Central, S.C. - SWU Head Women's Soccer Coach, Corey Morrell and the women's soccer program have signed five players for the 2018 class. The program has qualified for the last two Conference Carolinas Tournaments and played for the NCCAA South Region Final this past season. The newest members will look to continue building the program, on and off the field. Coach Morrell and the Women's Soccer program welcome Ashton Irby, Joy Namyst, Madison Woolbert, Makala Latsch and Payton Woolbert.
"We are really excited about this class! It's not the biggest class we have signed, but we believe the quality is tremendous. On the field, this group has an opportunity to have a big impact for our team, and off the field, their collective character and work ethic in the classroom is a perfect match for our program's core values and team culture. This is an excellent group and I am excited to see them develop as people and players over the next four years!"
Ashton Irby – Ashton is central midfielder and central defender from Powdersville, SC (Powdersville H.S. / CESA Tri-County) where she has served as team captain, been selected to All-Region teams, voted Offensive MVP and helped her team become State Champions in 2017. She is a member of Beta Club, ACTC Student of the Quarter (Entrepreneurship), and made Principles List in 2017. She is also a member of the Environmental Club and plans to major in Special Education. "We are really excited to have Ashton becoming a Warrior!" Coach Morrell commented. "She is a very versatile player that can play several positions for us, she plays with intelligence and is very composed and steady. We love her versatility and work rate. Ashton is a tremendous individual who will definitely add to our team culture."
Ashton's quote about SWU: ''I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do'' - D.L. Moody
Joy Namyst – Joy is a forward from Waldorf, MD (Southern Maryland Christian Academy / MD United FC). During her career, she is the All-Time Leading Scorer at Southern Maryland Christian Academy (31 Goals and 7 Assists in just the 2017 season), voted as MVP her last 3 seasons, Best Defensive Player freshman year, she has served as Team Captain and nominated to the MISAL All League First Team the past 4 seasons. In the classroom, she is just as dedicated. She is a member of the National Honor Society, has been on the Dean's list all 4 years and the A Honor Roll. Along with soccer, she loves to play futsal and basketball. "Joy is a very determined young lady and we cannot wait for her to be a part of our program!" said Coach Morrell. "She is obviously one heck of a forward and has a real propensity for finding the back of the net. But she is very well rounded, as evidenced by her Best Defensive Player award as a freshman. She has power, reads the game well, and has very smart and calculated movements in and around the box. Another high character person that is a perfect fit for us."
Joy's quote about SWU: "I am excited to continue to grow both on the field and in the classroom, but most importantly, I am excited to continue to grow in my faith at SWU."
Madison Woolbert – Madison is from Huntington Beach, CA (Marina H.S. / CDA Slammers FC) where she plays forward/winger. She was nominated as Offensive MVP her freshman year. In 2016 her club team were League Champions with a +42 goal differential and Madison lead the team in assists and was among the top goal scorers as well. In 2017, her team were Champions of the So Cal Summer Classic, the Davis College Showcase and the West Coast College Showcase. She earned Scholar Athlete Award in 2016/2017 and is a member of the National High School Honor Society. She is co-president of Cosplay Club and in 2017 was the City of Huntington Beach American Youth Character Award Honoree. She plans to major in Criminal Justice while at SWU. "Madison is such a hard worker and is a really fit player!" said Coach Morrell. "We can't wait to get her on campus and start working with her. She can play centrally or out wide. She has good pace which can cause problems for defenders and is really good at creating assists. She is a highly positive and motivated individual that will be a great fit for our program."
Madison's quote about SWU: "SWU was the perfect marriage between a loving community, God, soccer, and an amazing criminal justice program. I feel honored to be a part of the SWU family and I cannot wait to kick it and take names out there on the soccer field!"
Makala Latsch – Makala is from Anderson, SC (T.L. Hanna H.S. / United FC & CASA) and plays forward for both club and school where she has been a 4 year starter. As a freshman, she scored 23 goals, was named to the All-Region team and won the Newcomer of the Year Award. Sophomore and Junior seasons she was also named All-Region, nominated as Offensive MVP and selected to the Independent Mail All-Area 1st Team. With her senior campaign still to come, through her first 3 seasons, she has tallied a total of 64 goals for her school, helping her team win two region championships. Her CASA club team were State Cup Champions in 2014. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the National Technical Honors Society. She plans to major in Pre-Med/Biology at SWU. "We are super excited to have Makala joining our program!" commented Coach Morrell. "A great talent up front with power and composure to finish. She has proven the wherewithal in and around the box to impact games. We are excited to see her in a Warrior uniform in 2018. She is an impressive young person who will work hard in the classroom as well and be a great match for our team culture."
Makala's quote about SWU: "I am blessed to have the opportunity to not only continue playing the sport I love an extra 4 years but playing as a warrior is like icing on a cake."
Payton Woolbert – Payton is a forward/winger from Huntington Beach, CA (Marina H.S. / CDA Slammers FC). In 2016 her club team were League Champions and in 2017, they were Champions of the So Cal Summer Classic, the Davis College Showcase and the West Coast College Showcase. She is co-president of Cosplay Club and in 2017 was the City of Huntington Beach American Youth Character Award Honoree. While at SWU, she intends to major in Criminal Justice. "We are so excited for Payton to be joining our program!" Coach Morrell commented. "Payton is full of energy and brings that passion to the field. She is a very smart player that loves to create and combine with her teammates. She has tremendous endurance for working in wide areas and she will use this to her advantage. Payton has great vision for creating the final pass and assist. Above all, she has great character and integrity and will be a perfect match for us."
Payton's quote about SWU: "I am over the moon to be going to SWU. I get to play with the team I love and admire along with studying hard for what I believe to be my life's calling. This is the time for Payton Woolbert to really shine, and I am thrilled I'll be doing that at SWU."