Hammond, Los Angeles – First-year Southeastern Louisiana University women’s soccer coach Nathan Gillespie Announcing the signing of four student-athletes, including Anna Blankenship, Emma Ramsay, Kelsey Fuller and Maggie Denison, to the 2022 roster Wednesday afternoon.
Blankenship, a goalkeeper, comes to Lady Lions from Melissa, Texas. The newly acquired SLU support scored 15 finishes last season at Melissa High School along with a 0.33 goal-for-average. She also has a 16-2 record in the net. After her dominant season, she was named second team 4A All-State and first All-District.
“I’m a player we’ve been watching for a while when I attended one of our camps,” Gillespie said. “She is a promising young goalkeeper with good access. We really liked how she was able to take the practice points obtained in camp and apply them in her training and playing when I left. She will bring another layer of competition to the goalkeeper’s spot.”
Ramsey, of Meridian, Mississippi, helped West Lauderdale High School in three state championships from seventh grade to sophomore. During the 2019-20 season, Ramsey led the WLHS to a record 23-1-3 and a state title, ending her career with 23 goals and 20 assists in 72 career games. From a sophomore to senior seasons, Ramsey played for Alabama FC outside of Birmingham, Alabama in the Elite National Clubs League (ECNL) through the fall.
“Emma is from a competitive program (Alabama FC) where she was in an environment with high-level players,” Gillespie said. “We were able to watch her play during a few events of the ECNL show, and she finished in Tennessee in December. It was really fun to see Emma being able to hook up passes and join in on the attack.”
Denison, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, scored 138 career goals at St. Michael’s Archangel High School. The forward also provided 49 assists as he was named to the LHSAA Soccer 4A All-State team for four consecutive years. Denison was Louisiana’s leader in goals and scored three years in a row as well.
“Maggie is a well-groomed high school athlete,” Gillespie said. “We’ve watched her grow into a player she’s become over the past couple of years, and it’s starting to catch her eye in our identity camps. She’s a forward-thinking player who feels comfortable in one-on-one situations.”
Fuller, a midfielder, comes to the Lady Lions via Alexander, New York. The freshman transition played the last two seasons at Genesee Community College in New York. Last season as a sophomore, Fuller scored 19 goals and scored 12 assists for the GCC. As a result, she was named NCAA Division III JUCO All-American, 2022 Western Conference Player of the Year, and WNYC Female Athlete of the Year. The Byron Bergen High School graduate was also named Division 5 Player of the Year as a 2020 Senior with 14 goals and 29 assists.
“Kelsey comes to us from a senior program at Junior College,” Gillespie said. “She is definitely looking forward to the goal because she has scored 31 goal contributions for the team. She has a fantastic ability to shoot the ball and has great vision on the field as well. She will add some experience to the class after spending two years of college football behind her.”
Along with the additions of Fuller, Dennison, Blankenship and Ramsey, Gillespie will announce the acquisition of four more student-athletes on Thursday afternoon.
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