Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian College and women’s soccer coach Brian Purcell announced the signing of eight incoming freshmen as members of the class of 2022.
“We are very excited and proud to bring in these players to our PC women’s soccer family,” said coach Purcell. “They are talented athletes, committed students and young women of great character.”
Elayne Margaret Benson – Defense – 5’7 – Clarksville, Tenn.
High School: Was District runner up 2014 and 2016… All district team in 2015 and 2017… Lettered all 4 years of high school… Three-time Academic Award recipient… National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society… Member of the Key Club.
Club: Member of the Clarksville Soccer Club… Was captain of team her junior and senior year… Player of the year 2016 and 2017.
Personal: Her goals are to push herself to be the best player and person that her experiences allow her to be… She hopes to graduate with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish and go on to graduate school to be a Physician Assistant… Her mom and dad have been the biggest influences in her life as an athlete because they always taught her to push through the obstacles that she encountered in her soccer life and be the best person that she can be regardless of the circumstances… Born July 29, 2000… Is the daughter of Patrick and Stacey Benson.
Taylor Suzanne Coleman – Defender/Midfield – 5’7 – Indian Trail, N.C.
High School: Has played defense, midfield and forward at some point in her high school career… Lettered in soccer at Sun Valley High School since her freshman season… Named All-Region and All-Conference as a junior in 2017… Recipient of the athletic letter and bar all four years… Selected for South Team in the NC Powerade State Games in 2016 and 2017 earning second and third place honors… Member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Junior Marshall and attended the C-CATS program (Clemson Challenge for Academically Talented Students).
Club: Played in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Conferences of the ECNL playing defense and midfield… Member of the US Youth Soccer Development Program from 2015-17… Selected for Region III Camp in 2016 and 2017.
Personal: Has done numerous volunteer work (Matthew’s HELP – Helping Ease Local Poverty), Richland County Animal Shelter… Her grandad played football for Furman and her uncle played at Western Carolina… Hopes to contribute to a successful team record throughout her four years of play, reaching conference playoffs and possibly even the NCAA Tournament, she also hopes to be recognized for her individual play as she continues to progress in her understanding of this beautiful game… Plans to major in Biology with a minor in Marine Biology… Chose PC because of its inviting, close knit community feel, small class size and variety of strong academic opportunities and its athletic challenge… Born April 19, 2000… Daughter of Ty and Stephanie Coleman.
Caroline Elizabeth Dipzinski – Midfield – 5’7 – Conyers, Ga.
High School: Was a captain and Second Team All-Region… Region Runner-Up in 2016 and Region Champs making it to the Sweet 16 in 2017… Is an Honor Roll student… Member of the National Honor Society and a wrestling manager… Worked on the Special Needs Carnival and for the Food Bank/ food drive.
Club: Played midfield for DDYSC… Has USL experience.
Personal: Her goal is to make an impact on the team… She likes the small school with a close community… Plans to major in nursing… Biggest influence has been Harry Kustick, he has been one of her coaches for several years, and he has always pushed her to be better. Even when he was not her official coach, he would hold training sessions for her and her teammates to help them. He has been very supportive throughout the entire recruiting process… Born November 22, 1999… She is the daughter of Dave and Renee Dipzinski.
Jessica Nicole Escobar – Midfield – 5’2 – Springfield, Va.
High School: Ran track and field… Was 2nd Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Conference, and school record holder for 4x800… Ran 400, 500 and 800 meter… Lettered in swimming and diving team in the 200 Freestyle… Lettered and was captain in cross country… All A-B Honor Roll every year… Academic Letter Award IB Diploma Candidate… Scholar Athlete Award every year… Class Treasurer (2014-2017) and Class President (2017-2018).
Club: BRYC Elite Academy and ECNL… BRYC Elite Soccer played midfield and outside back… USYC National League (2015)… USYS Region I Premier League (2013-2017)… ECNL (Fall 2017)… ODP State Team (2014-2017)… ODP International Trip to Belgium and Holland (2014)… Played with CCL-23 Club Team
Personal: Her mom has been the biggest influence because she drives her to want to be a better athlete and work harder than the day before. She always comes to her games and supports her in every way. She taught her to be committed and self-disciplined. Her brother and sister are also big influences because they both ran track and played soccer and challenged her to work hard… Worked at the Animal Hospital and as a Lifeguard… She would like to become a Vet and eventually open her own exotic practice… Plans to major in Pre-Veterinary Science/Biology… She likes the close-knit atmosphere and small campus/class size… Is the daughter of Elmer and Heather Manzano.
Haley Claire Hocking – Midfield – 5’8 – Clover, S.C.
High School: Four-year letter-winner at Clover… Class 4-A All-Region Four as a sophomore and junior… Class 4-A All-State as a junior… Most Valuable and Most Versatile Player winner as a junior… Her team won the Viking Cup her junior year and was ranked fifth in the state at the end of the 2017 season… National Career Readiness Award… Member of the Future Farmers of America in 9th grade and Young Life in 11th grade… Clover Area Assistance Center Volunteer work that served to help poor families acquire food and needed supplies… Volunteered helping those in needs of school supplies and food.
