MONROE, La. – Head soccer coach Keyton Wheelock
and her staff signed seven new Warhawks to the 2018 squad earlier this year. The newest additions reign from Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, Canada, and Belgium.
Wheelock is entering her third year at the helm for ULM, looking to build off a late season surge of success that guided the Hawks to a 3-3-1 finish after starting the season 0-10-1.
"We are honored to add these seven Warhawks and their families to our soccer family here at ULM," said Wheelock. "Over the past two years we have developed a bond with each and every one of them and cannot wait until they arrive on campus."
2018 ULM Warhawk's Soccer Signing Class
is the first of the 2018 class and comes to ULM from Landen, Belgium. The 5'3 midfielder-defender played for all four years she attended high school at Koninklijk Atheneum Redingenhof Leuven. Mievis' success on the pitch awarded her selections on to the Red Flames Belgium U15 and U19 national teams, where she has been able to grow and learn in the sport with some of the best in the country.
Since she began playing soccer at the age of six, Mievis has belonged to three club teams; she played for FC Landed from 2007-2012, then the VV Brustem team from 2012-2014, and most recently, the R.Standard De Liege Femina from 2014-2018. During her time with her club teams, Mievis helped guide her teammates to a second-place finish in the 2015 Belgium Cup, a first-place finish in the 2016 Belgium Cup, and a second-place finish in the 2017 International Women's Tournament in Mention, France.
Mievis, otherwise known as Petite by her friends and family, was born in Tienen, Belgium and enjoys hanging out with her friends and reading when she's not honing in on her soccer skills. She is the daughter of Walter Mievis and Nancy Marchal, and has a younger brother, Wout.
Wheelock on Mievis, "To add a player with the level of experience has Annelore is very exciting. She has the ability to plug into multiple spots on squad and compete. She brings great knowledge of the game and an ability to read the game very quickly. Annelore is a great addition and I look forward to her growing here at ULM."
is a future graduate of Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas, where she was born and raised. Standing at 5'5, the forward currently plays for her high school soccer team and belongs to Brzoswood's National Honor Society.
Bell also played for the Albion Hurricanes for one year before joining the Houston express, which she has been a part of for the past six years. Bell moves to Louisiana from Texas, leaving behind her parents, Rick and Allison Rader and younger brother Kellan Rader.
Wheelock on Bell, "The pace Makenzie is bringing to our team is very exciting. Makenzie has a hunger for goals and has the pace to get in behind a back line. She is a hard working striker who will find a way to get her shot off and make things happen."
is ULM's second incoming Texas native. She reigns from Pearland, Texas where she lettered in soccer all four years she was a student-athlete. In 2014, she was awarded freshman of the year and first-team all-district after leading her team to a District Championship. During her sophomore year, she was again selected to the all-district first-team in addition to earning the Oiler Pride award.
As a junior, DelaMater led Pearland to another district championship, her skills earned her MVP for both her team and the district, all Vype team, and MVP of the Dr. Pink Tournament. Aside from her contributions to her high school team, DelaMater was also given the opportunity to play for Space City for eight years, and the Albion Hurricane Futbol club for two years.
Wheelock on DelaMater, "I talk a lot to my team about having a blue collar work ethic and that is exactly what we are getting with Blake. Not only is she going to be a work horse in the midfield but she also has the technical ability to help us keep the ball in our possession and switch the point of attack."
will be traveling to Monroe from her home in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Standing at 5'3, Wiest is known as "Big Cass" by her coaches and teammates for her ability to work around and defend off bigger opponents. Wiest will be far from home in Louisiana, but not far from family, as she will be joining her sister, Erika, who is a sophomore midfielder for the Warhawks.
Wiest, like her sister, too plays midfield, earning the title as senior captain at her high school, Notre Dame Preparatory. Wiest recently earned a spot on the all-district team both her sophomore and junior year, after helping her team to a state championship in 2016. Before playing soccer at NDP, Wiest was also letterman cross country runner her freshman and sophomore year.
Wiest has been a member of the Vardar ECNL club team since 2009, helping her U15 team to the national's, and then her U17 team to the North American Cup. When she is not on the pitch, Wiest enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and going to the movies.
Wheelock on Wiest, "Cassidy gives us another player who brings a ton of technical skill and can be utilized in multiple positions. She is a technical possession oriented midfielder player who can adapt and become a creative striker if need be. We are excited to have a pair of sisters on the team to add to our family dynamic."
is Wheelock's lone newcomer from the Sooner State, Oklahoma. Lester is a three-year letterman from Jenks High School in her hometown, Jenks, OK. The 5'6 defender highlights her high school career with the marking of an opposing national team-level player, and defending her scoreless in a team tournament. Lester has been playing with the Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricanes for eight years.
Wheelock on Lester, "I am really excited to add Morgan to our backline she is very dominate in the air and aggressive on the ground. She has great vision of the field and will help add to the technical side of our team. With Morgan on the backline, we will have the ability to build up play and attack."
is the last, but certainly not the least of the Texas newcomers. Standing in at 5'6, the midfielder reigns from North Richland Hills, Texas. She has a twin brother, Ryan, and plans on majoring in health studies when she attends ULM. As a seven-year member of the Dallas Texans West/Sting ECNL, Garza helped lead her team to a 2016 Real Colorado Cup Championship.
Currently attending Birdville High School, Garza has been a four-year letterman for the Hawks soccer team and four-year varsity starter. Garza has earned the title as varsity captain for the past two seasons, helping her team to the UIL Regionals in 2015. She has garnered all-district selections three years in-a-row, All-District MVP in 2016, Team Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, and All-Region 1st
Team in 2017. Garza has scored fifty career goals as a Hawk, and earned 42 assists; she chose her experience playing in the state regional tournament as a freshman, as being one of the focal points of her high school career.
Wheelock on Graza, "As a skillful attacking center-mid, Madi sees the game develop extremely fast, and can find seams to slide passes in to our strikers. She is a great addition to our midfield; she will be able to keep the tempo up and the game moving. We are excited to add her creativity as well."
is joining the other six new Warhawks all the way from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "Bre" as she goes by her friends and family, is the only goalkeeper of the incoming crew, and boasts some significant stats along with the title.
As a Spartan goalkeeper for Archbishop O'Leary Catholic High School in Edmonton, Truscott as helped lead her team to the Division II Championship in 2016 and the Division I Championship in 2017. In the Division II Championship, Truscott defended the net for the win in PKS; not to out-do herself in 2017, the Spartan played every eligible minute of the 2017 season, allowing only two goals in their trek to the championship, taking home the win for the first time in school history.
Truscott has been a member of the Sherwood Park Phoenix team since 2014 and was selected to the Canada Soccer Association FC Edmonton REX for back-to-back campaigns. She has also been selected every year she was eligible, to the Alberta Provincial Selects team- medaling in the championships in 2014 through 2017.
Wheelock on Truscott, "Goalkeepers are in my opinion, one of the hardest positions to fill. I am very pleased to have Bre join our goalkeeping unit. She has a good command of her box and the mentality you want your keepers to have. She gets off her line well, and I am excited to see her compete right away."
"I am pleased with our newest seven as they have all played at a high level and know exactly what we expect of them as athletes," Wheelock said. "All seven of them will come in and compete right away with our returners. They are all very talented athletes and bring with them the soccer IQ and technical ability we need in this program. We are excited about our future and the 2018 season."