The next level: Tennesseans in college soccer (and beyond) in 2018

This is not just a pro soccer site! If we’re to grow the game in the state, let’s evaluate where we are in terms of youth players going on to play in college. I initially intended to do every division (NCAA 1-3 and NAIA), but just Division I took probably 100 man-hours to compile so… not doing that. If you want to share players from other divisions, please feel free to do do in the comments.

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Look at the soccer talent as it spreads outward from Tennessee. I definitely have a future in graphic design.

With college soccer coming to an end last night thanks to Maryland’s D-1 Men victory over Akron, this should be comprehensive.

Methodology note: hometowns listed are what the schools’ rosters provide. Sometimes they match the location of the high school, sometimes they don’t. I decided not to adjust the ones I knew to be different because then I’d have had to research the ones I don’t know, as well.

Men

NCAA Division I

Air Force (17-5, 8-2 WAC)

  • Freshman midfielder Lathan Spadaforda • Collierville St. George’s – Played in four games. Took three shots, two on goal.

Army (8-10-2, 4-5-2 Patriot)

  • Freshman goalkeeper Jacob Suppiah • Memphis University School – Played 7:40 between the pipes all season in one appearance. Did not face a shot.

Belmont (4-12-2, 2-4-1 Southern)

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Petty • Brentwood Academy – Played in two games, earning 15:06 between the pipes. Saved the only shot he faced, finishing with a 1.000 save percentage.

Central Arkansas (8-6-4, 4-1-1 Missouri Valley)

  • Midfielder Christian Ilia • Senior • Norrkoping, Sweden (East Tennessee State) – Played in 17 games with nine starts. Took nine shots (three on goal) and recorded six assists.

Clemson (7-9-1, 2-6 ACC)

  • Defender Tanner Dieterich • Junior • Nashville Father Ryan (IMG Academy, Fla.) – Played in all 17 games. Scored four goals on 14 shots (seven on goal), three of them penalty kicks.
  • Midfielder Johnny Heckman • Senior • Franklin Centennial – Played in six games. Recorded one assist and took two shots (one on goal).

College of Charleston (5-10-2, 1-6-1 CAA)

  • Defender Chatham Hedrick • Freshman • Maryville – Did not see game action.
  • Goalkeeper Michael Waggoner • Sophomore • Memphis Christian Brothers – Played in one game, earning nine minutes between the pipes. Did not face any shots.

East Tennessee State (9-7-1, 4-1-1 SoCon)

  • Junior forward Javier Alberto • Johnson City Science Hill – Played in 16 games. Took six shots (two on goal) and recorded one assist.
  • Sophomore defender Austin Bihlmeyer • Knoxville Farragut – Played in 16 games. Took one shot on goal and recorded two assists.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Jordan Broadwater • Kingsport Dobyns Bennett – Played in one game. Scored a goal on his only shot.
  • Freshman defender Eli Click • Kingsport Dobyns Bennett – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore forward Josh Denton • Knoxville L&N Stem Academy – Played in two games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Kyle Hellmann • Nashville Father Ryan – Played in 12 games. Scored a goal on nine shots (five on goal).
  • Redshirt junior defender John Lucchesi • Johnson City Science Hill – Played in 15 games. Scored a goal on five shots (one on goal) and added an assist.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ryan Madondo • Franklin Road Academy – Played in 13 games. Took three shots, two on goal.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Quinten Mitchell • Greenville – Did not see game action.
  • Redshirt junior midfielder Luke Parker • Memphis St. Benedict at Auburndale – Played in all 17 games. Scored a goal on 23 shots (four on goal) and recorded three assists.
  • Junior goalkeeper AJ Robbins • Kingsport Dobyns Bennett – Did not see game action.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Cameron Williams • Nashville Brentwood – Appeared in two games. Recorded one assist.
  • Redshirt senior midfielder Cameron Woodfin • Old Hickory Mount Juliet – Played in all 17 games. Scored six goals on 43 shots (19 on goal) and added three assists.
  • Freshman defender Grayson Wright • Bluff City Sullivan Central – Did not see game action.

Elon (5-8-1, 2-5-1 CAA)

  • Defender Nicholas Graves • Redshirt sophomore • Nashville (West Forsyth High, N.C.) – Did not see game action.

Evansville (4-8-7, 2-2-2 Missouri Valley)

  • Freshman midfielder Ryan Harris • Franklin Centennial – Played in 16 games, making 12 starts. Scored two goals on 25 shots (10 on goal) and added an assist.
  • Freshman midfielder James Pierce • Memphis Christian Brothers – Did not see game action.

