Midlothian player joins Lady Lions
Kaylie Cox was two-time All-District First Teamer
Recruiting season continues for SAGU women's soccer
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The swell of recruits wanting to be part of the upward climb of the young women’s soccer program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University continues to gather momentum.
Mandy Fortner, who is entering her third season as the Lady Lions Head Coach, has announced the newest addition.
Kaylie Cox, a two-time All-District First Team performer from nearby Midlothian High School, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to study and play soccer at SAGU this fall.
“I'm very excited about having Kaylie coming to SAGU,” Coach Fortner said this week. “She has had great coaching and is technically sound. She will be a great addition to our defense and will play well in a central role.”
“She takes great direct kicks,” Fortner continued, “which will be one of her responsibilities on the field. Kaylie is also very good at reading the play on both sides of the ball.”
After posting a 6-11-1 record last fall, which included a 5-3-1 finish and a 4-5-1 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference, SAGU is preparing for an encore season. They are making the move to the NAIA’s premier league, the Sooner Athletic Conference.
A dozen returning veterans and a solid cast of new recruits will have the opportunity to test their game on a bigger stage.
"Kaylie is a fantastic leader, leading her team into the area playoff game,” praised her coach at Midlothian, Sid Danner.
“She is a very dependable center-back who anchored the strength of this years' team. She is always there for her teammates, on and off the field,” Danner added. “Kaylie is the epitome of what a coach looks for in his captains."
Cox has received solid instruction from several coaches that she is quick to commend. Two of them, Luis Zuazua and her dad, Clay Cox, coached club teams; Revolution Premier and the Midlothian Storm, respectively.
Another, Charles Nobles, gave her a personal tribute: “Kaylie is one of the most pure soccer players I’ve had the good fortune to coach.”
Midlothian, who won their first-ever playoff game since joining Class 5A, assembled a 39-7-4 while she suited up for the Panthers.
The ‘Cats won District titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as claiming a Bi-District championship in 2011.
They were an Area Finalist in each of the past two seasons after being a Regional Semi-Finalist in Class 4A in 2010.
Born in Arlington (pop. 373,000), Cox is skilled to play as a defender or in the midfield.
The former Honor Roll student plans to major in Sports Management at SAGU.
She has been very active in her church and community. She volunteered as a teacher at Midlothian First Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School as well as participating on their 2013 Senior Mission Trip.
Kaylie served as a Mission Arlington volunteer, Brandon Palady Memorial Tournament helper as on the volunteer staff for the MHS Soccer Camp.
She is a daughter to parents Clay and Becky Cox, and has a 19-year old sister, Ashley.
About SAGU Women's Soccer
SAGU players report to pre-season camp on Monday, August 12. Many will arrive the previous week for a service and ministry project in Leakey, Texas.
The Lady Lions, who have a 17-game schedule, will start with a two-game road trip to Kansas on August 29-30. They will take on Southwestern College (10-9-0) and Sterling College (13-6-0).
Last season the team had two of their home matches broadcast on-line in High Definition, the only NAIA school in the nation to have games aired in HD.
SAGU Sports Live, a branch of the Media Services at SAGU, has yet to announce this year’s broadcast schedule, which has included football, volleyball and basketball home dates.