UNCG women's soccer signs 16 to NLIs

UNCGSpartans.com 02-01-2012
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2012 signing day document

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG's women's soccer team has signed 16 prep seniors to National Letters of Intent to play for the Spartans in 2012, coach Steve Nugent announced Thursday.

Kiah Allen, Shelby Brown, KK Deutrich, Jordan Draughon, Ashley Eddleman, Zoe Fishman, Candice Forbes, Kirsten Glad, Jesse McGinley, Tabitha McHale, Taylor Newcomb, Katherine Rodriguez, Jamie Simmons, Mallory Ullrich, Chesney White and Tracy Wolf will join the squad as freshmen next season.

"Our 2012 group is one the largest classes in UNCG history, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the 'G'," UNCG coach Steve Nugent said. "This is a group of young women who are committed to excellence both in the classroom and on the field. It takes first-class people to win championships, it takes hard work to succeed in the classroom, and these young women embody all the characteristics needed to achieve both. All of these young women will make a tremendous impact on the UNCG community. I have seen firsthand how competitive they are and believe they are ready to embrace the standards that have made the UNCG women's soccer program competitive over the years. Please join me in honoring both (assistant coaches) Sandy (Davison) and Jamie (Corti) for their tireless efforts in the recruiting process. We have recruited these student athletes with family as an underlying theme, and Sandy and Jamie are shining examples of the type of mentors we need at this level."

Kiah Allen, F/M, 5-7, Knoxville, Tenn., Christian Academy of Knoxville

Allen, a 5-7 forward/midfielder from Knoxville, Tenn., was a three-time all-state, all-district and all-region performer for Christian Academy of Knoxville. The 2011 Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra Player of the Year and Knoxville Interscholastic League Player of the Year, Allen finished her prep career as CAK's career scoring leader with 116 goals, 40 of which came during her senior year when the Warriors went 24-1-1 and won their third state title in four years. Allen helped CAK to four district and regional championships and four state finals appearances. Also a member of the track team, she helped CAK's 4x400 team to a third-place team finish.

"When I walked onto UNCG's campus, I felt at home," Allen said. "I had visited a couple of colleges before going to UNCG, but there was always something missing. Being on campus felt comfortable to me. I felt valued, not only as a soccer player, but as part of a family. No other coach has cared about my happiness beyond soccer, but the most important thing at UNCG is not only playing soccer at a high level in a well-developed program, but starting a new chapter in my life. I know that I can be happy at UNCG because of the comfortable atmosphere and family setting."

Allen played seven years of club soccer for FC Alliance 93G Black, helping the squad to Tennessee state finals appearances every year from 2006 to 2011. The team played in the region premier league from 2006-11 and played in the regional tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2011. She was a member of the Tennessee ODP team from 2006-10.

"During the two years I coached Kiah at FC Alliance, she showed a tremendous work ethic and enthusiasm for the game of soccer," FC Alliance coach Mike Kelleher said. "She was eager to learn and apply things we did in training into her games, leading our front line and linking well with her teammates. She has earned the opportunity to play at the collegiate level through hard work, and I am sure she will be an asset to both her coaches and future teammates."

Shelby Brown, F, 5-4, Novato, Calif., Marin Catholic

Brown, a 5-4 forward from Novato, Calif., led Marin Catholic High School in scoring in each of her four years on the squad. Brown was a three-time All-Marin County Athletic League selection and a two-time team captain. A Dean's List and Honor Roll student, Brown helped the Wildcats to a North Coast Section championship in 2011. She also played a year of basketball for Marin Catholic and won the scholar-athlete award.

"I visited North Carolina when I was 11, and I fell in love with it," Brown said. "When I arrived on my recruiting visit last spring, I knew immediately that UNCG was the right school for me. I love everything about it: the players, the coaching staff, the campus and the academics. I'm so excited to play in a program where I will be challenged to be my best and get to play against some of the top players and teams in the country."

