BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team has added four players to its roster for the upcoming 2011 season, Head Coach Benji Walton announced today.
Devin McDonald, Catherine Sandon, and Chandler Wentz have completed their intent to enroll at BSC and play this fall, while Bailey Kimbell has transferred from Belmont University and is currently enrolled at BSC.
McDonald played at Lausanne Collegiate High School in Memphis, Tenn., where she is a four-year varsity starter and led the team in scoring her junior and senior years. She served as team captain her junior and senior seasons, was named to the All-West Region Tournament as a freshman and junior, and was voted Team MVP her sophomore and senior seasons. McDonald received the Lausanne Lynx Sport Leadership Award as a junior, and was named Best of the Preps as a senior.
She played club soccer with the Purple Rain Soccer Club from third to ninth grade, then played with the Collierville Soccer Association 93 Lady Lobos her sophomore to senior seasons.
McDonald also excels in the classroom; she was a four-year Beta Club member, a National Society of High School Scholars member her junior and senior years, National Art Society member sophomore to senior years, National Junior Art Honor Society her freshman year, and a member of the Bridge Builder Organization her junior and senior years.
McDonald is the daughter of William and Sharyl McDonald and has one brother, Conor. She plans to major in physical therapy.
"Devin is a very attack-minded midfielder that will bring a lot of energy and physical play to our midfield," Walton said. "I think she is a player where her passion for the game will infect all those around her. I am excited to see how she will settle in and impact our team this fall."
Sandon, from Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fla., played club soccer for the Tallahassee United Futbol Club from 2006 to 2010 and ASG 2009 to 2011. She was a co-captain from 2009 to 2010, helping lead the team to the Heart of Georgia Classic championship and the U17/U18 Fusion Girls championship in 2009, second place at the U17 Rose City Tournament in 2008, and the championship at the U17 White Division of the Capital Soccer Invitational.
Sandon also played four years of varsity soccer for Maclay, serving as captain in 2010 and 2011 and helping the team to the district title from 2008 to 2011, the region semifinals in 2009, the semi-finals of the final four in 2010, and regional quarter finalists in 2011. She received numerous team awards, including the Hustle, Enthusiasm, Attitude and Determination Award, Most Improved, Coaches Award, and was named All-Big Bend Honorable Mention from 2008 to 2010.
She was also a National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, and Youth Leadership Tallahassee member. Sandon is the daughter of Philip and Frances Sandon and plans to study pre-med at Birmingham-Southern.
"Catherine is a smooth player that just repeatedly makes sound decisions with the ball," Walton said. "She is a team-first player that wants to contribute in any way she can. Along with her talent and ability she will bring a lot of personality to our team. She is a truly great team player who will be a welcomed addition."
Wentz hails from Marietta, Ga., where she was a four-year starting defender at Lassiter High School, helping lead the team to regional runner-up status in 2009 and 2010. From 2005 to 2009, she played for the North Atlanta Soccer Association, serving as captain in 2008-09, and from 2009 to 2011 played for the Norcross Soccer Association. Norcross was the 2010 state finalist and ranked fifth in RPL Region 3 in 2010.
Wentz was named a Scholar Athlete from 2009 to 2011 and was a National Honor Society member in 2010 and 2011. She is the daughter of Jeff and Erin Wentz and intends to major in special education.
"Chandler is a tall, physical defender that I think will really help solidify our back line in 2011 and beyond," Walton said. "She has experience at all positions in the back, which I believe will be extremely vital to improving our defensive presence in the fall."
Kimbell transferred to BSC from Belmont University in Nashville. She is originally from Birmingham where she played at Vestavia Hills High School. She helped Vestavia to a 6A state title in 2007, led the team in scoring, and garnered All-Metro and All-State honors. She was a member of the two-time Alabama State and Region III Premiere League Champion BUSA '92 club team and was the top scorer in the league. Kimbell was selected to play against the Mexican U-17 National Team, was a member of the Alabama '92 ODP Team, and was a member of the Alabama State ODP Elite Team that participated in a tour of playing clubs in Brazil.
She is the daughter of Frank and Jan Kimbell and has three siblings: Ben, Mitchell, and Emily.
"Bailey is a true forward who has a nose for the goal," Walton said. "On top of a lot of natural ability, she might be one of the most knowledgeable players for her age that I have known. I am excited to see how she works with our returning players up top in hopefully creating some dangerous looks on goal in the fall."