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Red Raiders Soccer Team Adds Five Signees

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Head Soccer Coach Diane Nichols announced the signing of five athletes to National Letters of Intent.

The first of three midfielders to sign was Whitney Myers of Kingwood High School. Her high school squad won District, Area and Regional Championships before finishing the 1996 season as State semi-finalists. In club play, Myers was a member of the Texas Wave '79. The team finished as the Fall State Champions in 1990, Fall State finalists in 1993 and Fall State Runner ups in 1995. In 1995, Myers was selected to the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Area team and State pool. She served as team captain for the Wave during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 season. Academically, Myers was chosen Who's Who Among American High School Students and was a National Merit Scholar Candidate in 1995-96. Her father Tom Myers was an All-pro NFL defensive back for 13 years.

Joining Myers is forward Gina Peranio of Berkner High School in Richardson. In high school, Peranio was named the Offensive Player of the Year as well as being an All-District and All-City selection. Her team finished as Regional finalists in 1996. As a member of the Dallas Sting '79, Peranio helped lead her team to the 1995 National Championship. She was also selected to the ODP State Pool from 1994-96.

Midfielder Lindsey Thompson will join Tech from Cypress Creek High School in Houston. The team finished as District Champions and Area runner-ups during the 1993-94 season. Thompson was selected to the All-District team following that season. In club competition, Thompson competed for the Challenge Soccer Club. She played on the ODP Texas State team from 1993-96. She was also selected for the ODP Regional Camp. She has two sisters that played collegiate soccer. Tiffany was a member of the Notre Dame squad before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Florida, while sister Amanda played for the University of Massachusetts.

Another addition to the Red Raider squad is midfielder Melinda Hemmer. A product of Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Hemmer was named the newcomer of the Year in 1994 as well as being an All-District selection. During the 1994-95 season, Hemmer was again named All-District, while also receiving Most Valuable Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. Hemmer has played ODP soccer for the Texas State team Regional Camp since 1994.

The lone goalkeeper to sign with Tech is Lisa Foreman of Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. During her high school career, Foreman was named Freshman of the Year, as well as Most Valuable Player during her sophomore and junior years. She was selected to the Metro Conference first team and the All-County first team. Her club play experience includes stints with the FYSA State ODP team and Regional U14 team.

"This is a very good recruiting class for us. Each one of these players can step in immediately, which will add depth to our program. The recruits coming out of North Texas this year are just a few in a long line of quality players," head coach Diane Nichols said.

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