On the club level, Brown played for Placer United for three years, leading the team in goals each year. She helped the team to several championships during her time on the squad, including back-to-back titles in the Placer United Cup and the Las Vegas Showcase in 2010 and 2011. Placer United was a State Cup finalist in 2011.

"Shelby Brown is an explosive forward who has a knack for scoring goals and creating chances for her team," Placer United director of coaching for girls Ron Benjamin said. "She has the pace, strength and desire factor to break down opponents' back lines. She has a 'no fear' attitude and will do whatever it takes to impact the game."

KK Deutrich, D, 5-5, Herndon, Va./Herndon

Deutrich, a 5-5 defender from Herndon, Va., was a three-time all-district performer for Herndon High School and was a three-year team captain, becoming just the second sophomore in school history to earn that distinction in 2010. A National Honor Society member, Deutrich also earned All-Met honorable mention in 2010.

"I was introduced to UNCG through the women's soccer program; however, there are many other factors aside from soccer that influenced me in my decision to commit as a Spartan," Deutrich said. "When I first visited the campus, the unique, welcoming atmosphere created by the women's soccer coaches and players drew me in right away. The women's soccer program on its own is impressive, but academics were also very important to me. After researching UNCG further, I couldn't wait to participate in the courses and activities offered by the school and to become a member of the student body. Although I will be far from home, I feel that UNCG will provide a good support base, especially due to the family atmosphere of the soccer team. I cannot wait to be a part of UNCG both on campus and on the soccer field."

A member of the CSC Chantilly Burn for more than eight years, Deutrich helped the team to four Virginia state championships and another two finals appearances. The squad won the USYS Region I tournament in 2009, going undefeated and not allowing a goal through the entire state cup series and regional tournament. Deutrich helped the team the bronze medal in the 2009 USYS National Championship.

"KK has always reminded me of Gary Neville, the Man United all-time great defender," CSC Chantilly Burn coach Mike Jorden said. "She is good on the ball, good in possession, is hard on tackles and is a coach on the field. She likes to get forward on the attack, serve balls from wide areas and also go to goal. She's very versatile on the field; she can play anywhere in the back or midfield. Her attitude is first class and she's a true competitor who never gives up and really loves the game."

Jordan Draughon, D, 5-7, Loganville, Ga., Loganville

Draughon, a 5-7 defender from Loganville, Ga., is a two-time all-county and a three-time all-region performer for Loganville High School. The team MVP in 2010, she helped the Red Devils to the round of 16 in the state playoffs in 2008. Draughon was also a two-time team captain and a member of the Homecoming Court from 2009-11. She also holds the school record in the 400 meters.

"I chose UNCG because my parents and I thought it was a perfect fit for me socially, academically and athletically," Draughon said. "UNCG has everything I need to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse while at the same time becoming part of the UNCG soccer family. The family atmosphere was also a big part of my decision. I know in my heart that UNCG was the place I needed to be."

Draughon played six years for the Gwinnett Soccer Association for Phoenix 93 and Phoenix 94, helping the squad to six straight Georgia State Cup championships. The team won the Disney Showcase in 2010 and the Atlanta Cup championship in 2007. Draughon played with Phoenix 94 in the Elite Clubs National League in 2011.

"Jordan has been a joy to coach this season," GSA club coach Andy Trevers said. "Having spent numerous seasons on the highly successful GSA 93 Phoenix Red under Campbell Chapman, Jordan finished her club career for GSA 94 ECNL in her senior year. She was elected as a captain by her peers and brings exemplary leadership qualities to her team along with tremendous talent. Jordan's contribution on and off the field has been second-to-none, and up to the last game, Jordan had played every minute of every game. Her energy, enthusiasm, competitiveness and sweet left foot will bring a wonderful addition to UNCG in fall 2012. I am excited for all she will accomplish for UNCG and personally, she will be dearly missed. Jordan is highly respected by her peers."

