BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Soccer has announced its 2018 recruiting class, made up of
two defenders, two midfielders, a forward and a goalkeeper, as announced by Head
Coach Jason Neidell and assistant coaches Dustin Downey and Will Beddingfield on
The class features three Kentucky high school signees, including 2017 Miss Kentucky
Soccer Ambere Barnett (Rockport, Ind.), Chelsea Moore (Harrodsburg) and Olivia
Stanley (Crestwood). Lyric Schmidt joins the Lady Toppers from Kingsport, Tenn.
Kerragan Mulzer (Santa Claus, Ind.) and Bailee Witt (Plainfield, Ill.) and round out
the balanced recruiting class.
Neidell on WKU’s 2018 recruiting class: “Recruiting quality students with good
character has always been the standard here at WKU, and the young ladies in this
year’s recruiting class are no exception. They are terrific student-athletes who we
are excited to call Lady Toppers and who will wear the logo proudly. We accomplished
three additional main goals with this year’s class. We fulfilled all of our
positional needs, we increased our overall athleticism and we added student-athletes
who will push our competitive mentality. I am grateful to our assistant coaches,
Dustin Downey and Will Beddingfield, for their commitment to the never-ending
WKU will seek an immediate impact from its newest freshmen as the Lady Toppers seek
to replace five graduating seniors, four of whom drew starts in more than half of
WKU’s matches during the 2017 season. The Lady Toppers are coming off a 7-9-1
campaign and finished the season strong, winning four of the last five matches
against C-USA foes.
Ambere Barnett – Midfielder, 5’7″, Owensboro, Ky.
One of the most decorated players to ever sign with the Lady Toppers, Barnett
captured the 2017 Miss Kentucky Soccer honor as the top player in the state after
scoring 33 goals with 26 assists as a senior at Owensboro Catholic High School.
Prior to her award-winning senior season, Barnett attended the US Women’s National
Team U19 Training Camp in the spring of 2017 and also traveled to the ECNL/id2
National Camp in July 2017, a week-long camp with approximately 90 of the nation’s
top female players.
The lone Kentucky high school player selected to the West Team in the 2017 Girls
High School All-American Game, Barnett played her club soccer with St. Louis Scott
Gallagher-Illinois and was a member of the squad for five seasons beginning in
With Owensboro Catholic, Barnett’s storied career included back-to-back District 9
and Region 3 Player of the Year awards, four straight First Team All-State
selections, two All-A State Championship MVP honors and a KHSAA championship match
appearance in 2014. For her career, Barnett led the Lady Aces to a 93-12-3 overall
record with three All-A state championships, three region championships and two
KHSAA Final Four appearances.
Individually, the future Lady Topper tallied 117 goals and 81 assists in her four
years with Owensboro Catholic, culminating in her prestigious Miss Kentucky Soccer
award this past fall.
Neidell on Barnett: “Ambere’s accolades speak for themselves. She is one of the most
decorated student-athletes that we have brought into our program. She is a complete
and versatile player who is good on the ball and who can attack and defend equally
well. Above all, she is an incredibly genuine and humble individual. There is no
doubt that Ambere will have a great career here at WKU, and we are eager to get
started with her.”
Chelsea Moore – Defender, 5’7″, Harrodsburg, Ky.
After beginning her developmental career with the Lexington Futbol Club in 2011,
Moore has also spent time with the Kentucky ODP program in 2013-14. During her
tenure with Lexington FC, Moore has reached at least the semifinals of the Kentucky
State Cup in each of the last seven seasons, appeared in the finals in 2011, 2015
and 2016 and finally claimed the championship in 2017.
Moore has also been a member of the team that reached the finals of the 2014 Disney
Showcase and claimed titles at the 2015 Southeast Showcase and 2016 Jefferson Cup
while also qualifying for the Premier Division in the 2016 Midwest Regional League.
In high school, Moore was a standout for both Mercer County as a sophomore and
junior and Boyle County as a senior, earning three straight All-District selections
and back-to-back All-Region nods in 2016 and 2017. As a senior, Moore was named the
Advocate Messenger All-Area Player of the Year and was named First Team All-State
while helping Boyle County capture the 45th District championship and reach the
semifinals of the 12th Region.
In three high school seasons, Moore collected 62 goals as a dangerous scoring
threat. She is set to join fellow freshman Olivia Stanley as well as current Lady
Toppers Brooke Tackett and Sarah Gorham as Kentucky natives suiting up for WKU.
Olivia Stanley – Forward, 5’8″, Crestwood, Ky.
