JACKSON, Tenn. - 6/19/2006 - Union University head coach Brandon Boylan adds six more players to the 2006 Lady Bulldog Soccer roster. Boylan nears the completion of filling a varsity team that lost several players from the team's first season, plus a new junior varsity program.
Caillin Clinger of Cary, Illinois, Brittany Pearce of Nashville, Katelin Dirksen of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Laura Pla of Nashville, Lauren Jackson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Amberly Armstrong of Chillicothe, Ohio have each signed to joing Union's team this fall.
Clinger, a 5-foot-1 midfielder, prepped at Cary Grove High School were she played soccer and tennis. In addition to her high school soccer career, Clinger also played league soccer with the FC United Soccer Club (2004-06), the Northwest United Soccer Club (2002-03), and the Cary Defenders Travel Club (1995-2001). She participated in numerous major tournaments and camps during her high school career. Off the field, Clinger was a member of the Cary High School honor roll. She was also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, and Chorus.
Pearce, a 5-foot-3 midfielder, prepped at Martin Luther King High School were she played soccer and softball. In soccer, she played four seasons as a midfielder. Pearce was also an award winning softball player. She was named Offensive MVP as a sophomore, won the coaches award for Hard Work and Excellence as a junior, and was named Team Captain as a senior. Off the field, Pearce was a member of the National Beta Club, Who's Who Among High School Students, and was a National Merit Commemded Student.
Dirksen, a 5-foot-4 forward, prepped at Mennonite Educational Institute were she played soccer, basketball, and volleyball. In soccer, Dirksen averaged 16 goals in her 20 game season. As a senior in 2004, she was named Team MVP for her Metro League team. Dirksen also helped lead her high school volleyball team to the 2002 Provincial Title. Of the field, Dirksen was a member of the Honor Roll from eighth grade through her senior year.
Pla, a 5-foot-11 goalie, prepped at Hillwood Comprehensive High School in Nashville were she participated in soccer, cross country, basketball, and track. Pla was also a member of the HFC United team that won the state title in 2005. In soccer, she was named All-District and Defensive MVP in each of her four seasons as she averaged 13 saves per game. Pla was also named All-District, All-Region, and MVP in basketball, as well as, being named MVP in cross country. In track, Pla posted a fifth placed finish in the state discus event.
Jackson, a 5-foot-3 forward, graduated form Northridge High School where she played soccer, softball, and ran cross country. In addition, Jackson also played basketball, golf, and ran track at Jackson Academy earlier in her high school career. At Jackson Academy, she helped lead the track team to state titles in 2002 and 2003. While at Northridge High School, Jackson help the cross country team to a second place finish in the state. She earned the Raider Award in softball as a freshman and was named Most Dedicated in cross country as a junior. Off the field of play, Jackson was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was awarded the Spirit Award.
Armstrong, a 5-foot-9 forward, graduated from Portsmouth West High School in 2006. During her high school career, she played four years of soccer and one season of basketball (Kent View Christian HS). Armstrong earned numerous honors during her soccer career including being named All-District twice and All-Conference. Armstrong was also selected to play in the conference and district All-Star games. In 2003, she was named Team MVP of her basketball team. Off the field, Armstrong was a four-year member of the Honors Club.
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