BRISTOL, Tenn. – The women's soccer staff, led by Head Coach Simon Duffy, has announced the signing of three student-athletes that will join the Lady Tornado for the 2013 season. King will welcome Hailey Nichols (MF), Lindsay Curtis (MF/F), and Nicole Dagher (GK) to the squad to uplift both the offense and the defense.
5-5 | MF
Oak Ridge, Tenn. / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Hailey Nichols comes to King via the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Oak Ridge, Tenn. native was an All-Region, All-District and a TACA and TSWA All State selection prior to her time at UTC. Nichols was also voted District MVP and was a two-year captain at Oak Ridge High School. Nichols played club soccer with FC Alliance (Knoxville, Tenn.) where she was a state Finalist in 2009 and 2010.In the 2009 season, Nichols was her team's leading scorer. In 2010 her club team also participated in the regional tournament. Hailey is the daughter of Danny and Doris Nichols and will major in business in her time at King while being part of the honors program.
Simon Duffy on Nichols: "Hailey will bring a wealth of talent and knowledge to our midfield this fall. Her athleticism, vision, and composure on the ball will add a very important dimension to our midfield. Academically, Hailey has maintained excellent grades at UTC and we look for her to continue her academic and athletic success here at King. We are definitely excited to be having Hailey join us in August."
|Haley Nichols, MF|
|Lindsay Curtis, MF/F|
|Nicole Dagher, GK|
5-5 | MF/F
Franklin, Tenn. / Christ Presbyterian Academy
Lindsay Curtis comes to King from Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) in Nashville, Tenn. A native of Franklin, Tenn., Lindsay joins the Lady Tornado after a stellar high school career, rounded out by winning a state championship her senior year. Under the guidance of Coach Brandy Gagliano, Curtis was a two-time All-District, two-time All-Region, and two- time All-State selection. She was also the District MVP, District Offensive MVP and in 2012 was named to the Tennessee West All-Star Team. Lindsay played club soccer with one of the state's premier clubs Brentwood FC. Lindsay is the daughter of Jon and Julie Curtis and plans to major in athletic training while also being part of the honors program.
Duffy on Curtis: "Lindsay was still undecided coming into her senior year whether or not she was going to play college soccer, but we are definitely thankful she has chosen to play and commit her future to King. Her team and individual high school achievements say enough about the caliber of player she is. Her natural left foot will bring balance on the left flank that we have not had in previous seasons and her personality and leadership will be invaluable. She is also an outstanding student and we know her high school preparation at CPA will set her up to be highly successful here at King."
5-6 | GK
Simpsonville, S.C./JL Mann High School
Nicole Dagher joins the Lady Tornado from JL Mann high school in Greenville, S.C. A native of Simpsonville, S.C., Nicole will come to King with excellent high school and club experience. Dagher was a four-year starter at JL Mann High school and helped her team reach the South Carolina Upper state semi-finals. She was the performance QSA Athlete of the year runner-up. Dagher played club soccer with one of the region's most elite clubs, Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA), where she won a state championship and was crowned the Vulcun Cup Champions in her time there. Nicole is the daughter of Chad and Susan Webber and is undecided on her major.
Duffy on Dagher: "Nicole will come in and provide competition at the goalkeeping position straight away. She is quick off her line, athletic, and her kicking is excellent. She is a vocal keeper and organizes her defense well. Having played at the highest club level in the region, she has had the perfect preparation to make a smooth transition to the college game. Nicole is also a very solid student and should make an immediate impact on our program both athletically and academically. We are thankful to have her on board."