Ladies Soccer Signs 8 for Fall Action
Friday, April 1, 2005

Chase Wooten

SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten has announced the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent for the 2005 season.  The incoming freshman will help bolster a team that loses eight seniors from a team that has made back-to-back appearances in the Mid-Continent Conference postseason tournament.


Tracy Apgar, Sarah Balkey, Ashley Caldarola, Debra Cummings, Katherine Dougherty, Ashley Lowe, Lauren Stanley, and Michael Anne Wheeler are all Texas products, giving the Ladies a strong presence from the Lone Star State.


A Round Rock native, Apgar will have the opportunity to see action at multiple positions on the pitch.


“Tracy is a crafty player,” Wooten said, “and does well going at people 1v1.  She will get looks as both an outside mid and a forward in 2005.”


Balkey is a quality netminder who has been an All-District goalkeeper for the past three years at R.L. Turner HS in Farmers Branch and as an Olympic Development keeper for North Texas.


“We are very excited about having Sarah here next year,” said Wooten. “She is athletic, strong, and technically sound and will challenge for a spot as a freshman in our nets.”


Losing a pair of quality senior center midfielders to graduation, the Ladies expect Caldarola to fill in as a viable replacement.  The San Antonio native has been an All-District player for the past three years at Ronald Reagan HS and is a former member of the South Texas Olympic Development team.


“Ashley is a quality front runner with loads of creativity,” Wooten said.  “We have high hopes for her to come work in our midfield.”


Cummings is a midfielder with excellent vision and good timing.  The Flower Mound native should see time at outside mid.


“As soon as we saw Debra play we were impressed,” said Wooten. “She sees the field very well and does a nice job of making timely runs to get behind other teams defenses.  She should challenge right off as an outside mid with good speed and great ideas on the ball.”

Coming in from James E. Taylor HS in Katy, Dougherty will add depth to an already strong defensive line that helped post seven shutouts in 2004.


“Katie is a strong defender that is great on 1v1 situations,” Wooten said. “We are excited at the prospect of having her on our back line in 2005.”


Another former member of the South Texas Olympic Development team is Lowe out of Jack C. Hayes HS in Buda.  She was an All-District performer in 2004.


“We were impressed right away with Ashley when we saw her last Easter,” said Wooten. “She has a great work ethic and a nice ability to go forward as an outside midfielder.”


Stanley is another high caliber player joining the Ladies next year.  All-District at Poteet HS in Mesquite, she will be in the running for playing time at center mid.


“Lauren is a clever and sound center midfielder,” Wooten said.  “She moves off the ball extremely well and see the game at a very high level.  She should be a player in 2005 that we look at to score and assist.”


Out of Wylie HS in Abilene is another multi-position player in Wheeler.  She will fill a need as either an outside midfielder or a forward.


“Michael is a dynamic player with loads of speed,” said Wooten. “She has a knack of finding the back of the net and the ability to go at players 1v1.”


2005 Centenary Ladies Soccer Signings:

Tracy Apgar -M/F- Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)
Sarah Balkey -GK- Farmers Branch, Texas (R.L. Turner HS)
Ashley Caldarola -M- San Antonio, Texas (Ronald Reagan HS)
Debra Cummings -M- Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus HS)
Katherine Dougherty -D- Katy, Texas (James E. Taylor HS)
Ashley Lowe -M- Buda, Texas (Jack C. Hayes HS)
Lauren Stanley -M- Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)
Michael Anne Wheeler -M/F- Abilene, Texas (Wylie HS)