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Six Sign with Aggie Soccer

February 06, 2013
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Six Sign with Aggie Soccer
"This is a signing class that we are very proud of. It is a group that strengthens our attack, midfield, back line, and our goalkeeping positions. These six student-athletes are all accomplished players who bring some very special attributes to our Aggie soccer team. Each of them are intelligent students. Each of these players compete in the prestigious Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), a few have competed Internationally, and all of them are very important members of their current teams. We graduated a big senior class, but we will return a great many of the 2012 starters for our 2013 Aggie soccer roster. So, adding these six new players to our team is wonderful. They will improve an already strong roster and can help us compete for championships during their careers." -- Head Coach G Guerrieri     More...

2013 Aggie Soccer Signing Class
Player Position Height Hometown High School Club Team
Ana Cruz MF 5-4 San Diego, Calif. La Jolla Country Day School So Cal Blues
Ashlynn Harryman MF/D 5-7 Dana Point, Calif. Dana Hills HS Slammers FC
Elizabeth Keester F 5-6 Tulsa, Okla. Jenks HS TSC Hurricane
Taylor Saucier GK 5-10 Omaha, Neb. Marian HS Sporting Blue Valley
Sarah Shaw MF 5-1 Keller, Texas Keller HS Dallas Sting ECNL
Grace Wright D 5-6 College Station, Texas A&M Consolidated HS Challenge SC


Ana Cruz
Midfielder 5-4 San Diego, Calif. La Jolla Country Day School SoCal Blues

     

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  • Led club squad to three US Youth Soccer championships and one Surf Cup title
  • Participated in PUMA Women's Elite Showcase (2011)
  • Three-year team captain for Cal South Olympic Player Development Program squad
  • Led ODP squad to one national championship (2012), one national runner-up (2011) and four regional titles (2009-12)
  • Two-time California All-Division IV First Team
  • Four-time first-team all-league

"Ana is a dangerous attacking midfielder who will fit into our style very well at Texas A&M. She is technically gifted in the way she can strike a variety of balls, either to score, set up an opponent, or just keep possession. Ana is creative and well versed in unlocking well organized opposing defenses. And, she’s also an excellent shooter from a variety of places in the attacking half of the field, both on set-piece situations and within the flow of the game. She has been an important player on a very talented and successful So Cal Blues ECNL team under the guidance of some great coaches (Larry Draluck and Greg Baker)."    -G Guerrieri



Ashlynn Harryman
Midfielder/Defender 5-7 Dana Point, Calif. Dana Hills HS Slammers FC

     

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  • Two-time finalist at Surf College Cup (2011-12)
  • 2012 ECNL U-17 National Finals third-place finish
  • Two-time finalist at Surf Cup (2009-10)
  • 2010 Premier League U-15 champions
  • 2009 Nike Manchester Premier Cup U-15 runner-up
  • Member of Cal South ODP Pool in 2010-11

"We love versatile players who can contribute to our team's success in a number of positions and roles. Ashlynn is a great example of that kind of all-around player. Her Slammers ECNL coaches (Ziad and Walid Khoury) have been very creative in the way they've utilized Ashlynn's many positive attributes to win games, no matter where they positioned her. She is a strong, athletic player who routinely competes against America's other most talented players. Her great technical ability will help her to compete for playing time either in our midfield or somewhere on the back line."    -G Guerrieri



Elizabeth Keester
Forward 5-6 Tulsa, Okla. Jenks HS TSC Hurricane

     

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  • 2011 Gatorade/ESPN Oklahoma Player of the Year
  • 2011 ESPN All-America Second Team
  • 2011 Tulsa World All-Metro High School Player of the Year
  • US Soccer U-17 Women's National Team Camp participant
  • USYS National Championships Gold Ball Winner and "Best 11†All-Star in 2011
  • Elite Clubs National League's third leading scorer in the nation and leader in the Texas League

"Lizzie is a workhorse. Her power, determination, skill,and speed make her a major scoring threat anytime she’s on the field. She is fiercely competitive and driven to win and has been the key attacking force for her highly rated high school and club teams. Coach Kerry Shubert leans on her to score important goals for her TSC Hurricane ECNL team and she delivers from a variety of situations. She is also the focal point of one of Oklahoma’s premier high school programs in Jenks under the leadership of Coach Kalyn Reinhardt."    -G Guerrieri



Taylor Saucier
Goalkeeper 5-10 Omaha, Neb. Marian HS Sporting Blue Valley

     

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  • Led Marian High School to a No. 20 ranking in the final NSCAA National Poll in 2012
  • Posted 18 shutouts and only allowed three goals during Marian's 2012 Nebraska Class A State Title run (20-1)
  • All-Nebraska Super-State and All-Nebraska Class A in 2012
  • Led former club team Toro Bravo to a 2012 USYS National League Red Division U-18 title
  • Registered a career record of 27-1 at USYS Nebraska State Championships allowing just two goals over the five seasons
  • Four-time Region II ODP Team Member (2007-11) and five-time Nebraska ODP Team Member (2006-11)

"Taylor is a very talented, national level goalkeeper who has only just started to touch on how great she can truly be. And that's really exciting. She's quick and powerful and has a very athletic build. And, she's a winner. Taylor is a good shot handler and starts attacks well with her foot and hand distribution skills. She has a similar path and pedigree of current A&M player Jackie Tondl; same high school and same club coach (Marcus Kelcher) in Omaha. And this year, Taylor has been commuting several hours south to play for Coach Huw Williams and the Sporting Blue Valley ECNL team in suburban Kansas City."    -G Guerrieri



Sarah Shaw
Midfielder 5-1 Keller, Texas Keller HS Dallas Sting ECNL

     

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  • Member of Sting '95 semifinalist team at ECNL National Championship in 2012
  • 2013 National Elite Prep Showcase – Top Texas Players to Watch honoree
  • Member of '94 ODP Texas State Pool from 2008-12
  • ODP Sub-Regional Games participant in 2009-10
  • 2013 Academic All-State
  • Two-time All-District 7-5A

"Sarah is a very skillful midfielder who makes every one of her teammates a better player. She is a great passer of the ball and clever in the way she breaks the defensive pressure of her opponents. Her club coaches (Jay Fitzgerald and Kenny Medina) have done a wonderful job of developing her over the years and matriculating her up through the different levels of the Dallas Sting Soccer Club, all the way up to the ECNL team which has won several youth national championships. Sarah is not only a skilled and talented player, but she’s also a wonderful teammate, and I know she’s going to fit into our soccer culture very well."    -G Guerrieri



Grace Wright
Defender 5-6 College Station, Texas A&M Consolidated HS Challenge SC

     

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  • Member of Republic of Ireland U-19 National Team and U-17 National Team in 2012
  • Played in four matches each for Ireland's U-19 squad and U-17 squad in 2012
  • Participated in ODP National Development Camp in 2011 and 2012
  • Led Challenge SC to USYS Southern Regional semifinal in 2010 and quarterfinal in 2009
  • Guided Challenge SC to two USYS National Soccer STX State titles ('08, '09) and three runner-up finishes ('07, '10, '11)

"We are very proud to have Grace in our team. As a local student-athlete, we have known her and her family for a very long time and have loved seeing her grow and develop into a talented International soccer player. She is intelligent, tough, and experienced in competing against many of the top players in America with her Challenge 95 ECNL team and versus some of the best young players in Europe while representing the Irish Youth National Team. Her club coach (Pat O'Toole) and the rest of the Challenge Soccer Club staff have done a wonderful job of bringing her along as a player, and I know that she's going to be competing hard for playing time in our defense."    -G Guerrieri



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