WACO (February 6, 2013) -- The Baylor soccer team will have seven new players on its roster to open the 2013 fall season with the signing of six high school standouts and one transfer, co-head coaches Marci and Paul Jobson announced on Wednesday.
“This group of kids fits in very well with what we are trying to accomplish as a program moving forward,” Paul Jobson said. “Collectively, they have a ton of speed and athleticism. We are excited to get them on campus as we continue to build on last season’s success.”
The Bears will be looking to replace seven departed letterwinners, including four starters from a 2012 team that produced the best season in program history. BU was 19-1-5, while claiming the Big 12 Championship title and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Championship.
Five of the incoming seven athletes hail from the state of Texas. There are two defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and one goalkeeper among the group.
Lindsay Burns (D, Crossfire, Yakima, Wash.)
Helped lead 2011 Crossfire club team to undefeated state title campaign… Olympic Development Program participant in 2010 and 2011… Three-sport star at West Valley High School in Yakima, Wash… Four-year starter in soccer for head coach John Schubert at WVHS… Led the Rams to a 21-1 record in 2012 and a third-place finish at state… Totaled 15 goals and seven assists in four-year career… Helped West Valley to 62-18 record overall and three trips to state tournament… Named first-team All-League in each season, plus first-team All-State in 2011 and 2012… Also excelled in track and basketball… Made state track meet in four events in 2010 and 2011… Finished second in 400-meter run in 2010, while helping 4x4 relay team capture state crown… Served as 2012 captain for basketball team and led the squad in steals… Parents are Mark and Martha Burns.
JOBSON ON BURNS
“Lindsay is a fast, athletic defender. She was a three-sport star in Washington, which indicates she has a tremendous amount of athleticism. With that type of athleticism she has an opportunity to be a dominating defender in the Big 12.”
Emory Cason (D, D’Feeters, Coppell, Texas)
Team captain of the D’Feeters club team in 2012… Member of the club team since 2007 for head coach Shea Wilder… Competed in the Olympic Development Program from 2009 through 2011… Honored on the Elite Clubs National League All-Event Team in 2011… Took part in the ENCL program again in 2012… Ranked No. 122 in Top Drawer Soccer’s listing of the top 150 club players… Played two season of soccer at Faith Christian School in Coppell, Texas… Garnered first-team All-District and All-State honors during 2010-11 season for head coach Todd Pipes… Named Defensive Player of the Year in TAAPS 4-A after leading Lions to undefeated district season and state semifinals birth… Also a track standout at FCS… Won TAPPS 4-A state title in 300-meters hurdles establishing new state record in 2012… Daughter of Greg and Jonica Cason.
JOBSON ON CASON
“Emory is a fast, very athletic defender. She is able to read the game very well and has the ability to be a lockdown defender in the Big 12.”
Bridget Hamway (MF/F, Dallas Texans, Colleyville, Texas)
Played club soccer for the past 10 season including two at the Premier League level and two in the Elite Club National League… Led her ENCL team, the Dallas Texans, to the 2012 Texas Conference title… Attended the Olympic Development Program of Tennessee for four years… Was part of the 2009 Region III team pool… Played two seasons of high school soccer in Tennessee, before moving to Texas… Led Grapevine (Texas) HS to region finals, along with 6-5A district championship and 21-2 record in 2011... Parents are Craig and Erin Hamway.
JOBSON ON HAMWAY
“Bridget is a hardworking central player. She is a very tough tackler that has good defensive instincts. She plays with an edge, which is what made her stand out to us.”
Kaylah Hunter (F, Dallas Texans, Mesquite, Texas)
Member of 2011-12 Elite Clubs National League’s Dallas Texans…Helped head coach Sean Bubb’s team claim Texas Conference Championship... Attended North Texas Olympic Development Program from 2008-11… Made the National ODP camp in 2010… Three-year letter winner for head coach Kelly Thomas at Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School… Earned All-Area Newcomer of Year from Dallas Morning News… Named first-team All-District in 2011 and 2012… Took home 2010’s 23-4A Offensive Player of the Year accolades… Scored 70 goals in three-year high school career… Also played on the D’Feeters U16 team in 2010-11… Parents are Greg and Kerri Hunter.
