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The University of South Carolina at Lancaster women’s soccer team scored a major recruiting coup Monday, May 7 at Lancaster High School.
The Lady Lancers landed five standout soccer players out of the LHS Lady Bruins’ soccer program guided by coach Bo Sylvia and assistant Ed Humphrey.
The ace quintet included Mallory Blackmon, Ashley Cauthen, Morgan Farrar, Sedona Smith and Lauren White.
They capped their careers, helping the Lady Bruins to a school-record 15-6 mark, a school-record 11 shutouts, a postseason tournament bid and fourth straight preseason tournament crown.
Cauthen, a four-year varsity player at LHS, has been selected for the annual North-South All-Star soccer match.
She is only the second Lady Bruins’ player chosen for the all-star match. Cauthen is the Lady Bruins’ soccer Offensive Player of the Year.
“Ashley will provide great talent and technique to the USCL program,” Sylvia said. “She will provide speed and talent at the wing position.”
Cauthen, No. 8 in the LHS class of 2012 and will graduate with highest honors, reaped all-region honors as a sophomore and senior.
Cauthen is the daughter of Randy and Carol Cauthen.
Mallory Blackmon will bring solid defensive play to the University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers’ soccer program.
“Mallory has had an exceptional senior year as a defender,” Sylvia said. “I expect that gritty effort of hers to add balance and defensive strength at USCL. Mallory battled through injuries early in her career to become a key player for us. You have to admire her persistence to contribute.”
Blackmon is the daughter of Scott and Robyn Blackmon.
Morgan Farrar will be able to help where she is needed when she joins the USCL women’s soccer program this fall.
Farrar, in four years of soccer at LHS, contributed to the Lady Bruins’
success. As a sophomore, Farrar earned the LHS girls’ soccer Defensive
Player of the Year.
“Morgan is a versatile player who has a lovely first touch,” Sylvia said. “That will become useful at the college level. That’s a must.”
Smith, a Lady Bruins’ co-captain this season, played soccer at LHS for four seasons.
She will graduate with highest honors at LHS commencement.
“Sedona is a force of nature,” Sylvia said. “She is extremely motivated young lady who will add commitment to the USC program.”
Smith received the Lady Bruins’ 5 ½ Award this season
White can boost the University of South Carolina Lancers’ soccer team in more ways than one.
“I consider Lauren a jack of all trades,” Sylvia said. “She’s a versatile player who can be plugged into any position,”
White, in her soccer career, played three seasons for the Lady Bruins.
USCL coach Nicole Bulinsky is happy with the latest Lancers additions.
“We’re glad to add local talent,” Bulinsky said. “These girls have been playing together for a good while and that’s a plus.
“We feel it’s an advantage in that they are comfortable in knowing each others playing styles.”