The Texas Tech soccer program announced its 2013 Signing Class Wednesday.
Feb. 6, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head soccer coach Tom Stone announced Wednesday the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
The highly-touted class includes six players from within the state of Texas and comes on the heels of the most successful season in school history.
"This class is all about balance," Stone, who enters his seventh season at Texas Tech in 2013, said. "We had specific needs across each line with the graduation of Morgan Johnson, Tiffini Smith, Sarah Ellison and Dawn Ward - all starters for much of their careers. This class has addressed those needs and then some. Each of these young ladies has progressed in their game since they committed to us, and has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the classroom as well. Our search for the right fit in terms of Red Raider student-athletes could not have found a better group of young ladies to bring into the Texas Tech family in 2013."
The 2013 class includes a national top-25 forward in Maddy Crabtree (Greenville, Texas) and top-25 defender in Meagan McCullough (Garland, Texas) who attended the U.S. U-18 Training Camp in California.
Texas Tech is coming off a historic 2012 season in which the Red Raiders won a school record 16 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tech went 9-1 at home and saw a six-win improvement in just one season - the largest single-season improvement among Big 12 teams.
The Red Raiders ended the 2012 campaign ranked No. 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America postseason poll.
Greenville, Texas - Greenville High School
Member of Sting '95 since 2008...team advanced to the 2012 ECNL National Semifinals...member of both the 2010 and 2011 USYS National Championship teams...scored the winning goal in both the 2010 and 2011 National Championship games...member of the 2010 Region III Champion and 2010 ECNL National Champion teams...team was the 2008 and 2009 Premier League Champions... 2009 Southern Regional Semi-Finalist...advanced to 2009 Final Four Showcase...participated in 2009 Disney Showcase...awarded 2008-10 State Cup Champions...Member of Dallas Texans '95 from 2006-08...team was the 2007 State Cup Runner-Up...participated in 2007 Disney Showcase.
Greenville High School
Earned Varsity Letters as a freshman in soccer, volleyball, basketball and track...twice named District 19-4A Varsity Soccer MVP (2010-11 and 2011-12)...won 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship ...won 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championship in which she was awarded the Adidas MVP Award.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Maddy Crabtree
"Maddy is simply a goal scorer. She gets herself in all the right places and is fearless in and around the box. The magnitude of many of her goals as a youth player were very impressive and we hope to see the same from her once she gets into the Red and Black. Also from Sting `95, Maddy is a multi-time National Champion at the youth level so her expectation for success suits the culture of our team quite well."
The Woodlands, Texas - The Woodlands High School
Member of the Challenge Soccer Club '95 ECNL team for three seasons.
The Woodlands High School
Lettered two seasons for The Woodlands...2010 5A State Champions...helped lead The Woodlands to the 2011 5A State Regional Final...earned the `Big Foot' award in 2011.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Marrisa Lipar
"Marissa is another technical defender who can also play at holding mid or in an attacking role as she did when she was younger. Marissa has terrific ball striking ability out of the back and is a very good passer--traits we value highly as we become more and more possession oriented over time. Marissa comes from a long line of Challenge players out of Houston that are more than prepared for life as a college player. "
Abilene, Texas - Wylie High School
Member of FC Dallas '95 West Texas....played for the FC Dallas ECNL team during her senior year...also played on the West Texas Pride of the Women's Premier Soccer League.
Selected to the West Texas Invitational All-Tournament team as a senior...also named the team captain as senior...named the District 3-5A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior at Midland High School...named to the All-Region Second Team as a junior.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Madison McAdams
"Madison is a very exciting late addition to this class. We saw her just this past Thanksgiving, and were thrilled to discover that she was still available. Maddie plays holding mid in a manner that suits our box midfield perfectly and her desire to prove herself at the next level will make her transition to the college game a successful one."
Garland, Texas - Rowlett High School
Member of the D'Feeters Soccer Club (2005-2007)...member of the Sting Soccer Club '95...helped the club to win the 2011 USYS National Championship, the 2010 ECNL National Championship and the 2010 USYS National Championship.
Rowlett High School
Lettered four seasons at Rowlett as a midfielder...2012 All-District MVP Midfielder...junior captain for the 2012 season...senior captain for the 2013 season...2011 All-District First Team selection...2010 MVP for Special Teams.