JOBSON ON HUNTER
“Kaylah is a strong, physical player. When she tackles you, it is felt. She has a great left-footed shot.”
Sara Martinson (GK, D’Feeters, Southlake, Texas)
Member of D’Feeters club team… Played for United States Region III team, as well as part of US National Team pool… Three-year starter at goalkeeper at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas… Led team to 2010 state championship at TAPPS DI level… Team also was bi-district champions and regional qualifier in 2011… Member of Regional III U17 team… Named first-team All-State in 2010 and 2011… ESPN All-State in 2011… Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 & 2011… Parents are Lee and Ruth Martinson.
JOBSON ON MARTINSON
“Sara has blue-chip athleticism and is very competitive. She covers ground in the goal area very well and is very vocal. She has great kicking game and a great presence in the goal.”
Iyana Moore (F, Tennessee, Marietta, Ga.)
Transfer from the University of Tennessee… Currently enrolled at Baylor and will take part in spring season with Bears… Played in 27 games, while starting 10 in two years with the Lady Volunteers… Recorded four goals in 2012, including three in one game vs. Mississippi State (9/23/12)… Tallied three assists in her first career start vs. Samford (8/17/12)… Reaped playing time in 10 Lady Vol matches as a substitute at forward (187 total minutes), registering two assists.... Rated both No. 9 overall in the South Atlantic Region and as a four-star athlete by Top Drawer Soccer in its 2011 scholastic listing... Also chosen as a 2011 Scout.com and Top Drawer Soccer "Player to Watch"... As a seventh and eighth-grade starter, helped the Ridgeland High School (Miss.) varsity soccer team to Mississippi state titles in 2005 & 2006, respectively... Played club soccer for the United Futbol Academy (UFA), the North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) G12 Elite II and the MS Fire Juniors... Assisted the UFA to the 2011 Georgia U-17 State Championship and also helped the squad advance to the 2011 Region III Regional Semifinals... Was part of the Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) 2010 Region III Team and the Region III pool in 2009 & 2010 and was on the ODP squad from 2005-2010… Daughter of Shannon Moore.
JOBSON ON MOORE
“Iyana is a very fast and athletic player, who will likely play forward for us. She has a great mentality and is already putting in a ton of work to learn our system and how we approach the game.”
Ashley York (MF, D’Feeters, Irving, Texas)
Member of the D’Feeters Soccer Club since 2005, serving as team’s captain… Ranked No. 79 in Top Drawer Soccer’s listing of top 150 club players… Earned Elite Club National League All-Event Team honors in Seattle (2010), San Antonio (2011 & 2012) and Phoenix (2012)… Led team to a state cup appearance in 2011… Participant at 2011 United States Women’s National Team U18 camp…Also played tennis at Macarthur High School in Irving, Texas… Parents are James Michael and Patricia York.
JOBSON ON YORK
“Ashley is very skilled. The ball sticks to her foot and she is always looking to set up her teammates with a killer pass. She has the potential to be a great two-way midfielder or a dangerous forward. She is a playmaker that makes the other players around her better.”
With an eye towards bolstering the Baylor's track and field team’s distance crew, head coach Todd Harbour announced the signing of 11 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
“We felt like on the women’s side, we were able to address some needs with some ladies that could come in and contribute right away,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “The men’s class is still a work in progress. We are not done by any stretch of the imagination, but we are excited about the guys we are signing and expect to sign a couple more.”
Baylor's signing class includes three men and eight women with nine of the 11 student-athletes specializing in the distance events. There is also a pole vaulter (Annie Rhodes) and a thrower (Cion Hicks) among the group. In total, the signing class has four state champions and two athletes recognized by Gatorade as the best in their state.
“It is great to be able to keep two of the top athletes in the country in Central Texas,” Harbour said. “Cion Hicks will come in with the ability to replace All-American Skylar White, while Annie Rhodes is one of the best pole vaulters in the country and will really bolster our performance in that event.”
Besides the athletes listed below, several of Baylor’s football signees will look to run track for the Bears.
“Coach Briles does a great job recruiting some of the best athletes in America,” Harbour said. “We are excited that some of them will be able to help us on the track as well.”
