STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State added another new addition to the 2014 squad as Aaron Gordon inked Atlanta defender Kirby Retherford to a National Letter of Intent.
With Retherford’s signing, the Bulldog soccer roster will feature 20 newcomers, 19 freshmen, when preseason camp opens Aug. 6.
Retherford joins the Bulldogs following stellar careers with St. Pius X High School and Tophat Soccer Club.
“Kirby comes from a Tophat Soccer Club that is one of the best in the country. Her coach, Ryan Crabbe, is a former assistant at Utah and knows what it takes to get to the next level,” Gordon said. “Kirby is an excellent athlete we found late in the process. We realized she was a player who was hungry to prove herself at the next level, and we are excited to have her joining our Mississippi State soccer family.”
Retherford helped St. Pius X continue its quest for a second-straight state championship as she headed in a corner and added an assist in a state semifinal win on Wednesday.
She has helped Sara Geiger’s club to a 19-3 record heading into Saturday’s state title game against Blessed Trinity. During the playoff run, the Lady Lions have out-scored opponents 27-0.
The 5-foot-7-inch Retherford’s standout senior campaign earned her a spot in Sunday’s Georgia High School All-Star Game.
Retherford, the daughter of David and Tama Retherford, has been instrumental in guiding St. Pius X to a 75-8-5 record in her four varsity seasons. She will be trying to lead the Lady Lions to a third state championship after hoisting the title last season and in 2011.
She also helped the team to the Region AAA crown every season.
Under Crabbe’s guidance, she helped Tophat 14 Gold rate in the Top 20 clubs in the nation.
Retherford has been part of three-straight Region 3 Premier League East Fall championships with Tophat, and the squad enters 2014 having won back-to-back Southern Premier League and Georgia State Cup championships.
A national league member in 2013 and 2014, Tophat qualified for regionals the past three seasons.
Retherford has also been a Georgia Olympic Development Program selection from 2008-12, and she was part of the 2011 region champions after claiming runner-up honors a year earlier. She was tabbed to the region camp in 2009, 2010 and 2011.