Jan. 15, 2013
The Auburn soccer team has added Division I transfers Alex Massey and Alicen Wright to the roster for the 2013 season, head coach Karen Hoppa has announced. Massey comes to Auburn after playing one season at Nebraska while Wright comes to Auburn after playing two seasons at TCU.
"We are really excited to add two new players to our roster this spring," Hoppa said. "They both bring college experience and will add important depth to their respective positions."
A forward from Kearney, Mo., Massey played in 16 games for Nebraska last season, starting four. At 5'4", she scored one goal on 18 shots, putting 13 of her shots on frame (.722 SOG %). Prior to Nebraska she was one of the top scorers in the state of Missouri during her career at Kearney High School, scoring 168 goals. As a freshman she set a state record for goals scored by a freshman with 59 in 2009. Massey earned first team all-conference and all-district honors as a sophomore after scoring 39 goals and then scored 23 as a junior while adding 23 assists. As a senior in 2012 she led with 47 goals and 27 assists and was again named first team all-conference and all-district. She will major in pre-exercise science at Auburn.
"Alex is an explosive forward who has the pace to separate from defenders. She has a goal-scorer's mentality and will be a great addition to our front line," Hoppa said.
Wright will be a junior at Auburn after playing in 19 matches over two seasons for TCU. A 5'6" goalkeeper from Chino Hills, Calif., she played 1,639 minutes over two seasons. As a freshman she started 17 matches, recording shutouts in four of her first five wins of the season before finishing the year with a 6-11-0 record as the starting keeper. This past season she was limited to just two appearances (one start), finishing with a .625 save percentage and a 2.56 goals against average. Prior to TCU she played at Ruben S. Ayala High School and was named the Sierra League Defensive MVP. She will major in pre-early childhood education at Auburn.
"Alicen comes to The Plains after two years of college experience, including one full year as a starting goalkeeper. She is a great shot-stopper and will add leadership to our defense," Hoppa said.
Both Massey and Wright have already enrolled at Auburn and began classes at the start of the spring semester.
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