Tech Inks 10 on Signing Day

The Texas Tech soccer program signed 10 players Wednesday.

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February 1, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Head Coach Tom Stone announced a signing class of 10 players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The highly anticipated class will look to make an immediate impact on a program that took significant strides during the 2011 season.

"Throughout this process, as we have gotten to know these players and their families, the words character and commitment and chemistry kept popping up within our staff so, in addition to being a very exciting class of soccer players, it is also a very impressive group of young ladies that we are proud to have representing Texas Tech University in the classroom, the community and on the field." Stone said.

The class includes a group of nine highly-touted players from the state of Texas, along with one of the top players from Colorado in forward Janine Beckie.

The Red Raiders are coming off a fourth place finish in the Big 12 - the highest conference finish in program history. With Wednesday's high-octane class in place, Stone said the program is set to take another stride forward in 2012.

"This is a very exciting class," Stone said. "We filled a specific need in the back and at holding mid but the bulk of the class will be playing on the offensive end. This attacking group will add pace, vision, creative passing and some excellent dribblers to our attack--it's not often you get to add this many dynamic offensive players in one class so we are excited to see them mesh with our current squad."

Janine Beckie


Highlands Ranch, Colo. - Valor Christian High School

Club Accomplishments
Leading scorer for REAL U-16 Regional Championship team...2010 Region IV Champion...2011 Region runner-up...ECNL European Tour Team 2011.

High School Achievements
Member of the 2009 and 2010 Colorado High School girl's soccer state runner-up team..named to the All-Pioneer League team...2010 Region IV Champions...2011 Regional IV runner-up...named 2011 First Team All-Colorado and First Team All-Conference.

Olympic Development Program Achievements
US U-18 women's national team (2011-12)...Colorado ODP Regional Team 2011

Head Coach Tom Stone on Janine Beckie
"Janine was a player we targeted two years ago after seeing her lead her youth team, Real Colorado National to the national championships. I think she had six goals at the Regional event in six games and was simply running away from people. Since that time she has had the opportunity to play for the U-18 National Team and has developed her game even further in some key areas. Her REAL Colorado coaches, under DOC Lorne Donaldson, have taken a keen interest in Neener's development and have really helped her game progress to a national team level. Janine loves to run at people and shoots extremely well on the dead sprint--Beckie can make an immediate impact as a freshman and will be an exciting player for our fans to watch for the next four years."

Ashley Casey


Allen, Texas - Allen High School

Club Achievements
Member of 2011 Sting '94 ECNL...claimed the 2011 ECNL Championship...2010 Orange Classic Showcase Bracket Winner...2009 Texas Cup Showcase Bracket Winner..2009 CASL Showcase Bracket Winner...claimed the 2008 Michael Brown Winter Championships as a member of the Texas Football Club '94...2008 Kick-It 3v3 National Champion...2007 Sadia Cup Quarterfinalist..2006 Puma Cup Champion.

High School Achievements
Garnered All-District honors from 2010-11...voted most valuable attacker in 2010-11.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Ashley Casey
"Ashley is a late addition that we consider a real bonus for this class. We identified her late in the process and were constantly impressed with her athleticism and the ease with which she gets up and down the field. Ashley can serve from the flank well and we expect her to make a very successful transition to the college game once she gets in here and works with our team in preseason. Ashley has worked her way up through the Sting Soccer Club system in Dallas and is hungry for her shot in the Big 12."

Hannah Devine


Austin, Texas

Club Achievements
Member of the Lonestar Soccer Club '95 ECNL...2011-12 ECNL A-Flight...helped the 2010-11 ECNL A-Flight to the USYS STX State Championship ....ECNL Group B Regular Season Champion (2009-10)...ECNL National Championship Flight B Finalist...Disney Showcase Champion...USYS STX State Champions (2009-10)...helped team to the 2008-09 WDDOA National Cup District Championship USYS.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Hannah Devine
"Hannah is a student-athlete that we have been eagerly waiting to add to our squad for quite some time. Very mature off the field and a natural leader on it, Hannah`s ability to dominate the space around her is a rare quality from such a young player. Her club Coach, Don Cameron gave her great range of responsibility on her club team which developed her leadership and all around game. Hannah is terrific in the air and will fit our box midfield system perfectly as a holding type player. When we evaluated Hannah, her winner's mentality and competitive nature continued to jump out at us as something we just had to have in our team. The college game will bring out the best in Hannah Devine and I believe her transition to this level will be very smooth."

