The Park University women's soccer program made four additions for the 2014 season during national signing period when head coach Ken Hefner announced the additions of Valeria Espadas (Kansas City, Mo./Oak Park HS/MCC-Blue River), Lauren Steers (Winchester, England), Allison Anderson (Columbia, Mo./Hickman HS), Karly Boese (Independence, Mo./William Chrisman HS/MCC-Blue River) and Gabi Severns (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs HS).
"Depth is really what held us back as a team in 2013, and I think we're starting to address that with our 2014 newcomers," Hefner said. "These four can all play at a high level and will make immediate impacts in our program."
Severns was part of a Blue Springs team that captured a 2013 district title in the fall, and she was an all-area honorable mention midfielder in both 2012 and 2013, as a junior and senior. Severns is also a standout in the classroom, at Blue Springs, where she has been on the principal's list since 2011.
Outside her work in the Blue Springs soccer program, Severns also played club soccer for Sporting Blue Valley NPL, where she helped the team qualify for nationals and scored seven goals with three assists in the 2013 Kansas State Cup.
Espadas is Hefner's second signee from within the Kansas City metropolitan area, choosing Park after two seasons at MCC-Blue River, where she played for Brad Childers and was named second-team all-region and first-team all NSCAA for the Trailblazers. Espadas is a 2012 graduate of Oak Park High School, in the northland, where she was a three-sport student-athlete, including soccer, basketball and golf. A third signee, also from MCC-Blue River, is Karlhy Boese, who also played in high school at William Chrisman in Independence.
Anderson joins the Pirates for 2014 after helping Columbia Hickman to a second-place district finish in 2013, and Steers is Park's lone international signee thus far, with high school-level experience playing for Swanmore College in Southampton England.
Park will announce its 2014 schedule later this spring, and all home games will air live on the Pirate Sports Network at www.parkathletics.com.