HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point University women’s soccer head coach Brandi Fontaine has announced her first recruiting class for the program, signing 10 players for the 2018 campaign. High Point signed Daria Britton, Lauren Mazich, and Skyler Prillaman in the early signing period in December, bringing the class total to 13.
“We are extremely excited to have this group of very talented young ladies, along with our three early signees, join the High Point University women’s soccer family,” Fontaine said. “These skilled and dynamic young players will be a great addition to an already experienced and successful group of returning players.”
Megan Baker | 5-8 | Forward | California, Md. | Leonardtown | FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Prep: Megan was a three-year member of the varsity program for Leonardtown High School. She posted 37 goals during her three seasons and racked up 24 assists as well. She was named to the league’s first team three times and NSCAA All-State in 2016. Her team also advanced to the state finals her sophomore season. Megan played for FC Girondins de Bordeaux for two years, winning the 2017 WAGS Tournament, Bethesda Premier Cup, Disney Girls Soccer Showcase, and the CASL Girls Showcase championships.
Personal: Megan is the daughter of Tim and Lynn Baker, and has a younger brother, Michael, and an older brother Matthew, who runs track at Virginia Tech. She intends to major in exercise science at HPU.
Carsyn Gold | 5-5 | Midfielder | York, Pa. | Dallastown Area Senior | HMMS Eagle FC
Prep: Carsyn is a four-year varsity starter at Dallastown Area Senior High School and a two-year team captain. She posted 23 goals and seven assists in her senior season and has been named all-county three times and all-state once in her career. She was also voted team offensive player of the year as a sophomore and senior for a squad that won the league championship twice and the county championship once. She provided the winning goal in double overtime of the county championship as a sophomore. Carsyn played on the club circuit for HMMS Eagle FC Villa 99 for seven years, capturing numerous championships including the 2016 Disney Soccer Showcase and the 2017 EDP Fall and PAC Winter Showcases.
Personal: Carsyn is the daughter of Shawn and Abby Gold, and has an older brother, Cade, who played football at Washington & Lee University in Virginia. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Varsity Club, and is a distinguished honor roll recipient. Carsyn intends to major in business or accounting at HPU.
Morgan Hairston | 5-8 | Goalkeeper | Belews Creek, N.C. | East Forsyth | Piedmont Triad FC
Prep: Morgan is a four-year varsity goalkeeper from nearby East Forsyth High School. She was named all-conference and all-region during her time in net. She played for Coach Fontaine on the club circuit with PTFC Lady Black 99, winning five straight North Carolina State Cup championships.
Personal: Morgan is the daughter of Timothy and Marisela Hairston, and has an older brother, Grant, and a younger sister, Madison. She is a four-year honor roll student, a Crosby Scholar, a Junior Marshall and a member of the National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society. Morgan is undecided on a major at HPU.
Taylor Jackson | 5-6 | Defender | Jamestown, N.C. | Southwest Guilford | Piedmont Triad FC
Prep: Taylor was a four-year starter at Southwest Guilford High School, receiving all-region and all-conference accolades in her sophomore and junior campaigns. She was also tabbed as the team’s defensive MVP for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 for a team that advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. Taylor played for Coach Fontaine with PTFC Lady Black 99, securing five straight North Carolina State Cup championships. The team also qualified for five straight USYSA Regional competitions, advancing to the semifinals in 2014.
Personal: Taylor is the daughter of Jeff and Laura Jackson, and has an older sister, Morgan. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year volunteer in the ribbon club. She is undecided on a major at HPU.
Shaylyn Owen | 5-6 | Midfielder | Winston-Salem, N.C. | Ledford | Piedmont Triad FC
Prep: Shaylyn is a two-year varsity performer at Ledford High School who posted an astounding 55 goals and 34 assists during her two campaigns. She earned first team all-conference and all-region honors both year and was also named all-state as a sophomore. A two-time team MVP, Shaylyn was named the Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in Davidson County. She also played for Coach Fontaine with PTFC Lady Black 99, winning five straight North Carolina State Cup championships.
Personal: Shaylyn is the daughter of Jason and Marcie Owen, and has a younger brother, Cooper. She is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Shaylyn intends to major in chemistry at HPU.
