FC Wichita Women: Here are the midfielders
We're into our third of four parts where we are introducing our roster to you all.
Everyone one of our midfielders is tied back to the Wichita area. Whether they played at a local college and transferred away or they're a homegrown talent that plays collegiately out of state. They're all Kansans in some capacity.
Players listed alphabetically
The Bishop Carroll alum will help control the midfield for FC Wichita this summer. After spending time helping Washburn win nine matches this year, she seems to be up for the challenge. Only a freshman, Allen scored her first career goal against Roger State this fall, a game-winner in the 74th minute on Oct. 10, 2021.
As a senior at Carroll, Allen was picked by the coaches as an first team All-State selection as a senior and second team as a sophomore. She was an all-GWAL selection all three years of high school. While at Carroll, she helped the Golden Eagles reach the Class 5A state semifinals every year in high school.
Junior Kaitlyn Edwards will be on of the youngest players on the squad this summer. However, don't let that stop her. She's been able to play in the FC Wichita Academy and that's allowed her to play against tough competition. She currently plays on the FC Wichita 04 ECNL squad.
BISHOP CARROLL HS
Another Bishop Carroll and FC Wichita ECNL player will suit up for FC Wichita this summer. The goal-scoring midfielder, who recently had a hat trick in a high school game, will run the midfield this summer.
Hoy, who plays striker for her high school team was selected as a first team All-State selection by the coaches her junior season. She also was an All-league selection for multiple seasons in the GWAL. As a junior, she led the GWAL in scoring and is one of the top scorers once again as a senior.
As many on this roster are, she's committed to play for Emporia State after high school.
Abril Lucio is an alum of Wichita Northwest and she's making a name for herself in Little Rock. This past season as a senior, Lucio saw action in 19 matches for the Trojans, starting 16 of them. In those 19 games, she scored three goals, tallied four helpers as Little Rock battled in the Sun Belt Conference.
While at Northwest, Lucio was an all-league selection for the Grizzlies for her junior and senior seasons.
in terms of experience, Lucio will be one of the more veteran players on the roster. She'll be looked to for leadership and direction as FC Wichita sets to kick off their season.
ROGERS STATE (OKLA.)
Jada Lopez is heading to Rogers State, a Division II in northeast Oklahoma after two years at Pratt Community College. She'll help with the midfield as she did for the Beavers.
During her two years in Pratt, Kansas, she appeared in 24 matches, starting all but one. Her lone goal for the Beavers was a game-winner against Highland on April 10, 2021. She tallied two assists as well in her career at Pratt.
Originally from Collinsville, Oklahoma where she played for NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools), a team comprised of Tulsa area homeschooled student-athletes. While at NOAH, Lopez helped her soccer team claim the National Christian Homeschool Championship Girls Soccer Tournament.
A Maize High product has spent the last two seasons helping Pratt Community College turn around their soccer program. When she arrived, the program was coming off a 3-win season. During her two years, she helped the Beavers win 18 matches and made the Plains district championship match.
Meraz started 23 of 24 matches for Pratt CC, scoring two goals, including a game-winner against Southeast CC (Iowa) that helped them move onto the Plains district championship match against Allen CC.
Meraz will now attend Friends University in the fall.
WICHITA EAST HIGH
If you follow high school soccer in the Wichita area, you definitely know Peyton Martin-Peterson. The Wichita East standout has elevated East to one of the best teams in Class 6A this season. Coming off her first season with FC Wichita in the ECNL, she's now committed to playing soccer at Jacksonville University in the fall, a Division I team in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
She's an impressive midfielder who can either play up and attack or control the midfield. While she's still in high school, you may see her try and make an immediate impact when she joins the team. She defends well and she can score when it's needed.
She was selected as a second team All-State as a junior and first team all-GWAL.
Junior Paige Putter is one of the key reasons why Maize was able to march their way to the Class 5A state quarterfinals last year. This season, she's back at it again, helping Maize to be one of the best teams in Class 5A.
A product of the FC Wichita ECNL, Putter will play at the next level for Emporia State, one of the best Division II teams in the nation.
She's also no stranger to performing at this level as she played for the UWS League 2 last season, scoring a goal against Side FC 92 to force a draw.
Some of you may know Rachel Wolecki from her time at Butler under Adam Hunter. While at Butler, Wolecki set herself apart from the competition. She was on the squad in 2020 that upset the KJCCC and helped Butler reached the national tournament.
During her two years at Butler, Wolecki was a second team All-KJCCC selection as a freshman and honorable mention as a sophomore. After leaving Butler, she transferred to Southwest Baptist in Missouri before transferring back to the Wichita area to attend Newman this fall. While at SBU, she appeared in 13 matches, starting seven of them.
Hannah Woolery, who already plays at Emporia State, will have an opportunity to meet many of her new teammates this summer playing for FC Wichita.
At Emporia State, Woolery is excelling. Coming into this season she held the career record for assists and was second in single game assists. She was third in assists per match and shots. Not to mention, she was an coSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Not to mention she had a try out with the Guatemala national team.
Woolery played at Cair Paravel Latin School where she was the Kaw Valley Conference MVP in 2016. She was picked as a first team all-league in 2017 and 2018.