POPLARVILLE – Jack Byrd hopes his Lady Wildcat soccer program reinforced its back line with the recent signing of Long Beach product Alexa Beets.
Beets joins Bailey Riddley (Clinton), Brooke Geist (Gulfport; West Harrison) and Tylee McCann (Leakesville; Greene County) as members of Pearl River's 2019 signing class.
"We're really excited about Alexa," Byrd said. "She's a defender by trade and that was a source of need for us this past season. She's very vocal and brings a physical style every time she goes out onto the field."
Byrd said Beets' addition does more than just bolsters the Lady Wildcats' roster.
"She's also a very bright kid on and off the field," he said. "Her academics are top notch and we look forward to her bringing a colorful personality to our locker room."
The younger Beets should add some versatility to the Lady Wildcats' roster in 2019.
"Alexa can play center back, right back, left back, wherever," Byrd said. "She can play anywhere across the back line and will be very good wherever she plays.
"Her senior year she has actually played some holding mid, so we may even give her a look there as well."
Beets is the younger sister of current freshman Maddie Beets (Long Beach).
"They had a lot of success together at Long Beach," Byrd said. "Both really bring unique styles to the team, with one attacking and one defending. They really look out for one another and I think Maddie is as excited as anyone else that Alexa is committed.
"A good forward always knows what a good defender looks like."
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