SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –
After finishing her first season at Missouri State, head coach Catherine Ostoich
announced on Saturday, Nov. 19 that seven future student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent with the program during the NCAA early signing period.
"I am thrilled about this incoming class," Ostoich said. "Their knowledge and passion for the game, as well as their desire to want to win, is exactly what we need to push this program further on our path to success. I am excited for them to challenge the upperclassmen with their individual skill and hard work. They will strive to make program history and that really excites me."
Jordan Besore • D • Fenton, Mo. • Cor Jesu Academy HS
A 2016 state runner up, Besore captained her team to a 19-4 record, playing in all 23 games for or Jesu Academy. The defender played in all 72 games in her four-year career as a Charger, leading her team to a Final Four appearance in her junior season. The St. Louis, Mo., native was a part of two back-to-back MWAA tournament championship teams, rounding out her freshman and sophomore season with a combined record of 27-0-2.
Ostoich on Besore:
"Jordan is a solid all-around player. Her composure and strength on the ball mixed with her great game sense will make her very threatening in our backfield."
Josie Cook • F/MF • New Cumberland, Pa. • Cedar Cliff HS
Four-year starter and letterwinner at Cedar Cliff High School, Cook is set to join the Bears during the 2017 season. Cook, a team captain for the Colts her junior and senior year, earned many accolades her senior year including first-team mid-Penn all-star, preseason player of the year and team MVP honors. The 2015 team midfielder of the year, Cook was named to the first-team mid-Penn all-star team. A member of the East Coast Field Hockey club team, Cook was a member of the 2015 Junior Premier Outdoor League championship team. Leading her team to a 14-5 record in 2014, the New Cumberland, Pa., native led her high school team to a PIAA District 3-3A Championship and a second-place finish in the JPOL with her club team. As a freshman, Cook earned team rookie of the year honors and was a member of the PIAA District 3-3A Championships team.
Ostoich on Cook:
"Josie is an all-around solid player. Her natural athleticism allows her to be strong on the ball. Her ability to make plays happen in the midfield will make her a great addition to this program."
Ginny Dalton • F/MF • Manchester, Mo. • Parkway South HS
Dalton is a four-year letterwinner at Parkway South HS where she holds the school record in total goals. After missing the majority of her senior season due to injury, the captain scored the only goal in her first game back to give Parkway South a 1-0 victory that helped the Patriots advance to the "Sweet Sixteen" round of the playoffs. Dalton was honored as the team's most valuable player in her junior season and received first-team all-conference honors as she led her team to a conference-winning 15-6 record, which is the school record for the most wins in a single season. Dalton led her squad to a conference championship in her sophomore season as well, finishing the season with a 14-10 mark.
Ostoich on Dalton:
"Ginny is a strong competitor. She brings passion and grit to her game. Her determination to want to be a better player makes her a real threat on the field."
Allison Huddleson • D • Douglassville, Pa. • Berks Catholic HS
A four-year starter and letterwinner for Berks Catholic HS, Huddleson was named to the all-division first-team as she led the Saints to both the district and county playoffs. The team captain was a member of the Berks County All-Star squad that competed against Lencaster-Lebanon County in the league's all-star game. Her junior year, Huddleson led her team to a Keystone Games State Championship title that landed her on the all-division second-team while receiving that Berks Catholic Coaches Award. The defender earned all-division honorable mention honors as a sophomore and led her team to a 17-7 season her freshman year. She was also a three-year starter on the Berks Catholic softball team. Huddleson is a member of the Viper Field Hockey Club and has ties to Missouri State as her great uncle and aunt, Steve and Diane Huddleson, attended then-Southwest Missouri State in the 1970s.
Ostoich on Huddleson:
"Alli's passion and love for the game is contagious. She has fire about her and has strong fundamentals. I am excited for her to join this group and make her mark on this program."
Niamh Sexton • MF • Cork, Ireland • Loreto Secondary School Fermoy HS
Sexton is a four-year starter for the Fermoy Ladies Senior field hockey team in Cork, Ireland, where she started all 50 games of her high school career. A four-year captain for her high school squad, Sexton was awarded a certificate of excellence in field hockey by her high school following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The midfielder represented Munster in the All-Ireland Tournament her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons as one of the top players in the region. The 2013-14 Junior Sports Person of the Year was awarded a trial opportunity to play for Ireland's 16u field hockey team. Sexton is a member of the Harlequins Field Hockey Club.
Ostoich on Sexton:
"Niamh's knowledge of the game is tremendous. Her ability to read the situation allows her to play with a lot of poise and confidence. I have no doubt that she will make an immediate impact next fall."
Meghan Strite • G • Louisville, Ky. • Sacred Heart Academy HS
Strite is a two-year letterwinner under head coach Eleanor Mitchell at Sacred Heart Academy and teammate of Audrey Tabor. In her senior campaign, Strite led the Valkyrie defense, captaining the team to a 20-6 record. The goalkeeper earned several accolades, being named to the Apple all-tournament team and Kentucky all-star team. Winning Sacred Heart's district, Stite earned all-state second-team honors as well as receiving an All-American team nomination. In her junior season, Strite led the Valkyries to a Kentucky State Championship title, racking up a 22-6-1 record. Under coach Michelle Ciliberti, Strite was named to the Pumpkin all-tournament team during her sophomore season.
Ostoich on Strite:
"Meghan's great fundamentals mixed with her vast knowledge of the game, make her a huge threat in the backfield. She has a strong voice and work rate, which will inspire her teammates during her four years here."
Audrey Tabor • F • Louisville, Ky. • Sacred Heart Academy HS
Teammate of Meghan Strite and three-year starter at Sacred Heart Academy, Tabor will join the Bears in the 2017 season. Following the Valkyrie's 20-6, 2016 season, Tabor was named to the all-state first team as she led Sacred Heart to the Kentucky State Semi-Finals. Her efforts also earned her a Miss Kentucky Field Hockey nomination. Tabor led the Valkyries to a state championship in 2015, where the squad finished the season with a 21-5-1 overall record and were the Apple Tournament Champions. The Louisville, Ky., native was a member of the Sacred Heart Academy's 2014 State Semi-Finalist team and was named the team MVP during her freshman season.
Ostoich on Tabor:
"Audrey's hustle and determination really allow her to create opportunities in the attacking circle. She is a fierce attacker and I am excited for her to bring that competitive drive to our forward line."