Ashley Eddleman, M, 5-10, Kernersville, N.C., East Forsyth

Eddleman, a 5-10 midfielder, is a local product out of East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, N.C. A three-time All-Mid-Piedmont Conference selection for Ledford High School in Thomasville, N.C., Eddleman was also an all-county performer as a sophomore and junior. She was her team's Offensive MVP in 2009 and 2010 and helped the squad to the second round of the state playoffs in 2011. Eddleman is a member of the National Honor Society and was a Junior Marshall.

"I chose UNCG because I fell in love with the beautiful and very friendly campus," Eddleman said. "The smaller classroom sizes were more to my liking and suit my learning preferences. Another important factor in my decision was most definitely the women's soccer program. I want to play for a team with a winning tradition and a coach committed to winning championships. I am confident I will grow as a person and as soccer player at UNCG."

Eddleman played four years for 93 Fusion Elite, helping the team to the North Carolina State Cup championship in 2011 and to a State Cup semifinals appearance in 2008. The team qualified for the USYS Regionals, scheduled for June of this year, and was a finalist in the 2011 adidas Labor Day Shootout. In 2009, the team won its second straight Jefferson Cup, won the SCORE Showcase and went undefeated in Premier League play.

"Ashley has been a huge asset to our club," Fusion coach Chad Lorentz said. "She has very good technical ability and does a good job combining with players and attacking from the midfield. What has been most impressive about Ashley is her desire and drive to improve as a player and her ability to handle and rise above difficult situations. It is great to see her hard work pay off, and we wish her the best of luck at UNCG."

Zoe Fishman, M, 5-4, Woodland Hills, Calif., El Camino Real Charter

A 5-4 midfielder from Woodland Hills, Calif., Fishman is a two-time All-West Valley League first-team performer for El Camino Real Charter and was the conference's player of the year as a junior in 2011. Also a two-time all-area selection and a two-time Los Angeles City Section All-City first-teamer, Fishman was the Los Angeles City Section Co-Player of the Year in 2011. Fishman has won El Camino Real's Scholar-Athlete Award four times and was a 2011 ESPN Winter State All-Star. She has helped the Conquistadors to three West Valley League championships, two Los Angeles City Section titles and a state regional semifinals appearance.

"Sometimes you only need to be somewhere for a brief moment to know it's a place you want to spend more time in," Fishman said. "That's what it was like for me when I first stepped onto the campus at UNCG. Beautiful grounds, nice people and a competitive soccer program that had just put in place a young and motivated staff that I knew would challenge me on and off the pitch to be the best athlete, student and human being I could possibly be were the main components of my decision to commit to UNCG."

Fishman has competed for several club teams, including Legends FC, Eagles Soccer Club, FC Barcelona/CZ Elite and Samba. She won Cal South National Cup championships with FC Barcelona/CZ Elite in 2009 and with Legends FC in 2011. Fishman helped FC Barcelona/CZ Elite to Coast Soccer League League-Cup championships in 2007 and 2008.

"I had the pleasure of working with Zoe during her youth career," Eagles Soccer Club Director of Girls Vince Thomas said. "She is first and foremost an amazing human being, and one of the most special people to have come into my life. She has great pace, wonderful ball control and the ability to score goals. She is a very versatile and intelligent player. Zoe is truly a gift to women's soccer, and I have all the confidence that she will have much success at the college level."

Candice Forbes, F/M, 5-9, Pleasant Garden, N.C., Southeast Guilford

Forbes, a local product from Pleasant Garden, N.C., is a 5-9 forward/midfielder for Southeast Guilford High School. A two-time All-Metro 4A Conference selection, she was the league's offensive player of the year in 2011. Forbes is also a two-time all-region performer and earned all-state honors in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010. In 2011, she helped the Falcons to a 16-3-2 record, the Metro 4A title and the school's first-ever trip to the third round of the state playoffs. A member of the National Honor Society, Forbes is a three-time Scholar-Athlete.

