

Position:

Hometown: Roseland, Va.

High School: Nelson County

Club Team: Nelson Express

Why Agnes Scott?

"I chose Agnes Scott because of its mission to empower women and help them become the best they can be. The people and welcoming atmosphere is another prominent reason as to why I picked this college. No place has felt more like home."


Skye Svehlak

Position:

Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.

High School: Mathis Academy

Club Team: Huntsville Futbol Club, Alabama State ODP

Why Agnes Scott?

"Immediately upon stepping onto campus, I felt like I was in a little bubble of female empowerment and global learning. If that wasn't great enough, the overnight stay with the soccer team solidified my excitement at attending Agnes. Overall, I can't wait to meet my professors, classmates, and teammates!"


Val'Dazia Todd

Position:

Hometown: Warner Robins, Ga.

High School: Houston County High School

Club Team: AFC Lightning

Why Agnes Scott?

"I chose Agnes Scott because it gives me the opportunity to study abroad as well as to be a part of a soccer program that is on the rise."


Bethany Velarde

Position:

Hometown: Wassenaar, Netherlands

High School: American School of the Hague

Club Team: American School of the Hague

Why Agnes Scott?

"I chose Agnes Scott because I love its mission statement and because it felt right for my interests! I'm excited to continue playing soccer at ASC and pursue my studies in a diverse and friendly community!"


Name: Riley Washington

Position:

Hometown: Augusta, Ga.

High School: Aquinas High School

Club Team: Augusta Arsenal

 

Pictured in alphabetical order by last name. First row (L to R): Alyssa Bayus, Journey Bradham, Sabina Gentry. Second row (L to R): Skye Svehlak, Val'Dazia Todd, Bethany Velarde, Riley Washington.