NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coming off one of its most successful seasons under the direction of Head Coach Heather Henson, Belmont women's soccer is excited to announce the addition of six Bruins – Gentry Davis (Spring Hill, Tenn.), Kayla Monis (Naperville, Ill.), Emily Nguyen (Monument, Colo.), Morgan Pettit (Gainesville, Va.), Megan Porras (East Windsor, NJ), and Emma Sharou (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) – to the team during the National Signing period. The talented group will join the Bruins in the fall of 2018.
"I am thrilled to have the 2018 freshman class enter our Belmont Bruin Family," Henson said. "We continue to attract first class student-athletes to our program and this group is no exception. Not only will they help move our program into the hunt for a conference championship, but they will also excel in the classroom and as members of the campus community. I'm grateful to our staff and the University for working hard to secure this class and help us continue to grow our program."
Morgan Pettit will join the Bruins in the midfield, adding strength to the team's attacking force. The Gainesville, Va. product heads to Belmont after being named to the All-State roster as well as being named a team captain during her senior season. Pettit prepped under head coach Sonny Barrick at Brentsville District High School along with playing in the club circuit with Herndon United 99. While playing club soccer, she was a three-time state cup finalist.
"Composed and intelligent are the words I would use to describe Morgan as a soccer player," Henson said. "When I watch her play I see someone who is constantly evaluating the game. Morgan is a problem solver on the field, she will add composure and patience when we need it."
BU will add depth in its attacking third with Gentry Davis on the front line. The Spring Hill, Tenn. native helped Independence High School to regionals under the direction of head coach David Cordero. She was named a team captain as well as listed on the All-State roster. Davis improved her game with seven years of club, most recently playing for the Tennessee Soccer Club the last two years where she won a pair of state championships.
"Gentry provides a dangerous threat as an attacking player with her unpredictable and ability to create scoring chances for herself and others," Henson said. "She will make a name for herself and Belmont in the OVC."
Emily Nguyen will contribute to Belmont's offensive efforts as a forward. A product of Monument, Colo., Nguyen prepped under Nick Odil at Palmer Ridge High School where she was named Attacker of the Year all four years of her career. She was also named to the All-Conference First Team roster her last three seasons. Nguyen played club for the Pride Predators 00 where she was a two-time State Cup Finalist.
"Emily is the type of forward who can pass, move, create and finish," Henson said. "She has continued to grow in her game in the years we have recruited her and could have an immediate impact in the attacking unit for us."
The Bruins will enjoy the contributions of Kayla Monis in the midfield. Monis hails from Naperville, Ill. where she played for Neuqua Valley High School under Joe Morau. She helped her team to a regional championship her junior and senior campaign. In the club circuit, Monis prepped with Team Chicago for two seasons.
"Kayla has tremendous vision of the field," Henson said. "She is very technical with an endless engine who can play in any midfield spot in our formation. She gives a coach so many options because of her game."
The keepers will receive reinforcement in the backfield from incoming defender Emma Sharou. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native comes to Belmont after playing for Sebastian Alvarado at Oaks Christian School. Sharou netted 13 goals in her career, while assisting on six. Sharou played club with Real So Cal for seven years where she helped the squad to a pair of cup championships.
"Emma is a hard-working young lady that is relentless in her defending," Henson said. "She will add to the back line in the mindset of work ethic, communication and defending as a unit. Her desire to learn is contagious, it will be exciting to watch her grow over the coming years."
Megan Porras rounds out the 2018 signing class, adding versatility to the midfield. The East Windsor, NJ product played for Patrick Murphy and William Hawkey at The Pennington School where she helped the team to a pair of state championships. Porras netted six career goals, including being honored as scoring the Goal of the Year in her junior campaign. She was named a team captain her senior year, leading the team to a 14-1-1 mark. Porras played for the Patriot FC Revolution in the club circuit for two years as well.
"Megan is a smooth and athletic player with great vision who can play any position," Henson said. "Her competitor's mentality will fit perfectly with our current ladies. We are going to push Megan to maximize her ability because she has so much of it. She will find a place on the field for us.
"This class of hardworking, disciplined and faithful young women will also sustain and enhance our culture of integrity, commitment and family both on and off the field. I have high expectations for them to contribute to the future success of this program on the field but also contribute to the Belmont University community and use their talents to help the world around them."
The Bruins are coming off a season that featured its most wins since Henson has been at the helm of the program, boasting a 10-6-2 mark. They finished fourth in the conference standings before falling to SEMO in the semifinals of the OVC tournament on penalty kicks.