Bulletin: Lady Patriots sign initial members of 2nd class

January 13, 2013

WSOC Signees 2013Wylie excited about future of program

By DAVID REYNOLDS – Bulletin Sports Editor | Sunday, December 2, 2012

In the first season of Patrick Henry Community College’s women’s soccer program, Larry Wylie and the Patriots had to scramble a little bit with the talent they had on hand.

Due to injuries and a razor thin roster, the Patriots ended up putting one of their midfielders in goal, and a player who had never participated in competitive soccer before last year, earned 90 minutes on the pitch by the end of the season.

The Patriots ended up winless in their first season, with only a tie to show for their efforts.

Saturday morning, PHCC made sure that situation wouldn’t happen again in its second season.

The Patriots signed their first seven recruits of the season Saturday, and Wylie said that total will go up to nine by the end of Monday.

That’s a big jump from the three players PHCC had committed at this point last season.

“It’s literally three times the amount (from last year). It just kind of widens the perspective of our program,” Wylie said. “Gives us a little more we can do as far as having depth with the quality we having coming in. … It gives us a lot of opportunities to do a lot of things and change a lot of things and hopefully have a more successful season.”

Three of Wylie’s signees came from the Martinsville and Henry County area, with two coming from Bassett High School (goalkeeper Alvalous Barbour and defender Haley Ferguson) and one coming from Martinsville High School (defender Sarah Draper). All three local products should shore up the Patriots’ defensive backfield, and Wylie said he has his eye on bringing in a few more local players in the coming months.

Barbour racked up 12 shutouts in her two seasons in Bassett’s goal, Draper is a three-year starter for Martinsville and was a first-team all-Piedmont District selection as a junior, while Ferguson was a second-team all-district selection as a junior.

But those three weren’t the only players Wylie was excited about.

Wylie also signed four others — defender Tori Bruton (Richmond Senior High School/Hamlet, N.C.), midfielder/forward Jacquelynn Brookbank (Southeast Guilford High School/Greensboro, N.C.), midfielder Hope Madaris (Carlke County High School/Boyce) and goalkeeper Katelynn Snapp (Tazewell High School/Tazewell).

Madaris and Brookbank should provide some scoring punch for the Patriots, as Madaris netted 25 goals and racked up 30 assists in her high school career so far. Brookbank has scored more than 300 between high school and club soccer. Madaris earned all-district and all-region honors in each of her high school seasons so far.

“We’re adding some offensive talent, which we were lacking a little bit on last year,” Wylie said. “We didn’t have a very strong attack.”

Snapp earned all-Southwest District honors as a sophomore and junior, and Bruton has been a four-year member of Richmond’s varsity team.

Wylie plans to sign midfielder/goalkeeper Payton Gregg (Floyd E. Kellam High School/Virginia Beach) and defender Jailene Cartagena (Nansemond River High School/Suffolk) on Monday. Gregg has scored 23 goals and tallied 18 assists in high school so far, while Cartagena is a four-year letterman in multiple sports at Nansemond River.

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