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Red Raider Soccer Adds Seven on National Signing Day


Texas Tech soccer has signed seven players to National Letters of Intent.

Feb. 5, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech soccer program officially announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.

The Red Raiders, coming off a school record 18 victories in 2013, added four highly sought after players from within the state of Texas, two from California and one from the state of Missouri.

"The 2014 class is one we have been eagerly awaiting their arrival on campus." head coach Tom Stone said. "These players are not only a great fit for us on the soccer field, but they are excellent students and will be terrific representatives of the Red Raider Nation. We obviously had some significant needs to fill with the graduation of the most successful class in program history and we feel these needs have been met on the defensive and offensive ends of the field."

Texas Tech went unbeaten in Big 12 play in 2013 while advancing to its second-straight NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders also continued to protect their home field as Tech won a school record 10 games at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Tech advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after shutting out Minnesota 3-0 in Lubbock. The Red Raiders allowed just nine goals on the season, tying a Big 12 Conference record.


CARISSA CHRISTENSEN

Goalkeeper

Alta Loma, Calif. - Los Onos High School

Player Profile
Three-star prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer...member of the Arsenal FC in southern California...lettered four seasons at Los Osos High School...2012 All-State Second Team selection...three-time All-League selection...Member of the ODP Region IV team and was named Team MVP at the Costa Rica Event...advanced to the ODP Region IV Championship as a member of the Cal South squad...named to the All-Tournament team in 2012.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Carissa Christensen
"We are thrilled to be bringing in a keeper of Carissa's caliber out of Southern California in this class. Carissa has a confidence in her game rarely seen from a high school age keeper and her excellent feet will fit in perfectly with our style of play. Carissa has had great experience in the highly competitive So-Cal Youth and ODP system so her transition to the college game should be a quick one. We've watched her win the ODP Championship each of the last two years and she played at a very high level in the biggest games of the year...a great sign for a potential star in the nets for us."


CASSIE CONARTY

Defender/Forward

Allen, Texas - Lovejoy High School

Player Profile
Four-year letterwinner at Lovejoy High School...also a member of Sting '97, '96, 95 ECNL, Sting Royal 97 and Dallas Texans Red '97...helped Lovejoy to back-to-back regional quarterfinal appearances in 2012-13...helped team to a district championship in 2011...two-time All-District selection...2014 team captain....team is currently ranked No. 6 in the state of Texas...has scored 10 goals and tallied seven assists in 10 matches this season...scored a hat trick in the semifinals of the Mansfield Tournament against Timberview to lead Lovejoy to a 3-0 victory.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Cassandra Conatry
" Cassie is a six-foot defender who has excellent feet and gives us some needed height across a back line that has lost some heading presence with the graduation of [Hayley] Haagsma. We've seen Cassie play a variety of places in the back and in midfield and the training environment at Sting has definitely prepared her for the challenge of college soccer. "


HALEIGH FANCHER

Forward/Midfielder

Columbia, Missouri - Rockbridge High School

Player Profile
Four-year letterwinner at Rockbridge High School in Columbia Missouri...also a member of Sporting Columbia Soccer Club where she was a team captain in 2011...helped Sporting Columbia to the Denver Cup Championship in 2012...squad was a finalist at the Show-Me State Showdown...finished third at the MYSA State Cup...2013 Gallagher Showcase Champions...helped the team to a CPI Championship and GSI Showcase Championship...KC Friendlies Champions in 2012...scored eight goals and tallied 12 assists while starting all 24 matches as a midfielder at Rockbridge in 2013...went on to earn All-Region honors...started all 22 matches in 2012 scoring one goal and tallying four assists as a defender while earning All-Region Honorable Mention honors and helping to guide the squad to an appearance in the state quarterfinals...helped Rockbridge to back-to-back district titles in 2011 and 2012.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Haleigh Fancher
"We were fortunate to see Fanch in the early summer and then she came to our summer camp and really tore it up. She is a great fit with our girls and will be a great addition to our offense in 2014. Fancher is a tireless worker and likes to run at players, something lacking in a lot of forwards these days. We are excited to be getting our first player trained by Danny Graville and Joe Becher out of the Lou Fuze Soccer Club in Mizzouri. "


