Tusculum women's soccer inks 12 for 2019 season

Tusculum women's soccer inks 12 for 2019 season

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum University women's soccer coach Mike Joy has announced the signing of 12 student-athlete who have committed to play for the Pioneers next season.

This year's women's soccer class includes student-athletes representing seven U.S. States and one player from Canada.  The new crop of Pioneers also includes four midfielders, four defenders, three forwards and one goalkeeper.

The Pioneers welcome striker Tina Haig (Washington, Pa.), center back Arisa Timoll (Courtice, Ontario, Canada), defender Ashley Waggoner (Little Elm, Texas), midfielder Bailey Bylotos (Fort Worth, Texas), midfielder Peiton Bledsoe (Maryville, Tenn.), midfielder/defender Corinna Klepser (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), striker Brianna Garcia (Acworth, Ga.), defender/midfielder Sydney Rose (Fairfield, Ohio), striker Heather Sefton (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), defender Caty Chianese (Fletcher, N.C.), goalkeeper Baylee Marr (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and midfielder Aaliyah Parris (Knoxville, Tenn.).

During its 21-year association as a NCAA Division II member (all under Coach Joy), Tusculum has never experienced a losing season including 18 campaigns with 10 or more victories.

"With the upcoming graduation of 11 seniors from this year's team, I expect this class will compete for positions immediately and I am very excited about this year's signing class."

The 2018 Pioneers are coming off an 8-7-3 campaign while facing a challenging schedule which included four wins over teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament including Nova Southeastern, Catawba, Lincoln Memorial and Carson-Newman.  TU went 4-1 against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams with its only setback coming against regionally top-ranked Columbus State.

Tina Haig
Ft. Washington, Pa. (Upper Dublin HS)
5-6 Forward
Club Team: Continental FC ENCL
Intended Major: Nursing

● 2017 Undefeated Suburban One League Champs,
● Leading scorer in 2016 & 2017
● All-State first team as a junior
● 2017 Suburban League Player of the Year
● Academic Honor Roll

Arisa Timoll
Courtice, Ontario, Canada (Courtice Secondary School)
5-6 Defender
Club Team: FC Durham
Intended Major: Pre-Medicine / Biology

● Played for same club team that produced former Pioneers Nicole McMillen, Emma MacDonald and Carlie Thornber.
● Academic Honor Roll

Ashley Waggoner
Little Elm, Texas (Little Elm HS)
5-8 Defender
Club Team: FC Dallas
Intended Major: Pre-Medicine / Biology

● 2017 All-District first team
● Academic All-District
● Coaches' Award

Bailey Bylotos
Fort Worth, Texas (Byron Nelson HS)
5-2 Midfielder
Club Team: D'feeters 2014
Intended Major: Biology / Pre-Physical Therapy

● Four-year starter
● All-District first team
● Academic All-District
● ODP North Texas All-Star Team (2013-2015)
● 2016 Solar State Cup Champions
● 2018 Dallas Texans ranked No. 1 in North Texas and No. 6 in Region 3
● Advanced to Regional Semifinal in 2018

Peiton Bledsoe
Maryville, Tenn. (Alcoa HS)
5-6 Midfielder
Club Team: Knoxville FC Crush
Intended Major: Undecided

● Two-time All-State (2017, 2018)
● 2018 District Player of the Year
● 2018 Region Player of the Year
● Four-time All-District first team
● Four-time All-County first team
● Four-time All-Region first team
● National Honors Society

Corinna Klepser
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (Mt. Juliet HS)
5-3 Midfielder / Defender
Club Team: Murfreesboro Soccer Club
Intended Major: Business

● Four-year starter
● Two-time All-Conference
● District and Region Champions
● Academic All-District
● Club team finished as finalist in 2018 State Cup

Brianna Garcia
Acworth, Ga. (Etowah HS)
5-6 Forward
Club Team: NASA Top Hat
Intended Major: Sports Science

● 2018 All-Region first team
● 2017 Golden Ball Award
● 2017 Varsity Team MVP
● All-Academic Team
● 2017 HS Sweet 16
● 2014 State Cup Champions
● Club team finished as finalist each year
● 2018 State Cup Runner-Up

Sydney Rose
Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield HS)
Defender / Midfielder
Club Team: Cincinnati United Premier (CUP Gold)
Intended Major: Nursing

● GMC Division I Champions
● District Champions
● Sectional Champions
● District Champions
● All-Academic
● Principal's Award
● 2016-2017 Metro, Gateway and CASL College Showcases
● Four-time honor roll member
● Service and Leadership Club member (2 years)
● Matthew 25 Ministries volunteer

Heather Sefton
Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Wesley Chapel HS)
Club Team: Tampa Bay United
Intended Major: Business

● 2017-18 District Champions
● Stats: 8 matches, 7 goals, 3 assists

Caty Chianese
Fletcher, N.C. (AC Reynolds HS)
5-6 Defender
Club Team: Highland FC
Intended Major: Nursing

Baylee Marr
Kings Mountain, N.C. (Kings Mountain HS
5-9 Goalkeeper
Club Team: Club GCCSA

● Three-time Conference Champions (41-0-1 conference record last 3 years)
● Overall record: 58-11-2 (last 3 years)
● 21 career shutouts
● Led the Big South and SMAC in goals against average

Aaliyah Parris
Knoxville, Tenn. (Hardin Valley HS)
5-3 Midfielder
Club Team: Emerald Force Valencia
Intended Major: Pre-Physical Therapy