Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's soccer team will welcome eight new faces to the squad for the 2018 season, it was announced by Paladin head coach Andrew Burr.
The class includes forwards Kyndal Anderson (Acworth, Ga.)and Erin Houlihan (Suwanee, Ga.), midfielders Grace Baghdady (Spartanburg, S.C.), MG Farr (Birmingham, Ala.), Isabella Gutierrez (Statesboro, Ga.), and Lauren O'Hearn (Savannah, Ga.), as well as, defenders Faith Hauberg (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) and Ellie Perkins (Dartford, England).
"We are thrilled to welcome this group to campus in August and believe that they can have an immediate impact on our team," said Burr, who garnered Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2017. "Each of them are outstanding student-athletes who will fit well into our program and into the Furman community."
Anderson and Erin Houlihan ranked as the leading scorers for United Futbol Club in the U.S. Development Academy League this spring, while Baghdady and O'Hearn captured state titles with their respective high school teams before teaming to lead Caroline Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) in the Elite Clubs National League.
Farr and Hauberg, teammates with Birmingham United in the ECNL, paced their prep teams to Alabama state titles as Farr led John Carroll Catholic High School to a 6-A state crown, while Hauberg helped Vestavia Hills claim the 7-A title.
Gutierrez garnered Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year honors en route to helping Statesboro High School to a region title and played her club soccer for the Cherokee Impact in the Region III Premier League and for FC Alliance in the ECNL.
Perkins, who finalized her plans to join the Paladins last month, guided Arsenal to FA Development League Southern titles in 2016 and 2018. An FA Youth Cup winner with Arsenal in 2016, she also was selected to England's national squad training camp in 2015 and 2016.
The 2018 Furman Paladins will return five starters from a 2017 squad that posted a 13-3-2 overall record and claimed a share of the SoCon regular season title with an 8-0-1 league mark. Among the returnees are All-SoCon performers defender Jordan Evens and goalkeeper Kellsey Weaver. The Paladins also return Caitlyn Reilly, who netted seven goals and added six assists to rank seventh in the SoCon in total points.
Name Pos. Ht. Hometown High School Club
Kyndal Anderson F 5-6 Acworth, Ga. Allatoona HS United Futbol Academy
Grace Baghdady MF 5-6 Spartanburg, S.C. Oakbrook Prep CESA
MG Farr MF 5-6 Birmingham, Ala. John Carroll HS Birmingham United
Isabella Gutierrez MF/F 5-5 Statesboro, Ga. Statesboro HS Cherokee Impact
Faith Hauberg D 5-8 Vestavia Hills, Ala. Vestavia Hills HS Birmingham United
Erin Houlihan F 5-6 Suwanee, Ga. Pinecrest Academy United Futbol Academy
Lauren O'Hearn MF 5-7 Savannah, Ga. St. Vincent's Academy CESA
Ellie Perkins D 5-7 Dartford, England Wilmington Grammar Arsenal Ladies
Graduate of Allatoona High School...Rated a two-star prospect by Top Drawer Soccer...Played three seasons for Coach Bill Perry at Allatoona... Led her team to region titles as a freshman and sophomore and Georgia state playoff round of 16 appearances in three straight seasons...A three-time all-region choice and two-time All-Cobb County selection...Tallied 19 goals and 10 assists as a junior after totaling 17 goals and 14 assists as a sophomore...Played club soccer for United Futbol Academy in the U.S. Development Academy Southeast Division...Ranks second to Furman signee Erin Houlihan with eight goals through 19 matches.
Graduate of Oakbrook Prep where she played soccer for coach David Calloway...Rated a two-star prospect by Top Drawer Soccer...Led Oakbrook to three consecutive South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) AA state titles and four straight state finals appearances...Garnered SCISA 1-AA Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and senior...A two-time SCISA AA All-State choice, four-time all-area and four-time all-region selection...Served as team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior...Selected to the 2018 SCISA North-South All-Star Game...Played her club soccer for CESA U18/U19 in the Elite Clubs National League.
Graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School...Played her prep soccer for coach Robert Crawford... Rated a two-star prospect by Top Drawer Soccer...Named 2018 Birmingham Metro Player of the Year and Alabama AAAAAA Player of the Year after serving as team captain and leading Carroll to the AAAAAA state championship...Tabbed as her school's top female athlete...Also paced Carroll to AAAAAA state titles as a freshman and sophomore... A two-time Alabama AAAAAA All-State choice and Birmingham All-Metro First Team pick... Named to the AHSAA North-South Team...Played club soccer for Birmingham United in the ECNL...Helped her club to three straight ECNL nationals appearances.
Graduate of Statesboro High School and prep standout for coach Brian Thomas...Named Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year and all-region after guiding Statesboro to a region title and second round appearance in the state playoffs as a senior...Served as team captain as a senior and earned all-region honors and team MVP honors twice...Played club soccer for the Cherokee Impact and served as team captain...Also participated in the ECNL with FC Alliance...Travelled to Costa Rica with the ODP Region 3 Team in 2015-16.
Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Graduate of Vestavia Hills High School...Played her high school soccer at for coach Brigid Littleton...Guided Vestavia Hills to a 22-3-1 record as a senior and Alabama AAAAAAA state titles as a sophomore and senior, while earning tournament championship MVP honors in the finals as a senior after netting her team's first goal...Garnered all-state honors and Jefferson County Most Outstanding Player accolades as a senior...Selected to the Alabama All-State North Team as a junior... Played her club soccer for Birmingham United in the ECNL, serving as a team captain in each of the last three seasons.
Graduate of Pinecrest Academy...Played prep soccer for coach Dom Martelli for three years...Netted a team-leading 19 goals and 12 assists as a junior en route to earning GHSA All-State honors....A three-time all-county and all-region pick...Helped Pinecrest to GHSA playoff appearances as a freshman, sophomore and junior... Focused on club soccer as a senior playing with fellow Furman signee Kyndal Anderson and United Futbol Academy in the U.S. Development Academy Southeast Division... Led her team with 11 goals during the 2017-18 season...Previously played three seasons in the Region III Premier League and ECNL.
Graduate of St. Vincent's Academy...Played her prep soccer for coach Tess Tvrdy... Named the 2018 Savannah Morning News Girls Player of the Year...A three-time All-Greater Savannah Girls Soccer Team choice and 2016 NSCAA Youth Girls All-South Region selection... Led St. Vincent's to GHSA 2-AA state titles as a junior and senior...Tallied 15 goals and nine assists as a senior...Anchored a defense that posted 13 shutouts...Played her club soccer for CESA 99 ECNL and Storm 99 Girls Black...Also a three-time All-Greater Savannah pick in cross country...Also travelled to England with the Region III Internationl Team...O'Hearn is the sister of Furman defender Erin O'Hearn.
Played club soccer for Arsenal for three seasons and the London Bees for one season...Helped Arsenal to the Southern League title in the FA Development League in 2017-18 after playing with the Bees in the WSL2 during the spring of 2017...Captured the FA Development League Southern League championship and FA Youth Cup with Arsenal in 2015-16...Selected for England's national squad camp in 2015 and 2016.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information