Bowling Green, Ky. — The two leading scorers from the state of Kentucky headline the Western Kentucky University women’s soccer program’s 2008 recruiting class. Head coach Jason Neidell announced Thursday that Kaylyn Pratt and Lindsey Goad will make the transition from high school soccer to the collegiate level at WKU.
Pratt — a 5-foot, 10-inch forward from Richmond, Ky. — played for Model Lab School where she was selected the 2007 Kentucky Eurosport Girls Player of the Year. She was elected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-Region IV team along with being a first-team all-state choice. Pratt led the state in scoring with 55 goals during her senior campaign and tied with future teammate Goad with 3.1 goals per match. She ranks fourth all-time in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book for regular-season goals (52), fifth in consecutive matches with a goal (16) and seventh in consecutive matches with multiple goals. For her career, Pratt recorded 102 goals along with 44 assists while lettering four years at Model. She played club soccer for Lexington FC and was selected to the state Olympic Development Program (ODP) in 2004, 2005 and 2007 while also being selected to the Region II ODP pool in 2007.
Pratt also was the 2006 KHSAA state champion in the 100m dash and the high jump. She earned first-team all-state honors for three years.
“Kaylyn is an extraordinary athlete who has only touched the surface of all that she is capable of accomplishing,” stated Neidell. “She is fast, strong and has a great nose for the goal. We cannot wait to start training Kaylyn every day in our competitive environment.”
Goad — a senior captain at Holy Cross High School — tied Pratt for the state lead in goals per match with 3.1. The Louisville, Ky., native scored 141 goals and had 29 assists in her career. Her 141 goals ranks seventh in the KHSAA record books. Goad was a four-time first-team all-region and all-district member. She holds Holy Cross’ career scoring mark and was selected Team Offensive Player of the Year four consecutive times along with lettering four years. In her senior season, Goad scored 10 goals in a match. She is a member of the five-time club state champion Javanon, and was selected to the state ODP from 2004-06.
“Lindsey is a proven goal scorer. She loves the game and it shows in the way she competes,” Neidell said. “She will give us another great option as a target forward, as well as added depth in the midfield.”
The Lady Toppers will look to continue their winning ways after earning the school’s first regular-season Sun Belt Conference championship while posting a 14-3-3 record.