Florida Gulf Coast (9-5-2, 5-1-0 A-Sun)

  • Junior forward Shak Adams • Antioch Cane Ridge – Played in 15 games, starting each of them. Led the team in scoring with eight goals on 29 shots (18 on goal) and eight assists.

Georgia State (9-6-2, 2-0-2 Sun Belt)

  • Sophomore forward Aris Briggs • Memphis Christian Brothers – Played in all 16 games. Scored five goals and added an assist to lead the team with 11 points. Took 19 shots (13 on goal).

Howard (2-10-3, 0-4-0 Sun Belt)

  • Freshman midfielder Malik Saleh • Memphis Germantown – Played in five games. Took nine shots, none of them on goal.

Kentucky (19-2-1, 7-1-0 Conference USA)

  • Midfielder Keyarash Namjoupanah • Junior • Nashville (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Minn.) – Played in 13 games, starting six. Did not accrue any statistics.

Liberty (7-7-1, 2-3-1 A-Sun)

  • Sophomore midfielder Matthew Zaczyk • Knoxville Christian University – Played in all 15 games. Scored 2 goals on 24 shots (11 on goal) and added two assists.

Lipscomb (10-10-1, 5-1-0 A-Sun)

  • Redshirt freshman midfielder Samir Eldahan • Bartlett – Did not see game action.
  • Midfielder Thomas Priest • Freshman • Signal Mountain McCallie School – Did not see game action.
  • Goalkeeper Luke Wilson • Redshirt sophomore • Columbia Central – Played in six games with five starts, notching 485:37 between the pipes. Made 23 saves while allowing 12 goals, a .657 save%.

Longwood (5-13-1, 3-4-1Big South)

  • Freshman forward Skylar Bailey • Knoxville Hardin Valley – Did not see game action.

Louisville (11-5-3, 4-2-2 ACC)

  • Senior midfielder Geoffrey Dee • Germantown (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Minn.) – Played in 16 games, starting 15. Scored three goals on 27 shots (11 on goal) and added two assists.

Loyola Marymount (6-12, 3-4 West Coast Conference)

  • Defender Nick Dauchot • Junior • Nashville (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Minn.) – Played in 13 games, starting 10. Took five shots, two on goal.

Memphis (8-7-4, 2-4-1 American)

  • Freshman defender Jack Edwards • Jackson University School – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman midfielder Atakelti Gebregzahber • Gallatin Station Camp – Did not see game action.
  • Redshirt sophomore midfielder Peyton McKnatt • Germantown Houston – Played in all 19 games, starting 15. Scored three goals on 32 shots (nine on goal) and addewd two assists.

North Carolina (14-4-1, 6-1-0 ACC)

  • Junior Midfielder Jack Skahan • Memphis University School – Played in 16 games, starting 12. Scored seven goals on 27 shots (16 on goal) and added three assists.

NC State (10-7-3, 2-4-2 ACC)

  • Freshman defender Alex Bautista • Nashville (FC Dallas Academy, Texas) – Played in five games. Scored a goal on his only shot.

North Florida (4-11, 3-3 A-Sun)

  • Redshirt sophomore midfielder Adam Everett • Fort Myers, Fla. (East Tennessee State) – Played in all 15 games, starting 11. Scored a goal on five shots (two on goal).
  • Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Padraic Gilley • Germantown Houston – Played in four games, starting three, and totaling 307:37 between the pipes. Made 12 saves while allowing nine goals for a .571 save%.
  • Sophomore midfielder Blake Sams • Brentwood Ravenwood – Played in six games, starting four. Recorded one assist.
  • Sophomore midfielder Collin Scott • Germantown Houston – Played in 10 games, starting eight. Scored three goals on 18 shots (five on goal), and added one assist.

Northwestern (6-9-5, 0-5-3 Big Ten)

  • Sophomore midfielder Drew Viscomi • Lookout Mountain McCallie School – Played in nine games. Recorded one assist and took one shot.

Penn (5-5-6, 2-4-1 Ivy)

  • Junior midfielder Dami Omitaomu • Knoxville Farragut – Played in nine games. Took one shot (off-target).

SMU (10-5-3, 5-1-1 American)

  • Freshman defender Sevon Pendergrass • Nashville (Lone Star HS, Texas) – Did not see game action.

UAB (6-9-3, 2-5-1 Conference USA)

  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper James Teal • Chattanooga Notre Dame – Played in 15 games, notching 1324:33 between the pipes. Made 46 saves while allowing 15 goals, for a .754 save%.

