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05.14.13 | M Soccer

Men's Soccer Signs 14 Recruits for 2013

Associate head coach Davy Phillips and head coach Nate Houser pose for a photo with Jordan Thacker and Tate Lancaster on signing day Associate head coach Davy Phillips and head coach Nate Houser pose for a photo with Jordan Thacker and Tate Lancaster on signing day

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University head men's and women's soccer coach Nate Houser announced the signing of 25 future Wildcats to both soccer programs on Tuesday afternoon to join the nationally recognized teams.

With the help of associate head coach Davy Phillips and women's assistant coach Sara Matthews, the staff signed 11 women's student-athletes to letter of intent's and 14 men's soccer players to a letter of intent.

Please see below an in-depth look into the 11 new Wildcats that will join the women's soccer program.

Gabrielle Betsch is an outside midfielder that will join Baker after a successful career at Blue Valley Southwest High School. She also played for the Kansas Rush club team. Betsch was the varsity captain of her girl's soccer team at Blue Valley Southwest and led her squad to the 2012 Kansas 5A Northeast Regional Championship with a 14-5 record. She is also a principal's honor roll 4.0 GPA recipient. Her twin brother Brandon has committed to playing soccer at HAAC rival Benedictine College.

Krista Hooper of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada played for the Edmonton Victoria club squad and joins the 'Cats after a playing career at Archbishop O'Leary High School. She helped lead her club team to a second and third team finish at the club national tournament.

Taylor Baum is another local talent from Blue Valley Southwest High School and played her club ball for Sporting Blue Valley Cape Town. She is a talented outside midfielder that played two seasons at the varsity level. Baum was also a three-time Principal Honor Roll honoree and a member of the National Honor Society.

Kylee Pumehana Currie comes to Baker after playing at Riverton High School in Riverton, Utah. She also played for Sparta United Soccer Club and helped lead Sparta United to two Utah State Cup Finals in 2010 and 2011 and won the 2012 Utah State Cup Championship. While at Riverton, she was named a 2012 5A Honorable Mention and First Team Region 4 player.

Katie Hibbeler is a Lake Waukomis, Mo., native and will join Baker as forward/midfielder combo player. She graduated from Park Hill High School and played for the Qwest Soccer Club. She was a team captain and Suburban Big Six All-Conference Forward.

Haley Fields joins the Baker family after her playing career at Olathe Northwest High School, where she was a three-year soccer captain at defender and a four-year cheerleader. She also played for the club team Sporting Blue Valley. In the classroom, she earned five semester awards for a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above.

Allison Haddad is a center-midfielder also from Olathe Northwest and played for the Kansas Rush. She earned a varsity letter as a freshman and worked her way up to being named captain of her team in 2012. She helped lead the Ravens to Midwest Regional League Champions in 2010 and 2011.

Keely Atkin joins the Wildcats after a playing career at Olathe East High School and for the KC Fusion. Atkin was a member of the undefeated 21-0 2012 Kansas 6A State champion Olathe East girl's soccer team. The Eagles were voted No. 1 in the nation in the final NSCAA poll in 2012.

Madison Armoneit had a solid soccer career at Rockwood High School in Fenton, Mo., and played forward for the Metro Strikers club team.

Haley Seibel is a defender/midfielder from Mill Valley High School and joins the Wildcats after a strong club career at KC Fusion Academy.

The final recruit for the 2013 Baker women's soccer team is Makenzie Hanson. She will join the rest of the class after playing forward at Blue Valley High School. She helped lead the Tigers to a second-place finish in the EKL in 2012 and a regional championship in 2011.

"From day one we knew we wanted to address team speed, and I think we've done that," said Houser. "We have also been able to get some depth in the squad and may have found a few more goals. It's going to be a challenging season and we look forward to being ready!"

For a look at an in-depth look at the newest members of the 2013 Baker men's soccer program, please see below.

Matthew Hamm is a forward/winger from Andover Central High School in Andover, Kan. He chose the Wildcats over rival Mid-America Nazarene and Kansas Wesleyan. He was named to the 2010 5A All-State team and a 2010 Wichita All-Metro recipient. He was a four-year starter at Andover Central, was also a senior captain and led the team in goals all four years.

Barkley Edison comes to Baker after playing defender at Salina Central High School and played for the Salina Speed Club team. He was a First Team All-League award winner and was a four-year Academic letter winner and is the Student Council President.

Ryan Akin played goalkeeper at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Mo., and played for club squad KC Fusion. He played at the varsity level all four years and was named a First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and All-Region Class 3 goalkeeper his senior season. Akin recorded eight shut outs his senior season and just five goals against all season. He will graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

Keaton Anchors played high school soccer at Park Hill and was a stellar midfielder. He also played club soccer for the KC Blaze. While at Park Hill he was a First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-Missouri West Region.

Ryan Emme is another goalkeeper that will join the Wildcats. The Salina, Kan., native played keeper at Salina Central High School and played for the club team FC Revolution. Was an All-League, All-Region and All-State goalkeeper in 2011-12. He is also a National Honor Society member and a four-year academic letter winner.

Jordan Thacker joins the Wildcats after a stellar career at Blue Valley Northwest. He was a 2012 Kansas 6A All-State First Team outside forward/outside defender and played club for Sporting Blue Valley. He was also named the 2012 EKL Player of the Year and a 2012 All-EKL First Team player. He led the Huskies to a 2012 Sub-State Championship and a 2012 Kansas State Cup Championship. He plans to major in Psychology and Criminal Justice while at Baker.

Tate Lancaster was a teammate of Thacker's at Blue Valley Northwest, playing defender for the Huskies. He was a Second Team All-EKL defender and a member of the BVNW track and field team. He was a two-year varsity distance runner and posted a best 4:39 time in the mile. He is also a Kansas Scholar-Athlete and a NSCAA National Academic Team member.

Austin Martin played for Park Hill High School and the Futura Bombers prior to signing at Baker. Martin helped lead Park Hill to a Conference Championship in 2012. He was named to the 2012 All-District Honorable Mention team.

Cody Sliva joins Baker after attending Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan. He was a three-year varsity midfielder for the Cougars. He earned Second Team All-Sunflower League honors and played for the KC Fusion Academy Club Team.

Tyler Sliva was a defender at Shawnee Mission Northwest with his twin brother Cody and played on the KC Fusion Academy Club Team with his twin.

Kyle Young joins the Baker family after a solid playing career at Blue Valley Northwest at defender. He also played for the club squad Sporting Blue Valley Boca. He earned many awards with the Huskies including 2012 First Team All-State, 2012 First Team All-EKL, 2012 All-Metro Honorable Mention. Young was also a 2012 All-America nominee and two-time KYSA State Cup Champion. He was also an All-Academic Team member.

Spencer Atkin played his high school at Olathe East and was a defender for the Sporting Blue Valley Boca club team.

Luke Pybis joins the Baker men's soccer team after playing for the Morecambe Youth & Bottle FC teams in England.

The final Baker men's recruit for 2013 is defender Aaron Howard of Raymore-Peculiar High School in Raymore, Mo. He also played for the KCSC Blackstars and was a 2011 First Team All-Conference player at Ray-Pec. He was also the team captain his junior and senior seasons for the Panthers.

"We're very excited about our recruiting class," said Houser. "We believe we have gotten faster and more technical. I'm looking forward to watching the team continue to progress."

Both the Baker men's and women's soccer teams will open up the 2013 season on the road at Ashford University on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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