Three area soccer players join SEC teams

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Kat Stratton tried on a houndstooth hat Wednesday, but she didn’t shout, “Roll, Tide!”
“I’m not a hardcore Alabama fan … yet,” said Tupelo’s senior goal keeper, who signed a soccer national letter of intent with Alabama.
“I’ve been committed to them since my sophomore year. I liked the program and the coaches.”
Stratton, who recorded 27 shutouts the last two seasons, was one of three Tupelo players to sign national letters. Midfielder Abby Phillips signed with MississippiState and midfielder Bryson Rial signed with NCAA Division II Ouachita Baptist.
Phillips, who had six goals and six assists this year, committed to MSU prior to her junior season.
“I’m so excited to be playing Division I,” she said. “I know it’s going to be tough, but it’s worth it.”
Rial, who had six goals and seven assists, had some Division I looks, but wasn’t sure she had the commitment to mix that level of play and her studies.
“At Ouachita Baptist I’ll have time to do both,” she said. “I’m excited about that.”
Another Lady Wave player, midfielder Smith Ann Chiles, signed earlier this season with Jones CommunityCollege.

FORBUS A REBEL
Amory forward Addie Forbus made it official with Ole Miss, after committing to the Rebels in her sophomore season.
“Everything about Ole Miss was enticing. It was impossible not to choose them,” Forbus said. “It’s a sigh of relief for it to finally be official.
I’m ready to get there and get to work.”
Forbus, the state’s career leader in goals with 231, also led the state with 50 goals this season and had 15 assists. Forbus previously led the state in goals with 52 in her sophomore season.
“It’s a great opporunity for her, and she’s going to be able to make an immediate impact with their program,” Amory coach Nathan Clayton said. “She brings a lot to the plate, not just with her performance on the field, but with her character off the field.”

XC NEWS
Tupelo High distance runner Madison Nash, the team captain on this year’s Lady Wave cross country team, signed a letter of intent to run for Delta State.
Contributing: Melissa Meador, Monroe Journal