Thursday, February 7, 2013

KU soccer announces 5 signings


Kansas University soccer on Thursday announced the signing of five players to letters of intent.

They are: Maddie Dobyns (Kansas City, Mo.), Tayler Estrada (Bentonville, Ark.), Jackie Georgoulis (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Ashley Pankey (Red Bank, N.J.) and Morgan Williams (Carrollton, Texas).

“We really hit all the areas that we needed to replace with this class,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “We covered the map pretty well with this group.”

  • Dobyns, a 6-foot goalkeeper, had 17 shutouts last season at Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North High.
  • Estrada, a 5-7 center midfielder, was a three-time Arkansas 7A all-state pick and was the Gatorade Player of the year last season at Bentonville High.
  • Georgoulis, a 5-7 center midfielder from Buffalo Grove High, is listed as No. 14 on TopDrawer’s Midwest rankings.
  • Pankey, a 5-11 forward, was a four-year varsity starter at Middletown High, which won consecutive Class A North Division Championships the past two seasons.
  • And Williams, a 5-5 defender, played the past two seasons at Newman High and seven years with Sting ’95, the top-ranked ECNL team in the nation.


Ron Prichard 7 years ago

Congratulations to all five as well as Coach Francis. It sounds like there are some great signees on this list. My Jayhawk pride isn't limited to just football and men's basketball, so it's nice to see all the different KU teams do well. This sounds like it will be a great class!

Jayhawk10500 6 years, 12 months ago

Congrats Coach.

I will say this stellar recruiting is in part due to the foundation of success made by the current players. We are really looking forward to the Women's soccer season and expect a NCAA tourney.

Check out their spoof video if you get a chance. What a great group of young women with a lot of personality.

Again....not to take anything away from our support of the women's soccer team, but it is sad that KU does not have a men's soccer and a men's swim team. Very disappointing. C'mon KU.

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