The Auburn soccer team signed four players to national letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Auburn, which is coming off of its sixth NCAA Tournament in its last seven seasons, signed two midfielders (Katy Frierson, Julie King), a defender (Mary Nicholson) and a goalkeeper (Aimee Golightly).
"This class, although small, improves our team and makes us better in every position. They are an extremely talented group with a wealth of athleticism, experience, and soccer knowledge that all come from teams with winning traditions," Auburn coach Karen Hoppa said.
The jewel of the class is Katy Frierson, a midfielder from Homewood where she plays for the Birmingham United 90 coached by Eric Dade. Last month she participated in the U-20 national team camp, and has also played extensively for the U-16 and U-17 national teams. Having been a member of BUSA since 1999, she has helped the club team to nine state championships, two regional quarterfinal appearances and two Region 3 League Championships, captaining the team since 2004.
"Katy is clearly one of the top 2008 recruits in the country, having played on the youth national teams for several years," Hoppa said. "The international experience she brings to the Plains will impact our midfield immediately. She is an incredibly technical player that can control the tempo of the attack, play a perfect final ball, and is a goal-scoring threat in the run of play as well as from free-kicks."