Rhoden Nets Two More Signees

February 7, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head coach Aston Rhoden announced the signing of two more players to National Letters of Intent on Friday, club teammates Rachel Holmes and Beth Wade.


Holmes hails from Conyers, Ga., where she has earned four letters in soccer for coach Dennis Fifield at Heritage High School. Holmes scored 28 goals with 27 assists as a junior and 21 goals with 15 assists as a sophomore, and currently stands as the school record-holder for career assists. She is also close to breaking the career record for goals, as her season is on-going.


Holmes earned All-Area honors as a junior and was named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Week as a junior.  She was also named All-State in Cross Country and won the regional championship in the mile last year. Holmes is also a member of the Georgia ODP.


"Rachel is a great attacking player with exceptional endurance and speed," Rhoden said. "She is a good finisher and has excellent field vision."


Wade attends The Walker School in Marietta, Ga., where she is a four-year letterwinner for coach Brad Brown. Wade earned All-County honors from the AJC in her first three years and finished third in Cobb County in scoring as a freshman and first as a sophomore.


She has been named the team MVP the past three seasons and team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior. Wade has been a member of the Georgia ODP for the past two years.


"Beth is a strong, physical defender with great speed and she reads the game very well. She has very good attacking tendencies and a strong work ethic."


Holmes and Wade play together on the Concorde '03 Silver club team and won the 2003 Georgia U-18 state championship. Their club is currently ranked sixth in the nation.


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