Georgia signs Croix Bethune and Hannah White as transfers from USC
ATHENS, Ga. – Adding to an existing class of incoming freshmen and transfers, the University of Georgia bolstered its 2023 roster with the addition of transfer student-athletes Croix Bethune and Hannah White, as announced by head coach Keidane McAlpine.
“We are thrilled to welcome Croix and Hannah to our program and the University of Georgia,” McAlpine said. “My coaching staff and I know firsthand that these talented student-athletes will make a tremendous impact on our program and our university. We are grateful for the belief they put in us again and are ready to build on our many years together.”
Croix Bethune – Midfielder, Alpharetta, Ga. (USC)
Through three seasons at USC, Croix Bethune has established herself as one of the top players in collegiate soccer, earning United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America and Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. In her 2022 junior season, the Alpharetta native led the Trojans’ attack with 25 points (eight goals, nine assists) and four game-winning goals, ranking first in the Pac-12 in assists and fifth in points. Following the season, she was ranked as the No. 3 player nationally by Top Drawer Soccer and is the highest-ranked player returning for the 2023 season.
In her 2021 sophomore season, Bethune was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, in addition to her First Team All-America and Midfielder of the Year honors. She finished first in the Pac-12 in assists (10) and second in both goals (16) and points (42), while ranking fourth nationally in points and seventh in goals. Her 16 goals were the third-most in a season in USC history. In her freshman season, she earned her first of three-consecutive All-Pac-12 First Team accolades with three goals and five assists.
For her career, Bethune has appeared in 48 matches with 42 starts, tallying 26 goals, 23 assists, and 75 points. In only three seasons, she ranks seventh in program history in points, goals, and assists, as well as tied for eighth in game winners.
Aside from her USC exploits, Bethune was named to the United States women’s national team preliminary roster for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, one of five active collegiate players to earn the call. In 2022, she played on the U.S. U-23 national team, captaining the squad during its preseason tournament. She has been a member of the USWNT youth system since age 13 and previously played with the U-18 team.
As a club player for Concorde Fire SC, she was a two-time NSCAA Youth All-American, three-time All-Region player, and was named the top midfielder in the country in 2017. She also played one season at Alpharetta High School in 2017, posting 28 goals and 12 assists on the way to becoming a finalist for the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
Hannah White – Forward, Atlanta, Ga. (USC)
Hannah White joins Georgia after four seasons at USC, where she appeared in 47 matches with 18 starts. During her career, she scored five goals and tallied three assists for 13 career points. Last season, she scored a goal in USC’s 5-1 victory over Oregon State and took 22 shots, with nine on frame.
In her 2021 junior season, White posted a career year, appearing 17 matches with 10 starts. Her four goals tied for fourth on the team, while her three assists ranked fifth. She played in 13 matches during her first two seasons, making her first career start against Oregon in March 2021. She also earned Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll status in her final three seasons with the Trojans.
Prior to USC, White was a member of the USWNT youth system from 2014-17, attending multiple training camps. Playing for Tophat Soccer Club, she was named All-Region in 2017 and 2018 and earned ECNL Best XI honors. In two seasons at Pace High School, she scored over 40 goals and was named an All-American in 2017. Additionally, she is the stepsister of Georgia junior forward Tori Penn.
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