Women's soccer signs six to NLIs
GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNC Greensboro's women's soccer team has signed six prep standouts to National Letters of Intent, head coach Eddie Radwanski announced Monday.
The six players who will join the Spartans for the 2010 season are: Kory Spotts (Del Mar, Calif.), Kaitlyn O'Brien (Colleyville, Texas), Morgan Kennedy (Lakewood, Colo.), Stine Schoening (Woodinville, Wash.), Jenna Olson (Saratoga, Calif.), and Kristen Schmidbauer (Woodbine, Md.).
"We are very excited about this talented group of young student-athletes," Radwanski said. "Each of them brings something special to our team. They have experience competing at the highest levels nationally with their club teams, and I expect them to help push our team forward as we look to continue building upon the winning tradition established by our class of outgoing seniors.
"The outgoing group of seniors has cemented a place in Spartan history, winning four consecutive Southern Conference championships. More importantly, they have demonstrated extraordinary character both on and off the field while representing the Blue and Gold. Now we look forward to watching this new class create their own lasting memories. It's an exciting time for these young student-athletes and our program as a whole."
Spotts, a 5-9 midfielder/defender from Del Mar, Calif., played three years for Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Wash., leading the team to an undefeated season and state championship in 2007 as the King County League's leading goal scorer. After moving to San Diego, Calif., last summer for her senior year, she is currently playing for Torrey Pines High School. A four-time member of the Washington state ODP team, she now plays club soccer for the San Diego Surf. Spotts won state titles in both 2006 and 2007, along with the Region IV championship in 2006 as team captain of Emerald City FC. She won her third state championship in 2009 with Crossfire Premier. Crossfire went on to win the 2009 Region IV championship, advancing to the USYSA national finals last summer.
O'Brien, a 5-7 midfielder/forward from Colleyville, Texas, was a three-time first-team all-district performer for the Colleyville Heritage Panthers. Earning both offensive and defensive MVP honors, she was also a first-team all-state selection and helped her team to a District 5A championship. O'Brien played her club soccer for the Dallas Sting in the renowned Lake Highlands Soccer League in Texas.
Kennedy, a 5-9 defender/midfielder from Lakewood, Colo., was a four-year member of the Gold Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society at J.K. Mullen High School, where she helped the Mustangs to the state championship in 2007. Playing for the Colorado state ODP team, she was selected for both the Region IV ODP pool and regional team, and was named to the 2010 Players to Watch list for the Rocky Mountains & Southwest region by Top Drawer Soccer. An eight-year captain of her Colorado Rush club team, coached by Erik Bushey, she won two state championships and advanced to the Region IV final.
Schoening, a 5-5 forward/defender from Woodinville, Wash., was a four-year honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society and served as junior class president at Woodinville High School. A three-time All-King County selection, Schoening helped the Falcons to the state semifinals in both 2007 and 2008. She was a first-team all-King County pick and team MVP in 2009. Coached by Dick McCormick, her Crossfire Premier club team was Washington state champion and Far West Regional champion in 2009, advancing to the USYSA National Championships.
Olson, a 5-8 defender/midfielder from Saratoga, Calif., was a four-year honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. The three-year letterwinner helped her team to a West Catholic Athletic League championship in 2008, as well as a Central Coast Section finals appearance in 2009. A second-team All-WCAL selection in 2009, Olson was a member of the athletic program ranked third nationally by SportsIllustrated.com. Coached by Albertin Montoya, the head coach of the FC Gold Pride in the Women's Professional Soccer League, Olson played her club soccer for one of Northern California's top clubs, MVLA.
Schmidbauer, a 5-7 midfielder from Woodbine, Md., was a four year Dean's List student at Glenelg High School in Glenelg, Md. The second-leading scorer in school history led her team to a state championship in 2008, while garnering first-team all-county, all-state and all-region and Howard County Player of the Year honors in 2009. A six-year member of the Maryland state ODP team, Schmidbauer was a three-time selection to the Region I ODP team, and won three consecutive Region I ODP championships. She has traveled on three ODP international trips, going to Brazil, Italy and Russia. Playing her club soccer for the Vista Shockwave, she won the Virginia State Cup championship and a US Club Soccer national championship in 2009.
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