Ashley Shannon, Carthage Lady Tigers, Signs With Pratt CC

Carthage Tiger logoFrom the Carthage Press, by Cody Dyer, comes the news that Shannon becomes first CHS female soccer player to sign

Ashley Shannon knows all about upstart soccer programs.

Shannon, an outside midfielder and backup goalie, helped jump-start Carthage High School’s girls soccer program last season. Now, Shannon will help build Pratt (Kan.) Community College’s soccer program, which kicks off its inaugural women’s soccer season in the fall.

Although school was canceled Friday because of a winter snowstorm, Shannon was able to sign her letter of intent with Pratt (located west of Wichita off Highway 400) at Southwest Missouri Bank.

Shannon becomes the first Carthage High School Lady Tiger soccer player to continue her academic and athletic career at the collegiate level. Also, she becomes the first player to sign with Pratt, although several others have “verbally” committed, according to first-year head coach Jerrid Schicke, who made the long trip to Carthage.

Schicke, who was an assistant at Independence Community College, said Pratt becomes the 13th team added to the Kansas Jayhawk Conference, which houses three to five nationally ranked teams annually.

“We’re going to have a very competitive schedule,” said Schicke, “and the market we have for our female athletes is exponential because we’re right outside the Wichita area.”

“We need Shannon to improve throughout her senior season,” said Chris Rogers, Carthage High School head soccer coach. “This is great for our program and an excellent opportunity for Ashley.”

I missed Shannon in the 3 games I covered last season, so no photo I’m afraid. I’ll be certain to rectify that problem early this season!
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