Pearl River’s Henrik Madsen announces his first full signing class
POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Fresh off of claiming the MACJC South Division title, Henrik Madsen’s Pearl River women’s soccer program signed eight prep standouts who will be tasked with carrying over their strong form into the 2020 season.
Madsen’s first signing class is comprised of Ocean Springs defender Erin Clifford, George County goalkeeper Kylie Dailey, Biloxi striker Aubrie Edwards, East Central midfielder Katie Havard, Pearl River Central midfielder Samantha Kennedy, Hattiesburg F.C. midfielder Jennifer Satcher, Gulfport centerback Bailey Smith and Long Beach midfielder Sydney Spataro.
"This should be a very good class for us that will help us continue the high level of soccer that has been the standard at PRCC,” Madsen said. “I think they’re all versatile players who can play multiple spots in the field which will help greatly with lineups and formations.
“They’re a group of talented individuals who should compete for playing time right away.”
Clifford joins PRCC’s class fresh off of winning a MHSAA Class 6A State Championship as a junior last season. While helping the Greyhounds to a 17-3-3 record as a formidable defender, Clifford also chipped in three goals and an assist.
“Erin will be a great addition to the team,” Madsen said. “She’s a very good outside back and can play in the midfield if needed. She is strong, quick, good on the ball and should be able to bring the ball out of the back and contribute up front.”
Dailey is one of the top all-around keepers in the region. Dating back to the 2014-15 season, Dailey is 17-10 between the pipes with 15 shutouts. She is also credited with 124 saves.
“Kylie is a really good goalkeeper,” Madsen said. “She is quick with good hands and is good with her feet. We look forward to her coming in and contributing to the program.”
Edwards joins PRCC as one of the more feared goal scorers in the region. She netted 13 goals and 13 assists as a sophomore at Biloxi and tacked on 16 more goals a year later. Through four games this season, Edwards already has three goals.
“She’s a top-level soccer player who brings incredible pace and versatility to the team,” Madsen said. “Aubrie has great touch and is just so fast she gets by the defenders before they know what hit them.”
Havard’s a complete midfielder for ECHS. Including this season, Havard has racked up six goals and seven assists.
“Katie is a quick, aggressive midfielder. She should fit well in our system,” Madsen said. “She will bring some tenacity to the midfield that we were lacking this year.”
Like Havard, Kennedy will be expected to do a little of everything for the Wildcats when she arrives in Poplarville.
“Samantha is a versatile local kid who can play multiple spots on the field,” Madsen said. “She should be a contributor as a freshman.”
Satcher is homeschooled but has been a star for Hattiesburg F.C. the last couple of years.
“We’re looking forward to her coming in,” Madsen said. “Jennifer is a really aggressive player who can cover a lot of ground. She’s going to be a versatile player who should be good for our midfield.”
Smith is expected to be a lynchpin in PRCC’s backline. During her prep career, Smith has been a true leader on defense, managing her teammates while assisting her keeper. Last season, Smith helped GHS advance all the way to the MHSAA Class 6A South State Championship contest.
“Bailey is one of the top centerbacks in the state,” Madsen said. “She is strong, fast, a good ball winner and reads the game well. We look forward to pairing her up with Bailey (Riddley) to form an elite duo in the middle of the backline for us.”
Spataro keeps the LBHS-PRCC pipeline alive following in the footsteps of former Bearcats Alexa and Maddie Beets. Fresh off a run to the MHSAA Class 5A Championship Game, Spataro is off to a hot start this year with four goals in just two matches. Spataro had four goals and eight assists as a junior and sophomore.
“Sydney is a box to box midfielder and very good technically,” Madsen said. “She’s a do-it-all midfielder who is very skillful.”
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