|March 1, 2018
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women’s soccer team announced the signing of seven new student-athletes for the 2018 season Thursday morning. The newest Bobcats include: Corby Bailey (Newton, N.C.), Lindsey Bowden (Plant City, N.C.), Rachel Crum (Raleigh, N.C.), Cassandra Gregg (Pine Bluff, N.C.), Maddy Klein (St. Augustine, Fla.), Pali Smith (Fairview, N.C.), Alexa Todd (Vero Beach, Fla.).
Corby Bailey- Defender- Newton, NC
A member of Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association, this hot bed region for youth soccer has developed Bailey into a leader on and off the field as she is a captain for both CVYSA and Fred T. Foard where she made the West North Carolina State Team for her 2016 and 2017 season. In 2017 she was also named All Conference, All Region, and received the Coach’s Award. In 2014 she was the MVP and Offensive player of the year.
Fred T. Foard conquered a point percentage of 0.750 in the 3A/4A Northwestern Conference with Bailey as a driving force in it. She has eight career high school goals and contributes both offensively and defensively for her squad. In the classroom, she is a 2015 and 2016 scholar athlete, has been a member of Beta Club for two years, and was a junior marshal in 2017. Bailey is the daughter of David and Susan Drum with two brothers, Charlie and Samuel.
“I chose Lees-McRae because I love the campus and the vibe the school gives off. Plus, I am a mountain person and I have always loved Banner Elk,” said Bailey. Magana capitalized on that love for the mountains and sees Bailey as contributing to the team’s depth defensively. “Corby has a great attitude, very coachable and shows great dedication to soccer and her academics all which we value in our recruits”, praised Coach Magana. “Corby is able to play any position in the back and has a good technical sense to begin the attack which are qualities we look for and are excited to have her. I want to personally thank the Bailey’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Lindsey Bowden-Forward- Plant City, FL
Bowden is a member of the West Florida Flames and previously played with Tampa Dynamo. She is captain of Plant City High School’s Women’s Soccer team and has received athletic awards such as Most Valuable Attacker, Western Conference Most Honorable Mention, and the Coach’s Award. Her freshman year they won districts in both soccer and cross country, and she also participated on the swim team.
Bowden stays busy off the pitch with several extracurricular activities including Raider Buddies, Youth Alive, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Positive Coaching Alliance, National Honor Society, and is a Special Olympics officer. She has also been praised as Senior of the Month in October 2017 and is an Honor Grad. She is the daughter of Charlie and Leecy Bowden with a sister at Vanderbilt who was a member of the swim team there.
“Academically, Lees-McRae had the major and class size I was looking for,” states Bowden, “It is aesthetically one of the most beautiful colleges in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Lees-McRae offers many outdoor sports and activities that I know are ultimately important to my happiness. Most importantly, the coaches made me feel wanted. The soccer team made me feel at home, and being a part of a hard-working, winning program was top of my list.”
Magana sees Bowden impacting the program by providing a spark in the attack. “We were really attracted to Lindsey’s work ethic and work rate as an attacking player and will add to our depth in our attacking play”, stated Coach Magana. “Our coaching staff enjoyed recruiting Lindsey and getting to know her. Lees-McRae and Lindsey are a perfect fit and we are very excited to have come fall 2018! I want to personally thank the Bowden’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Rachel Crum- Midfielder- Raleigh, NC
While boasting the role of captain and leading scorer for her challenge team for eight years, Crum led her team to six undefeated regular seasons and was the only challenge team to qualify and play in the CASL/NCFC National Showcase twice. Currently, Crum is a key member of the Region III NCFC Premier team and leads the team in scoring.
Going into her senior year at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, NC, Crum has played for the NC ODP Team this past year and was named in the Region III Pool. In 2017, Wakefield High School women’s soccer was ranked number one in the nation on Max Press for eight weeks and were 2017 CAP 8 Champions.
Crum’s hard work on the field is corresponded in the classroom as she presents a 4.83 weighted grade-point-average. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, the Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has volunteered as Mini Kicker Coach for nine seasons, a four-year Lamp of Knowledge Recipient, and an All-Around Business Award Winner. She is the daughter of Glen and Rhonda Crum and has a twin sister, Samantha, and a younger sister, Kelcey.
Crum chose Lees-McRae as it was the, “Perfect fit for her- from the mountain atmosphere to how close knit the school is based on the class size and welcoming community.”
“Recruiting Rachel and getting to know her parents, Glen and Rhonda was a great experience from day one”, Coach Magana praises. “Rachel will help us maintain possession in the midfield and gain more strength in our attacking play. She is a perfect fit for Lees-McRae and will do great things not only for our soccer program but for Lees-McRae College. I want to personally thank the Crum’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Cassandra Gregg – Midfield- Pine Bluff, NC
Gregg has been a contributor for the Athletic Club of the Sandhills for the past eight years. Additionally, she has lettered with the Pinecrest High School’s women’s soccer team all four years of high school. Pinecrest boasted a .833 winning percentage in 2016 and a .727 win percentage in 2017 in the Sandhill 4A Conference finishing in the top tier of their bracket each year.
