Ladies Ink Seven to Bolster 2006 Soccer Squad
Friday, February 3, 2006

SHREVEPORT – Centenary women’s soccer head coach Chase Wooten has announced the signing of seven incoming freshman to National Letters of Intent.


Joining the Ladies for the 2006 season will be Kortney Causey (Wylie, Texas), Lauren Cheaney (Shreveport, La.), Kate Donnelly (Seabrook, Texas), Brittany O’Neal (Nacogdoches, Texas), Stefani Robbs (Farmers Branch, Texas), Mattie Weatherspoon (Longview, Texas), and Kristine Weaver (Prosper, Texas).


Causey, an All-Region performer at Wylie HS, spent the summer of 2005 overseas in Beijing, China.  She played in five games, including two against the U-19 National Team, notching a goal and a pair of assists.  Causey has amasses 26 goals in her prep career, splitting time as a forward and in the backfield.


“Kortney is a very quick frontrunner,” Wooten said, “extremely crafty on the ball.  She should be one of our best one v one players going to goal this fall.”


Homegrown talent Cheaney makes the short move down Kings Highway from Loyola College Prep where she earned first team All-District honors from 2003-05.


“We’ve been able to watch Lauren grow into a fantastic player and leader,” said Wooten. “We are more that thrilled to have her with us for next fall.  She is a versatile player and we see her contributing right away in the back.”


At 5-10, with great size for a Division-I goalkeeper, Donnelly provides a depth between the pipes that the Ladies will need for the next four years.  She is back-to-back All-League and All-District performer out of Clear Lake HS.


“Kate is a quick and athletic keeper,” said Wooten.  “She should come in and challenge for a starting position right away.”


O’Neal prepped at Nacogdoches HS and with East Texas Spirit Club Team.  She has a blue-collar work ethic with loads of speed and has a good knack for finding the back of the net.  O’Neal should see plenty of time up top or as an outside mid


“Brittany is an impact player that makes a difference in the game anytime she’s around the ball,” Wooten said. “She gives us speed and creativity going forward with the ball.”


Robbs captained the R.L. Turner team as a senior, starting all four years and earning first team All-District honors.


“An aggressive forward, Stefani likes to mix it up on 50/50 balls,” said Wooten.  “She’s someone we can play back to goal or in space behind.  Stefani was our first verbal commitment a year ago, and we’re expecting big things from her as a freshman.”


Weatherspoon is the all-time assist record holder at Longview HS, earning second team All-District and honorable mention All-East Texas accolades.


“Mattie brings a good central-mid presence,” Wooten said.  “and does a fantastic job of distributing the ball.  She has great size and sees the field extremely well.”


A multi-sport star at Prosper HS, Weaver was the team MVP in 2004-05 for soccer and District MVP in Volleyball as a setter.


“We’ve been watching Kristine for over a year now,” said Wooten. “She exudes a leadership quality that we look for in all of our players and brings intensity into every game.  She looks to come in and start as a center-mid. A big, strong, physical player, she can set the tempo of an entire game.”


“This incoming class has versatility.  We are now as a team bigger and faster, all the ’06 kids seem to be physical and hard working.  The class has a real attacking flavor to it.  We have truly addressed all our needs from the offseason, and should now be in a position to return to the conference tournament and make a run for the Mid-Con championship.”


2006 Centenary Ladies Soccer Signees

Kortney Causey, 5-2, F, Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)

Lauren Chaney, 5-8, D, Shreveport, La. (Loyola College Prep)

Kate Donnelly, 5-10, GK, Seabrook, Texas (Clear Lake HS)

Brittany O’Neal, 5-5, MF, Nacogdoches, Texas (Nacogdoches HS)

Stefani Robbs, 5-8, F, Farmers Branch, Texas (R.L. Turner HS)

Mattie Weatherspoon, 5-9, MF/F, Longview, Texas (Longview HS)

Kristine Weaver, 5-8, MF, Prosper, Texas (Prosper HS)