Stanley joins the Lady Toppers following standout careers at both the club and high
school levels. A member of the Kentucky Fire Juniors, Stanley was the leading scorer
for the club in 2017.
In high school, Stanley starred for four years at Oldham County, capturing All-State
Honorable Mention nods in each of her first three years before earning First Team
accolades as a senior in 2017. In addition to that First Team selection, Stanley was
named both District and Region MVP following her strong season.
Stanley has also been strong in the classroom and was a recipient of the Dan Schultz
Scholarship Award for her academic prowess. She will join current Lady Toppers
Brooke Tackett and Sarah Gorham as well as incoming freshman Chelsea Moore as
players on the 2018 roster from the state of Kentucky.
Neidell on Stanley: “Olivia is one of the top players coming out of Kentucky this
year. She is extremely versatile and can play any position down the middle of the
field. She is strong on the ball, clean technically, good in the air and strikes the
ball well with both feet. We felt fortunate to get Olivia after connecting with her
a little later in the recruiting process.”
Lyric Schmidt – Defender, 5’6″, Kingsport, Tenn.
A longtime club soccer participant, Schmidt was first named to the ODP pool in West
Virginia in 2012-13 before a move to California, where her playing career took off.
In California, she was named to the Player Development Program in conjunction with
her club team, DeAnza Force, in 2015.
Schmidt also received an invitation to train with the US Youth National Team in
2013. She currently competes for FC Alliance U18/U19 at the club level.
After moving to Tennessee, Schmidt enrolled at Sullivan South High School and became
the kicker for the school’s football team, earning honorable mention All-Conference
accolades following the 2017 season.
Schmidt will join rising sophomore Tally Bishop as representatives from Tennessee on
WKU’s 2018 roster.
Neidell on Schmidt: “We are fortunate to have the services of Lyric Schmidt. Between
an injury and a move from Northern California to Tennessee during the recruiting
process, Lyric’s exposure to Power 5 schools was limited. Like so many others, she
visited campus and fell in love with the school and community. Lyric is strong, good
on the tackle and brings a great defensive presence to the field.”
Kerragan Mulzer – Forward, 5’5″, Santa Claus, Ind.
A standout high school player at Heritage Hills High School under Head Coach Andy
Fischer, Mulzer finished her prep career as the Lady Patriots’ all-time leader with
28 assists. Mulzer, who currently competes at the club level with the Kentucky Fire
Juniors, was named an All-Conference selection all four years in high school.
During her breakout senior year campaign, Mulzer notched 24 goals and 14 assists en
route to an All-District First Team selection and a spot on the Academic All-State
Team in Indiana for the second consecutive season.
Mulzer is also a strong all-around athlete, having played four years of both
basketball and track and field in addition to her soccer experience. She will join
WKU’s top returning scorer, Chandler Backes, as well as incoming freshman Ambere
Barnett, as players on the 2018 roster from the state of Indiana.
Neidell on Mulzer: “It seems like Kerragan Mulzer has been to every single one of
our camps for the past three years. As a result, we’ve gotten to know Kerragan
really well. Beyond her terrific character, Kerragan brings many other positive
intangibles to our group. On the playing field, she is a fierce competitor with
great athleticism and speed. She also has a knack for finding good spaces in the box
to get the ball and score goals.”
Bailee Witt — Goalkeeper, 5’9″, Plainfield, Ill.
One of the top goalkeepers from Illinois, Witt is set to join the Lady Toppers with
a wealth of high-level club and ODP experience that began as early as 2012 with her
selection to the ODP Illinois State Team where she was a member until 2016. During
that same time frame, Witt was also a member of the Region II ODP squad.
Witt attended ODP National Development Camp in 2013 and was a member of the
Interregional Tournament Team from 2014-16. In 2016, Witt also made a trip to Costa
Rica to compete with the 2000 Region II ODP team.
The standout goalkeeper has also competed at the club level with Team Chicago,
appearing on both the National League and National Championships rosters for the
team while serving as a captain. Witt has also spent time with Sockers FC as a
member of its Developmental Academy.
Witt played one year of high school soccer as a freshman at Joliet Catholic Academy
before focusing exclusively on club soccer. She will be the lone representative from
Illinois on WKU’s 2018 roster and will join her brother Tyler Witt, a rising
redshirt sophomore football player for the Hilltoppers.
Neidell on Witt: “Bailee was on our recruiting radar since the ninth grade, and I
must give props on this one to our retired president, Gary Ransdell. Dr. Ransdell
sent a note to the soccer office about meeting Bailee while on campus for her
brother’s football recruitment, and the rest is history. Bailee is an excellent
goalkeeper with great athleticism and quick reflexes.”