The Australian contingent at Alabama State has been halved, with All-SWAC sophomore Anastasia McCleary today confirming her transfer to Creighton for her final two years of college. McCleary, currently playing club soccer with Issaquah in the WPSL, made clear her intention to transfer several months ago, and today announced her choice of destination.
McCleary had been one of the top players in both the Alabama State side and the entire SWAC from the moment she stepped on the field for the Hornets, picking up the SWAC Freshman Of The Year, and being named to the All-SWAC First Team in her first season with the Hornets. This was then followed up by another All-SWAC First Team selection in her sophomore year. In her two seasons in Montgomery, Anastasia played 38 games, making 33 starts, tallying 8 goals and 13 assists, with 3 game winning goals.
The move to Creighton sees Anastasia moving to one of the premier conferences in college sports, the Big East. This will no doubt provide Anastasia with a much tougher challenge on the field than she would have experienced in the SWAC, but one that she will definitely be up for. Creighton have only recently moved into a power conference, having been based in in the Missouri Valley Conference until 2012, so there are some definite parallels between McCleary and the side itself with regards to making jumps to bigger challenges.
College Matildas would like to wish Anastasia the best of luck with the transfer, and congratulations on becoming a Bluejay!
Wyoming junior Loren Mahoney will not be seeing out her college career in Laramie, choosing instead to transfer to Division II school University of Mary in North Dakota. Citing injuries and a desire to play out a final season in a less stressful environment, Loren has decided to make the move to Division II in an effort to play her final season of college soccer in a more relaxed atmosphere and also play in her more favoured position further up field, rather than the backline position that she has generally played at Wyoming.
Loren came to Wyoming after playing in the W-League for Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, and Adelaide United, and played 49 games (39 starts) for the Cowgirls, scoring 5 goals, despite playing in defence in the majority of games. Loren was also named Mountain West Academic All-Conference in all 3 years at Wyoming. College Matildas would like to congratulate Loren on her career at Wyoming and wish her the best of luck on the move to University of Mary.
Florida State sophomore defender Kahlia Hogg has decided to up stakes and transfer from the 2013 national runners-up, and will join fellow Australian Alexandra Huynh at Colorado as of next season. Kahlia featured in 10 games in her freshman season in 2012, playing 240 minutes, but saw her playing time become more limited in 2013, featuring in 8 matches and playing just 75 minutes. The move to Colorado should provide her with more opportunities whilst still playing in one of the premier conferences in NCAA women’s soccer, with the Pac-12 providing no less than six teams to the 2013 national tournament, including the Buffaloes themselves. Colorado’s recruiting class is solid, however, and Kahlia will have to prove that she can step straight in and do a job for the team.
Kahlia Hogg Stats (Florida State, 2012-2013, courtesy of FSU)
Games Played: 18
Games Started: 2
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0