Bethany Hale


Iowa Park, Texas - Iowa Park High School

Club Accomplishments
Member of the D'Feeters '94 Famers Branch, Texas...member of the state pool ODP...played in the Region III Premier League West...member of the Elite Club National League (2009-12)...2010 State Cup Semi-Finalist.

High School Accomplishments
2008 TAAF 16&U Track State Champion in the 800m...school record holder in the 400m, 800m and the 1600m Relay....two-time District Champion 3A UIL cross country...three-time District Champion in 800m...two-time 3A Regional in the 800m.

Mother and Father are both Texas Tech Graduates...father (Brett) received a BA in 1990 and received a Law Degree in 1996...mother (Kristy) received a BS in 1992.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Bethany Hale:
"Bethany fits the bill for our system because she is an attacking defender. Bethany can really run and has developed a nice serve from the flank that will serve her well in our in our back line in which our defenders get forward quite a bit. A track star as well in high school, Bethany's fitness base will be huge for her as she makes the transition to the college game."

Caity Heap


McKinney, Texas/Mckinney Boyd High School

Club Achievements
Member of the Sting '95 for seven years...two-time USYS National Champion...named team captain from 2005-11...team's leading scorer from 2005-11...two-time Surf Cup Champions (2006/2008)...State Cup Champions (2008-11)...named to the 2009 ECNL Final 4 Showcase All-Event Team...2010 ECNL National Champions (U-15)...2010 USYS National Champions (U-15)...named to the 2010 ECNL National Championship All-Event Team...2011 February ECNL/id2 National Champion...2011 USYS National Champs (U-16)...2011 USYS National Championship Best 11.

High School Achievements
Named to the 2009 5A All-District Freshman Team...named to the 2010 5A All-District Team...helped McKinney Boyd reach the 2010 5A State Finals...member of the 2011 5A State Championship team...named to the 5A All-State Team.

Olympic Development Experience

Member of the North Texas State '94 team (2008-2010)...selected to the Region III team in 2009... participated in the 2009 Thanksgiving Interregional... traveled with the Region III team to Barcelona in 2011.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Caity Heap
"One of the most exciting players to come out of Texas in quite a while. Kenny Medina and the Sting SoccerClub has done a wonderful job developing Caity's game over the last few years. It is quite rare to find a freshman with such terrific game savvy on the ball and be this good in front of the goal. Caity has led her Sting '95 team to back to back USYSA National Championships and one ECNL National Championship so her standard for winning is very high and she will bring terrific mentality to our squad. Caity is a true competitor, does not like to lose, and will certainly be a player that our fans will take to right away."

Meghan Mitchell


Cedar Park, Texas - Vista Ridge High School

Club Achievements
Member of Lonestar Soccer ECNL Club '95 for five years... helped the 2010-11 ECNL A-Flight to the USYS STX State Championship ....ECNL Group B Regular Season Champion (2009-10)...ECNL National Championship Flight B Finalist...Disney Showcase Champion...Flight B USYSNC STX State Champions (2009-10)...helped team to the 2008-09 WDDOA National Cup District Championship.

High School Achievements
Named Central Texas Defender of the Year in 2011...District Defensive MVP during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons...helped team to a District Championship during the 2011 season...named First Team All-District during the 2010 and 2011 seasons..named First Team All-Region during the 2011 season...4A State Runner-Up in 2011...named Second Team All-State in 2011...named team captain during the 2011-12 season.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Meghan Mitchell
"Meghan is a tough and physical defender that will fit right into our defensive group. Mitchell plays center-back on her club team, Lonestar out of Austin, and has been very impressive when facing the top players in her ECNL league. Mitchell also has great mentality and loves to compete--qualities you have to have to be successful in the Big 12 and her ball winning will give her a great shot to help us right away."

Alli Murphy


Plano, Texas - Plano Senior High School

Club Achievements
Member of the D'Feeters Soccer Club (2009-12).... named to the NSCAA All-American team...previously a member of the Texas Football Club (2004-09)...named Offensive Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season.

High School Achievements
Varsity letter winner since the 2008 season at Plano Senior High School...elected team MVP during the 2009-09 season...two-time First Team All-District Selection (2008-09, 2010-11)...District Co-MVP 2010-11.

