June 18, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU women's soccer coach Eric Bell announced his first signing class at TCU. In total, the Horned Frogs will welcome 14 athletes to campus in the fall.
The class features seven athletes from the state of Texas, three from Illinois, one each from Florida and California as well as a talented midfielder from Spain. Inking letters were Patry Carrion (midfielder, Spain), Shannon Coffer (goalkeeper, Spring), Jennifer Donegan (defender, Coto de Caza, Calif.), Lexi Harris (midfielder, Plano), Maddie Hayes midfielder, Spring), Jessica Hoyt (forward, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Ally Lantz (defender, Eugene, Ore.), Brittany Little (defender, College Station), Molly Kate McLaughlin (defender, Arlington), Michelle Mottonen (midfielder, South Barrington, Ill.), Megan Murphy (midfielder, Carroll), Michelle Prokof (forward, Gurnee, Ill.), Lauren Sajewich (midfielder, Frankfort, Ill.) and Julia Thurston (defender, Austin).
"I think that coming in and trying to figure out what we needed and trying to take care of needs, I think we did a very good job of identifying players that will come in and play the way we want to play," said Bell. "Hopefully they will have an immediate impact on what we are trying to do. I'm very excited, looking forward to having them here in the fall."
Shannon Coffer GK 5-9 Spring, Texas (Klein Oak HS)
Helped guide her club team to three South Texas State Championships... participated in the ECNL Challenge Flight four straight years... played prep soccer at Klein Oak for head coach Becky Cobb... was a three-time first-team all-district performer... named district Goalkeeper of the year as a junior... team was three-time district champs and was a state semifinalist in 2012... team went 25-2-1 (14-0-0 in district play) in her junior season... posted a goals against average of 0.269 and averaged 4.96 saves per game as a junior.
Bell on Coffer:
"Shannon is coming in to compete for the goalkeeping position. I fully expect her to give Vittoria a run for her money. We hope to develop her into the goalkeeper she wants to be."
Jennifer Donegan D 5-9 Coto de Caza, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
Plays club soccer for the SC Blues U-18 team, the No. 1 ranked team in their region and top five nationally... she is a three-time varsity letter winner... named all-league and all-county as a junior and senior... helped guide her squad to three league titles... started and played the entire game in Nationals helping the team the regional champions... also a member of National Honors Society.
Bell on Donegan:
"Defender with good club experience, good athlete and a solid soccer player. Expectations for her are to come in and compete for playing time right away."
Lexi Harris MF 5-6 Plano, Texas (Texas/Plano West HS)
A transfer from the University of Texas who will be a junior in the fall... was a key cog in the Longhorn lineup in her two seasons, starting 33 of 37 matches played... scored four goals, all coming in her sophomore campaign... tallied 43 total shots in her career... scored the game-winning goal for the Longhorns in overtime against USC on Sept. 11, 2011... had a solid freshman campaign, earning recognition on the Big 12 All-Newcomer squad... was an outstanding soccer athlete in high school... was a 2009 PARADE and NSCAA adidas high school All-American... rated as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Texas and the No. 7 player in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer in 2010... participated in the 2009 U-20 Super Camp... was also a participant in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup... squad lost in the championship final... played club soccer with the Dallas Texans helping them to regional championships from the U-13 to U-17 level... team was the USYSA U-16 National Champions... also helped Plano West win the 2007 5A State Championship.
Bell on Harris:
"She was here with here with us and hit the ground running. She did a good job showing her qualities as a fantastic athlete, but also as a fantastic soccer player. She has already impacted the team in a positive way. The sky is the limit for her. She has very high aspirations for herself for what she wants to do as an individual, but also has very high team goals, which fits what we are trying to do."
Maddie Hayes D 5-2 Spring, Texas (The John Cooper HS)
Was a two-time letter winner at John Cooper High School after transferring from Webber Academy in Calgary, Alberta... earned all-conference accolades as a junior and senior... honored as the Offensive MVP of her high school team as a junior... combined to score 25 goals in her John Cooper career... was a co-captain as a sophomore at Webber Academy.
Bell on Hayes:
"A skillful soccer player that will typically play in the middle of the park. She is a solid distributer with the ball. I expect her to compete for playing time right away."
