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Women's Recruiting Nov 10, 2022

University of Arkansas announces signing of 13 new Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas soccer program and head coach Colby Hale have announced their 2023 signing class, featuring 13 signees from seven states and Canada.

The group includes a United Soccer Coaches High School All-American, the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year, a Canada Summer Games gold medalist and two high school state champions.

“We are excited to welcome this year’s signing class to The Hill,” Hale said. “All of the players have the necessary athletic and soccer skills to be successful. Maybe more than that we were looking for players who embrace doing difficult things. Winning is hard. Growing is hard. We want players who want to be great, who want to help us be great and who are willing to do all the things that come with that! We believe we have done that with this class.”

Among the 13 newcomers, 10 will be enrolling in the spring of 2023: Avery Wren, Cora Hair, Kate Carter, Bella Field, Sabrina Jones, Morgan Hippeli, Phoebe Carver, Mia Riddick, Taliyah Spain and Patricia Tsokos.

See below for the full list of 13 recruits:

Arkansas 2023 Signees 

Kennedy Ball | F/MF| Lookout Mountain, Ga. | Girls Preparatory School | FC Alliance ECNL 

Club

  • Two-time ECNL Ohio Valley All-Conference selection
  • Played in the ECNL Tennessee 2021 National Selection Game

High School

  • 2019 Tennessee 2A All-State
  • United Soccer Coaches All-South Region (2021)
  • Three-time Tennessee 2A All-East Region (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Three-time Chattanooga Best of Preps, which honors the region’s top student-athletes
  • Girls Preparatory School Offensive MVP (2019)
  • Played lacrosse and squash, and ran track while also being a Tennessee All-Region basketball player, which earned her the Tennessee Multi-Sport Athlete Award.

Why she chose Arkansas: “The passion for this sport displayed by both the coaching staff and players allowed for an easy decision for me to choose U of A, plus the mascot is a pig! Woo freakin’ pig!”

Hale on Ball: “Kennedy is immensely talented and has only scratched the surface of what she will be as a player. She has all the attributes of a top attacking player and the desire to be great.”

Kate Carter | D | Bentonville, Ark. | Bentonville West HS | Tulsa Soccer Club ECNL 

Club

  • 2021 ECNL Texas First Team All-Conference
  • 2021 ECNL San Diego Selection Game

High School

  • 2022 United Soccer Coaches High School All-American
  • 2022 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 2022 United Soccer Coaches Arkansas High School Player of the Year
  • 2022 Arkansas 6A State Champion
  • 2022 6A All-State, All-State Tournament, and All-West Conference selection

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose Arkansas because of the high-level competitive environment that will push me to be the best player I can be! Becoming a Razorback has always been a dream while growing up playing soccer in Arkansas!”

Hale on Carter: “Kate is one of the more versatile players in the class. As we watched her play, I think we saw her play every position on the field except GK’er in the top league in the country at a high level.”

Phoebe Carver | GK | Arlington, Va. | Bishop O’Connell HS | Arlington Soccer Association ECNL 

Club/Other

  • Alabama ODP Region Camp invitee
  • Washington Spirit Reserves team member
  • Virginia ISP State Champion

High School/Accolades

  • Two-time WCAC All-Conference First Team
  • Also competed in basketball, varsity track and part of the 2019 NFL Flag Football National Championship team
  • Member of the English, German and History Honors Societies

Other

  • Father, Richard, is a Colonel in the Air Force. Carver was born in England and has lived around the world as a result.

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose the University of Arkansas because of the culture. It is a culture of winners which I am so proud to soon be a part of.”

Hale on Carver: “Phoebe has everything you would look for in a top GK’er. She has elite athletic tools and more importantly the mentality to be great.”

Bella Field | F | Leawood, Kan. | Blue Valley HS | Sporting Blue Valley ECNL 

Club

  • 2022 ECNL Playoff Standout
  • No. 57 in IMG Academy’s National Top 200 club player rankings
  • 2021 U.S. Youth National Team Camp Call-Up
  • Member of NWSL’s KC Current Team 2

High School

  • 2022 Kansas 6A Forward of the Year
  • Kansas 6A All-State First Team

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose Arkansas because I know we will win a national championship in the time I’m there. There’s nothing better than scoring goals and winning and I know I can do that at Arkansas.”

Hale on Field: “Bella was born to be a Razorback. She is a top talent who plays with passion and edge.  She is hungry to be the best and win! She will terrorize opponent’s defenses for the next 4 years!”