"At first I wanted to get out of Greensboro to go to college, but after visiting UNCG, I changed my mind," Forbes said. "I loved the campus and the overall size of the school. Also, their soccer program has a good history. Lastly, the coaching staff was what helped me make my final decision. They were great throughout the whole recruiting process and overall they were people that I could picture spending the next four years with."

Forbes played for the GYS 93 Twisters Green from 2008-09, playing in the finals of the NCYSA State Cup in 2009. The team reached the semifinals of the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2008. Forbes played for 93 Fusion Elite with Eddleman from 2010-11, winning the Disney Soccer Showcase championship and the North Carolina State Cup in 2011. That squad was ranked No. 1 in North Carolina, No. 8 eight in the region and No. 38 nationally by GotSoccer.com.

"Candice has a number of excellent qualities about her as a player," Lorentz said. "She is strong, fast and has tremendous energy. She has the ability to play a number of positions, and her ability to get behind defenders, serve balls into dangerous areas and finish has been a huge part of our success and ability to win the State Cup this fall. She will be a huge asset at the next level because of her ability and determination. We wish her the best of luck and are very proud that she has the opportunity to play at UNCG."

Kirsten Glad, GK, 5-9, Germantown, Md., St. John's College HS
Glad, a 5-9 goalkeeper for St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., is a two-time All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and All-Met selection. The Cadets' team MVP in 2010, she posted a school-record and league-leading 11 shutouts and led the metropolitan area with 149 saves that year. The following year, she led the league with nine shutouts. Glad helped the squad to WCAC championships in 2008 and 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2009. The team finished second in the area and 12th nationally in 2011. The Germantown, Md., native is a member of the National Honor Society and was her school's Homecoming Queen as a senior.

"I chose UNCG not only for soccer, but because of the school itself," Glad said. "I had visited many other colleges and I couldn't necessarily see myself going there and being happy. But when I walked on the UNCG campus for the first time, I knew that it was the perfect place for me. Athletes are always asked, 'If you were to get injured and never play your sport again, would you still be happy at insert college?' Coach Steve Nugent asked me that several times. My answer to that question would be yes, being at the school makes me feel like I'm home even though my home is seven hours north. The school, the sport and the people all together made my decision very easy on why I chose UNCG."

Glad played for the Damascus Soccer Club Dragons for nine years, helping the team to the semifinals of the U-19 State Cup in 2010 and second place in the Futsal State Cup in 2009. She was a member of the State Cup All-Star Team in 2010.

"Kirsten's team plays with a lot of confidence that starts in the back, and that specifically starts with Kirsten," DSC Dragons coach Brent Taylor said. "She has always been a positive teammate that didn't blame anyone else for a goal being scored, and cheered for her teammates regardless of whether we were winning the game or not. I have confidence that Kirsten will become a great player and teammate in the upcoming years, and wish both her and the UNCG program the greatest of success."

Jesse McGinley, GK, 5-5, Truckee, Calif., Truckee

McGinley, a 5-5 keeper out of Truckee, Calif., started for two years for Truckee High School before devoting herself full-time to her club team. McGinley went undefeated in the net in her two years playing for the Wolverines, helping Truckee to back-to-back Nevada state championships and extending the school's streak to a state-record three consecutive titles. She earned all-state honorable mention both years and all-state academic honors both years. She was a second-team All-Northern Nevada Conference selection as a freshman.
"I chose UNCG because I've always wanted to go to school somewhere in North Carolina," McGinley said. "When I visited the school, I instantly fell in love with it. The campus had a special feel to it, and I knew it would be a perfect fit for me. All the players and coaches I met made the trip even more amazing. They were all so welcoming and nice and made me feel as though I was at home. When I left, I felt like UNCG was the place for me."

McGinley played for Placer United for four years, helping the team win the Cal North League, the Las Vegas Showcase and the SC del Sol President's Day Tournament. She played for Nevada's ODP state team from 2007-09.

