Corner Kicks – March 8, 2011
Incoming freshman goalkeeper Emily Lillard has been invited to an U18 Women’s National Team training camp in Carson, Calif.
The 5-11 senior at Blue Valley Northwest High in Overland Park, Kan., was invited by national head coach Dave Chesler. The camp is at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and serves as an evaluation of players in the U18 and U20 age groups.
Lillard was one of 15 Razorback newcomers for the 2011 season announced by head coach Erin Aubry on Feb. 11.
She has earned all-state selection for Blue Valley Northwest HS and helped her team reach the state finals last year.
Lillard plays club for the Blue Valley Stars and has also played for the Kansas Olympic Development team.
When she signed with Arkansas, Aubry said: "Emily may be the most gifted goalkeeper athletically in her class in the country. We are very excited to get her into a daily training environment that will push her to reach her full potential. She is extremely good with her feet as well, which will allow us to do some new things as a team when we transition into attack. Her bounds are truly limitless and she will be exciting to watch defend the Razorback net."
Aubry will be filling Arkansas’ keeper position in the fall. Britni Williams finished her four-year career as Arkansas’ all-time leader with 27 shutouts and as the career leader with 30 victories. She finished third with 357 career saves.
Junior Brittany Hudson, a sophomore in 2010, lettered last year and got a win in the victory at Missouri State. Kendal Winston, a junior last season, is also a returning letter winner in goal.
In addition to Lillard, Aubry also added Kelly Roliard for 2011. An incoming freshman from Spring, Texas, she preps at Klein High School and plays club for Challenge SC.
Lillard is ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Top Drawer Soccer Heartland regional rankings and is rated a four-star prospect.
The read about all the newcomers for 2011, go here. To reach the last blog post, visit here.