TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts women's soccer head coach Roger Bush announced the signing of 11 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
The 11 future Golden Eagles include, Riley Baldwin, Jordyn Blackburn, Olivia Brown, Kylie Cornett, Anna Fulton, Hannah Heinert, Maddie Higgins, Kristi Keller, Kennedy Langebartels, Kalista Miller and Christa Van Loon.
"The 2020 class represents an abundance of diversity and personality," said head coach Roger Bush. "The new additions will enhance our program's culture, fit great relationally with current team members and bring a dynamic and energetic collective personality to the current team. Every expectation for the 2020 class is to move our women's soccer program forward culturally, competitively and spiritually. These newcomers will be ready to earn the jersey through a standard of work ethos, commitment to each other and selfless service. The standard and traditions have been earned and set by our current and previous athletes over the years and the 2020 class will earn the distinction of these traditions, this history, and the expectations that come with Golden Eagle athletics."
Riley Baldwin | Bixby, Okla. | 5'3" | Def
A Tulsa native, Baldwin played for Bixby High School under the direction of Tamara Davalos as a four-year varsity letter winner, she also was a two-year varsity letter in softball. She was a two-time All-District Honorable Mention as well as a four-time Academic All-Conference and an Academic All-State nominee. In 2018 she led her club team, Energy FC, in goals scored, while leading them to the State Championship in 2018. Recently in 2019, she competed as a member of WSA that finished as the State runner-up that eventually qualified for the 2019 US Club Soccer National Cup. She was also recruited by UT-Dallas and Northeastern State University, Baldwin is the daughter of Jeffrey and Shannon Baldwin
Bush on Baldwin: "Riley is an intriguing player who has spent most of her career in the attack, but could likely easily convert to wingback or play wing forward. She's comfortable with the ball at her feet playing composed. She possesses an exceptional attitude which bodes well for our program culture."
Jordyn Blackburn | Tulsa, Okla. | 5'9" | Def
Local product Jordyn Blackburn will make the short trip to Oral Roberts from Mingo Valley Christian School. She was a three-year letterman in soccer and basketball and was coached by her father Sam Blackburn. As an Eagle she was a three-time HCAA All-State member, while leading her team to three state titles. Blackburn was also a three-time Most Valuable Player for the Eagles. She is the daughter of Monica and Sam Blackburn.
Bush on Jordyn: "Jordyn's athletic range, tackling courage, and composure combine for key qualities to play along the backline. She's a capable defender, capable of linking in midfielders with keen passing and vision, and has decent size for competing for first balls as a defender. She possesses great confidence, self awareness, and a unique mindset that readies her for next level competition."
Olivia Brown | Bentonville, Ark. | 5'5" | GK
Brown will make the move to Tulsa from Bentonville, Ark., and Bentonville High School. Brown played her high school career under the direction of Kristina Henry and was a member of the 2017 state championship team. She was also recruited by University of Ozarks, Harding and Southern. She is the daughter of Carson and April Brown.
Bush on Brown: "Olivia possesses the mindset and professionalism that renders a tremendous ceiling for growth and development at the goalkeeper position. She possesses great technique and top notch power, but most importantly tremendous drive, determination, and attitude."
Kylie Cornett | Bixby, Okla. | 5'3" | Mid
Another Bixby High School product, Cornett lettered three years in soccer and one year in cross country for the Spartans. She was a two-time Academic All-Conference and as freshman she won the team's Golden Boot Award and played her club ball for WSA that qualified for the 2019 US Club Soccer National Cup. While at Bixby she was also a member of the National Honor Society. Cornett was recruited by Old Dominion, Fort Hays State and Allen Community College before deciding on Oral Roberts. She is the daughter of Jason and Georgia Cornett.
Bush on Cornett: "Kylie possesses several attacking qualities, good pace, clean technique. As Kylie grows in confidence she should discover great opportunity to contribute either wide or center of the park, likely in the attacking part of the game. Kylie's first step is exceptional and will be an eventual weapon at this level."
Anna Fulton | Broken Arrow, Okla. | 6'0" | Mid/Def
A homeschool product, Fulton will make the short trip to ORU from Broken Arrow, Okla. Fulton has played for NOAH under the direction of Dean Johnson. Most recently she was a member of the 2019 squad that won nationals and was named to the Nationals All-Tournament team. She is an active member of the National Society of High School Scholars and has accepted an invitation to the Oral Roberts Honors Program. Fulton is the daughter of Mike and Jen Fulton.
Bush on Anna: "Anna is a player that will make others around her work harder through her daily example of grit, fight, and grind. She is good in the air, and as she develops towards the speed of play required will already possess a unique bravery, courage, and body frame length which are important defending qualities."
