MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama women’ soccer head coach Richard Moodie announced Tuesday five signees for the upcoming spring and fall.
Micaela Dusseault and Ocean Scherlizin will join the program starting in the spring of 2022, while Bonnie Frost, Ellika Holmberg and Lilly Lowery will join the team in the fall.
“I think with only losing one senior [Deanna Green] this year, COVID has made things interesting,” said Moodie. “We’re planning to add two student-athletes for the spring and three for the fall to an already stellar group of student-athletes. I think we’re really fortunate to be in the position we’re in – again, losing Deanna Green is a massive loss – with the addition of the five student-athletes we’ve got coming in, we’re only going to get stronger.”
Micaela Dusseault – Defender
Hutchison School (Ole Miss)
Played soccer at Hutchison School for four years … Led the Sting to a semifinal state finish in 2016 … Named Commercial Appeal Best in Preps and AA all-region and all-state in 2016-17 … Played for Lobos Rush in Collierville, Tenn., for eight years (2013-19) … Helped her club to two Tennessee State Championships (2015, 19′) and a Southern Regional Championship final in 2018 … Competed with the Rush National team from 2015-17, earning a Disney Showcase Championship in 2016 and taking international trips with the team … Appeared on the ODP Tennessee Team from 2013-17 and a Region III Player form 2016-18, taking multiple international trips.
Dusseault is a graduate transfer from Ole Miss, where she played soccer for four years (2019-21) … Helped the Rebels appear in two NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 finish in 2020-2021 … Academic Team Captain and SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll from 2020-21 … SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll … M Club member from 2019-2021.
Moodie on Dusseault: “Micaela is a young lady I coached back when I was in Tennessee with ODP. She’s actually someone I tried to recruit at Carson-Newman before she went to Ole Miss. Now it’s going to come full circle, she’s coming in as a graduate transfer. She can play multiple positions across the back – center back, full back and even as a wingback – in the 3-4-3 system that we play. [She’s] very versatile and a hard-working student-athlete, never really got that chance at Ole Miss, but again like we’ve seen this year with some SEC transfers we’ve picked up. One of them – potentially the best player in the [Sun Belt] final and the other one was the newcomer of the year – both have had a massive impact on our squad. We’re really excited to have Micaela.”
Ocean Scherlizin – Defender
Millard North High School
Lettered one year in varsity soccer at Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb., in 2021 … Led the Mustangs to a victory in the district finals to take her team to the state final … Played club for Sporting Nebraska for six years as a midfielder and a defender … Helped her team to a state cup championship in 2018 … Played in the development academy from 2018-2020.
Moodie on Scherlizin: “Ocean Scherlizin is a young lady that showed up to a soccer camp from Omaha, Neb., and is somebody that likes to go forward – that’s what we love about her. I think the spring season will help her develop and play a lot of important minutes leading into the fall. She’s an exciting young talent and somebody we’re very fortunate to get in the door.”
Bonnie Frost – Midfield/Forward
Decatur High School
Played soccer for three years and is currently in her senior year at Decatur High School … Helped the Red Raiders to a Final Four finish in the Alabama 6A tournament in 2019 … Named Decatur High School MVP … Appeared in 54 games with 54 goals and 54 assists through her junior year … Scored four goals and was named the MVP in the 2021 Alabama North-South soccer game … Played for Alabama FC ECNL in Birmingham, Ala., for five years at midfield and forward … Earned first-team all-state honors in 2021 … Named Morgan County Tournament MVP and 2020 Co-Player of the Year.
Moodie on Frost: “Bonnie Frost is someone I started coaching here in the Alabama ODP and at that time we called her “mini Messi”. She was always very technical and smaller in physical characteristics. She’s grown a lot and she’s a very athletic winger, but has the technical ability. If I’m looking at a winger – Kailey Littleford, Morgan Cross, Sydney Ham and Monique Gray – she’s got several characteristics of all those players. She’s athletic, skillful and she’s only going to help us offensively, which is a scary thought too considering we boast the number three scoring offense in the nation.”
Ellika Holmberg – Forward
Played soccer for Hammarby IF in Stockholm, Sweden, for 11 years as a forward … Led her club to first place finished in the Gothia Cup and the Girls Elite Cup … Two-time Swedish Champion in futsal … Helped her club to a second-place finish in the Alsace Cup and a third-place finish in the Madrid Football Cup … Was named captain and given club values honors.
Moodie on Holmberg: “Ellika Holmberg is a young lady that loves to score goals and those players are hard to come by. She’s somebody that’s been around her national team at the youth level and in Sweden that’s a remarkable achievement itself. She was heavily recruited by other schools that we compete with regularly. The fact that she’s chosen to continue her soccer career with us, makes us very fortunate. She’s an offensive threat to what already is an offensive-minded team.”
Lilly Lowery – Defender
Homewood High School
Played soccer at Homewood High School … Led the Patriots to a state championship in 2019 and a runner-up finish in 2021 … Selected first-team all-state and all-metro … Played as a center back for Alabama FC ECNL in Birmingham, Ala., for six years.
Moodie on Lowery: “Lilly Lowery is a local player. Something we’ve tried to do a better job at is getting into the Alabama market and trying to get local players to stay in-state and of course we fight against other Power 5s that surround the state. She was heavily recruited by Power 5 schools and is somebody that has chosen to continue her career with us. She is somebody that we think can play as a center back. Again, we’re really excited about Lilly and think she’s someone that can have an immediate impact.”
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