The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team has signed six student-athletes in the class of 2019, head coach Nick Flohre announced on Monday.
The six signees set to join the program in the fall of 2019 are Audrey Anderson, MJ Anest, Sidney Kemp, Maddy Lemery, Abigail Proctor and Maddie Thiss.
Anderson is a forward out of Somerset High School in Somerset, Kentucky. She is the Briar Jumpers’ all-time leading goal scorer. As a freshman in 2015, she was the leading goal scorer in the state of Kentucky. Since then, she has been named second team All-State (2018) and honorable mention All-State (2017).
Anderson won a Kentucky State Cup Championship in 2017 while playing for Lexington F.C.
“Audrey is a very dynamic player who is comfortable putting pressure on the opponent’s backline and scoring goals,” Flohre said. “She’s very hard to defend due to her pace and confidence in 1v1 situations. We’re happy to have Audrey joining our attack!”
Anest is a midfielder out of Lake Mary, Florida, where she was a four-year starter at Lake Mary High School.
Anest had great success playing for Florida Krush U18 ECNL. She was a Jefferson Cup champion, FESA Cup champion and back-to-back Disney Qualifier champion with the club. She also made the FKK All-Star team and played international friendlies against the Jamaican National Team and U21 Costa Rican National Team.
“An extremely technical player, MJ is going to bring a lot of attacking creativity to our midfield,” Flohre said. “She has been very well coached and has developed into a play-maker for others, consistently passing her teammates into scoring opportunities. We’re excited to have MJ become part of EKU Soccer!”
Kemp is a forward out of Centerville High School in Ohio. She was the Elks’ leading scorer in 2017 and 2018. As a senior in 2018, Kemp was named first team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) and to the GWOC South All-Star Team.
She plays club soccer with Ohio Galaxies F.C.
“Sidney is a strong, physical forward who is good with her back to pressure,” Flohre said. “She will fit in well as a target and will be able to hold off defenders to give her teammates time to support her. Sidney is also going to be dangerous around goal and we expect her to get on the scoring sheet quickly!”
Lemery was a high school teammate of Anest at Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida. Like Anest, she was a four-year varsity player for the Rams.
Lemery plays club soccer for Orlando City. She was the second-leading goal scorer in ECNL play this past season.
“Maddy is a technical, competitive forward who will be a great addition to our program,” Flohre said. “Her tenaciousness and quick speed will put her in a great position to score goals for us next season.”
Proctor is a midfielder out of Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Kentucky. A two-time first team All-State selection and the reigning 5th Region Player of the Year, Proctor helped lead Bethlehem to four consecutive district and region title during her career, as well as the All-A Classic Championship.
She scored 127 goals and recorded 68 assists during her time as a Banshee.
Proctor plays club soccer with the Kentucky Fire Juniors.
“Abigail is a very intelligent midfielder who will help us settle play through the midfield and connect everyone else around her,” Flohre said. “She sees the game well and knows when to speed play up and when to calm things down. Abigail will fit into the midfield very well!”
Thiss is a midfielder/defender from Sycamore High School in Cincinnati. She was an All-State performer in 2018. She was also a two-time All-Southwest Ohio honoree (2018, 2017) and a three-time All-Conference honoree (2018, 2017, 2016) for the Aviators.
She plays club for Ohio Elite ECNL.
“Maddie is a very athletic, competitive player who comes from a great ECNL club environment,” Flohre said. “She’s going to give our program some needed grit and raise the level of how hard we play. The mentality she plays with will get her on the field quickly once she gets to EKU in August!”