"Jesse has a lot of very valuable tools that will serve her well at the collegiate level," Benjamin said. "She has very good hands and is an excellent shot-blocker. She also has very good timing and is able to manage her box when dealing with crosses. Her kicking game is very good on punts and goal kicks. Additionally, she has great mental toughness, which is so necessary when playing this position."

Tabitha McHale, F, 5-4, Round Hill, Va., Woodgrove

A 5-4 forward from Round Hill, Va., McHale played for two years at Woodgrove High School after spending the first two years of her prep career at Loudoun Valley High School. McHale was an all-district player for Loudoun in 2009, and helped the squad to a state semifinals appearance the following year. Also in 2010, McHale and Loudoun Valley won the Cedar Run District championship and the regional championship. With Woodgrove in 2011, McHale and the Wolverines were Dulles District finalists, regional finalists and state semifinalists. McHale has earned Varsity All-Academic Awards from 2009-12.

"The reputation of UNCG's soccer program has been prestigious for many years," McHale said. "To be a part of UNCG and help contribute to its continued NCAA success is an honor. The campus is beautiful, the atmosphere is very friendly, and the highly accredited school of business makes it a great fit athletically and academically. I believe living in North Carolina, meeting new friends and becoming a Spartan will be a great college experience."

McHale played for the McLean Youth Soccer Strikers for three years, helping the squad to the USYS national finals, a Region I championship and the Virginia state championship in 2010. The team was ranked in the top 10 nationally in 2010 and 2011. She also played for the CSC Chantilly Burn for three years, helping the squad to a third-place finish at the 2009 USYS nationals in 2009 and a pair of Region 1 championships and Virginia state titles alongside Deutrich and Ullrich. McHale was invited to the Elite Club National League Player Development Program in January.

"Tabitha is a tremendous student of the game, with a voracious appetite for learning and getting better," Strikers coach Clyde Watson said. "It's a privilege and an honor to have coached her."

Taylor Newcomb, D, 5-8, Raleigh, N.C., Ravenscroft

Newcomb, a 5-8 defender from Raleigh, N.C., was an all-conference and all-region performer for Ravenscroft High School as a junior last season. She helped the Ravens to state finals appearances in 2009 and 2011, with Ravenscroft earning a top seed in the tournament last season. In 2009, the then-freshman scored both of Ravenscroft's goals in the state title game loss. Newcomb also ran track and was part of the school-record holding 4x800 relay team.

"I chose UNCG because of the soccer program, location and level of education that it offers," Newcomb said. "Also, when I attended camp over the summer, I really liked all of the players and felt like I would enjoy having them as teammates on my college team."

Newcomb played 11 years for the Capital Area Soccer League, helping the squad to North Carolina State Cup championships in 2008 and 2010 and finals appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2009. She helped CASL to a Region III Premier League East title in 2008, a third-place finish in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2010. The team is rated No. 7 nationally in the latest Soccer America girls' clubs rankings and is a Red Bull National League Team.

"Taylor is a very tenacious and hard-working defender," CASL Director of Coaching Rusty Scarborough said. "She will be able to get forward from a wide back position when it presents itself in a game. Taylor brings such a high work rate to all training and game situations and will be a great addition to the UNCG program. Taylor has a good technical base that allows her to serve a consistent ball into the attacking players and in the box when she gets forward. CASL is excited to continue our relationship with a high-profile program like UNCG and Taylor will not let her college coaches down when called to perform."

Katherine Rodriguez, D, 5-8, Franklin, Tenn., Father Ryan

Rodriguez, a 5-8 defender from Franklin, Tenn., earned all-state as a senior and was a three-time all-region performer for Father Ryan High School in Nashville. Rodriguez and the Irish made deep runs in the state tournament in each of her four years, winning it in 2008, reaching the quarterfinals in 2009 and 2010 and reaching the semifinals in 2011. Rodriguez was the team's MVP in her junior and senior seasons and was the Irish's Best Offensive Player in 2011, when she scored 17 goals and had nine assists.