Jessica Hoyt F 5-8 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
A member of the two-time Florida State 5A State Champions at St. Thomas Aquinas... was the consensus 5A Player of the Year as a junior and senior... she collected a combined 51 goals and 49 assists in her final two seasons or prep soccer... named a Regional All-American as a junior... her team was named the ESPN Rise National Champions in 2011.
Bell on Hoyt:
"A forward from Florida, she is very athletic with good speed. She has shown to have a goal-scoring quality. I expect her to compete for playing time and give us a threat up top that we haven't had in the past."
Ally Lantz D 5-7 Eugene, Ore. (Winston Churchill HS)
A four-year letterwinner at Winston Churchill High School... earned first-team all-league honors in 2011 and 2012... named team MVP in 2011... was an honorable mention all-state selection in 2012... selected as a team captain in 2011 and 2012.
Bell on Lantz:
"Brings good size to the team on the backend and we expect her to come in and compete for playing time."
Brittany Little D 5-2 College Station, Texas (Bryan HS)
Was a four-year letterwinner at Bryan High School... played for Lonestar Soccer club for James Armstrong and JD Cochrane... teammates with fellow signee Julia Thurston... collected 42 goals in three seasons, including 10 as a freshman, 11 as a sophomore and 21 as a junior... also picked up 20 assists, seven each as a freshman and sophomore and six as a junior... is a three-time first-team all-district player... named team MVP as a sophomore and junior... earned second-team all-region honors as a freshman... named district Newcomer of the Year in 2010... was also a standout volleyball player... comes from an athletic family with ties to Major League Baseball... father, Bryan, played five season in the big leagues with the Expos, White Sox and Yankees... uncle, Grady Little, has been a manager in the majors with the Red Sox and the Dodgers.
Bell on Little:
"We are excited about her ability to play in the back. Her heading qualities are quite good and she is a fantastic defender. She is very comfortable with the ball. I think she will have a very good college career."
Molly Kate McLaughlin D 5-7 Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Played club soccer for the Sting Soccer Club... was a four-year letter winner at Arlington High School... named second-team all-district as a freshman... was a three-time first-team all-district performer... helped her high school team achieve its best-ever finish as they advance to the state Sweet 16... also a prolific runner, finishing first in the 16-19 year old category in the 2012 Fort Worth Marathon.
Bell on McLaughlin:
"A strong athlete with good skill. I fully expect her to come here and compete for playing time."
Michelle Mottonen MF 5-2 South Barrington, Ill. (William Fremd HS)
Played for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club for coach Mike Nesci... was part of the U-14 Kick-It 3v3 National Champion team... plays club soccer with fellow signees Lauren Sajewich and Michelle Prokof... helped led the team to a U-16 Illinois State Cup... squad took first place in the U-16 and U-17 ECNL Challenge A Flight... U-16 team went on to finish sixth at the national tournament and the U-17 squad finished 10th... played youth soccer for the Sockers FC Chicago club... the U-12 and U-14 squad were Illinois State Cup finalists... finished in the top three of the U-12 to U-15 Midwest Regional League Premier Division... spent two seasons on the high school soccer team... was a starter on the varsity squad as a freshman and sophomore... helped lead her team to an appearance in the semifinals of the Illinois 3A state championship... was a two-time all-conference and all-sectional honorable mention honoree... also named second-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune... led the team in assists both season and scored seven goals as a sophomore.
Bell on Mottonen:
"Michelle is a quick, mobile player that can either play up top or wide. I'm looking forward to seeing her and her mobility within the team. She is very good technically and has the ability to change the game with her pace as well as with her technique."
Meghan Murphy MF 5-9 Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
Played club soccer for Dallas Sting Soccer Club for coach Tatu... helped lead her squad to the finals of the ECNL nationals... had an outstanding 2011 season as part of a team that won the North Texas state championship and a USYSA Region III championship... placed third at the National Championships... in 2010, Sting was a finalist at the North Texas state cup and a USYSA Region III champion en route to a finalist appearance at the National Championships... was a three-time letterwinner at Southlake Carroll... earned first-team all-district accolades as a junior... was a second-team all-district honoree as a sophomore... excelled in the classroom earning academic all-district honors twice... scored 15 goals and collected 11 assists as a junior.
Bell on Murphy:
"Meghan is a steady, consistent soccer player. She is very good in the air. Good with the ball at her feet. A simple player that does a very good job connecting passes. I'm really looking forward to working with her. I think she, too, will have a fantastic college career."
