MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University women's soccer program has added six more newcomers to the 2012 roster rounding out the Class of 2016 at a baker's dozen for the upcoming fall season. Sadie Lovelace, Kori Holland, Casey Seagroves, Janelle Floyd, Aaliyah Jackson and Amanda Ross will all call Pfeiffer home starting in August.
Lovelace will help anchor the backline on defense coming from current tournament participate Shelby High School. Lovelace has led the Lady Golden Lions deep into the 2A state playoffs with a recent 2-0 win over Owen High on Wednesday night. Lovelace chipped in the first goal of the night and also added a game-winning header with 8.2 seconds left to knock off rival Crest in late April.
Holland travels up from nearby Hickory Ridge High School as a goalkeeper, scholar-athlete and member of the Ragin' Bulls honor roll. Off the field, Holland has also marveled in band for four years as is a part of the Tri-M Honors Music Society. Her time in club ball has been spent with FCCA '94 Elite.
Seagroves come in from Jordan High School in Durham after a successful career anchoring the Falcons defense. Seagroves played three seasons with Jordan helping the team move into the state tournament again in 2012. Outside of the classroom, Seagroves has been the manager of men's soccer and wrestling while playing her club ball with Triangle United '94 Gold.
Floyd will enter Pfeiffer from the coastlines of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach High School. A two-year captain, Floyd has been named to the all-region team as well as the Most Valuable Player during her junior season. Floyd was also named Most Improved two years ago. As a midfielder, Floyd is helping the Lady Chiefs to a current berth in the South Carolina state playoffs.
Jackson, a midfielder, will come from South Iredell High School in Statesville as a three-time all-conference, all-region and all-county player. Named the CVAC Player of the Year in 2011, Jackson recently put home four goals starting with 25 minutes to play in the second half and into overtime as South Iredell defeated Wheatmore 8-6 in the 2A State Tournament. Off the pitch, Jackson also stars in track and basketball as two of just six off the field activities.
Ross will make a trip south from Severna Park High School in Maryland after being tabbed the team's MVP in 2012. Ross wraps up a successful career being named first team all-county, second team all-state and an honor roll athlete. Ross led Severna Park to the state championship game (falling 3-2 in PK's after a 0-0 contest against Bethesda-Chevy Chase) to go along with county, district and region championships. Off the field, Ross helps out as the student body secretary representing the class of 2012.
Pfeiffer will open up the 2012 fall slate on August 31 taking on Carson-Newman in the Queens Soccer Classic. The Friday night season-opener is scheduled to kickoff at 6:00 p.m.