After earning the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division title and reaching the championship game of the conference tournament, the pieces are in place for another title run in 2014 for the Alabama State women’s soccer team.
But to take that next step, head coach Jodie Smith knows his team has to get stronger on the defensive end of the field. He hopes to take that step with his signing class, which was announced on Wednesday but overlooked in all the hype over National Signing Day in football.
“I’m really pleased with both the talent and depth of the class,” Smith said. “We were able to address our specific position needs for the coming season and the future.”
That includes the signing of two midfielders and two defenders to join SWAC Offensive Player of the Year Aaliyah Lewis, SWAC Freshman of the Year Ariela Lewis and SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and goalkeeper Kylee Hathaway.
The signees include forward Korinda Campbell of Santee, Calif.; midfielders Sabina Claesson of Gothenburg, Sweden and Pensacola Junior College transfer Deidra Woodard of Olympia, Wash., and defenders Candice Mitchell of Arlington, Texas and Pensacola Junior College transfer Shelbi Viena-Hallam of Hobart, Tazmania, Australia.