Meet the Newcomers: Sara Summers

Sara Summers

Texas Tech TV's "Meet the Newcomers" series continues with a look at freshman forward Sara Summers, a native of University Park, Texas, who has played in all three matches so far this season.

Summers, a four-star prospect by Top Drawer Soccer, ranked among the top-10 players in the state of Texas coming out of Highland Park High School where she played for one of the top prep programs in the state.

Natalie Schmutz

Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone knew he had another promising forward when Natalie Schmutz signed a National Letter of Intent this past spring.

A native of Flower Mound, Texas, Schmutz was a four-star prospect coming out of Marcus High School and the FC Dallas club program. She was also ranked among the top 40 players in the state by the soccer website TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Schmutz received her first collegiate action last weekend in Texas Tech's 2-1 exhibition victory over No. 25 Denver. She will likely make her Red Raider debut Sunday evening when the Red Raiders host Denver at 7 p.m. at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Carissa Christensen

Faced with the upcoming loss of senior goalkeeper Victoria Esson, Tom Stone went out this past spring and signed one of the top goalkeepers in the country in Carissa Christensen.

A native of Alta Loma, California, Christensen was ranked as a three-star prospect and one of the top 50 players out of the state of California by the website TopDrawerSoccer.com following her senior season at Los Osos High School.

Christensen arrived at Texas Tech, not only adjusting to life in West Texas but also competing for the starting goalkeeper job with fellow freshman Marissa Torres as well as sophomore returnee Lauren Watson.

Rebekah O'Brien

A native of Spring, Texas, Rebekah O'Brien arrives at Texas Tech as one of the top recruits nationally in the 2014 class after being named a four-star prospect according to Top Drawer Soccer.

O'Brien, one of the top 30 players out of the state of Texas last year according to the publication, played for the Albion Hurricanes '96 club team out of Houston, one of the top programs in the region.

She saw her first collegiate action last Saturday, playing 39 minutes on the back line in Texas Tech's 2-1 victory over No. 25 Denver in an exhibition match.

Haleigh Fancher

Haleigh Fancher arrives at Texas Tech as one of the top players out of Missouri where she recorded over 30 goals and 12 assists during her time at Rock Bridge High School. The Columbia, Missouri native played for Sporting Columbia Soccer Club, one of the elite programs in the midwest.

Fancher will be on the Texas Tech sideline when the Red Raiders open the 2014 season this Friday with a 7 p.m. contest against New Mexico at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Marissa Torres

After introducing the newest Red Raider with the longest distance to travel to Lubbock on Thursday, Texas Tech TV highlights West Texas native and freshman goalkeeper Marissa Torres.

Torres arrives at Texas Tech following a stellar four-year playing career at Amarillo Tascosa where she totaled over 200 saves each of the last two seasons. She is one two new goalkeepers to the Red Raider roster this fall, joining Alta Loma, California native Carissa Christensen.

Torres will take part in her first collegiate soccer match Saturday evening when the Red Raiders travel to face No. 25 Denver in an exhibition match. That match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at CIBER Field in Denver.

Alex Marmureanu

No Red Raider freshman traveled a further distance to Lubbock this summer than Alex Marmureanu. The Los Angeles native left the sunny skies of Southern California for the South Plains in Lubbock where she has quickly adapted to the West Texas culture.

As only a freshman, Marmureanu will provide the Red Raiders some additional depth up front as the 5-9 forward was a constant threat in front of the net for her Westside Breakers SC club team.

Marmureanu is one of eight freshmen on head coach Tom Stone's roster this fall. Texas Tech TV will get to know each freshman leading into the Aug. 22 season opener against New Mexico at the John Walker Soccer Complex.




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