Club: A member of the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy; ECNL for three seasons: U16, U17 and U18.
Personal: Her athletic goals at PC are to grow as a technical player, be injury free, be successful in the Big South Conference, and leave a lasting mark on PC soccer… She chose Presbyterian College because it is the right college for her. Hopes to become a Veterinarian after college… She enjoys fishing and hiking… Her high school soccer coach, Kelsey Geary, has had the biggest influence on her life as an athlete because she pushes her to be a better player each day, she has encouraged her to pursue a college soccer career and has helped her to find her style of play… Born February 27, 2000… Daughter of Richard Hocking and Efleda Habaluyas.
Emily Morton LaBoon – Center Defender – 5’3 – Athens, Ga.
High School: Played center defender and midfield… Three-time area champion… 2017 Elite Eight, 2016 Second Round, 2015 Second Round…As a freshman: All-Northeast Georgia First Team… Class A Region Three All-Area… Athens Academy best defender… As a sophomore: All-Northeast Georgia First Team… Class A Region Three All-Area… As a junior: All-Northeast Georgia First Team and Player of the Year… Class A Region Three All-Area, Co-MVP for Athens Academy… Divarsity All-Classification All Star Game… Lettered all three years… Lettered in cross country as a freshman and junior, All-Northeast Georgia Honorable Mention in 2016… Lettered in basketball as a freshman… High school team went 43-10-2 in three seasons, she has scored 46 total points on 13 goals and 20 assists… National Spanish Society, National Honor Society, Care Club member/counsel/ and now co-president, 12th man… Camp Counselor at Athens Y Camps, Recreational coach for Athens United, Private training with younger players, Athens First Presbyterian Church Youth Group.
Club: Athens United Soccer Association… She played center defender, midfield, forward, for 12 years… Has been a captain the last 4 years.
Personal: She loved the small feel and close knit community that is similar to her high school, everyone she has known to attend PC has loved it... Her goal is to be a four-year player… Hopes to become an Athletic Trainer… Her Father is her biggest fan and coach. From the start of her athletic career he has always pushed her to run the extra mile and finish the drill... Born November 21, 1999… She is the daughter of Jimbo and Denise LaBoon.
Kori Amanda Lawrence – Center Forward – 5’6 – Benson, N.C.
High School: Competed on the Swim team for West Johnston High School… swam the 50m free, 100m free and the 400m relay as a senior… Played center forward and midfield for West Johnston and finished the season will a 18-4-1 overall, 11-2-1 in conference, and scored 114 goals as a team for the season… Scored 23 goals at midfield as a junior and was named All-Academic, All-Conference, and All-County.
Club: Played for NCFC Youth on NCFC 99' ELITE G…. Went undefeated in regular season… Were semifinalist in state cup
Personal: Biggest influence in life as an athlete is her family because her parents supported her through out all the years she played soccer and brother pushed her to be the best athlete she could be…hopes to play her best soccer, be a good teammate on and off the field, make an impact every time she steps on the field, and win big south conference titles while at PC… Her older brother Dylan plays football for Alderson Broaddus University… She hopes to be a sports psychiatrist… Plans on majoring in psychology… Born October 3, 1999… Is the daughter of James and Shelby Lawrence
Jessica Claire Newton – Defense – 5’3 – Valrico, Fla.
High School: Played defense for IMG Academy in the Academy Development League… Three years of varsity soccer at Academy of the Holy Names… Scored 13 goals and seven assists over three seasons…Team made back to back trips to the State Final Four, winning the District and Regional in back to back seasons… Team finished No. 12 in the state of Florida in ’16-17… Played wing/striker at Academy of the Holy Names… Lettered in Track and Field as a freshman and qualified for Regionals… Trained with FC Koln U17/U18 women’s soccer team in Germany… Is a US Soccer National “F” Licensed coach… Honor Role member ’14-16… National Sr. Beta Club ’14-17… ’14-17 Golden Girls, a club to promote extracurricular event attendance… ’17-18 J3:16, a weekly club similar to Young Life and “I am that Girl” – weekly club.
Club: ’16-17 NPL/FSPL – Team Captain with West Florida Flames… ’17 ECNL Phoenix, Chicago PDA Showcase Player (West Florida Flames)… ’17-18 IMG Development Academy.
Personal: She doesn't think there has been any one single influence in her athletics career so far, but would say all of her coaches combined. The ones that scream, the ones that are silent, the ones that became friends, the ones that she was happy to not have coach me anymore, the ones that spoke English and those that didn't, the ones that she cried because of, the ones that made her want to yell, the ones that cared a lot and the ones that didn't seem to care at all - she learned so much from all of them and is a better player because of each of them… Chose PC because of the campus and the people, it just feels “right”, everything she is looking for in a college… Undetermined on a major… Born June 27, 2000… Daughter of Trey and Jen Newton.
“I look forward to having the chance to work with these players over the next four years,” said Purcell. “I want to also thank my assistant coach, Tanner Osborne, for all the work that he has put in to recruiting this class.”
The Blue Hose have already started spring conditioning and are looking forward to the 2018 season.