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Girls Commitments: Booming Sooner

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: November 11, 2014

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Kacie Kinley, Defender, Sporting Blue Valley SC
Class: 2017
Commitment: Oklahoma

Kacie Kinley’s positive experience at a recent Oklahoma camp triggered her commitment to the Big 12 program.

kacie kinley club soccerKacie Kinley

“I loved the staff and the players,” she told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I was very impressed with the campus, the athletic facilities and the support that is available for athletes. Every time I went back to visit or watch games, I fell in love with the program even more. The players were very welcoming to me and I could see myself playing at Oklahoma. I feel like I can be successful as a student and as an athlete.”

An ambitious coaching staff in Norman appealed to her, along with a style of play that is similar to what she experiences now at Sporting Blue Valley.

“I also really liked the coaches and the vision they have for the team,” she said. “Coach [Matt] Potter and coach [Graeme] Abel are focused on developing the players both on and off the field and that is one of the things I was looking for in a college.”

She also found a university that is very supportive of its student-athletes no matter the sport.

“When I went to games, there were other athletes from different sports there each time,” Kinley said. “It felt like a family among the athletes, even if they were from different sports.”

Kinley is the first verbal commitment to Oklahoma’s class of 2017.

Mia Dobbin, Midfielder, Westminister AFC
: 2015
Commitment: Colorado College

A welcoming team helped show midfielder Mia Dobbin that Colorado College is the right place for her.

“I love the coaches and the players at Colorado College, they were all really inviting when I had my visits,” Dobbin told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I also really appreciate the block plan – I think that it will help me be successful in the major I am pursuing.”

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Emerging over the past few seasons as a consistent mid-major power in the Mountain West Conference, Colorado College’s top-notch program was another factor.

“The level of intensity and pace are aspects I am really looking forward to,” Dobbin said.

The school itself? Dobbin said it was her dream school.

“It’s a small liberal arts college in the great city of Colorado Springs,” she said “The type of people there love the outdoors and are full of adventure, which is what I am looking for when I go to college.”

Dobbin is the third verbal commitment to Colorado College for 2015.

Other commitments:

Goalkeeper Molly Hiniker (Minnesota Thunder Academy) committed to Colorado College for the class of 2016.

Midfielder Brooklyn Mooney (Colorado Rush) committed to Wyoming for the class of 2016.

Forward Breeana Bezdek (Colorado Rush) committed to Air Force for the class of 2016.

Forward Natalee Heiser (FC Dallas) committed to Mississippi State for the class of 2016.

Defender Kelley Carusa (San Diego Surf) committed to San Diego for the class of 2016.

Forward Dorianna Moul (San Diego Surf) committed to Florida State for the class of 2016.

Midfielder Jaileen Goncalves (FC Stars of Massachusetts) committed to Rhode Island for the class of 2016.

Midfielder Lily Ammon (Concorde Fire SC) committed to Stetson for the class of 2016.

Midfielder Sophia Gulati (New Jersey Stallions Academy) committed to Princeton for the class of 2016.

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