Several local freshmen to play for Spalding soccer

The Spalding University women’s soccer team announced their 2017 recruiting class Friday afternoon. The Golden Eagles brought in five new faces in 2017 looking reload the lineup after graduating three SLIAC All-Conference selections in Dee Dee Sliter, Demi West and Kelsey Kaiser, as well as defensive captain Alyssa Logan this past season. Below we have highlighted each of the five talented freshman in this year’s incoming class:

Katrina Cooper; Salem, Ind./Our Lady of Providence
Katrina is a native of Salem, Ind. and attended Our Lady of Providence High School where she played multiple positions on the women’s soccer team. As a Pioneer, Cooper was named Most Improved and Defensive MVP while earning four varsity letters. She also played her club soccer for the Net Surfers in southern Indiana.

Katrina’s parents are Ted and Lori Cooper and her siblings are Teddy Cooper and Amanda Rogers. When she isn’t on the soccer field, she enjoys swimming, playing softball, doing photography and horseback riding.

In addition to her non-soccer activities, Katrina also says she can sing with her mouth closed, actually saying the words and not just humming.

She spent her summer hiking before preparing to come to college, and she’s looking forward to meeting new people and getting back on the soccer field.

Morgan Rood; Shelbyville, Ky./Shelby County
Morgan Rood comes to Spalding University from Shelbyville, Ky. where she attended Shelby County High School. A versatile field player, Morgan played her club ball for LCA.

Rood’s parents are Andrea and Harold Rood and she has a sibling Jordan Hood. She also has a half-sister and has four additional step siblings.

When she isn’t playing soccer, Morgan loves to do almost anything outdoors, with her favorite activity being running track.  Before she starts her college experience, Morgan will be traveling to the quarry or holiday world with her boyfriend and her friends.

Morgan is most looking forward to meeting new people both at school and on her team and she can’t wait to play college soccer at the next level.

Kara Roper; Louisville, Ky./Atherton
An Atherton High School graduate and Louisville, Ky. native, Roper played varsity for the Rebels all four years of high school. During her high school career, Atherton went 44-33, with her last season only having lost six matches the entire season. In addition, Kara played her club soccer for GFFC (Grass Fairies Futbol Club).

Kara’s parents are Scott and Kim Roper and she has a sibling, Miles. Kara enjoys reading, writing, swimming, babysitting and going to church. She also has family from Ecuador.

Before starting at Spalding this month, Kara spent her summer playing soccer, attending two different soccer camps. Playing soccer for Spalding is also what she is looking forward to most about starting her college experience.

Hanna Watson; Louisville, Ky./Pleasure Ridge Park
Hanna Watson comes to Spalding from Pleasure Ridge Park High School here in Louisville, Ky. A well-rounded player, Watson has played forward, left and right wing and even played some time in a defensive role. Along with playing for the Panthers where she was named to the All-District, All Region and All-Tournament teams, she played her club soccer for Derby City Rossoneri.

Hanna’s parents are James and Cindy Watson and she has two siblings, Haley and Jamie Watson.

In her free time, Hanna enjoys spending her time hiking or even doing a little bit (or a lot of) shopping! And, she says most people wouldn’t know she had constructive jaw surgery in January of 2016!

Before starting her college career, Hanna took a road trip with her friends to Kings Island for a quick summer getaway. She is the most excited to start college so she can get back on the field and play again… and she’s also looking forward to growing up and becoming more of an adult!

Ashlee Wilson; Henderson, Ky./Henderson County
Wilson, a Henderson, Ky. native and graduate of Henderson County High School, where she was a two-year All-Region Second Team, two-year All-Region First Team and three-year All-District Team member. In addition, she also broke the shutout record during her sophomore year, tied her own record during her senior season.

When she isn’t breaking records and shutting out opponents, Ashlee spends her time doing her latest favorite hobby, CrossFit. She just competed in her first competition this summer before starting her college journey at Spalding!

Ashlee’s parents are Steve and Joella Wilson and her sister is Kelsie Wilson. Wilson admits to having an ability to never sneeze just one time, but instead, a minimum of three times with each sneeze!

Ashlee is most excited to get into Spalding to meet some new people and expand her horizons.