Off the pitch, Gregg has been very involved in Younglife and Wyldlife. Her freshman and sophomore year she led middle school girls through the Wyldlife program, and has led freshman girls her upper classman years. She goes on mission trips every summer and is very involved with her church’s youth group. She is the daughter of Chris and Che Gregg.
Gregg chose Lees-McRae for her love of the mountains. “When I toured LMC I fell in love with the campus and the medical program. My dad also went there for part of his collegiate career, which made me more interested. I didn’t want to stop playing soccer after high school and really wanted to play for LMC because of the team and coaching staff.”
Magana praises, “We developed a great relationship with Cassandra and her parents while recruiting her. Cassandra’s hard work and dedication will give us depth in our midfield. I want to personally thank the Gregg’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Maddy Klein- Defender- St. Augustine, FL
Klein has led the backline of for Florida Elite after playing for PDA Florida and FC United. This defender is titled back-to-back-to-back MVP Defense for Pedro Menendez High School in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She robbed a spot as All-Conference as well as on the All-County Second Team as a freshman.
Klein stays busy with being the Vice President of the Senior class, and is a member of link crew, senior women, art club, best buddies, and is in the ALC (Athletic Leadership Council) for both her school and district. All the while she has received the Beaver Toyota Student of the week award, is an academic scholar athlete, an IB diploma student, and holds the spot at third in her class with a 4.5 grade-point-average. Klein is the daughter of Ralph and Jane Klein, has one brother, Hank, and one sister, Katie.
Klein proclaimed how excited she was for this new experience saying, “I chose Lees-McRae because I really wanted to go to school in the mountains. Once I got connected with the coaches and team they made me feel like family and comfortable with going so far away from home. The outdoors is beautiful, and I am excited for this new experience.”
“We instantly had a great connection with Maddy and her parents, Ralph and Jane”, said Coach Magana. “Maddy will play an important role in providing depth to our back line. Her defensive skill and ability to maintain possession will be a vital asset to the team. I want to personally thank the Klein’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Pali Smith- Forward- Fairview, NC
Smith is a main contributor and goal scorer for Highland Football Club and AC Reynolds High School with fifty-one goals and twenty six assists in the last four seasons with HFC and fifty-two goals and thirty two assists in the past three seasons of high school soccer. Her ability to be a sparkplug up top speaks for itself with those totals and her team went to the Conference Championship, West Regional Championship, and NC 3A State Championship in 2015, and they made it to the third round of state play offs in 2017. In 2015 she was an All-Conference Honorable Mention and an All-WNC Honorable Mention. Her sophomore year she made the first team All-Conference, first team All-Region, All-WNC Honorable Mention, and received the Sportsmanship Award while becoming the Powerade State West Team (Silver Medalists). 2017 concluded with making it to the third round of state play-offs in addition to being names to the first team All-Conference, First Team All-Region, First Team All-State, First Team All-WNC, was the AC Reynolds Jamboree Tournament MVP, and the Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Smith has been on student council for all four years and is in the nursing program earning her CNA upon graduation. She is the daughter of Mike Keating and Tracy Keating, and has one brother Zach.
“I chose Lees-McRae for two main reasons. First, the Nursing School is amazing and the small class size is ideal. I was impressed by how closely they work with the coaches to support athletes in the program. Second, I wanted to join a program where I had the opportunity to immediately contribute to its success. The family-like atmosphere of the team was icing on the cake.”
Magana expands on that saying, “Pali’s recruiting process with us was great. She is a perfect fit for Lees-McRae and has been welcomed to the Bobcat family with open arms. Smith’s speed and technical ability will add more attacking flair to our team’s dynamic attacking. I want to personally thank the Smith’s & Keating’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”
Alexa Todd- Forward- Vero Beach, FL
Todd attributes her athletic success to her trainers and coaches of Indian River Soccer Association, the club that she developed at for eleven years. From there, she went on to play club for Brevard Soccer Association who went on to place first in the Disney Showcase, and numerous other tournaments. Her exemplary leadership and tenacity to win have attributed to her success at BSA and Vero Beach High School, who went undefeated in their 5A District 10 conference in 2017, and placing fourth in state in 2016. She posted thirty goals and sixteen assists in her high school tenure so far.
She is the daughter of Harrison and Alisa Todd and has two siblings, Zack and Ariana. Todd chose to become a Bobcat as, “I have family in the area and I also immediately fell in love with the campus, and of course the view. As soon as I stepped foot on the LMC campus, I knew it was the place I wanted to be and the people I wanted to be around.”
“We established a great relationship with Alexa and her parents and are very excited to have Alexa as a Bobcat”, Coach Magana stated. “Alexa will help our attacking play with her technical sense and goal scoring ability. I want to personally thank the Todd’s for all their support and dedication and look forward to seeing them on Bobcat Bank!”