Women’s soccer signs seven players for 2021


Zachary Kilby/The Seahawk

UNCW Soccer Stadium on Oct. 24, 2019.

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON – The UNCW women’s soccer team now has seven new names that will hit the roster sheet at the beginning of the 2021-22 season according to Head Coach Chris Neal. The Lady Hawks are coming off an impressive 10-6-1 record while going 7-1 at home in 2019.

2021 UNCW Women’s Soccer Recruits

Ainsley Norr

This  5-foot-6-inch forward won’t be moving far away from her Wilmington home when she attends UNCW next fall. Norr racked up All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference in 2019 while attending Hoggard High School. According to Coach Neal, Norr is an excellent scorer who flourishes in open space. Look for Norr to find the back of the net plenty of times when she steps on the field

Halle Johnson

Johnson comes to the Port City from Bethesda, Maryland. The 5-foot-11-inch defender attended The Madeira School and was a member of the three-time Mid-Atlantic conference championship team with McLean Youth Soccer. Johnson will be bringing her powerful play and excellent passing to the Seahawks in 2021.

Julia Hellenkamp

Another defender that Coach Neal seems to be very high on, Hellenkamp will leave Cary, North Carolina, and call Wilmington home for the next four years starting in 2021. She attended Green Hope High School and served as a captain in 2019 with the North Carolina Courage Academy team. Hellenkamp stands at 5-foot-8-inches, and according to Coach Neal, she will have a chance at immediate playing time.

Ellie Grove

Grove attended Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, and she will be another defender who the Seahawks will be glad to see hit the field next year. The 5-foot-8-inches Grove received the Rookie of the Year award at Northern Guilford her freshman year and will bring an offensive and defensive mindset to the field that Seahawk fans will be happy about.

McKenna Gardner

Another local Seahawk will stay in her hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina during her four-year college career. The 5-foot-7-inchforward was an All-Region performer in 2019 with Ashley High School who is very tough to guard in one-on-one situations according to Coach Neal.

Kayla Burroughs

Burroughs will come to UNCW from Wesleyan Christian Academy in Asheboro, North Carolina. The 5-foot-6-inch forward was the Team MVP twice during her high school career while receiving All-State, All-Region and All-Conference honors twice as well. Burroughs is an attacking defender who Coach Neal feels can play any position.

Kaylie Bierman

Bierman is from Grovetown, Georgia, and she will be the new incoming goalkeeper for the Seahawks. The 5-foot-10-inch Bierman has good size and plays with a lot of confidence according to Coach Neal. Bierman was a two-time All-Region selection during her high school career.