UNC Asheville (2-13-2, 0-8-0 Big South)

  • Freshman midfielder Lane Carroll • Bristol Virginia – Played in 15 games with four starts. Scored three goals on nine shots (four on goal).

UNC Greensboro (8-9-2, 2-2-2 Southern Conference)

  • Junior defender Tevyn Henry • Franklin Centennial – Played in 13 games. Took three shots (none on-frame).

Washington (12-7-1, 6-4-1 Pac-12)

  • Midfielder Andrew Conwell • Redshirt junior • Montgomery Bell Academy – Played in three games with two starts. Took two shots (one on goal).

Wofford (5-11-1, 3-3-0 Southern)

  • Junior midfielder Lucas Altman • Johnson City Science Hill – Played in and started all 17 games. Took 23 shots (10 on goal).

Yale (7-6-3, 2-3-2 Ivy)

  • Sophomore defender Jack Arnold • Brentwood Battle Ground Academy – Played in seven games with one start. Took two shots (neither on goal).
  • Junior defender Will Emerson • Nashville Montgomery Bell Academy – Played in eight games with seven starts. Scored a goal on two shots (one on goal).

Women

Division I

Alabama (8-8-3, 2-6-2 SEC)

  • Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kauylee Hammer • Collierville Houston – Plaued in two games, totaling 1:45:40 between the pipes. Allowed two goals and saved nine shots (.818 save percentage)
  • Sophomore forward Chloe Maize • Cleveland Baylor School – Appeared in four games. Recorded one assist and took four shots (none on goal).

Alabama A&M (5-12-1, 5-5-0 SWAC)

  • Freshman midfielder Arielle Fortune • Chattanooga East Hamilton – Played in 17 games with 15 starts. Took six shots (two on goal).
  • Freshman defender Alaysha Russell • Murfreesboro Blackman – Played in 10 games with two starts. Scored one goal on two shots (both on goal).

Alcorn State (0-15, 0-10 SWAC)

  • Redshirt sophomore defender Taylor Linney • Memphis Houston – Did not see game action.

Arkansas (14-5-4, 6-3-1 SEC)

  • Junior defender Madison Louk • Murfreesboro Siegel – Played in 22 games. Took three shots (none on goal)
  • Freshman midfielder Maddie Ricketts – Chattanooga Area Homeschool – Played in 19 games. Scored one goal on ten shots (three on goal), and recorded one assist.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Abbey Saddler • Chattanooga Ooltewah – Did not see game action.

Arkansas State (8-7-3, 5-5 Sun Belt)

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Eda Senger • Lake Hills, Ill. (MTSU) – Played in one game, notching 6:22 between the pipes. Did not face a shot.

Austin Peay (8-8-1, 3-6-1 Ohio Valley Conference)

  • Freshman midfielder Gwynevere Cardinal • Spring Hill Summit – Played in 12 games. Took three shots, two on goal.
  • Senior forward Ann Peyton Diffenbaugh • Brentwood – Played in one game. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Junior defender Melody Fisher • Chapmansboro Sycamore – Played in 12 games. Took one shot on goal.
  • Redshirt senior defender Morgan Jackson • Spring Hill Independence – Did not see game action.
  • Junior goalkeeper Mary Parker Powell • Germantown Houston – Played in all 17 games, notching 1382:38 between the pipes. Recorded 54 saves and allowed 19 goals (.740 save percentage).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Peyton Powell • Franklin Independence – Played in five games, notching 172:31. Made 10 saves and allowed three goals (.769 save percentage).
  • Sophomore midfielder Gybson Roth • Clarksville – Played in all 17 games. Took seven shots, three on goal, and recorded one assist.
  • Junior midfielder Renee Semaan • Knoxville Catholic – Played in all 17 games. Took 30 shots (eight on goal) and recorded one assist.

Belmont (6-8-3, 4-5-1 Ohio Valley)

  • Senior midfielder Jessi Boozer • Brentwood – Played in all 17 games. Scored one goal on 17 shots (eight on goal) and recorded two assists.
  • Senior defender Sarah Bossung • Nashville Father Ryan – Played in all 17 games. Scored one goal on five shots (all on goal).
  • Sophomore midfielder Sydney Cason • Hendersonville – Did not see game action.
  • Junior defender Jordan Chawan • Brentwood (Michigan) – Played in 16 games.
  • Freshman forward Gentry Davis • Spring Hill Independence – Played in 13 games. Scored one goal on 12 shots (four on goal) and added one assist.
  • Junior midfielder MacKenzie Firek • Brentwood Ravenwood – Played in all 17 games. Took six shots (one on goal).
  • Sophomore forward Julie Garst • Franklin Independence – Played in all 17 games. Scored seven goals (was the team’s only multi-goal scorer, in fact) on 68 shots, 27 of them on goal. Also recorded two assists.
  • Junior forward AB Hawkins • Murfressboro Oakland – Played in all 17 games. Took 13 shots, two on goal.
  • Sophomore forward Paige Hewitt • Knoxville Hardin Valley Academy – Played in all 17 games. Scored one goal on 19 shots (11 on goal) and recorded one assist.
  • Sophomore defender Grace Parsons • Brentwood Ravenwood – Played in all 17 games. Recorded two assists.
  • Junior forward Kameron Ziesig • Brentwood – Played in all 17 games. Scored one goal on 25 shots (12 on goal), and added two assists.

