Chris Fox Announces the Addition of Eight Signees to Soccer Program

By Talia Gennarelli, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations

MOREHEAD, Ky. – head coach Chris Fox has announced the signing of eight additions to the Morehead State Soccer roster as part of the first recruiting class under the program’s new regime. Among the eight newcomers are four freshmen and four transfers, and includes players throughout the United States and Sweden.

Freshman Erin Gibbs comes to the Eagles from Mesa, Ariz., where she was a goalkeeper for Phoenix Rising ECNL.

“I chose Morehead State because of the close knit, hard-working atmosphere that it has, and because I wanted to be a part of something that could be great,” Gibbs said.

Over the course of her senior season at Desert Ridge High School, Gibbs was a part of eight shutouts, and was an honorable mention on the 6A Central All-Region team her junior year. Gibbs was also an academic standout, being named to the Dean’s List.

“Mark and I are really excited to add Erin to our squad. Erin possesses all the traits we look for in a good goalkeeper; she’s brave, aggressive, has great positioning and footwork. She is comfortable with the ball at her feet and can distribute well out of the back. She has a fantastic work rate and training habits and will quickly contribute to the growth of our team,” Fox said.

Sejla Podzic is a forward from Carlisle, Pa., who racked up over 100 points in her career for Carlisle High School, where she was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Section honoree. Podzic was also a letter winner in track and field, which helped lead her John Travers Award nomination for best female student-athlete in central Pennsylvania, and was a standout scorer for Keystone FC. Podzic is a star in the class as well, having been named to the honor roll 15 times and winning the American Legion School Award.

“I chose Morehead State because academically, it proved to be a great fit and there are many great, and promising programs to help me further my studies. Athletically, being a part of a new chapter for Morehead State Women’s Soccer is very exciting, and I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity of being a part of something that could turn out to be very special. I love challenges and new beginnings and at Morehead State, I know both will be very present, it’s all so exciting,” Podzic said.

“Sejla has been brought in to give us a different dynamic in attack. Sejla’s style of play is very unique. She is powerful, strong, and fast, but has very good feet in tight areas. She can strike the ball with both feet making her very dangerous. Her infectious personality and tiresome drive towards excellence is why we are excited to welcome Sejla to the Eagle family,” said Fox.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, freshman Eli Söderberg comes to Morehead State after sending one year with Enskede IK.

“I chose Morehead State because I got a great feeling for the coaches and the team, and I think Morehead is a place where I can grow both on and off the field,” Söderberg said.

“Eli’s pace, composure under pressure, and ability to take opponents on 1v1 is what drew us to her. She will be a great addition to our attack with her vision and knowledge of the game. We look forward to welcoming Eli to the program and seeing her learn, grow and reach her full potential here at Morehead State University,” said Fox.

Fellow Stockholm native Natalie Ledin comes to Morehead State after spending three seasons at Carson-Newman (Tenn.).

“I think the level of soccer will fit me very good, and I have a good feeling about Chris [Fox] as a coach and I feel like we have a good connection and that we share the same mindset when it comes to soccer and how we want to play,” Ledin said.

The defender started in 19 games in that time for the CN Eagles and posted five shots on goal. Prior to her time with Carson-Newman, Ledin was a member of Swedish Club Sätra SK.

“Natalie is a great addition to our defensive line. Natalie comes to us with a wealth of experience as an attacking full back. Her ability to take players on 1v1 to get into the attack and provide quality service is what we are most excited about. Her ability to read the game and her leadership qualities with be an exciting addition to the Eagle soccer family,” Fox added.

Alexa DeLong is a midfielder who transfers in from Alabama State, where she started 18 games for the Hornets, netting a goal and two assists, and helped guide her team to a SWAC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last spring. The Williamston, Mich., Native ella hails from Williamston High School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the President Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, and played for the Michigan Hawks ECNL, where she helped the lead capture the CUSA Cup.

“I chose Morehead State University for their reputation of strong academics, beautiful campuses that encompasses a welcoming atmosphere and the soccer style/philosophy,” said DeLong.

“Lexi brings a wealth of experience to our midfield having already competed in the NCAA tournament. Lexi is a combative midfielder who excels breaking up plays and keeping things simple. I believe she will have no problem integrating herself quickly into the team culture and style of play,” added Fox.

A native of Creve Coeur, Mo., Hadley Cytron transfers to Morehead State from a stint at both St. Louis University and Tennessee.

“I chose Morehead State University because Coach Fox and Coach Sappington share an exciting philosophy and approach to the game. They have a great vision for the future of this program. Also, my future teammates are terrific and I am looking forward to competing with them ,” Cytron said.

Cytron was the No. 25 forward and No. 79 player overall in the IMG Academy 150 rankings for the class of 2019. She became the first high school player to sign with the Fire & Ice WPSL team. She was also a 2017 & 2018 ECNL Integrated National Training Camp selection. At Ladue Horton Watkins high school, she was a first-team All-State, All-Region and All-Conference honoree, Offensive Player of the Year and Conference Player of the Year in 2017.

“Hadley is an exciting addition to our roster. She is a proven goal scorer who is comfortable back to goal and playing between the lines. With her experience, leadership and knowledge, we are excited to see her reach her full potential here at Morehead State ,” Fox said.

Erin Fite rounds out the newest Eagles, transferring in from Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

“I chose Morehead State because I am very excited about the new coaching staff and the vision they have for the program. I also have the ability to pursue my nursing degree while still playing soccer,” Fite said.

Fite started all 18 games for the Golden Lions last season, and racked up six goals and six assists, and was named newcomer of the year. The forward from Cincinnati, Ohio played at West Clermont High School, where she netted 13 goals in 16 games her senior season, and was a member of the Cincinnati United Premier ECNL.

“Erin is another great addition to our side. Her time at CDA, the national camps, and her fantastic season at UAPB have helped develop her into a dangerous attacking threat with pace and technique. She will be a handful for any defender. We are excited to welcome Erin to the Eagle family,” added Fox.

The signees will be joining Summer Ward, the Norwood High School and Cincinnati United Premier forward and reigning Miami Valley Player of the Year, who inked with the program in November.

“Summer Ward’s athleticism and nose for goal makes her an exciting addition to the squad. Summer’s ability to drive into space and strength to hold up the ball makes her a great addition to our front line. We are excited to see the intensity that she will bring day in and day out,” Fox added.

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