Hannah Heinert | Omaha, Neb. | 5'5" | Def
Heinert comes to Oral Roberts from Omaha, Neb., Marian High School. Heinert was a varsity letter winner in soccer and basketball for the Crusaders, while being an active member of the National Honor Society and Principal Honor Roll. She also competed for Sporting Omaha under the direction of Alex Mason. Heinert is the daughter of Thomas and Amber Heinert.
Bush on Heinert: "Hannah comes from a great club background. She is a tenacious, confident, and scrappy defender, who will fit great inside a team on field culture that requires high energy, constant maximal effort, and tremendous spirit. She is natural at defending in iso situations which is an important collegiate trait."
Maddie Higgins | Mannford, Okla. | 5'6" | Mid
Forgoing her senior season at Mannford High School, Higgins will enroll early stepping foot on campus at Oral Roberts in the spring of 2020. While at Mannford she was a three-year varsity letter winner and tallied 46 goals, including 18 in her junior season and 18 as a sophomore. She was a three-time district 7-4A All-District member. As a freshman she earned Newcomber of the Year honors, Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and was named Most Valuable Player of the year as a Junior. Most recently she was named to the Tulsa All-World Honorable Mention in 2019. As a student she was an active member of the National Honor Society and was Valedictorian. Higgins is the daughter of Mike and Sarah Higgins.
Bush on Maddie: "Maddie plays with great vision, composure, and awareness. Her on field presence suits for a center of the park player who can both ball win, and share the ball through deeper lying positions such as the 6. As she adjusts to college speed of play Maddie should find great opportunity as middle of park player."
Kristi Keller | Tulsa, Okla. | 5'5" | Mid
Keller, a familiar name in ORU's women's soccer program, Kristi is the youngest in the family following older sister's Kayla and Kelli's path to ORU. Keller earned varsity letters in soccer, cross country and track and basketball during her time at Regent Preparatory School. She played soccer under the direction of Weston Roberts. Most recently she earned Tulsa World's Honorable Mention honors, while leading her team to the playoffs the past three seasons. Keller is the daughter of Scott and Tina Keller.
Bush on Kristi: "Kristi is an all around footballer who plays with supreme confidence, great vision, and tremendous awareness. She is a capable of transitioning to college speed of play quickly, and based on her tenacity and athleticism will have opportunity to contribute in the attack from the 8 or 10 positions. Her passing inventory, vision, and running with the ball are all great qualities for the 8 position."
Kennedy Langebartels | Broken Arrow, Okla. | 5'7" | Mid
Another local product with family roots in ORU's program's history, Kennedy is the younger sister of recent graduate Jordan Langebartels. Kennedy earned varsity letters at Summit Christian Academy competing in soccer, volleyball and basketball. Some of her athletic honors as an Eagle include, All-State volleyball, All-Tournament volleyball and All-District in soccer. In her three years in soccer competing under her father Marc Langebartels, she tallied 59 goals and 17 assists. Currently she is No. 2 on the all-time goal scorer's list in Summit Christian Academy history. She is the daughter of Marc and Suzanne Langebartels.
Bush on Kennedy: "Kennedy's athletic range is tremendous, which is coupled with good technique, and an array of attacking qualities as well as great defending awareness. Kennedy's drive and energy should bode well for her opportunity to be a contributing center of the park player, likely at the 8 or 10 position, and she's versatile enough to also play across the front-3."
Kalista Miller | Lake Dallas, Texas | 5'2" | Mid/Def
Miller will make the move to Tulsa from Lake Dallas, Texas, and Lake Dallas High School. She was a four-year varsity letter winner at Lake Dallas and as a sophomore she earned the Offensive Most Valuable Player award. Miller was also recruited by Sam Houston State, UT-Tyler and Louisiana Monroe before deciding on Oral Roberts. She is the daughter of Grant and Angela Miller.
Bush on Kalista: "Kalista is fast, explosive, and quick, and has developed great feet over the past few years. She is uniquely versatile, and will bring unquestionable energy, spirit, and determination to competition and training. She is capable of contributing in a variety of positions inside the current team style of play, from middle of the park to the wing."
Christa Van Loon | Rowlett, Texas | 5'8" | Fwd/Mid
Another Lone Star state product, Christa will come to Oral Roberts from Rowlett, Texas, and Dallas Christian School. She earned varsity letters in soccer, volleyball, basketball and cross country. Van Loon played her high school career under head coach Bosko Katic, and were TAPPS Division 5A District Champs in 2017. As a sophomore she earned Most Valuable Player team honors and was named to the Academic All-State team, followed by earning the same honors in her junior season. Van Loon is the daughter of Shane and Sheila Van Loon
Bush on Christa: "Christa is an elite competitor, and a powerful runner with the ball. The combination of her athletic quotient, with her character quotient provides supreme upside for her ability to fit into the college game quickly. Christa is an attacking player who demonstrates hunger for provoking the attack. She possesses quiet strength, which is both tangible and intangible, but undeniably impactful."
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