Full List of Signees
Randall Dias – Albuquerque, N.M. – (La Cueva HS) – Middle Distance
2012 New Mexico 5A high school state champion in 800-meters with personal-best time of 1:55.47… Part of sprint medley relay team that won state meet in 2012 for La Cueva high school in Albuquerque, N.M.
Alex Foster – (City College of San Francisco) – Middle Distance
Competed for one season at City College of San Francisco… Qualified for the Northern California Community College Track and Field state meet in 2012… Turned in a personal-best time of 1.51.54 in the 800-meters at that meet to take fifth… Member of 4X400-meter relay team that took fourth at state meet to earn All-American honors.
Jordan West – Chesterfield, Mo. – (Lafayette HS) - Distance
Finished third at the Paul Enke Invitational... Took fifth at Suburban West Conference meet and third at the Class 4 District 2 meet and fifth at the Sectional 2 meet… Placed 11th at the 2012 state meet.
Alex Davis – Ardmore, Okla. – (Plainview HS) – Distance
Two-time individual Oklahoma 3A state cross country champion for Plainview High School in 2011 and 2012… 2012 3A Champion in 3,200 track setting state record 10:47.67…Named Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2011 and 2012… Helped PHS win seventh-consecutive state cross country crown in 2012… Produced a winning of time 11:02 over the 3,200-meter course to beat rest of field by 27 seconds… Placed fourth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships and 26th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships… Took fifth in Nike Cross Nationals South Regional championships and 38th at the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals Final.
Cion Hicks – Killeen, Texas – (Shoemaker HS) – Throws
Finished second in shot put and discus at 2012 Texas High School 5A state meet… Advanced to state meet by winning Region II 5A meet in both events with personal-best throws of 45-10 in shot put and 170-0 in discus… Broke current Baylor athlete Skylar White’s Region II 5-A discus regional record in 2012… Ranked as second-best discus thrower in the nation entering 2013 season as senior.
Maggie Montoya – Rogers, Ark. – (Rogers HS) – Distance
Gatorade Arkansas Girls Cross Runner of the Year in 2011 and 2012… Won the State Cross country title as an Individual in 2011 and 2012… Raced to Arkansas 7A individual state title in 5,000 meters, leading Rogers to the state title as a team in 2012... Has claimed a total of 12 individual state titles over high school career… Earned 13th-place finish at Foot Locker South Regional championships in time of17:40… Notched personal-best time of 17:34.0 in 5,000 meters at 2011 Arkansas Chili Pepper Festival Invitational.
Sofia Pitoulis – Athens, Greece -- (Athens College) – Middle Distance
Tallied a second-place finish at Balkan Junior Championships in 2012 in 1500-meters... Totaled five first-place finishes nationally, two in cross country and three in 1500-meter event… Holds 1500-meter youth national record… Personal Best in 1500 of 4:23.76… Coached by Christos Papachristos, who competed against current Baylor head coach Todd Harbour in European circuit in early 1980s.
Annie Rhodes – Waco, Texas (Midway HS) – Pole Vault
Achieved personal-best of 13-6 at 2013 Arkansas High School Invitational… Tied for the best vault in Texas and tied for second best vault in the nation in 2013… Finished second as junior at 2012 Texas High School state meet with vault of 13-0… Won the 2011 4-A state title with mark of 12-5.
Lindsey Smith – Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista HS) – Distance
Four-time cross country and track letter winner from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado… Four-year Colorado state cross country meet participant… Ran a 5,000-meter personal-record of 18:33 at Nike Cross Southwest Regional meet in 2012… Colorado track state finalist in 3200 meter run in 2011 and 2012.
Peyton Thomas – Roswell, Ga. – (Roswell HS) – Distance
Posted personal-best time of18:08.5 in the 5000-meters to finish 16th at the 2012 Great America Cross Country Festival…Finished ninth at the 2011 Georgia 5A High School state meet for Mountain Vista High School.
Madison Zimmerman – Frisco, Texas (Wakeland HS) – Distance
Four-time 4A state qualifier in cross country for Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas… Qualified for 2012 4A state meet on the track in the 3,200-meter event… Had a personal-best time of 17:53 in the 5,000-meters.