AMERICUS, Ga. - Head women's soccer coach Samantha Snow has announced her 2013 recruiting class.
"I am very excited about this year's signing class," Snow said. "We are adding 11 quality players to our program. Many of these girls will come in right away and compete for a starting position."
GSW lost seven players to graduation from the 2012 season, including starting goalkeeper Amber Bahri.
"We lost a good group of seniors but I have no doubts that our new class will bring the same quality that we lost," Snow remarked.
The class consists of ten student athletes hailing from the state of Georgia.
"A majority of these young women have played in big time games, either with their club teams or with their high schools. Each has their own distinct leadership quality and they will fit in well with the group that we have returning." Snow said. "They are all good students and are actively involved in their communities. All-around, they are a great fit for our women's soccer program and for Georgia Southwestern."
Find out more information on the signees below.
Elyse Gowan, Goalkeeper - Camden County HS (Woodbine, Ga.)
Played club soccer for Golden Isles Soccer Association. Elyse has lettered all four years at Camden County and was the Region 3-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, Team MVP in 2011 and 2012 and named to the First Team All-Region in 2011 and 2012. Elyse is a member of the National Honors Society, is an AP Scholar and recipient of the UGA Certificate of Merit. She plans to major in Nursing at GSW.
Jordan Smith, Defender - Thomas County Central HS (Pavo, Ga)
Has been a starter for the Thomas County Central HS Varsity Soccer Team all four years. Jordan was voted the Defensive MVP last season and has been Team Captain for Thomas County the past two seasons. Jordan plays club soccer for ASG 94 Elite and has participated in the 3V3 Soccer National Championship in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, her team finished 3rd in the nation and last year, finished 2nd in the nation.
Hannah-Joe Isaacson, Midfielder -Lowndes County HS (Hahira, Ga.)
Played four years of Varsity Soccer for Lowndes County High School and plays club soccer for Associated Soccer Group 94 Elite. Before joining ASG, played club soccer for AC Delray (FL) which made the Sweet 16 in the 2012 Florida State Cup Tournament. Hannah was Co-Captain of her high school team last season and was selected to the 2012 Region 1-5A 2nd Team. Hannah plans to major in Nursing while attending GSW and is a certified USSF Youth Soccer Referee and active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Jessica Bingham, Midfielder - Hillgrove HS (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Plays Club Soccer for the Southern Soccer Academy West 95 Premier Team which is ranked #7 in the state of Georgia. Jessica has lettered all four years playing Varsity Soccer for Hillgrove High School and has been awarded the Sportsmanship Award and has captained her team several times. Jessica plans to major in Nursing while attending GSW.
Kristin McDonald, Forward - Mill Creek HS (Buford, Ga.)
Plays club soccer at Atlanta Fire United 95 Gold team. Kristin played Varsity soccer for Mill Creek High School last season and was Captain of the JV Team at Mill Creek in 2011.
Esther Cano, Defender - Peachtree Ridge HS (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Cano played all four years on the Varsity Soccer Team for Peachtree Ridge High School. Esther was the 2009 Defensive MVP and is Captain of her high school team. Her club team, Atlanta Fire United U-18 Gold, won the Atlanta Cup in 2012. Esther plans to major in Marketing at GSW and is an active member in the Student Athlete Leadership Team.
Shlebi Walker, Forward - Rockwall HS (Rowlett, Tx.)
Shelbi has played Varsity Soccer all four years at Rockwall High School. She has played club soccer for the FC Dallas 95 Girls team and for Texas Futball Club. Her high school team have been All District Champions and Quarter-Finalists in Region 2 Play-Offs. Shlebi plans to major in Psycology and is an active member in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Kaite Willis, Midfielder - Lowndes County HS (Valdosta, Ga.)
Has played four years of Varsity Soccer for Lowndes County High School and was an Honorable Mention for the All-Region Team in 2012. Katie plays Club Soccer for the ASG 94 Elite team. Katie participates in Key Club, Class Cabinet, Student Council, FCA, and the National Art Honors Society.
Vanna Lucke, Goalkeeper - Brunswick HS (Brunswick, Ga.)
Has played all four years of Varsity Soccer for Brunswick High School and is Team Captain this year. Vanna plays Club Soccer for Golden Isles Soccer Association and was the Captain of the U19 Silver Team. In high school, Vanna was an All-Region Player in 2011 and awarded MVP in 2011 and 2012. Vanna plans to major in Nursing while attending GSW.
Brooke McQueen, Forward - Collins HS (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Has lettered three years for soccer at Collins Hill High School and was awarded Most Improved Player last season. Brooke plays Club Soccer at Atlanta Fire United. She plans to major in either Biology or Chemistry at GSW.
Meagan McKay, Defender - Northside HS (Columbus, Ga.)
Meagan has lettered all four years of Varsity Soccer at Northside High School and was named Defensive MVP. She participated in the Southeast All-Star Game and was named 2nd Team All Bi-City. Meagan plays club soccer for Columbus Futbol Club and plans to major in Psychology at GSW.