FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s soccer coach Martin Beall has announced the signing of four freshmen, Megan Corker of Richmond, Va., Ricci Sheridan of Chester, Va., Melissa Hadick of Dayton, Ohio, and Stacy Smith of Leesburg, Va., to national letters of intent, and that sophomore Ashley Fortune of Bothell, Wash., is transferring to FMU from Texas Christian University.
Corker, a 5-7 goalkeeper, is a product of Mills E. Godwin High School, where she played for coaches Kate Dougan and Rob White. She hails from the same high school that produced former Patriot forward Denise Hornbeck (1997-2000).
As a senior, she was named to the first-team All-District team. She has helped guide her team to a 10-5-2 mark and the Colonial District crown, and into this week’s state regional tournament.
Last summer, she played on the FC Richmond Mystx club team, which reached the semifinals of the Virginia State Cup.
Hadick, a 5-4 center midfielder, is a graduate of Centerville High School. As a senior, she played club soccer with Ohio Premier in the fall (2003) and Cardinal Premier this past spring.
Sheridan, a 5-4 defender, is a product of Thomas Dale High School, where she played for coach Mike Morris. She earned second-team All-District honors while helping her high school squad to a 14-1 record and the Central District title (its third in four years), and into this week’s regional tournament.
She is a teammate of Corker on the FC Richmond Mystx, and has been a participant in the State Cup Final Four each of the past four years.
Smith, a 5-2 forward, is a 2003 graduate of Loudoun County High School, where she played for coach Kirk Smith. She was a first-team All-District selection as a senior and helped guide her team to a 21-1-1 record and spot in the state finals. She attended Northern Virginia Community College this past year, but the school does not sponsor women’s soccer.
She also played for the Loudoun Clash club team.
A 5-4 forward, Fortune was a starter on the 2003 TCU squad and was named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team. She tallied 31 shots, four goals, and three assists, while helping the Horned Frogs to a 9-8-2 record, the fifth-best season improvement (over the 2002 campaign) in NCAA Division I.
She is a former All-KingCo performer at Inglemoor High School. She was a three-year member of Washington’s Olympic Development Program, and she helped lead her FC Royals club team to consecutive state championships in 2002 and 2003.
“This recruiting class not only fills a few holes, but gives us more quality depth at every position,” said Beall. “Megan Corker will battle for the starting spot in goal and her addition gives us two quality keepers. Hadick is a very versatile player who will battle for playing time at the center midfielder spot. Sheridan is a great athlete, with speed, who will add to our depth in the back, while Smith is a very good forward who possesses the ability to hold the ball under pressure. We are looking at Fortune to fill the spot left by career scoring leader Katie Roberts. She comes to FMU with proven scoring abilities at the Division I level.”
Francis Marion loses only two seniors off last season’s 11-7-1 squad that advanced to the Peach Belt Tournament semifinals, where the Patriots were beaten by the eventual NCAA Division II national champion Kennesaw State University.