Neosho senior Ashley Talley joined fellow senior Ashley Weems in signing a letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career, making it official Wednesday afternoon with Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College.
According to Neosho assistant soccer and assistant girls basketball coach Matt Hixson, Talley had a tremendous amount of interest from colleges in securing her services.
“Since I started trying to work with her on this recruiting process last year,” Hixson said, “she’s had over 36 different schools looking at her and she’s had 961 contacts sent through my account trying to get her to sign with them. One thing, if you know Ashley, is that she values her family and she’s been raised the right way, and she knows what’s important to her. I think this is a really good fit that she’s getting with Coffeyville.”
Talley led Neosho last season in both goals and assists, and she’s led the Lady Wildcats in assists all three of her seasons.
“Those who know her know that she doesn’t let anybody outwork her,” Hixson said. “She’s a super hard worker and we’re tremendously proud of not only how she’s developed on the field or on the court, but as a person and a student and everything else. She’s at the top of her class in almost everything there is and I can’t say enough about her.
“She’s led us in assists all three years and second in scoring until last year, when she just went off in scoring and led us in both assists and scoring. When I was going through back all of the stats, I thought it was interesting her freshman year, our team scored a total of 35 goals. Last year, we scored 87 goals and to tell you how important Ashley is and we know as soccer coaches that we can’t ever take her off the field. Of those 87 goals, she either scored or assisted on more than half of those. She will be extremely missed here at Neosho, but we can’t wait to see her go on and do all the great things after high school.”
In Neosho’s historic 2-0 win last season over Webb City for the girls soccer program’s first district title, Talley scored both goals. The Lady Wildcats entered last season’s sectional match against Bolivar on a 10-match winning streak.
Meanwhile, the Red Ravens finished 14-6 overall and 7-5 in the Jayhawk Conference in the 2017 season. The Red Ravens lost 2-0 to Cloud County in the Region 6 championship, after winning matches against Hutchinson (2-1) and Johnson County (1-0) to reach the finals.
The Red Ravens are coached by head man Jerrid Schicke and assistant Thomas Gaskell.
“It was a good offer,” Talley said. “The coach had made an effort to come see me and I think there’s good opportunities that are going to come from Coffeyville. (Staying close to home) was very important to me, because I want to stay closer to my family and Coffeyville’s only about a hour-and-a-half away. I didn’t want to go off four hours by myself and I knew I wouldn’t be very happy with that.”
Talley said that she will major in graphic design in college.