Kansas State soccer adds defender to 2021 recruiting class
MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State soccer head coach Mike Dibbini added another piece to the defensive backline for the 2021 season, as the Wildcats have added Maya Jones (Liberty North High School / KC Athletics).
“We are excited to add Maya to our signing class for the 2021 season,” said Dibbini about the program’s most recent addition. “She brings versatility to our program. She can play in the back and be a very good 1v1 defender with a presence. She also has the ability to play in the front line and cause problems. Her work ethic and soccer IQ are solid. We have the luxury of using her abilities in a few different positions and it allows us to utilize her where she can impact the program the most.”
Jones, a product of Kansas City, Missouri, has tallied nine career goals from the backline. In her freshman year in 2018, she helped Liberty North to a Region 4 championship and a 16-3-3 overall record. Jones was an honorable mention All-State selection by the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association, Class 4 All-Region 4 First Team selection and All-Suburban Gold Conference First Team.
In 2019, Jones helped the Eagles to a 13-7-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Region 4 championship game. She received All-Suburban Gold Conference First Team honors for a second time.
In her club career, Jones played for Kansas City Athletics.
K-State capped its Big 12-only schedule with a record of 3-6-0. This marked the most wins in league play since the program started as a member of the Big 12 in 2017.
The Wildcats, winners of three of their final five matches, also clinched a seventh-place finish in the league standings which marked its highest finish in the league standings.
Kansas State 2021 Signees
Name, Position, Hometown, School
- Adah Anderson, M, Kansas City, Mo., Park Hill South HS
- Riley Baker, F, Flower Mound, Texas, Flower Mound HS
- Rebecca Bartosh, M/D, Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario, Canada, Pittsburgh/Thomas A. Stewart
- Katy Coffin, M, Grand Junction, Colo., Grand Junction HS
- Aliyah El-Naggar, D, Mason, Ohio, Ohio State/Mason HS
- Kenzi Gillispie, D, Newton, Kansas, Circle HS
- Maya Jones, D, Kansas City, Missouri, Liberty North HS
- Juliann Kidd, D, Houston, Texas, Memorial HS
- Jael Larson, F, Durango, Colo., Arizona State/Durango HS
- Joey Lujan, M, Gilbert, Arizona, Perry HS
- Brooke Sullivan, F, Wichita, Kansas, Goddard HS
- Kursten von Klahr, D, Kannapolis, N.C., North Carolina State/Northwest Cabrrus HS
- Marisa Weichel, F, Papillion, Neb., Texas Tech/Papillion-LaVista South HS
Alyssa Zalac will join the Rebels in Fall 2021.
Houston inked transfers from the SEC and Big 12.
Judkins played club soccer with Sporting Omaha.
Gerstenberg signed her National Letter of Intent.
Vida Raietparvar joins Vanderbilt as an early enrollee.
Villanova women's soccer added transfer Megan McClay.