Butler (13-6-1, 6-2-1 Big East)

  • Senior midfielder Alex Holmes • Franklin Ravenwood – Played in four games. Did not accrue any statistics.

Chattanooga (8-8-3, 4-3-2 Southern)

  • Sophomore forward Chloe Arnold • Bristol Tennessee – Played in 18 games. Scored a team-leading 11 goals on 64 shots (36 on goal), and recorded five assists.
  • Junior midfielder Amber Brayer • Franklin Independence – Played in seven games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Sophomore defender Maddie Burman • Clarksville Rossview – Played in seven games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Junior goalkeeper Melia Correa • Clarksville – Played in eight games, notching 601:28 between the pipes. Allowed 14 goals and made 17 saves (.548 save percentage).
  • Freshman midfielder Adryan Darnell • Germantown Houston – Played in 10 games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Senior forward Masey Fox – Greenback – Played in all 19 games. Scored three goals on 32 shots (18 on goal) and added five assists.
  • Junior midfielder Bailey Gale • Knoxville South-Doyle – Played in all 19 games. Scored three goals on 23 shots (15 on goal) and added two assists.
  • Freshman defender Shelby Hash • Franklin Centennial – Played in 18 games. Took three shots, one on goal.
  • Sophomore midfielder Maeve Kelly • Nashville Franklin Road Academy – Played in 17 games. Took one shot on goal.
  • Redshirt sophomore forward Catherine Meyer • Hendersonville Pope John Paul II – Played in all 19 games. Scored on goal on 19 shots (nine on goal) and added one assist.
  • Senior goalkeeper Molli Miller • Maryville – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman defender Peyton Moore • Collierville Briarcrest Christian – Played in all 19 games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Junior midfielder Anna Moore-Rogers • Bristol Tennessee – Played in 16 games. Took 13 shots, six on goal.
  • Junior defender Jordan Mueller • Hendersonville Beech – Played in 16 games. Scored two goals on six shots (three on goal).
  • Sophomore defender Abby Nipp • Brentwood Father Ryan – Played in 17 games. Took one shot off-target.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Ashton Shields • Arlington – Played in 13 games, accruing 1183:07 between the pipes. Allowed 12 goals and saved 55 shots (.821 save percentage).
  • Sophomore defender Emily Szymanski • Spring Hill Summit – Played in 17 games. Scored one goal on her only shot of the year.
  • Junior midfielder Cameron Williams • Columbia Spring Hill – Played in 18 games. Took one shot on goal and recorded an assist.

Dartmouth (10-5-2, 4-2-1 Ivy)

  • Junior midfielder Alyssa Neuberger • Germantown Briarcrest Christian – Started all 17 games. Scored one goal on five shots (three on goal) and added an assist.

Davidson (2-14-1, 0-9-1 A-10)

  • Freshman midfielder Hailey Braemer • Nashville Ensworth – Did not see game action.

DePaul (8-6-5, 4-3-2 Big East)

  • Junior Defender Sydney Hunt • Franklin Road Academy – Played in two games. Did not register any statistics.

Duke (16-4-2, 8-1-1 ACC)

  • Sophomore forward Karlie Paschall • Brentwood Ravenwood – Played in and started 19 games. Scored four goals on eight shots (seven on goal) and added five assists.

East Tennessee State (8-12, 5-4 SoCon)

  • Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall • Johnson City Science Hill – Played in 20 games, totaling 1809:26 between the pipes. Allowed 33 goals and made 114 saves (.776 save%).
  • Senior forward Delaney Griffin • Franklin – Played in 19 games. Scored a goal on three shots (one on goal) and added an assist.
  • Senior midfielder Rachel Harbin • Arlington Bolton – Played in 19 games. Scored two goals on 18 shots (seven on goal) and added five assists.
  • Senior goalkeeper Myah Huss • Collierville – Played in one game, 7:38 between the pipes in total. Made a save on the only shot she faced.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Tess Mrozek • Johnson City Science Hill – Played in one game. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Sarah Williams • Murfreesboro Siegel – Played in six games. Took one shot on goal.