Selected as a member of the '94 Texas State Pool ODP 2007-11...selected to the 2011 ECNL ID2 National Training Camp...member of the 2011 International Tour Team...participated in the 2012 U-18 National Training Camp in Chula Vista California .
Head Coach Tom Stone on Meagan McCullough
"The first things you notice when you see Meagan play are her tenacity and her explosive speed. Her time with the U-18 Youth National Team and within the ID2 program helped develop her game to the point where she can be an immediate impact at the college level. Meghan's club, Sting Soccer Club, did a great job teaching her the nuances of the back four, and we plan on utilizing her talents right away."
Wylie, Texas - Rockwall High School
Member of Sting '95...2012 NTX State Cup Champions...2012 Region III Semi-Finalist...2012 Region III Premier League West Runner-Up...2012 Dallas Cup Semi-Finalist...2012 Lake Highlands Girls Classics League Division I Champions.
Rockwall High School
Varsity captain as a senior....2012 All-District First Team forward...2011 All-District Second Team selection...helped guide the team to three district championships...team advanced to the 2010 Region Final...2011 Regional Runner Up....2012 District and Sectional Champions.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Kendyl Pirkey
"Kendyl is a super-quick attacking mid with excellent instincts coming out of midfield and into the final third. Kendyl was in our camp program and did very well over the four days of training, and when she expressed a sincere interest in becoming a Red Raider we jumped at the opportunity to bring her to Lubbock."
Albuquerque, N.M.- La Cueva High School
Member of AUFC '95 Fusion...four-time State Champions...2012 Player's Showcase Semi-Finalist...2012 President's Day Semi-Finalists...2011 Texas Cup Semifinalists...2009 Las Vegas Premier Champions..
La Cueva High School
Lettered three seasons as a defender...three-time All-State selection...two-time All-Metro Team selection...three-time All-District selection...awarded team's `Hardest Worker' during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons...led team to back-to-back 5A State Championships (2011/2012)...team did not allow a goal during the 2012 State Tournament...team ranked No. 7 in the country for the 2012 season.
Olympic Development Experience
Member of the New Mexico ODP team during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Hattie Schunk
"Hattie is a very talented outside back out of New Mexico. In our squad, outside backs have to be attacking-minded and willing to run all day--Hattie is more than capable of doing both at a high level. Hattie is a multi- time state champion in soccer with her club team and also a high school state champion in soccer and track so she knows what it takes to win. Hattie's determination to be successful on the field and in the classroom shows tremendous maturity for her age and we are looking forward to bringing her into this team to see her compete as a Red Raider."
Hurst, Texas - Birdville High School
Member of D'Feeters '95 for seven years...led team in goals and assists for 2012-13 season...selected to the 2012 ECNL All - Event Team Phoenix...advanced to 2011 NTX State Cup championship...named 2010 NTX State Cup semifinalist...2009 Region III Championships semifinalist...advanced to 2009 NTX State Cup Finals...won 2009 Spring Classic Championship.
Birdville High School
Named to ESPNHS girls' Soccer Class of 2013 Watch List...2013 NSCAA Scholar High School All-American...named 2011-12 BHS MVP of the Year...selected as 2011-12 District 11-4A Midfielder of the Year...earned second team Midfielder selection on 2011-12 All-Vype Girls Soccer Team...named to 2011-12 4-A Girls All State Team...1st Team Member of 2010-12 FW Star Telegram Super Team...member of 2010-12 TASCO Region 11-4A All-Region Team...named BHS Varsity Team Captain 2010-13...earned District 11-4A First Team All-District honors 2010-12...named District 11-4A Midfielder of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year 2010-11...named 2009-10 District 11-4A Newcomer of the Year...BHS Offensive Player of the Year 2009-10.
Head Coach Tom Stone on Stephanie Sorrells
"Stephanie is terrific late bloomer who has really developed her game in the last two years. She is very technical and has the toughness to handle midfield play in the physical Big 12. I can see Stephanie playing anywhere in the box shape, and her ability in the air will be a big asset to our midfield ball winning. Stephanie's play is matched only by her success in the classroom and we are excited to be adding such a committed young lady to our program in 2013."