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Texas soccer adds seven for 2015

Published: February 17, 2015

Texas head soccer coach Angela Kelly and the University of Texas soccer program are proud to announce the addition of seven new Longhorns for the 2015-16 academic school year.

Signees that will join the program for the upcoming 2015 soccer campaign include (Hometown/High School/Club Soccer Team): Forward Alexa Adams (Lancaster, Calif./Quartz Hill High School/Real So Cal ECNL 97), Midfielder Kayra Dollas (Orange, Calif./Lutheran High School of Orange County/ Legends Futbol Club), Midfielder Katie Glenn (Round Rock, Texas/Rouse High School/Lonestar SC ECNL 97), Forward Nakia Graham (Austin, Texas/Westwood High School/Lonestar SC ECNL 97), Defender Haleigh Guerra (Canton, Ohio/Jackson High School/Internationals SC ECNL 97), Defender Paige Hooper (Beaumont, Texas/Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School/Albion Hurricanes FC Houston) and Defender Chelsea Surpris (Crowley, Texas/Nolan Catholic High School/Dallas Sting ECNL 97).

As a result of 2014 Longhorns signees Mikayla Flores (F, La Verne, Calif.) and Jalynn Barron (D/M, Plano, Texas) taking redshirts last year for medical reasons, the upcoming season will effectively include nine new UT soccer contributors on the pitch.

"The academic prowess and the level of professional support given to our female student-athletes here at TEXAS, is unparalleled and allows us to be very discerning and specific with the talent and character that we are recruiting," Kelly said. "This 2015 class meets the standards in all of these facets, while possessing a ton of versatility, experience and athleticism. This class of seven will quickly jump to nine with the addition of our two redshirt freshmen, Mikayla Flores and Jalynn Barron, who were unable to see time last fall due to injury. We are extremely excited about our additions and look forward to implementing them into our competitive environment. The future of 'TEXAS Women's Soccer' is very bright here on the Forty Acres, as we are in the pursuit of championships."

Alexa Adams

Position: Forward

Hometown: Lancaster, Calif.

High School: Quartz Hill H.S.

Club: Real So Cal ECNL 97

Adams has made quite the impression on the pitch for Quartz Hill High School over the past four seasons on the pitch. The Lancaster, Calif., native has managed to score a staggering 97 total goals and dish 58 assists for 252 total points (as of January 26, 2015), while helping guide her team to three consecutive California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Golden League championships. As a senior, Adams is putting up all four points-per-match with 32 goals and 22 assists (86 points) through 22 contests. She scored 33 goals and dished nine helpers (75 points) as a junior for the Rebels on the way to earning her third straight All-Golden League nod (second straight first team selection) and an inclusion as part of the L.A. Daily News 2014 All-Area Girls Soccer Team. She was chosen first-team All-CIF as a sophomore, after totaling 24 goals and 19 helpers, while helping her team reach the CIF Regional Championship. Adams has been equally prolific for her club programs Real So Cal ECNL 97, managing a combined 41 goals and 18 assists for head coaches Richard Simms and John Marquez. She was also a part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV '97 Player Pool.

Kayra Dollas

Position: Midfielder

Hometown: Orange, Calif.

High School: Lutheran H.S. of Orange County

Club: Arsenal FC/Legends Futbol Club

The second member of this year's recruiting class to hail from "The Golden State," Dollas has played at Lutheran H.S. of Orange County for four years (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) under the guidance of head coach Jeremy Nelson. A two-time California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) All-Trinity League choice and 2015 team captain, Dollas was previously selected as one of the Orange County Register's "Players to Watch" for the 2013-14 season. Club soccer-wise, she played alongside current Texas freshman Mikayla Flores as part of the Legends FC 96 U-17 Girls 2014 Region IV Championship squad that topped the Pride Predators, 2-0, back on June 22, 2014.

Katie Glenn

Position: Midfielder

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

High School: Rouse H.S.