Eastern Kentucky (8-8-4, 4-3-3 Ohio Valley)

  • Freshman defender Lauren Barcelona • Chattanooga East Hamilton – Appeared in five games. Did not record any statistics.

Evansville (5-12-2, 2-4-1 Missouri Valley)

  • Freshman defender Mandy Hamm • Brentwood – Played in 11 games with nine starts. Took one shot on goal and recorded one assist.

Gardner-Webb (12-5-4, 7-1-2 Big South)

  • Freshman midfielder Sarah Houff • Caryville Grace Christian Academy – Played in six games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Kate Katzman • Brentwood Independence – Played in nine games. Took one shot on goal.

Georgia (4-9-5, 1-6-3 SEC)

  • Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Harvey • Franklin – Did not see game action.

Georgia State (8-10-2, 5-4-1 Sun Belt)

  • Sophomore forward Lexie Knox • Powder Springs, Ga. (University of Tennessee) – Played in eight games. Took nine shots, three on goal.

Harvard (7-7-1, 4-2-1 Ivy)

  • Freshman defender Courtney Rabb • Brentwood University School of Nashville – Played in 11 games. Took two shots (neither on goal).

Jackson State (2-16, 2-8 SWAC)

  • Junior defender Gwendolyn Joy • Memphis White Station – Somehow, a college in the year 2018 doesn’t have statistics available on its website (for any sport).

Kentucky (5-14-0, 1-9 SEC)

  • Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Leonard • Greeneville – Started 13 games, totalling 1116:11 between the pipes. Made 48 saves and allowed 28 goals for a .632 save%. Received one red card.

Lehigh (8-12, 3-6 Patriot League)

  • Sophomore midfielder Chloe Tremblay • Brentwood Battle Ground Academy – Played in 13 games. Scored a goal on three shots (two on goal).

Lipscomb (15-5-2, 7-1-0 A-Sun)

  • Senior defender Justus Bailey • Clarksville – Played in 19 games. Scored a goal on six shots (three on goal).
  • Junior forward Olivia Doak • Shelbyville Central – Played in and started all 22 games. Scored a team-leading nine goals on 60 shots (27 on goal) and added a team-leading nine assists.
  • Sophomore forward Allie Dunn • Oak Ridge (University of Arkansas) – Played in six games, starting five. Scored a goal on 14 shots (six on goal) and added two assists.
  • Sophomore defender Kaitlin Echols • Memphis (Briarcrest Christian) – Played in 17 games, starting nine. Took seven shots, four on goal.
  • Freshman forward Kammy McGee • Collierville – Played in all 22 games. Scored a goal on six shots (three on goal) and added one assist.
  • Redshirt junior forward Maycie McKay • Brentwood Academy – Played in and started 21 games. Scored seven goals on 45 shots (28 on goal) and added seven assists.
  • Freshman defender Emily Patti • Knoxville Christian Academy – Played in 10 games. Took three shots, two on goal.
  • Freshman midfielder Madison Shea • Murfreesboro Central Magnet – Did not see game action.
  • Junior midfielder Hannah Torbett • Johnson City (UT-Chattanooga) – Played in six games. Took two shots (neither on goal).
  • Redshirt junior midfielder Hope Van Ryckeghem • Franklin (UT-Martin) – Did not see game action.

Little Rock (13-5-4, 7-2-1 Sun Belt)

  • Redshirt senior Camilla Olsson • Trondheim, Norway (Carson-Newman University) – Played in 17 games. Took 12 shots (five on goal). Recorded three assists.

Louisville (12-7, 6-4 ACC)

  • Junior midfielder Callie McKinnie • Franklin – Played in and started all 19 games. Scored a goal on 14 shots (four on goal).

LSU (13-7-4, 7-5-4 SEC)

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Grace Goldman • Murfreesboro Oakland – Did not see game action.

Marshall (5-9-3, 3-6-1 Conference USA)

  • Junior defender Gabby Powers • Knoxville Hardin Valley – Started all 17 games. Scored a goal on 20 shots (five on goal) and added an assist.
  • Senior defender Ashley Seltzer • Knoxville Bearden – Started all 17 games. Scored two goals on 18 shots (eight on goal).

