BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Soccer has bolstered its seven-member 2017 signing class with two additional recruits, as Head Coach Jason Neidell announced that Felicia Moncada (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Deven Jackson (Auckland, New Zealand) will join the Lady Toppers for the fall season.
"'Good things come to those who wait' explains our excitement over our newest Lady Toppers, Felicia and Deven. We took a very patient and methodical approach to finishing out this year's recruiting class, and we think we hit a home run with these two fantastic student-athletes," Neidell said of the additions. "They fill very important immediate positional needs and, more importantly, both are first class young ladies. We are excited and eager to welcome them into our soccer family."
In high school, Moncada starred for Saint Viator High School and had the opportunity to travel with her team to the Iber Cup and Donostia Cup in Spain and Portugal for two weeks prior to her junior year. The Lions competed against teams from across the world, including Brazil, France and Norway in addition to Spanish and Portuguese opponents, and Moncada drew starts for both the U16 and U18 teams in the event. During her time with Saint Viator, Moncada also led the Lions to a Class 2A regional championship and an appearance in the sectional finals during the 2015 season.
Moncada will join fellow Illinois native Shayna Dheel on WKU’s roster for the fall season.
Neidell on Moncada: "Felicia has impressive speed with and without the ball. She will add depth in our wide positions where we hope to isolate her one-on-one to best utilize her skill set. She brings a great eagerness to learn and be mentored and has a world of untapped potential."
In 2013, Jackson traveled with the U17 national team to Australia for a trio of friendlies and to the United States for a tournament against the US, China and Japan. She was also named to the roster for the U17 World Cup in Costa Rica, but could not compete due to an ankle injury just before the event.
In addition to her national team experience, Jackson has also competed in New Zealand’s National Women’s League with the Auckland Football Federation and participated in a secondary school tour of Thailand where she was named MVP of the competition.
With Mount Albert Grammar School, Jackson became the only Year 9 starter and top goalscorer for her team in 2011 before capturing three consecutive league, provincial and national championships between 2013-15.
Neidell on Jackson: "Deven is a very technical player with the vision and passing ability to unlock defenses. She will fit right into a midfield that is the best I've coached in my time here. She brings a wealth of international experience that will be invaluable to our team."
Moncada and Jackson are set to join six freshmen and sophomore transfer Ulliac as newcomers on The Hill this fall. WKU is coming off its best season since joining C-USA prior to the 2014 campaign as the Lady Toppers posted a 12-6-1 overall record in 2016 and earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.