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Kevin Long Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

April 17, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall women’s soccer team will welcome nine new members to the program in the fall. Sydney Arnold, Kayla Byrnside, Danielle Cushing, Sarah “Beth” Dine, Jessica Inman, Patricia Lauritzen, Riley Mahoney, Jordan Parkhurst, and Summer Wheatley make up the Thundering Herd’s class of 2017.

On the attacking side, Arnold (Stafford, Va.) and Dine (Kennett Square, Pa.) will look to fill a significant void left with the graduation of Chelsey Maiden. Arnold is a four-year member of the varsity program at Colonial Forge High School, where she earned first team All-Commonwealth District honors in 2010 and 2012. Arnold also lettered in basketball and track for the Eagles.

Dine is a four-year starter and letter winner, playing her freshman year of high school at Abington Heights before transferring to Unionville. At Unionville, the forward/midfielder was named a team captain in 2012, in addition to earning All-League first team honors.

In the midfield, the Herd will welcome Parkhurst (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Byrnside (Milford, Ohio), and Lauritzen (El Paso, Texas) hoping to make up for the loss of four-year starter Sarah Vinson. Parkhurst helped lead her club team to five straight Arizona state championships from 2006-10, two of which culminated in Region IV quarterfinal appearances. She attended Horizon High School, where she was also a member of the National Honors Society.

Byrnside will step into the midfield for the Herd as the 2012 Milford High School Eagle Award winner for Most Outstanding Player and Sportsmanship. At Milford, Byrnside helped lead her team to four-straight league championships en route to earning first team All-Conference honors.

Lauritzen was the 2012-2013 most valuable player at Coronado High School. As a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP), she competed in the Regional all-star game in Phoenix, Ariz. Lauritzen also led her club team to the South Texas Youth Soccer U-18 City Championship this past fall.

Inman (Princeton, W.Va.), Mahoney (Virginia Beach, Va.), and Wheatley (Huntington, W.Va.) will join the Herd’s defensive ranks for the upcoming season. Inman is an all-state defender hailing from Princeton Senior High School, who has earned AAA State Defender of the Year honors. Inman also lettered in basketball and was a member of Princeton’s choir.

Mahoney is a four-year varsity starter for Kellam High School, where she earned All-Beach District awards and led the team to the Eastern Region Championship. Mahoney was named one of 13 players to watch as a member of her club team, the Virginia Rush.

Wheatley is a four-year letter winner locally at Huntington High School, leading her team to three sectional titles. As a team captain, Wheatley earned All-Conference and All-State first team honors. In the club ranks, Wheatley has fueled a WV State Cup champions streak of six years and running for the WVSC Rowdies.

Cushing (Lone Tree, Co.) will round out the Herd’s class of 2017 as the lone goalkeeper. Cushing will look to compete for a starting role left vacant with the graduation of Lindsey Kerns, who started every game in the net during the Herd’s 2012 season. At Mountain Vista High School, Cushing helped her team secure the 2011 state championship, as well as reach the semifinals in 2010 and 2012. Individually, Cushing earned All-Conference honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012 both for her performance on the field and academically. Cushing made it to ECNL Nationals in 2011 and 2012, where she is currently ranked fifth in the nation.

The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to Marshall University and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.