"When I stepped onto UNCG's campus, I knew that it would be where I would be spending my next four years," Rodriguez said. "UNCG is a place where I feel welcome and a place that I know I'll make friendships and memories that will last forever. The players, and most of all, the coaches, are what made my decision even easier. I look for someone who can help me develop not only in soccer, but also in life, and becoming a Spartan is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Words can't describe how excited I am to get going."

Rodriguez played seven years with Brentwood Soccer Club under coach Brandy Gagliano, who was a two-time All-Big South Conference selection at UNCG in the mid-1990s. BWSC won three state championships with Rodriguez on the roster and was a three-time Premier League champion. The club was a part of the ECNL at the U-17 and U-18 levels, becoming the first team from Tennessee to ever join the league.

"Katherine is a very intelligent and naturally gifted soccer player," Gagliano said. "Katherine's composure under pressure and her versatility have allowed her to have success at the club level as both a target forward and as a center back. Her excellent vision and technical ability will ease her transition into the college game."

Rodriguez's brother, Charles, was a first-team All-American and 2011 College Cup finalist at Charlotte.

Jamie Simmons, GK, 5-8, Houston, Texas, Clear Brook

Simmons, a 5-9 keeper from Houston, Texas, is a three-time first-team all-district performer for Clear Brook High School. A straight-A student and member of the National Honor Society, Simmons was the District 24-5A Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and an all-region performer as a freshman in 2009. She helped Clear Brook to the third round of the playoffs in 2009 and to the regional semifinals in 2010. She is a two-time team MVP and was the Wolverines' defensive player of the year in 2009.

"North Carolina is such an amazing place," Simmons said. "I am really excited to be joining the UNCG family next fall. The nursing program is awesome and I look forward to jumping in. I really love the family atmosphere between coaches and teammates. UNCG is the place to be."

Simmons played seven years for Challenge SC, helping the squad to the Presidents Cup championship in 2006 and the STYSA state championship in 2011. The club competed in the STSYA regionals and the ECNL national championship in 2011. She was a member of the ODP state team in 2009.

"Jamie Simmons is an outstanding keeper with the potential to get even better in college under the direction of Steve Nugent and his staff," Challenge SC coach Pat O'Toole said. "Her distribution and shot-stopping ability are excellent, but her biggest strength is her hard work and dedication to improving herself and her team. UNCG has a great history in women's soccer, and I am confident Jamie can come in and be a difference-maker for the program both on and off the field."

Mallory Ullrich, D/M, 5-1, South Riding, Va., Freedom

Ullrich, a 5-1 defender/midfielder from South Riding, Va., is an all-region and all-state performer for Freedom High School and has taken first-team All-Dulles District honors in each of the last two seasons. A two-time team captain and the team's MVP in 2011, Ullrich holds Freedom's school record for single-game goals with four. She helped the Eagles to a school-record 13 wins in 2010 and was an All-Met honorable mention by the Washington Post in 2011.

"Picking UNCG wasn't a hard decision," Ullrich said. "As soon as I visited the campus, I immediately fell in love. It has the ideal location, excellent academics and more importantly, a soccer program I knew I could make a difference in. I can't wait to be a part of the UNCG family."

Ullrich, whose teammates with CSC Chantilly Burn included Deutrich and McHale, helped the squad to Virginia State Cup championships from 2007-09 and again in 2011, with a finals appearance in 2010 and 2012. Ullrich helped the team to a USYS Region I championship and a third-place showing at the USYS National Championship tournament in 2009.

"Mal is a player full of energy," Jorden said. "She loves to get forward from her left back spot and can run all day. She has a great left foot and consistently serves balls in the box. She's very good in tight spaces, in 1-v-1 situations and has been one of our best free kick specialists who can score goals. She plays with lots of confidence and has an edge, which I love."