Memphis (17-4, 7-2 American)

  • Freshman defender Caroline Duncan • Memphis White Station – Played in 15 games. Scored two goals on eight shots (four on goal).
  • Freshman defender Grace Duncan • Memphis White Station – Played in 13 games. Took one shot on goal and recorded two assists.
  • Freshman forward Lydia Herring • Memphis Hutchison – Did not see game action.
  • Junior midfielder Amanda Lammey • Memphis St. Agnes Academy – Played in two games. Did not accrue any statistics.

Miami University (3-14-1, 1-10-0 MAC)

  • Junior midfielder Olivia Winnett • Brentwood – Played in all 18 games, starting 15. Scored four goals on 27 shots (nine on goal) and added three assists.

Middle Tennessee State (10-7-1, 5-4-1 Conference USA)

  • Freshman forward Gwen Breslin • Knoxville Hardin Valley – Played in 10 games. Took six shots, two on goal.
  • Redshirt sophomore forward Sam Debien • Cleveland – Played in 10 games. Scored three goals on 12 shots (five on goal) and added four assists.
  • Sophomore forward Peyton DePriest • Franklin – Played in 12 games. Tied for the team lead with 11 goals on 48 shots (27 on goal) and added three assists.
  • Redshirt sophomore forward Madison Falter • Murfreesboro Riverdale (Ole Miss) – Played in 17 games. Scored three goals on 21 shots (nine on goal) and added an assist.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Leslie Frye • Fayetteville Lincoln County – Played in all 18 games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Olivia Hansen • Lakeland Arlington – Played in 10 games. Took three shots (all on goal) and recorded one assist.
  • Junior defender Casey Riemer • Knoxville Bearden – Played in all 18 games. Took 11 shots (eight on goal) and recorded one assist.
  • Junior defender Savannah Stair • Kodak Sevier County – Played in all 18 games. Took six shots (three on goal).
  • Sophomore defender Tionna Thompson • Knoxville West – Played in two games. Did not accrue any statistics.

Mississippi State (9-7-2, 2-6-2 SEC)

  • Freshman forward Megan Henry • Arrington Page – Played in12 games. Took three shots, one on goal.

Murray State (13-5-1, 7-3-0 Ohio Valley)

  • Junior defender Allison Samisch • Collierville Briarcrest Christian – Played in 14 games, starting three. Took one shot (on goal).

Nevada (4-13-2, 1-10-0 Mountain West)

  • Redshirt junior forward Mady Hairston • Portland, Ore. (University of Tennessee) – Did not see game action.

North Alabama (11-9-1, 3-4-1 A-Sun)

  • Senior forward Kylie Huey • Arlington – Played in all 21 games, starting each contest.  Scored a six goals on 59 shots (32 on goal), and recorded six assists.
  • Sophomore defender Kelsey Jones • Chattanooga East Hamilton (Lee University) – Started all 21 games. Took one shot (off-frame).
  • Freshman defender Megan MacLean • Knoxville Farragut – Played in four games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Junior midfielder Haley Yarber • Cleveland Bradley Central – Played in all 21 games, starting each contest. Scored one goal on 11 shots (four on goal).

Ohio (9-8-3, 6-3-2 MAC)

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Malham • Nashville Franklin Road Academy – Played in 15 games, starting each of them and totaling 1419:19 between the pipes. Made 64 saves and allowed 14 goals for a .821 save%.

Ole Miss (13-8-1, 6-3-1 SEC)

  • Junior forward Gabby Little • Collierville Houston – Played in all 22 games, starting seven. Scored two goals on 16 shots (11 on goal) and added four assists.
  • Sophomore forward Molly Martin • Memphis Evangelical Christian – Played in all 22 games, starting 14. Scored a goal on 16 shots (eight on goal) and added one assist.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Orkus • Vestavia Hills, Ala. (University of Tennessee) – Did not see game action.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Madison Smith • Franklin – Played in 18 games, starting eight. Scored a goal on three shots (two on goal) and added one assist.

Oregon (9-9-1, 3-8-0 Pac-12)

  • Senior midfielder Nicole Seaman • Scottsdale, Ariz. (University of Tennessee) – Played in 18 games, starting 11. Took 15 shots (six on goal) and recorded one assist.

Presbyterian (8-8-0, 3-7-0 Big South)

  • Freshman defender Elayne Benson • Clarksville Rossview – Played in six games. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Sophomore forward Morgan Hutchison • Athens McMinn County – Played in all 16 games, starting seven. Scoure four goals on 23 shots (nine on goal) and added one assist.
  • Sophomore midfielder Preston Robinette • Maryville – Played in all 16 games, starting 15. Scored three goals on 25 shots (16 on goal) and added a team-leading seven assists.