Cora Hair | D | Broken Arrow, Okla. | Broken Arrow HS | Tulsa Soccer Club ECNL 

Club

  • 2022 National Training Camp invitee
  • No. 164 in IMG Academy’s National Top 200 club player rankings
  • 2022 Houston ECNL National Selection Game
  • 2022 Texas Conference All-Conference First team
  • 2021 Texas Conference All-Conference Second Team

High School

  • 2022 Oklahoma 6A All-District
  • 2022 Tulsa All-World Girls Soccer Finalist
  • Two-time Broken Arrow Defensive Player of the Year
  • Led the team in goals (13) in 2022 as a defender
  • Also competed in basketball and track
  • Ranked in the top 7% of her class of 1,328 at BAHS.

Other

  • Mother, Holley, played and coached golf at the University of Tulsa. Her sister, Gracie, played soccer at the University of Central Arkansas.

Why she chose Arkansas: “I want to play at the highest level and Arkansas is a top program that will not only better me as a soccer player, but as a person as well.”

Hale on Hair: “Cora was a player who just kept getting better. We saw her one night in an ECNL Elite Talent match, and knew we wanted her. She is athletic, tough, and technical.”

Morgan Hippeli | MF/F | Norcross, Ga. | Norcross HS | United Futbol Academy ECNL 

Club

  • Member of the ODP Region 3 team
  • 2021 ECNL Final Four

High School

  • 2021 Georgia 7A Second Team All-Region
  • Started for the No. 1 soccer team in the Southeast while also running track
  • Holds the Norcross HS 4×2 relay record

Personal

  • Parents own fitness centers and she has three brothers

Why she chose Arkansas: “When the coaches asked me if I wanted to win a NCAA national title, Arkansas jumped to the top of my list! I was instantly drawn to their hard-working culture and the team’s competitive nature, I knew Arkansas was the right fit.”

Hale on Hippeli: “Morgan is an elite athlete with a top mentality. She wants to be great and is willing to work for it. She could play anywhere on the field!”

Ava Jackson | F | Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada | Burnaby Central Secondary School | Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX 

Club/Other

  • British Columbia League 1 Champion
  • Member of the Canada EXCEL Program as part of Canada Soccer
  • Top goal scorer on her BC High-Performance League team
  • Competed in track and field, basketball, volleyball and cross country

High School

  • Could not compete in high school sports due to club contract
  • Member of school’s women’s club that addresses various issues with women’s sports

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose Arkansas because I had a great experience with the coaching staff as they clearly showcased their commitment and passion for the Razorback team. I was also impressed with the campus environment, culture and energy. I can’t wait to be part of this team’s elite and competitive program that will help me achieve my goals.”

Hale on Jackson: “Ava is generally thought to be the top attacking talent in Canada. She can play any of the attacking positions. She has high goals that match ours.”

Emma Johns | F | Euless, Texas | Trinity HS | DKSC ECNL 

Club

  • 2022 ECNL National Playoffs competitor
  • Top Drawer Soccer’s Best XI/Standouts of the Event Honorable Mention
  • North Texas State Cup champion
  • 18-time TDS weekly standout

High School

  • Texas District 3-6A Co-Freshman of the Year
  • Texas District 3-6A leading goal scorer
  • Texas District 3-6A All-District First Team

Personal

  • Plays every game for her brother, who chose No. 92 as her jersey number.

Why she chose Arkansas: “Finding a school that would feel like a second home but would also bring out the best player in me was really important. Arkansas checked every box and made my decision easy. I truly couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I’m so excited to be a Razorback!”

Hale on Johns: “EJ is a player we are really excited about. She has no idea how good she can be. She is tough, hardworking, and humble. She doesn’t get caught up in any of the drama. She just wants to win and be great”

Sabrina Jones | F/MF | Springfield, Mo. | Kickapoo HS | Sporting Springfield 

 Club/Other

  • Heartland Premier League leading scorer
  • Development Player League national qualifier
  • Four-time Missouri State Cup qualifier
  • Missouri Olympic Development Program State and Regional Team Selection

High School

  • Set the Kickapoo HS record with 81 goals and 23 assists in just two seasons
  • Led the team to the Missouri State Quarterfinals in both seasons
  • Two-time Missouri 4A First-Team All-State selection

Accolades

  • Two-time Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sports Commission Award Honoree
  • SW Missouri Sports Award Honoree
  • Student Council and Executive Cabinet Member
  • National Honor Society Member
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader
  • Ranked No. 1 in Class of 500+ with 5.0 GPA

Why she chose Arkansas: “I love to work hard, play fast, score, and win, so Arkansas Soccer is the perfect fit for me. The coaching staff, players, facilities, style of play, and fan support made it an easy decision.”