Michelle Prokof F 5-7 Gurnee, Ill. (Warren Township HS)
Played for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club for coach Mike Nesci... was teammates with fellow signees Michelle Mottonen and Lauren Sajewich... grew up playing soccer at the club level only... part of numerous talented club teams in the state of Illinois... success started at a young age, helping lead her U-13 squad to an Illinois state championships... as a member of the U-14 team, helped guide the squad to a third place finish in the U-14 USYSA Nationals after leading them to a Region 2 championship... team also won its second Illinois state championship... in the U-15 age group, team finished second in the MFL Fall League and was a semifinalist in the Disney Soccer Showcase... squad also finished fourth in the ECNL Nationals... as a member of the U-16 team, helped guide squad to a Dallas International Girls Cup championship and a third Illinois State Cup championships... placed sixth at the ECNL Nationals Challenge A... as a U-17 team member, was part of a group that finished in the top 10 in the ECNL Nationals Challenge A.
Bell on Prokof:
"Michelle is a soccer junkie. She steadies the game, reads the game, she gets it. She has a very high soccer IQ. She is very good in front of the goal, has very good movement and pace. I think she will score a lot of goals. She will also have a lot of assists in her career because of her vision and her ability to see the game. I liken her to Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. When the game is going 100 mph, she plays at her own pace and never looks rushed."
Lauren Sajewich MF 5-8 Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Worth HS)
Played for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club for coach Mike Nesci... was teammates with fellow signees Michelle Mottonen and Michelle Prokof... participated in the ECNL/ID2 2011 National Training camp... member of the Eclipse Select 94/95 ECNL team... the U-17 team finished in the top 10 at the Flight Challenge A after finishing first during the ECNL season... helped lead the squad to the U-16 Illinois State Cup championship... squad went on to finish sixth in the ECNL Nationals Challenge A tournament... helped guide her U-15 team to a fourth place at the ECNL Nationals... her U-14 team claimed the Illinois State Cup and finish third at the USYSA Nationals... also won an Illinois State Cup as part of her U-13 squad... played just one season of high school soccer before focusing solely on club soccer... was an all-conference performer as a freshman... earned the team's Highest GPA award as well.
Bell on Sajewich:
"Michelle has a tremendous engine. She has the ability to cover a lot of ground. She plays with good vision, very mobile, very good technically. She does very well in passing and possession. She is a good player and I can see her playing in a lot of positions. She can be successful anywhere on the field."
Patry Carrion Salinas MF 5-6 Cartagena, Spain (El Bohio)
A talented midfielder that has grown up playing soccer in numerous all-male leagues in Spain... currently playing with the Murcia Feminas Team in the 2nd Division of Spain... leads the team with 13 goals through the first half of the season... moved to the United States for six months in 2011 and played with the Viking Soccer Club in Los Alamitos, Calif.... also spent time with the Beach Football Club in Long Beach, playing for the U-17 and U-18 teams... scored 15 goals in 11 games for the U-17 team and scored three goals with the U-18 team... returned to Spain and was invited to play for the Murcia State U-17 team and the Spanish National U-17 team... played three season in the Roldan Female Indoor Soccer Team... helped lead the team to a state and regional championship in 2009-10... played youth soccer for the San Gines Soccer team... won three regional championships between 2002-06.
Bell on Carrion:
"Patry is a very dynamic, creative player. She will be thinking outside the box and will bring international flair to our team both on and off the field."
Julia Thurston D 5-8 Austin, Texas (Westlake HS)
Played club soccer for Colorado Rush Nike for coach Erik Bushey... member of the state Olympic Development Program for three seasons... club team was state cup finalist in 2008 and 2010... won the state cup in 2009 and 2011... team was an ECNL top 16 finisher in 2011... co-captained the Gothia Cup Champion team and the Manchester United Premier Cup Championship teams in 2010... joined the Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas and played for the U-18 team coached by James Armstrong and JD Cochrane... teammates with fellow signee Brittany Little... earned a varsity letter in her lone season on the soccer team at Westlake High School... played three seasons of soccer at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colo.... earned a varsity letter as a freshman... was also honored as an all-conference performer.
Bell on Thurston:
"Julia is a solid defender and is very good going forward with the ball. She is very comfortable with the ball, good in the air and an overall good athlete. She is going to surprise a lot of people in the conference and around the country. We are very fortunate to pick her up late in the recruiting process."