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Record number of CFC Academy players sign to play in college

By Staff , 02/08/18, 10:45AM EST

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Chattanooga FC Academy had nine players in the Class of 2018 sign to play college soccer during National Signing Day on February 7. Additional signings are expecting in the coming weeks.

Five of the players signed with women's soccer powerhouse Lee University, one signed with Berry College, one with Covenant College, and one with Trevecca Nazzarene University. Thomas Priest, 00 Premier, signed with Div. 1 men's program Libscomb University in Nashville.

As Chattanooga FC Academy grows, it has placed an increased emphasis to serve the needs of the college-bound athlete by adding a Director of College Recruiting and additional resources for parents.

Anna Salisbury, 00/01 Premier, heads to Berry College in Rome, GA to join former CFC Academy player Kelsey Barta who just completed her freshman season with Vikings. Berry is coming off a great season where they finished as quarterfinalists in the SAA conference.

The Chattanooga pipeline to Trevecca Nazerene University  continues with 99 Premier player Maddie Ferrel. TNU Head Women's Coach Kelsey Fenix calls Maddie a "fearless defender with an incredible work rate."

Fenix goes on to say, "She is tough and willing to throw her body into tackles, while also having the composure to distribute the ball after she wins it. She leads by example and is a great encourager of those around her."

"I chose Trevecca because I immediately felt welcomed and at home," said Ferrel. "The team was especially inviting and accepting of me and made me feel like part of their family."

Kailey Burrell, 00/01 Premier, goes up to Lookout Mountain to play fo Covenant College. The Lady Scots are coming off an 11-7-1 season and a semifinal appearance in the USA South tournament. Burrell joins sister and former Chattanooga FC Academy player Taylor Burrell as well as former CFCA players Kyra Duble and Paige Simmons.

Thomas Priest, 00 Premier, gets a Div. 1 scholars to Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Caitlin Dickson, Taylor Ellis, Avery Engels, Julia Kaset, and Lauren Stutzman have all signed with Lee University. They join other former Chattanooga FC Academy players -- Emma Higgins and Taylor Green.

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