Hale on Jones: “Sabrina is a fantastic fast twitch athlete who has a fierce competitive mentality. She is a competitor who has a huge upside.”

Mia Riddick | GK | Roswell, Ga. | Roswell HS | United Futbol Academy ECNL 

Club

  • 2021 ECNL Final Four

High School

  • Member of the Beta Club
  • Also played basketball throughout middle school and part of high school

Personal

  • Mother, Mandy, played tennis at Trenton State; father, Robert, played basketball at Howard University; brother, Tre, plays football art Reinhardt University

Why she chose Arkansas: “I’ve been playing soccer since I was 3, it’s always been a dream of mine to play at a SEC school. Now my dream has finally become true! I chose Arkansas for the togetherness of the team as well as the coaches. Also, because it just felt like home.”

Hale on Riddick: “Mia is a fantastic athlete and shot stopper. She is willing to work for her goals and the sky is her limit!”

Taliyah Spain | F/D | Dripping Springs, Texas | Dripping Springs HS | Sting Austin ECNL 

 Club

  • ECNL National Playoffs North American Cup Champions 2022
  • Recognized multiple times as a Top Drawer Soccer Weekly Standout

High School

  • 2021 Texas 5A State Champion
    • Scored the game-winner to send the team to the finals
  • Three-time Texas First Team All-District
  • Three-time Texas Academic All-District
  • 2020 Central Texas Newcomer of the Year finalist
  • Three-time District Champion
  • Also competed in track, holding the Dripping Springs HS 4×100 record and a finalist in the event at the Texas 5A state track meet

Personal

  • Born in England and has lived in Delaware and Colorado. Part of a military family with both of her parents (retired) and brother, Jalen, serving in the Air Force

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose Arkansas because I wanted to compete at an elite level with elite athletes. I know the coaching staff and team will hold me accountable and not only make me a better soccer player but a quality human being. Also, the Razorback Family is definitely something you want to be a part of.”

Hale on Spain: “T’s zoom was one of the most unique recruiting zooms I have ever been a part of. She is an elite athlete but what drew us to her is her hunger to grow and to make sure I was growing too. She stands for what we want to be about.”

Patricia Tsokos | MF | Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada | Bill Crothers Secondary School | National Development Centre – Ontario 

 Club/Other

  • Won gold at the 2022 Canada Summer Games with Team Ontario
  • 2022 League 1 Ontario Premier Division Champion
  • Competed against Quebec in the inter-provincial games for the U18 Ontario Provincial Excel team in 2022
  • Prior to joining NDC-O, she played with the Markham Soccer Club
  • Scored 7 goals in 3 games to become the 2019 Super Umbro Cup’s leading scorer
  • 2018 Juventus Academy Invitee

High School/Accolades

  • Four-year honor roll member
  • In addition to soccer, played basketball, volleyball, sepak takraw (kick volleyball), track and cross country
  • Placed second in the University of Waterloo Math Contest
  • Member of multiple clubs, including the Colts in Action club, Health Occupations Students of America – Canada club, and the Billz Girls Strong club.

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose the University of Arkansas because of the intense, competitive, and supportive environment and coaches that will push me to grow as a person and player to help me achieve my goals and have a great experience playing college soccer. I fell in love with Fayetteville and how the Arkansas community is very connected and has a huge amount of passion for sports.”

Hale on Tsokos: “Patricia is a top Canadian talent and can add a piece to our midfield. She is athletic, covers ground, is hungry and can play.”

Avery Wren | D | Plano, Texas | Plano West Senior HS | FC Dallas ECNL 

Club/Other

  • 2021-22 ECNL Texas League All-Conference First Team
  • No. 183 on IMG Academy’s National Top 200 club player rankings
  • 2022 ECNL Houston National Selection game
  • 2022 ECNL U17 Nationals semi-finalist
  • Youth National Team Regional ID Dallas 2005 roster member

High School

  • 2021 Texas District 6-6A First Team All-District
  • National Honors Society member

Why she chose Arkansas: “I chose to play at the University of Arkansas because of the strength of the coaching staff, the great facilities, and the competitive atmosphere a top Division I program provides. Playing in the SEC was always a goal of mine and Arkansas immediately felt like the perfect place to accomplish this dream.”

Hale on Wren: “Avery is a self-confident, athletic and tough defender. She will not lose.”

Class Countdown 

Five – High School Players of the Year
Four – All-State Selections
Three – Members of ECNL Final Four Teams
Two – High School State Champions
One – High School All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year

Up Next 

The ninth-ranked Razorbacks return to action Friday, Nov. 11 and host Missouri State for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. First kick is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the match will be streamed on ESPN Plus.

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