Tigers Add Goalkeeper Christa Strickland
Go Tigers! Christa Strickland is the ninth announced signee for the 2012-13 class.
Go Tigers!
Christa Strickland is the ninth announced signee for the 2012-13 class.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 15, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis women’s soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Wednesday that Whitewater High School goalkeeper Christa Strickland has signed her National Letter of Inent to join the Lady Tigers. Strickland is the ninth announced signee for the 2012-13 signing class.

“Christa is technically very sound and she has all the potential you look for in a goalkeeper,” Monaghan said. “A bonus for us, with a goalkeeper coach like Jonny Walker, is we know that if we find a keeper with potential like Christa has, that with the right attitude she will only get better and better. The sky is the limit for Christa and it will come down to how good she wants to be. She has a ton of potential and we look forward to her career here.”

A four-year letterwinner at Whitewater High, Strickland led her squad to runner-up finishes in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Georgia State Tournaments. The Fayetteville, Ga., native earned First Team All-Region accolades last season and in the 2009 season she was tabbed Second Team All-Region. On the club level, Strickland played for the AFC Lightning and Coach Chris Mahaffey. Strickland, named to the ESPN Rise Goalkeepers watch list in 2011, has been on the Georgia ODP team since 2007 and is a current member of the Region III Pool Team that took third place at the ODP National Championships.

Christa is the daughter of Steve and Tammy Strickland. She has yet to decide on her intended major.

Why did Christa choose the U of M?
“I picked Memphis because of the great team chemistry; all of the girls on the team are extremely nice and committed to soccer. The coaching staff at Memphis is also excellent. All the coaches have a tremendous amount of experience and I look forward to growing as a player with them. Memphis has been at the top of the Conference USA for many years and I am eager to play soccer at such a high level. I am blessed and grateful to now be a part of the women's soccer team at the University of Memphis.”

2012-13 Signing Class
Name Hometown High School   Club Team
Emily Adamic Edmonton, Alberta Harry Ainlay   Victoria Soccer Club  
Marissa Duguay  Quispamsis, New Brunswick   Rothesay Ottawa Fury
Sam Keane Keller, Texas Keller Dallas Texans
Elysia Masters Burlington, Ontario Nelson Oakville Titans
Madi Oyer Leo, Ind. Leo Carmel United
Courtney Neville Oakdale, Minn. Tartan Minnesota Thunder
Christi Padget Franklin, Tenn. Ravenwood Brentwood Premier
Valérie Sanderson Boisbriand, Quebec Ecole Des Sources FC Boisbriand
Christa Strickland Fayetteville, Ga. Whitewater AFC Lightning



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