CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers women's soccer program
and head coach John Cullen have announced the addition of six student-athletes
who have signed National Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2013 campaign. The
half dozen new Niners feature three in-state products, and one each from
Georgia, Louisiana and New Jersey.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome these six young ladies and their
families, as well, to our team," Cullen said. "Throughout the entire recruiting
process, we got to know these young ladies and they are fantastic young people.
We believe they are tremendous soccer players and will be great additions to
"We are hopeful they get in here and get settled and adapted to our style of
play. All of them have great qualities and we're excited to see them bring
their qualities to our team and add to it. I have a great feeling about all six
of them that there will be opportunities for them to play because we have such
a young side. These six players will help us grow the next couple of seasons."
Below is a list of each of the six signees, alphabetically, with bio
information on each.
5-7 • Midfielder • Mandeville, La./Saint Scholastica Academy/Mandeville SC
Lakers Premier Named to the all-state team after her junior and freshman campaigns...Tabbed
to the all-district squad all three years...Earned a three-star rating by
TopDrawerSoccer.com...Participated with the state ODP program for five years and
the ODP Regional Pool two year...Attended the 2011 ODP National Interregional Camp
training in Pomona, Calif....Member of the state championship team her freshman
year...High school was a state finalist after her sophomore and junior seasons...Tallied
the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in final two minutes of regulation to
lift the squad into the 2012 state finals...Program was the district champion in
2011 and 2013 and co-district winner in 2010...Has started all four years on the
varsity squad...Received three Beta Honors.
Perri Bonner 5-7 • Forward • Atlanta, Ga./Henry W.
Grady HS/Southern Soccer Association
Chosen as the Cobb Southern Soccer Association's Offensive MVP for 2010, 2011
and 2012...Also picked as her high school's Offensive MVP in 2012...Tallied 57
goals during the three seasons, including topping 20 scores twice...Led her high
school to an undefeated 2012 campaign...Squad placed second in the 2012 Atlanta
Cup...Served as a co-captain for the team in 2012...Carries at least a 3.6 GPA...Recognized
by Atlanta INtown magazine as a "20 Under 20" honoree for outstanding community
service to the City of Atlanta
Anna Dedmon 5-5 • Forward/Defender • Shelby,
N.C./Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy/Rutherfordton Soccer Club Trained in Trinidad for two weeks of Summer 2012 with the U17 Women's National
Team...Squad is attempting to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup...Picked as an
all-state honoree following her junior and freshman seasons...Earned conference
MVP plaudits as a junior...Tabbed an all-region choice as a sophomore...Tallied
over 140 goals through her three high school campaigns...Led her high school to a
runner up finish in the 2012 NCHSAA state title game, the first appearance by
any sport in the school's history...Named to the academic all-conference
squad...Served as a team captain during her junior year.
Shelby Hicks 5-7 • Defender • Chapel Hill,
N.C./Jordan HS/North Carolina Alliance
Listed as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com...Tabbed as a 2012
honorable mention all-conference selection...Captured the 2012 PAC-6 Conference
title...Member of club program that was a finalist at the 2012 North Carolina
State Cup and Final Four participant at the 2011 event...Squad garnered a
third-place finish at the 2012 Region III Premier East tournament...Team was the
2011 Super Y (USL) region winners and also captured its WAGS Showcase bracket
along with the Jefferson Cup...Guided squad to a bracket crown at the 2010 CASL
Showcase, a runner-up result at the Score at the Shore tournament and a
semifinalist placement at the USYS Premier League...Also saw club action
previously with TFC/NC Alliance and Triangle United...Lettered all four seasons
on her high school team...Maintained a 4.3 GPA throughout high school and
garnered a spot on the A/B Honor Roll all four years...Traveled to South Africa
in 2009 with the Grassroots Soccer Program "Girlz got Skillz".
Ari Reilley 5-4 • Forward • Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown HS/Penn Fusion Concluded high school career by leading her
squad to a conference title...Team was the South Jersey Group II runner up and
picked up the Coaches Cup...Squad registered a 17-4 record her senior
campaign...Transferred to Woodstown after playing her first three campaigns at
Paul VI HS...Earned first-team honors in the 2011 All-Non Public division...Garnered
2010 All-Olympic Conference second-team recognition...Member of a three-time
state semifinalist squad, which also was conference champion three years...Team
reached the semifinals of the Coaches Cup and tallied a combined 53-9-5 record
in her three seasons...Starter on two ODP national championship teams in 2010
and 2011 at tournaments held in Phoenix, Ariz....Pulled up to an older age group
for the first crown...Picked to the 2008 US Club Super Y ODP National
Camp...Selected to play four years with the New Jersey ODP program...Member of a
two-time USYS state championship club teams while playing up two age groups in
New Jersey...Squad competed in the USYS National League and the Region One
Premier League...Also played with a club program from Pennsylvania, participating
in the USYS National League and two seasons in the ECNL...Younger sister of
current 49er Loren.
Kaitlin Walker 5-6 • Midfielder • Apex, N.C./Apex HS/North Carolina Alliance Honored as her high school's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year...Helped guide
program to conference championships in 2009 and 2010...Served as the TFC and the
Super Y captain in 2008-09...Earned CAP 7 academic all-conference accolades...Crowned
the DECA district winner...Member of the A/B Honor Roll...Volunteered with the SPCA
of Wake County.