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Cajuns add two local products in 2020 class

Keys trying to build a destination program
Posted at 8:55 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 22:20:38-04

LAFAYETTE — Lance Keys wants to build Louisiana soccer into a program Louisiana girls dream to play at.

Wednesday, the Cajuns soccer coach Lance Keys added 15 girls, including 4 in-state products in his 2020 signing class. Two of those players are Teurlings standouts Emmily Sonnier and Lauryn Starwood.

Thursday in a Zoom interview with KATC, Keys said adding four from Louisiana each year would be difficult, but was possible this year given the nature of a very large 15-player class. He said part of his recruiting strategy is to lure top Louisiana talent that fits with the program's identity on the pitch, and the culture, adding that he wants girls to look at UL as a place they want to be.

"We want to be on the radar for the top players in Louisiana and help them understand that we'll be a program that can help serve them as student athletes on and off the field, and in and out of the classroom, and create a culture they'll want to be apart of," he said.

The recruiting class also included West Virginia transfer Lizzie Mayfield. Mayfield played in 41 matches for the Mountaineers who are a perennial top-25 team. She comes to UL as graduate-transfer with two years of eligibility having earned her undergraduate degree in 2.5 years.

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