Richmond (2-15-1, 2-7-1 Atlantic 10)

  • Junior forward Maya Wright • Nashville Ensworth – Did not see game action.

Samford (12-6-1, 8-0-1 Southern)

  • Senior forward Ella Baggett • Clarksville – Played in all 19 games. Scored two goals on 43 shots (16 on goal) and added four assists.
  • Freshman forward Merrin Gilmer • Johnson City Science Hill – Appeared in one game. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman defender Jennifer Jestings • Franklin Brentwood Academy – Appeared in one game. Took one shot (off-frame).
  • Senior midfielder Korrie Sauder • Franklin Battle Ground (Miami-Oh.) – Appeared in all 19 games. Scored two goals on 16 shots (six on goal) and added an assist.
  • Sophomore defender Grace Sommi • Knoxville Farragut – Appeared in nine games. Scored two goals on nine shots (five on goal).

South Alabama (8-9-2, 5-4-1 Sun Belt)

  • Freshman defender McKenzie Nowin – Fayetteville Westminster Christian – Appeared in two games. Did not accrue any statistics.

Syracuse (3-15-0, 0-10-0 ACC)

  • Junior midfielder Georgia Allen • Suffolk, U.K. (East Tennessee State) – Played in 15 games, starting 14. Scored two goals on eight shots (six on goal).

Tennessee (16-3-3, 7-2-1 SEC)

  • Sophomore defender Wrenne French • Franklin Battle Ground – Played in 20 games, starting all of them. Took seven shots (two on goal) and recorded two assists.
  • Junior forward Salera Jordan • Palmyra Clarksville – Played in all 22 games with one start. Scored three goals on 30 shots (11 on goal) and added three assists.

Tennessee Tech (7-8-2, 3-5-2 Ohio Valley)

  • Sophomore forward Katie Bain • Smyrna Stewart’s Creek – Played in 10 games. Recorded one assist.
  • Freshman forward Ashley Grimes • Lebanon – Played in 11 games. Took four shots (three on goal) and recorded one assist.
  • Senior midfielder Molly Kafader • Nashville Martin Luther King – Played in all 17 games. Scored two goals on 20 shots (nine on goal)and added one assist.
  • Senior midfielder Courtney Manning • Nashville Franklin Road Academy – Played in 16 games. Scored two goals on 14 shots (nine on goal).
  • Sophomore forward Kendall Powell • Cookeville – Played in all 17 games. Scored a team-leading seven goals on 41 shots (20 on goal).
  • Freshman defender Natalie Rolen • Franklin Summit – Played in nine games. Did not accrue any statistics.

Texas (13-5-3, 5-3-1 Big 12)

  • Redshirt sophomore forward Tecora Turner • Memphis St. Agnes – Played in all 21 games. Scored a goal on nine shots (three on goal) and added four assists.

Troy (5-14-1, 4-6-0 Sun Belt)

  • Freshman midfielder Britt Ellmore • Mt. Juliet – Played in eight games with two starts. Scored a goal on her only shot.

UAB (9-8-1, 6-4-0 Conference USA)

  • Junior midfielder Paige Merry • Knoxville Catholic – Played in 12 games. Took three shots, one on goal.

UC Davis (7-8-4, 4-2-2 Big West)

  • Senior goalkeeper Alexis Smith • San Jose, Calif. (University of Tennessee) – Played in 17 games, totaling 1590:40 between the pipes. Made 78 saves and allowed 21 goals, for a .788 save%.

UT-Martin (15-3-1, 9-0-1 Ohio Valley)

  • Senior midfielder Maggie Burkett • Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett – Played in seven games. Took two shots (neither on goal).
  • Senior defender Katelyn Colvin • Arlington – Played in 16 games. Took 22 shots (16 on goal) and recorded three assists.
  • Sophomore defender Blare Gerido • Brentwood Ravenwood – Played in 12 games. Scored two goals on 11 shots (four on goal).
  • Sophomore defender Jaden Hildreth • Germantown Houston – Played in 16 games. Scored four goals on 17 shots (10 on goal).
  • Redshirt freshman forward Jillian Hildreth • Germantown Houston – Played in one game. Did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Skylor Keane • Knoxville Farragut – Played in all 19 games. Scored seven goals on 44 shots (21 on goal) and added four assists.
  • Redshirt senior defender Kaci Mitchell • Oak Ridge – Played in 18 games. Scored three goals on 12 shots (seven on goal).
  • Sophomore forward Bella Roberts • Murfreesboro Siegel – Played in 18 games. Scored three goals on 19 shots (six on goal) and recorded three assists.