ALEX MARMUREANU

Forward

Los Angeles, Calif. - Marymount High School

Player Profile
Three-year letterwinner at Marymount High School in Los Angeles California...currently is the leading goal scorer for the Sailors...also a member of the Westside Breakers under head coach Jason Kelly and the Eagles ECNL under head coach Lalo Alvarado...2011-12 State Finalist, and 2011-12 CIF Finalists...helped squad to win back-to-back Sunshine League Championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Alex Marmureanu
"Alex is a strong and fast attacker with a tremendous work rate and is also versatile enough to help us in a variety of ways. We feel strongly that Alex's work to develop over the last two years puts her in a great spot to make a quick transition to the college game. Alex will primarily be utilized up front but her range and physical commitment to the game mean that she can see action in a variety of scenarios. "


REBEKAH O'BRIEN

Defender/Midfielder

Spring, Texas - Home School

Player Profile
Four-star prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer...member of AHFC '96...helped squad to capture the 2012 USYSA Stat Cup...helped guide the team to the ECNL 2012-13 playoffs and finals...elected and served as team captain from 2009-14...member of the ODP team for two years...home schooled...played under head coach Jim Spence.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Rebekah O'Brien
"Super versatile across the backline and holding mid, Rebekah was recruited to fill a big need on defense for us. All of our defenders have to be good on the ball, have a playmaker's mentality and be able to run so we can press at the other end...Rebekah excels in each category. She gets forward extremely well and passes on the run like a college player already. Fans will get an early look at Obrien and be excited about what they see from this Alboin Hurricane player."


NATALIE SCHMUTZ

Forward

Flower Mound, Texas - Marcus High School

Player Profile
Four-star prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer...No. 32 player in the Texas Region according to the publication...one of the most sought after forwards in the state of Texas...member of De'Feeters '96 and FC Dallas '96...lettered four years at Flower Mound Marcus...has scored 28 career goals and six goals through seven matches as a senior...twice named the Marcus HS Offensive Player of the Year...three-time All-District selection...helped the team to a 70-10-4 record through three seasons...team has been consistently nationally ranked...two-time regional finalist... named to the 2014 NEPS All-Tournament First Team.

Head Coach Tom Stone Natalie Schmutz
"Natalie is part finesse when she is around the goal and part freight train everywhere else. One of the most competitive and courageous forwards we have brought to Lubbock in a long time, Nat's determination to get to goal will be a huge asset for us in 2014 and beyond. Nat is also tailor made for how we play and her infectious passion for success will be welcomed on this roster and in our locker room."


SARA SUMMERS

Forward

Highland Park, Texas - Highland Park High School

Player Profile
Four-star prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer...ranked No. 11 player in the Texas Region and No. 33 forward nationally by Top Drawer Soccer...member of Dallas Sting '96 under head coach Kenny Medina...USYSA National Championship Best 11 Selection (2011)...helped Sting to appear in the finals of the USYSA National Championship in three-straight seasons (2011-13)...team was runner-up in 2012 &2013...lettered four years at Highland Park High School under head coach Stewart Brown...2013 All-State selection...helped team to three-straight district titles (2011-13)...helped the Scots to a Texas State Championship in 2012 and the state finals in 2013...helped lead the team to the 2011 regional quarterfinals...plans to study business at Texas Tech.

Head Coach Tom Stone on Sara Summers
"Recruiting Sara was like watching a highlight reel of great goals. She is a good technical finisher as well but her ability to score dramatic goals in the biggest of games really sets her apart. Sara and her family are a perfect fit for Texas Tech (mom is alum) and we believe that Sara will be impactful from the minute she steps into training this summer. Sting coaches Kenny Medina and Tatu have brought the best parts of her game to the forefront over the years and we are excited to call her a Red Raider."


 

 

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