Feb. 7, 2001
Tallahassee, FL –
After a trip to the Sweet 16, establishing 25 program firsts and breaking or tying 33 team records, the Florida State soccer team landed one of the best signing classes in the young history of the program Wednesday. The Seminoles signed five players to national letters of intent and received two other verbal commitments.
Head coach Patrick Baker announced the signing of defender Katie Beal, midfielder Camie Bybee, outside back/wing midfielder Marion Cagle, midfielder/forward Jez Ratliff and goalkeeper Kerry York. Baker also announced the verbal commitments of goalkeepers Ali Mimms and Joy McKenzie.
“For the first time since taking over the program at Florida State, we had identifiable recruiting needs this year and I am pleased to say we have fulfilled those needs,” said Baker. ” My first two years we recruited two very large classes, but the 2001 class is smaller and takes care of position specific needs. We have signed a very talented goalkeeper in Kerry York (MD), two extremely gifted central players in Camie Bybee (OK) and Katie Beal (VA) and two very fast wide players in Marion Cagle (FL) and Jez Ratliff (OK). Last years recruiting class was ranked #13 nationally by SoccerBuzz and we are striving for another top 15 class again this year.”
The Seminoles signed two players who are finalists for Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states. York, from Millersville, is a finalist for the state of Maryland and Bybee, from Oklahoma City, is a finalist in Oklahoma. Beal is an U-16 national team player and Ratliff, Bybee and Cagel are among the south’s highest rated players.
“U-16 national team member Katie Beal leads this exciting class to Tallahassee this August,” said Baker. “Fellow Region I Olympic Development teammate Kerry York will be a welcomed addition in the goalkeeping position. The remaining three players hail from the South Region Olympic Development program and are rated among the region’s top 10 graduating seniors. Jez Ratliff and Camie Bybee will continue the Oklahoma tradition that was established by FSU’s graduating senior April Murphy. After attracting two of the top three seniors from the Sunshine state last year in Amber Tollefson and Summer Corum, that same degree of excellence is seen in local product Marion Cagle.”
Beal, a product of West Potomac High School, was a member of the 2001 NSCAA/adidas All-South team, named a 2000 NSCAA Youth All-American soccer player and has been a member of the Virginia State ODP team from 1998-2001 in addition to spending 1999 and 2000 with the U-16 US National team.
Bybee, who attends Putnam City North in Oklahoma City, led the state of Oklahoma in goals scored (29) and was second in the state in assists (13) in 2000. She was a runner-up for the Daily Oklahoman Player of the Year and named offensive Player of the Year by the Putnam County News. Bybee also was also a member of the U-17 National team pool in 1999 and 2000.
Cagle, a product of Tallahassee’s Leon High School, has been named first team All-State for three years and was a member of the Region III ODP team in 1999 and 2000. Cagle was a member of the Florida state championship team as a freshman at Maclay and led the Big Bend with 48 assists as a junior.
Ratliff, from Norman High School, was an U-17 National team pool player in 1999 and a member of the U-16 and U-17 Region III ODP team. Ratliff was also named an adidas EPS player in 2000 and was a member of the U-23 National Club Championship team in Oklahoma.
York, from Severna Park High School, is consistently recognized as the top goalkeeper in the state of Maryland and has been a member of the Maryland state ODP team since 1994. She has started at goalkeeper for Severna Park since her first game as a freshman and led the Falcons to a state championship as a senior after posting a 19-1 record.
These players will help us continue to move this program in a positive direction and hopefully allow us another opportunity to get into the NCAA Tournament this fall,” said Baker. “They are quality individuals that have been blessed with the ability to play the game of soccer at a very high level. We want to continue to raise the level of soccer within the program and that is achieved in two ways – player development and recruiting.”