Ladies Soccer Signs Eight for 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008

SHREVEPORT – The 2008 season officially got under way on Thursday for the Centenary women’s soccer team, as head coach Chase Wooten announced the signing of eight student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent for the fall campaign.


Forward Ashley Dolezel will graduate from Academy High School in Temple, Texas, where she played basketball, volleyball and softball. She played her soccer for the Lone Star Red Soccer Club. Dolezel also runs track and cross country and was regional qualifier for both teams. Dolezel was named first team all-district in basketball, volleyball and softball.


“Ashley is a very athletic forward that should be able to help manufacture goals for us next season,” said Wooten. “She sees the field well, makes great runs and has terrific speed along with being an aggressive player that has a nose for the goal.”


Forward Jordan Smith, a Shreveport native, who has been all-district every year she played. Named captain of the Loyola College Prep girl’s soccer team for the last two seasons and played for the club team, Shreveport United. As a junior, Smith was also named all-city for her performance on the field.


“She is a crafty player that attacks well and does a great job going at players one-on-one. Smith brings a great work ethic and a scrappy style of play. We are looking at Jordan as a forward or outside mid next season,” Wooten stated.


Defender Eren Corapcioglu has shined in the classroom and on the field at Monarch High School in Boulder, Colo. She was named academic all-state and all-region as a sophomore and junior. Corapcioglu also helped her team advance to the Colorado State Quarterfinals as a junior. She also participated in the Colorado Olympic Development program, because of her play with her club squad, Bloomfield Blast Red.


“Corapcioglu will most likely come in as a back or as a midfielder in the fall,” said Wooten. “She is a great ball winner, coming away with a lot of balls in the air and also has a hard nose style of play.”


Defender Amanda Exford will be graduating from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where she also played for the Aces Soccer Club. Exford was a member of the all-freshman team along with being all-district her first three seasons was also District MVP as a junior.


“Exford is a talented player that can defend and attack both very well.  She is a good ball winner out of the air and settles the game down at our feet,” says Wooten. “She should make an impact right away with our 2008 team.”


A product of a soccer rich community, Kansas City, Laura Immenschuh will graduate from Shawnee Mission East High School and she also participated in club soccer as well, lining with the Kansas City Surge. Immenschuh is a defender and was named captain for her senior season this spring.


“She is a very smart player that reads the game at a high level already. Immenschuh is a strong tackler and is very clean technically on the ball. We have been very impressed with her for over a year and she should step in and help us out right away,” Wooten said. 


A Forward/midfielder, Chelsea Granger is a two-time Texas State champion for her club team, Cajon Rage Soccer Club and Lafayette High School team. Granger has been an all-district, all-acadiana and all-state award winner.


Chelsea is a crafty player that beats a lot of athletes one-on-one,” Wooten commented. “She has good pace and gets serves and shots off consistently. We are very excited about having Granger in our line-up and it should give us a different flavor up front.”


Deborah Hill, a goalkeeper, is from Duson, La., and has played well at Acadiana High School with the Cajon Rage Soccer Club. As a high school athlete she was an all-district winner as a sophomore and junior, along with taking home the all-acadiana award last season.


“Deborah has been committed to us for over a year and she gives us an option in goal as a quick shot blocker. With Hill things will be very competitive in goal next year, as she will compete with junior Kate Donnelly for minutes,” Wooten said.


Defender Brittany Millican comes to Centenary from White House High School in Tyler, Texas. Millican was named all-district as sophomore and junior and was a tournament MVP at the Alverado and Pine Tree Tournaments. She also has never lost a district match in four years. Millican has also gained experience playing for the East Texas Spirit.


“Millican is a steady defender that can attack from an outside back position,” said Wooten.  She has good speed and understands the game at a high level and we can expect good things from her a as a freshman.”


“Depth and talent is what we are gaining with the 2008 signing class. These eight young women should have an immediate impact. However, we will miss the seniors that graduate in May, but we believe that the class of 2012 is a key piece of the puzzle for our program finding success next season,” said Wooten.


All eight student-athletes will be eligible to play for the Ladies in the fall.