Club: Lonestar FC ECNL 97

A local product hailing from Round Rock, Texas, and a four-year letter-winner on the pitch for Rouse H.S., Glenn has recorded some impressive scoring totals of her own for the Raiders with 75 goals and 21 helpers through just three seasons for coaches Lindsey Williams and Wayne Poehls. Top Drawer Soccer recently listed Glenn at No. 89 overall in its Girls IMG Academy Top 150 player listings. As a junior in 2014, she was included on the Austin-American Statesman's list of its "Top 50 High School Athletes" as well as being chosen as the publication's All-Central Texas Player of the Year. She reaped a nod as the District 51-4A Most Valuable Player after scoring 43 times and dishing 12 assists on the way to the Texas Class 4A Regional final. A first-team 51-4A All-District choice as a sophomore and the 2012 District 51-4A Newcomer of the Year, Glenn managed 23 goals/seven assists and nine goals/two assists in those two seasons, respectively. As the team captain for her club team, Lonestar SC ECNL 97, she has received selections as the Golden Boot and to the ECNL All-Tournament Team while tallying 14 goals and four helpers. Glenn was also a part of the 2011 U14 and 2012 U15 U.S. National Team pools.

Haleigh Guerra

Position: Defender

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

High School: Jackson H.S.

Club: International SC ECNL 97

A two-year varsity soccer player under the guidance of head coach Frank Gagliardi at Jackson H.S. in Canton, Ohio, Guerra has combined to total 15 goals (five match-winners) and 11 assists on the way to being selected both all-county and All-Federal League in 2012. No. 131 on Top Drawer Soccer's Girls IMG Academy Top 150 player listing, she has spent time in Region II camp (2010, 2011) as part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Guerra has also been a contributor to three ODP Ohio North State Cup championship squads (2010, 2011, 2012), a 2012 USYSA Region II titlist and earned a bronze medal at the 2012 USYSA Nationals.

Nakia Graham

Position: Forward

Hometown: Austin, Texas

High School: Westwood H.S.

Club: Lonestar FC ECNL 97

A club teammate of Glenn's with Lonestar FC ECNL 97, Graham is a two-sport letter-winner in both soccer and track & field for Malcolm Framjee/Jim Donahue (Soccer) and Kimberly Payton (T&F) at Westwood H.S. in Austin, Texas. A 2014 first-team all-state, academic-all-state (three total selections) and all-region choice, Graham also picked up her third consecutive first-team All-District 16-5 accolade to go along with a 2013 District 16-5A Offensive Most Valuable Player award. On the club level, she has been recommended for the U.S. Club Soccer id2 National Identification and Development Program, participated in the ECNL Player Development Program (2012, 2013, 2014) and was one of 44 players honored on the all-event teams at the 2012-13 ECNL National Event Series in Sanford, Fla.

Paige Hooper

Position: Defender

Hometown: Beaumont, Texas

High School: Monsignor Kelly Catholic H.S.

Club: Albion Hurricanes FC Houston

Hooper has been a multi-sport athlete at Monsignor Kelly Catholic H.S. in soccer, track and field and swimming. A 2013 inclusion as part of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Super Gold girls' soccer listing in the Beaumont Enterprise, she was also chosen as a 2013 VYPE High School Sports Athlete to Watch and led her schools in both goals and assists as a senior despite being a defender. In the pool as a freshman, Hooper managed a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke during the States Games of America National Swim Meet. On the club level for coaches Chris Carter and Isla Cameron with Albion Hurricanes FC Houston, she earned Presidents' Cup State, Regional and National Championships while scoring eight goals during cup action.

Chelsea Surpris

Position: Defender

Hometown: Crowley, Texas

High School: Nolan Catholic H.S.

Club: Dallas Sting ECNL 97

Rounding out the 2015 Texas recruiting class is Surpris, a soccer and track athlete at Nolan Catholic H.S. Named both 2011 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) all-district and all-tournament after totaling six goals, five assists and playing a role in five shutouts, she was also chosen as her high school soccer program's Most Valuable Player (2011). As a part of the Dallas Sting ECNL 97 squad (seven goals and four assists in 2014), she has played a role in winning both a 2014 ECNL National Championship and a 2011 USYSA National Championship. Surpris has been included as part of the U.S. Women's U20 National Team Player Pool, the U20 Haitian National Team and attended the id2 Player Development Program National Camp in Portland, Ore.

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