It was a busy signing day for the Oklahoma State women’s soccer team. Six high school athletes can now call themselves OSU Cowgirls.
“We’re excited about this class because there are some really talented players,” OSU soccer coach Colin Carmichael said. “It’s a very athletic group — if you look overall, one of the attributes that stands out is a lot of speed and a lot of athleticism.”
The class is well rounded in terms of positions, containing one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder and three forward/midfielders.
Evie Vitali is from Overland Park, Kansas. She is a 5-foot-9 goalkeeper who played her club soccer with Sporting Blue Valley SC.
“Evie is a really good goalkeeper, very commanding, has a presence, good with her feet,” Carmichael said. “She definitely allows us to maintain possession when we have the ball by being able to play back to our goalkeeper.”
Trinity Picklo is one of two players in the 2021 OSU soccer signing class from Oklahoma. She went to Mustang High School and has twice helped lead it to a Class 6A state runner-up finish.
“Trinity is a kid that has been to our camps, and we’ve seen her a lot being a local player,” Carmichael said. “She’s a tough, aggressive defender, a hard-nosed kid and we think she can develop into a really good player.”
Jordan Guy is one of two players in the 2021 OSU soccer signing class to hail from Houston, Texas. Guy chose OSU over schools like Texas, TCU, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma, among others.
“Jordan is a very technical midfielder who has great vision,” Carmichael said. “She has the ability to play really good longer passes, she strikes a really clean ball and she’s also a threat to score from distance.
Hannah Chance is the other Oklahoman staying close to home. She starred at Broken Arrow High School and with Tulsa Soccer Club ECNL. Chance was a monster at Broken Arrow, leading her team in scoring and contributing to an undefeated season as a freshman.
“Hannah is a really explosive attacking player,” Carmichael said. “She scores goals, she creates chances, she’s very good off the dribble. She has a great ability to go by people and create opportunities, which is a hard thing to coach.”
Logan Heausler has the 2021 OSU soccer class honor of attending the high school with the most peaceful name. Heausler attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas. She is a 4-star recruit by topdrawersoccer.com and the 26th ranked forward nationally.
“Logan is really a great athlete who can play numerous positions. We recruited her as a forward, but she can also play midfielder,” Carmichael said. “That adaptability is going to be a great thing for the program. She’s very fast, very strong and she strikes a great ball and scores a ton of goals.”
Samiah Phiri rounds out the solid OSU soccer recruiting class. Phiri is from Irving, Texas and was the leading club scorer of the FC Dallas club team. She is a nationally ranked forward recruit, checking in at 13th.
“Samiah is an attacking player who is big, strong, powerful, very technical. She has the ability to beat people one v. one,” Carmichael said. “She scores a lot of goals at a high level. She has a chance to be special for us.”
2020 freshman such as Kionna Simon, Grace Dennis, Alex Morris and Mollie Breiner all played some critical minutes this season for OSU. Carmichael and his staff hope for another strong batch of freshmen to keep OSU soccer successful for years to come.