Women's Soccer Unveils 2014 Recruiting Class: Part One
Oregon prep stars Jill Farley and Lexi Frey will be key members of the Lions' defensive line beginning this fall.
March 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Upon graduating a class of 11 following the 2013 season, LMU women's soccer third-year Head Coach Michelle Myers knew she would have big holes to fill up and down the lineup. In response, Myers and her coaching staff have compiled a class of 11 who will join the Lion squad this fall.
"We are very excited to announce our class of 2014," said Myers. "It is a large class that spans just about every position on the field. We graduated 11 players from this past season so we have some important shoes to fill.
"This class is made up of players from some of the best clubs on the West Coast and in the nation. Many of these players are experienced champions at the high school, club and ODP levels. The class of 2014 will add a multitude of talent with each player bringing unique gifts which will help us continue on our path to becoming a top contender in the WCC, one of the premier women's soccer conferences in the nation, and in the NCAA tournament."
LMULions.com will unveil the class of 11 in segments, beginning with a pair of Oregon prep standouts - Lexi Frey and Jill Farley - who are expected to contribute immediately to the Lions' defensive line.
"With Jill and Lexi, I think we got two of the best players Oregon had to offer this year," said Myers. "This is evident based on this year's Oregon Sports Award for the Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Jill and Lexi were two of the three finalists for the award. Both have won championships with their high school and their club teams. Both have represented their state in an Oregon ODP jersey and both have also represented Region IV in ODP regional competition. The other thing they have in common is both are left-footed."
Farley joins the LMU program from Tualatin, Ore., where she anchored the Tualatin High School defense as a outside back. The Timberwolves won Pacific Conference titles in 2010-12 and were Oregon State Champions in 2011 and 2013. Farley was a four-time, first team All-Pacific Conference selection while also earning All-State honors in 2011-13. The 2013 Pacific Conference Player of the Year and 2013 State Championship game MVP, Farley was recently named the Oregon Sports Award Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year for 2013.
"Jill is a very strong technical player who is known for her ability to attack out of the back," said Myers. "She has assisted and scored many goals with her ability to strike a ball in the run of play and on set pieces. Jill has an engine that allows her to get up and down the field throughout the game so we expect her to be involved in the action on both ends of the field."
Farley was involved in Region IV and Oregon ODP from 2007-11 and was a national pool player in 2009. She also competes for the Crossfire Oregon '95 Blue club, which won the club state championship in 2012.
Frey joins the Lions from Jesuit High School in Oregon where she led the Crusaders to four straight Metro League titles from 2010-13. A four-time All-Metro League selection, the center back was also named the Metro League MVP and first team 6A All-State in 2013. She was one of three finalist for the Oregon Sports Award Prep GIrls Soccer Player of the Year award, an award that went to her soon-to-be LMU teammate Farley.
Lexi is a gifted athlete that could play many positions on the field but will most likely see time in our defense as a center back. Lexi is very strong in the air and reads the game well. She has a good defensive presence but also does well to connect out of the back and get the attack started.
Frey has also completed for both the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club and, most recently, the Crossfire Oregon '95, which won the Showcase of Champions (WA), OPL Oregon State Cup and OPL Winter League titles in 2012. Her involvement in the Oregon State ODP began in 2008 and she was a regional pool player from 2009-11.
Check back to LMULions.com as we continue our feature series on the women's soccer recruiting class of 2014.