Vanderbilt (16-4-1, 8-1-1 SEC)

  • Sophomore midfielder Paola Ellis • Collierville Houston – Played in 18 games. Score one goal on 11 shots (eight on goal).

VCU (16-4-0, 9-1-0 Atlantic 10)

  • Redshirt senior goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson • Nashville Ravenwood – Played in 17 games, totaling 1560:24 between the pipes. Made 50 saves while allowing 15 goals for a save% of .769

Western Carolina (8-8-2, 5-4-0 Southern Conference)

  • Junior forward Emily Threatt • Knoxville Christian Academy – Played in all 18 games with 12 starts. Took 17 shots (five on goal).
  • Junior midfielder Emily Zipay • Murfreesboro Oakland – Played in all 18 games with 14 starts. Scored one goal on 15 shots (five on goal) and added one assist.

Western Kentucky (5-8-4, 3-5-2 Conference USA)

  • Sophomore forward Tally Bishop • Nashville Father Ryan – Played in three games. Scored two goals on three shots (all on goal).
  • Freshman defender Lyric Schmidt • Kingsport Sullivan South – Played in 15 games. Took 10 shots (three on goal)

William & Mary (6-10-1, 3-5-1 CAA)

  • Freshman midfielder Addie Puskar • Brentwood – Played in seven games. Did not accrue any statistics aside from one yellow card.

Wofford (5-13-1, 2-7-0 Southern)

  • Freshman defender Lainee Bohannon • Chattanooga Baylor School – Played in 10 games. Scored a goal on her only shot.
  • Senior goalkeeper Mayson Liner • Athens McMinn County – Played in six game with five starts, totaling 389:03 between the pipes. Made 13 saves and allowed 13 goals for a .500 save%.
  • Senior midfielder Shelby Pollock • Morristown West – Played in four games. Scored a goal on her only shot.

Xavier (10-8-3, 4-3-2 Big East)

  • Sophomore midfielder Claire Fisher • Dayton, Ohio (University of Tennessee) – Played in 20 games. Scored a goal on 20 shots (seven on goal).

What have we learned?

There are 31 men’s programs (15.0% of Division I) and 54 women’s programs (16.1% of Division I) represented. Gettin’ anecdotal here, but I was a little disappointed to see plenty of much smaller states that seemed to have more representation on rosters.

That says something about the state of youth development in our state. Largely, that is “we haven’t been doing it long enough to play catch-up here.” Tennessee is the most populous state in the country that doesn’t have a single Development Academy team. I’ve railed repeatedly about how DA shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of development and identification, but it’s still saying somethin’ about somethin’, right? (FC Alliance in the Knoxville area and Tennessee SC in Nashville represent in ECNL for girls, TSC only for boys).

The arrival of Nashville SC (which will be required by MLS rules to have a development academy at the very least on the boy’s side) should be a boost here, but there is something to be said for there not being the talent available in the state. Can a Major League Soccer team’s mere presence convince young athletes to focus on that sport rather than football, basketball, etc.? It would have to to turn the tides in terms of developing more players and sending them to not only college, but the professional ranks.

It does tell us something more about how Nashville SC – at least early in its tenure – will have to build as an MLS club. The Atlanta United model is tempting, no doubt. However, the augmentation of top-end talent with homegrown players will be something NSC can’t do early in its existence. A team built through free agency and the draft (and likely some of the players that NSC is signing for the final USL season) will have to be the method. Andrew Carleton and George Bello aren’t walking through that door.

I’d also note that outside of a couple schools (Battle Ground Academy, Franklin Road Academy), the majority of the consistent talent producers come from outside the Mid-State area, another sign of potential growth for the future (while being a potential problem in the short-term).

I’ll keep the prose brief here, because the data was over 4k words and tons of work, but I’m interested to hear some others’ thoughts on what it might mean. Let me know in the comments.

4 thoughts on “The next level: Tennesseans in college soccer (and beyond) in 2018

  1. Fantastic research here! It is something that Nashville SC should PAY you to do. The most glaring omission is that of the high-poverty schools with strong ELL populations. Overton High School, Glencliff High School have the most talented latino players I have seen come out of middle tennessee, but recruiters only visit TSC club games, which are cost-prohibitive to players. It is abundantly clear that we are still not inviting all players to the same opportunities in Nashville and in Memphis area. No Shelby County Schools or MNPS schools are being represented when the talent is definitely there. Sorry, Hume Fogg and MLK are not traditional public schools in Nashville.
    Until we invite non-affluent and diverse families to the soccer fields of the future, our future will cut out the vast majority of “Our City, Our Club.”

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