Drury women’s soccer coach Alf Bilbao has announced the completion of a five-member recruiting class for the 2011-12 season – including three Springfield prep standouts – for the Panthers.
Joining the DU program this fall are:
Emily Cline – Forward from Springfield’s Glendale High School who plans to play both soccer and basketball at Drury. Emily currently has a school-record 42 goals on the season after scoring six goals in one game in a state playoff win over Parkview. An All-State selection as a junior and headed for that honor again this season, Cline was recently inducted into the Glendale Athletics Hall of Fame and received the MSHSAA Citizenship/Sportsmanship Award. An all-region performer in 2009 and 2010, she was the district’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and is also a member of the Springfield Soccer Clu “Emily is a very powerful, athletic player who is dominant in the air,” Bilbao says. “She can create numerous problems for backs with her pace, toughness and determination. She is a valuable addition to the team.”
Sarah Duffy – A central midfielder from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK who led Bishop Kelley to a State Championship in 2008 and 2010, and is competing for a third title this spring. She’s an all-district performer and a member of the Tulsa Blitz club team. “Sarah is a very smart, energetic attacking player that will be able to play numerous positions for us,” Bilbao says. “She is an extremely competitive individual on the field.”
Shelby Hatz – Forward from Springfield Catholic High School in Springfield, MO. Hatz led the Fightin’ Irish to a Class 1 state title in 2010 and has her team back for another title run this spring. She’s a two-time Class 1 Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the Central/Southwest Region and a two-time Missouri all-state selection (2009, 2010).She plays for the Springfield Soccer Club as well as the Scott Gallagher-Moser group in St. Louis. “Shelby is an incredibly pacey front runner/wide player that will give us an added attacking dimension,” Bilbao says. “Her ability to find the back of the net will certainly help us in the future.”
Andrea Parker – Centerback from Springfield Catholic High School in Springfield, MO. Andrea is also a member of the 2010 state championship team and an all-region selection who earned honorable mention all-state honors her junior season. She, too, plays for the Springfield Soccer Club. “Andrea is able to play at the center of defense or as a defensive midfielder,” Bilbao says. “She is a very athletic and a tough back that will develop into a very good college soccer player.”
Caitlin Redmond – A back from Thomas Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa, OK, Redmond was her prep squad’s Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All Metro selection her junior year, in addition to a teammate of Duffy’s on the Tulsa Blitz. “Caitlin is a solid, consistent back who likes to get forward from the wingback position,” Bilbao says. “She also has an ability to score goals, as she has proven at the high school level.”
Drury finished 8-9-2 last season and is 57-33-11 in Bilbao’s five seasons with the Panthers.