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Super freshmen arrive in Big 12, Big Ten

Published: July 27, 2011

Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and West Coast Conferences beware: there’s a new crop of freshmen arriving to shake things up.

Texas Tech

Signed: Jaelene Hinkle (Real Colorado), Erin Inman (Lonestar Soccer Club), Cheyenne Diggs (D’Feeters Soccer Club), Jackie Strug (D’Feeters Soccer Club), Bridgett Jenkins (Dallas Sting), Taylor Narvaiz (West Texas United), Paige Strahan (West Texas United)

girls club soccer player paige strahanPaige Strahan (left)
Skinny: These are great additions for the Red Raiders. Hinkle is a U.S. U17 WNT standout who brings a tenacity to defending. She has the highest caliber of technical ability and can use it to build the attack. Hinkle is a star in the making. Midfielder Inman is also a tremendous athlete and talent who has been called into national camp in the past. She’s also a leader and will likely be a strong contributor in the coming years.

Narvaiz is another instant impact starlet who ranks No. 52 in our Top 100 ranking. A defender, she’s a relentless worker with good feet and a good soccer brain.

Northwestern

Signed: KK Barr (Fox Valley Strikers), Briana Borsellino (Synergy Premiere), Anna Cassell (Sparta United), Kiltie Finsand (Minnesota Thunder), Ali Herman (FC Delco), Katie Landgrebe (Ohio Elite SA), Sami Schrakamp (Mustang SC), Niki Sebo (Eclipse Select), Georgia Waddle (Eclipse Select),

Skinny: The Wildcats are looking for a turnaround. Cassell, could be a part of a group that sparks one. She’s a goalkeeper who has been in the U.S. National Team program and is No. 5 in the Rocky Mountains & Southwest Region. Waddle is a serious talent in the midfield and is ranked No. 89 on our Top 100 List. She’s joined by Eclipse Select teammate Sebo along with strikers Borsellino, Landgrebe and Schrakamp.

On the defensive side, Barr will bring athleticism and versatility.

girls club soccer player lisa santrochLisa Santroch
Pepperdine

Signed: Briana Lariviere (Eagles Soccer Club), Amanda LeCave (Santa Rosa United), Nikki McKee (Legends FC), Jackie Pedrazza (De Anza Force), Lynn Williams (Central Valley Soccer Academy), Micaela Cervantes (San Diego Surf), Ally Holtz (Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club), Lisa Santroch (Crossfire Premier Soccer Club)

Skinny: In May, the Waves added three players to an already robust recruiting class: Cervantes, Holtz and Santroch. After finishing in the middle of the pack a year ago, Pepperdine will bring on a solid core of defenders in Assumma, Lariviere, McKee and Pedrazza who has national championship experience with the De Anza Force. The attackers include Williams, LeCave and Hilliard.

Mississippi

Signed: Kelly McCormick (So Cal Blues), Kate Anderson (Dallas Texans), Kristen McBrayer (Concorde Fire), Mary Louise Clawson (Albion Hurricanes)

Skinny: Ole Miss is hoping this small but quality class can help it elevate its standing in the SEC. McCormick is a goalkeeper who arrives from the So Cal Blues, one of the top clubs in California. In addition to winning experience, McCormick also brings a great athletic background and is a multiple sport competitor. Clawson, McBrayer and Anderson are all attackers who are capable of stepping in to contribute. The Rebels will also add a few transfers that could be difference makers.

 
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