Chesney White, F, 5-8, Franklin, Tenn., Franklin

White, a 5-8 forward for Franklin High School in Franklin, Tenn., scored 43 goals in 2011 as the Rebels went 24-0-0, won the state title after a pair of runner-up showings and finished No. 1 in the NSCAA national poll. Second in school history in single-season goals and career goals (107), White is a three-time all-state performer, a three-time All-Midstate pick by The Tennessean and was the paper's 2011 player of the year. White is also a three-time all-district selection and a two-time NSCAA all-region pick. White was an ESPN RISE State All-Star in 2010.

"UNCG has a long history of success in the Southern Conference, something that I find very impressive and want to be a part of," White said. "Also, I have gotten to know all of my future coaches before and after the recruiting process. I enjoy their style and methods of coaching and am excited that they will be my coaches for the next years."

Also a member of Brentwood Soccer Club alongside Rodriguez, White helped the team to Tennessee State Cup championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The team was a Region III semifinalist in 2010 and a finalist in 2011. After a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Empire USA Syracuse early in January, White leads the USYS National League in scoring with six goals.

"Chesney is a fierce competitor who hates to lose," Gagliano said. "Her will to win sets her apart from other players. Chesney has great speed and her willingness to take risks in the attacking third makes her a dangerous threat up top."

Tracy Wolf, F/M, 5-7, Cincinnati, Ohio, Anderson

A 5-7 forward/midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, Wolf helped Anderson High School to consecutive sectional championships, a regional title and a state quarterfinals appearance. Also a member of the Redskins' track and field team, she was a second-team all-conference performer in that sport and holds the freshman school record in the triple jump.

"I chose UNCG because of its great reputation for its sports and art programs," Wolf said. "UNCG has amazing coaches and the teams are dedicated, hard-working and unite as a family to become an important part of the school. I feel honored that I was offered and will become a part of this incredible school."

Wolf played for three years for Hammer FC, helping the team to a Midwest Regional League First Division Red championship.

"Tracy is a dynamic player whose speed, agility and ability to find the back of the net at critical times throughout a game make her an invaluable teammate, especially when the game is on the line," Hammer FC coach Lindsay Niehaus said.

"Signing a new class is always an exciting time," Nugent said. "I feel this class has a great opportunity to make a major impact over their four years at UNCG. In addition, these players have a strong attitude toward winning and are highly competitive, having been challenged against some of the toughest competition throughout the country. These players represent some of the finest high schools and clubs in the country and it is a priority for us to bring in players that are being coached at the highest level possible. We want players that are conditioned mentally and physically to achieve success here at UNCG, and the environments that these players come from give them the best opportunity to do just that. Their unique commitment toward being their best both on the soccer field and in the classroom is remarkable. We really look forward to having them join the Spartan family.

UNCG's women's soccer signees
Name    Pos.    Ht.    Hometown/previous school
Kiah Allen    F/M    5-7    Knoxville, Tenn./Christian Academy of Knoxville
Shelby Brown    F    5-4    Novato, Calif./Marin Catholic
KK Deutrich    D    5-5    Herndon, Va./Herndon
Jordan Draughon    D    5-7    Loganville, Ga./Loganville
Ashley Eddleman    M    5-10    Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Zoe Fishman    M    5-4    Woodland Hills, Calif./El Camino Real Charter
Candice Forbes    F/M    5-9    Pleasant Garden, N.C./Southeast Guilford
Kirsten Glad    GK    5-9    Germantown, Md./St. John's College HS
Jesse McGinley    GK    5-5    Truckee, Calif./Truckee
Tabitha McHale    F    5-4    Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove
Taylor Newcomb    D    5-8    Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft
Katherine Rodriguez    D    5-8    Franklin, Tenn./Father Ryan
Jamie Simmons    GK    5-8    Houston, Texas/Clear Brook
Mallory Ullrich    D/M    5-1    South Riding, Va./Freedom
Chesney White    F    5-8    Franklin, Tenn./Franklin
Tracy Wolf    F/M    5-7    Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson

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