Olympic Development Achievements
Member of the NTSSA ODP State team 2006-Present...member of the Region III ODP from 2008-present and attended the 2008-09 USYS ODP National Camp...member of the 2010 ODP Regional Team...attended the 2011 ECNL National ID Camp.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Alli Murphy:
"Alli is the quintessential attacking mid with all the tools. Trained by her uncle Reagan and then by Kim Colin at the D'Feeters SC in Dallas, Alli has been encouraged her whole career to be creative and dynamic on the attack. She is extremely technical and her ball striking is off the charts. Great on set pieces and very dangerous running at defenses. She reminds me of the point guard type you just have to have in big games to control the tempo but also be good enough to win the game for you when you need her to. Our fans will love her skill and mentality on game day and the first time she unleashes this cannon of a shot she has, they will be on their feet."

Katy Reamer


Arlington, Texas/Martin High School

Club Achievements
Member of the Dallas Texans '94 squad...team currently ranked No. 1 in the country....2011-12 National League member...four-year member of FWFC '94...participated in the Premier League from 2009-11...2010 Surf Cup runner-up...2010 PDA Champion...team was highest ranked in club history...2009 North Texas State Champion U-15...2008 CASL College Showcase champions in which she scored the game-winning penalty kick...member of Dallas Texans South from 2006-07...participated in Lake Highlands Division I...Sereno Semi-Finalist...member of Sting '94 for one season...participated in Lake Highlands Division 1...State Cup semi-finalist.

High School Achievements
Four year letter winner at Arlington-Martin High School...four-year starter...team ranked second in DFW Area/5A...team went undefeated during 2009-10 district play to claim District 4-5A Championship...named First Team All-District during freshman and junior seasons...5A Regional Quarter-Finalist during freshman season...5A Regional Finalist during 2010 and 2011 seasons...2011 Fort Worth Star Telegram Player of the Week.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Katy Reamer:
"Katy is a wonderful attacking mid-type who could play anywhere in the box or up front for us. Her versatility on offense is one of the things we really liked about Katy during the recruiting process. In addition, Katy is very good on the ball in tight spaces and can score herself or create for others. Amongst her best qualities, is the intensity with which Katy approaches the game--she loves to compete and is ready for the challenge of Big 12 soccer."

Briana Rohmer


Fort Worth, Texas - Fossil Ridge High School

Club Soccer Achievements
Member of the Fort Worth FC '94 for seven years...selected to the Region 3 Premier League (2010-11)...Lake Highlands Division I since 2006...North Texas State Cup Champions 2009.

High School Achievements
Varsity letter winner at Fossil Ridge High School since freshman year...Named First-Team All-District 5-5A...led team in scoring during sophomore season...named Newcomer of the Year...named Second Team All-District 5-5A.

Olympic Development Program Achievements
Regional ODP selection...three-year member of the state ODP.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Briana Rohmer
"Rohmer is a dribbler in the truest sense of the word--she is willing and able to beat players on the run like few youth players we have seen in the last five years. Rohmer's ability to take players on is complimented by her smooth composure when in front of the goal. We made our final decision on her during the Raleigh shootout two years ago after watching her beat four players down the field then dribble the keeper to score...it was not that hard of a decision. Rohmer will unbalance defenses and be able to create all sorts of problems for our opponents and, like the others in this class, has a very competitive nature about her that we love to see in freshmen."

Lauren Watson


The Woodlands, Texas - The Woodlands High School

Club Accomplishments
Member of the Challenge '94 ECNL team...member of the '94 ECNL team.

High School Achievements
First Team All-State selection in 2011...First Team All-District selection in 2010...First Team All-Montgomery County selection in 2011...named to the I-10 Shootout All-Tournament Team (2011)... Addidas Top 11 in the Houston area selection...member of the 5A State Championship team in 2010...5A State Finalist during the 2009 season...5A State Regional Finalist in 2011.

Olympic Development Achievements
Member of 2010 Region III team.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Lauren Watson
"Lauren will join a veteran group of keepers in her freshman year and will be groomed for her opportunity in the nets from day one. Lauren is 5-10 with great range and a fantastic burst off her line when she decides to get to the ball on the ground or out of the air. We see a huge upside with Lauren and her aggressive nature in the net will serve her very well in a college game. When you have a player from the Challenge SC coming into your program, you know you are getting a player who has been tested and pushed to be her very best and we believe that Lauren will bring a maturity and expectation for success with her when she arrives in July."




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