Soccer Signs Four to Letters of Intent

March 19, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee soccer coach Aston Rhoden announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, Rhoden's first class as head coach of the Blue Raiders.

The signing class of four includes: Melissa Wellman of Guntersville, Ala., Lindsey Estes of Memphis, Tenn., J'Keta Wilford of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Caroline McHugh of Medina, Ohio.

Wellman served as team captain as a senior at Guntersville High School in Guntersville, Ala. She led her squad to the state Final Four as a sophomore and junior, has been named Defensive MVP twice and was a starter all four years. Her club team, the Rocket City Kicks, won state championships from 1999-2002, and she has been a member of the Alabama ODP for four years.

Wellman currently serves as the Senior Class Vice President and the editor of the school newsletter, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is the daughter of Bonnie and Steve Wellman.

Estes played her final two seasons at Cordova High School in Memphis, earning All-State honors as a senior and leading her squad in goals with 36. She was the second leading scorer in the Memphis area with 36 goals and 16 assists, garnering All-Metro honors and Best of Preps Recognition from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Estes is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the Cordova Hall of Fame. She was the team co-captain the last two years.

Estes played her freshman season at Bearden High School in Knoxville, earning Second Team All-District. Her club team, the Fury '83, won the 2001 state championship and finished third in the region. She is the daughter of Dan and Paula Estes.

Wilford comes to Middle Tennessee from Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wilford earned All-Metro Honors for four straight years and was voted the Most Inspirational Player as a freshman. She was been voted team captain of her club team, the Pikes Peak Stampede, three straight years, and also voted team MVP once.

Wilford has been a three-year letterwinner for coach Marc Basso at Air Academy and a four-year All-Academic Scholar for the Rocky Mountain Region. She is a four-year honor roll student and member of the Urban League. Wilford is the daughter of Jerome and Marcheta Wilford.

McHugh hails from Medina, Ohio, and Medina Senior High School, where she led her squad to four straight Pioneer Conference Championships and a state Final Four appearance in 1999. She was named to the Pioneer Conference All-Star Team and Medina County All-Star team in 2001.

Her club team, the Ohio Premier Club, went to the Midwest Regionals in 1997 and won the Indoor Midwest Championship in 2000. McHugh has three sisters - Molly, Kate and Beth - and is the daughter of Brian and Jane McHugh. McHugh sisters Kate and Beth also play Division I soccer at Youngstown State and Dayton, respectively.

Rhoden's Blue Raiders open the 2002 season August 30 against Southwest Missouri in Springfield, Mo. The Blue Raiders begin the home slate of their schedule on September 6 against Southern Miss.

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