Brooke Parsons | 5-9 | Forward | Massilon, Ohio | Jackson | Cleveland Futbol Club
Prep: Brooke is a four-year varsity starter at forward from Jackson High School with a tremendous goal-scoring pedigree. She total over 80 goals in her career, including 32 in one season. A team captain her senior year, she was named the best offensive player on her team three times and earned numerous additional accolades including four-time all-league and all-district. Her team advanced to the state semifinals as well. Brooke also played for the Cleveland Futbol Club, which won the state and regional tournament before advancing to the national semifinals.
Personal: Brooke is the daughter of Gary and Candace Parsons, and has an older brother, Gary, and a younger sister, Ashley. She was named to the honor roll all four years while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being a member of the National Honor Society. Brooke intends to major in either early education or business at HPU.
Caitlyn Shepherd | 5-6 | Forward/Midfielder | Urbana, Md. | Urbana | Maryland United
Prep: Cait was a four-year varsity starter, and two-year captain, at Urbana and one of the top goal scorers in the state of Maryland. She finished her career as the second-leading goal scorer in Urbana history with 67 during her career, also adding 34 assists for 168 total points. She also paced all of Frederick County in goals during her sophomore and senior seasons. She is a three-time first team all-conference, all-county, and all-state selection as well as a United Soccer Coaches All-South Region selection and the 2017 Frederick News Post Co-Player of the Year. Her team won the 2016 3A State Championship and was a 4A State finalist in 2017. She provided the only goal to win the state championship in 2016.
Her club team, Maryland United, made the 2016 ECNL Champions League playoffs and the 2017 ECNL National playoffs. She also played one year of varsity tennis in high school.
Personal: Cait is the daughter of John and Kerry Shepherd. She posted a 4.5 GPA in high school, placing on the honor roll all four years while being a part of the National Honor Society and the Math National Honor Society. Cait intends to major in communications at HPU.
Lindsay Shipley | 5-4 | Forward/Midfielder | Scottsdale, Ariz. | Notre Dame Preparatory | Scottsdale Blackhawks
Prep: Lindsay is the first Arizona native to play for the Panthers since 2009, joining the program from Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale. A four-year varsity performer, she has collected 38 goals and 18 assists in her career so far while being named to various all-division, all-conference, all-section, and all-region teams. Her team won the Div. II state championship in both 2015 and 2016 and she earned the state tournament MVP in the latter. A member of the Scottsdale Blackhawks club team, Lindsay has won a pair of State Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.
Personal: Lindsay is the daughter of Woody and Debbie Shipley, and has two sisters, Brittany and Payton. She has been named to a pair of honor rolls in high school and intends to major in interior design at HPU.
Katherine Tyner | 5-6 | Midfielder | Brentwood, Tenn. | Brentwood Academy | Tennessee Soccer Club
Prep: Katherine comes to HPU after a strong prep career at Brentwood Academy. She was an all-region player as a junior and earned all-state honors twice in her career, including her senior year. She played for the successful Tennessee Soccer Club for eight years, winning four state championships. The squad also won the Premier League Central championship twice, the Midwest League championship and the Region 3 Tournament during her prep career.
Personal: Katherine is the daughter of Kevin and Pamela Tyner, and has two younger brothers, Chase and Cannon. Her cousins, Barrett Jones, Harrison Jones, and Walker Jones, all played football at the University of Alabama with Barrett and Harrison playing in the NFL. A member of the National Honor Society and honor roll, Katherine intends to major in sports broadcasting at HPU.
Zoe Wehr | 5-5 | Forward | King, N.C. | West Stokes | NC Fusion
Prep: Zoe is a four-year varsity forward for West Stokes High School in which she has established herself as a premier goal scorer. She has posted 100 goals and 38 assists in her career so far, garnering three all-conference, three all-region, and an all-state accolade in the process. She was also the conference offensive player of the year as a junior, leading her team to a 2A state runner-up finish. Zoe has also played on the club circuit for NC Fusion ECNL for two years.
Personal: Zoe is the daughter of Sean and Kam Wehr. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. Zoe intends to major in exercise science at HPU.
The 13-member class will join a program that has won consecutive regular season championships for the first time in school history. The Panthers advanced to their sixth NCAA tournament in 2017 and will be replacing the winningest class in school history.
HPU will participate in a spring exhibition season with the full slate set to be announced at a later date.