|East Division champs, Cullen welcome 10 newcomers|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Conference USA East Division champion Charlotte women’s soccer team and head coach John Cullen have announced the addition of 10 new commitments to the program for the upcoming 2014 campaign. The 10 players hail from seven states and include a trio of local products as the 49ers look to build upon a solid foundation laid in their first season back in Conference USA.
“As always, with every recruiting class, we’re extremely excited to welcome these young ladies and their families to the 49ers women’s soccer program,” Cullen said. “It is an exceptionally deep class we are bringing in this year. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of these girls throughout the recruiting process and now we look forward with excitement to coaching these young ladies for the next four years.
“One of the main tasks we had when recruiting these players was looking for versatility. A lot of these players check that box for us, as they can play a number of positions for us and provide depth across the board. We are very excited to welcome them and look forward to working with them on a daily basis. I know they will be great additions to our program for many years to come on and off the field.”
Kyla Clark • Owings Mills, Md. • The McDonogh School • Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC.
Helped team earn its third Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title in her four years in 2013 … Squad was ranked No. 1 nationally in the fall sports listings in the preseason StudentSports Fab 50 … Team finished at No. 9 with a 14-2-2 record, including a season-ending eight-match win streak.
Cannon Clough • Charlotte, N.C. • Charlotte Latin School • Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL
Selected to the 2013 all-state team by the North Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association in the private school division … Picked as an All-Charlotte Observer Second Team choice in 2013 … Finished her junior campaign with 10 goals and 12 assists for 32 points … Tallied a hat trick with an assist in a win over Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (S.C.) to earn Player of the Game honors … Added another Player of the Game plaudit after scoring once and adding two assists in a victory against Davidson Day School … Chosen as a 2011 All-CISAA all-conference performer … Collected another all-league honor as a member of the field hockey squad during her senior campaign.
Shealyn Dwyer • Toms River, N.J. • Toms River South HS • NJ Wildcats Lady Strikers
Named to the 2013 Asbury Park Press All-Shore First Team and to its 2012 Third Team … Picked as the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year and as an 2012 all-conference performer … Garnered a spot on the 2013 Coaches’ All-Class A South Division Team … Received 2013 All-Ocean County First Team accolades by The Star-Ledger … Helped lead her high school team to a state finalist appearance and 21-3 record during her senior year … Squad was the 2013 Group 3 Central Jersey state champions and a first-place finish in the Class A South … Member of the 2011 Class A South title winners … Recorded 75.0 percent of her career goals during her final campaign … Helped guide her club team to the 2012 State Cup championship crown … Started four years with her club program and competed on the U23 team for two years … Ranked in the top five percent of her class academically … Chosen as an All-Shore Academic Student from 2011-13 … Earned a spot on the Principal Honor Roll four times.
Virginia Lingo • Matthews, N.C. • Weddington HS • Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL
Rated as a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Was a 2014 member of the IMG Academy 150 Player Pool … Tabbed to the 2013 3A all-state team by the North Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association … Picked to the 2012 All-Charlotte Observer Third Team … Registered 16 goals during her junior year … Earned an all-region nod as a freshman … Started for her high school squad all season as a freshman … Participated with the ODP first team 2008-11 … Invited to the ODP Regional Camp from 2009-11.
Justine Lockman • Mooresville, N.C. • Lake Norman HS • Carolina Rapids
Chosen as a 2013 4A all-state performer by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association … Named to the 2013 All-Charlotte Observer First Team … Selected to the Statesville Record & Landmark All-Iredell County Team as a junior … Earned All-I-Meck Conference honors following her junior campaign … Led her high school squad to a national ranking and 24-1 mark in 2013 … Team won its first 24 games, including a victory over national No. 1 and local foe Hough HS in March 2013 … Scored a goal in the triumph as the team went on to win the I-Meck Conference title.
Isabella Osborne • Mentor, Ohio • Lake Catholic HS • Internationals SC, ECNL
Listed as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Named as an All-North Coast League First Team honoree in 2012 … Garnered 2011 all-state second team plaudits by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association … Earned All-North Coast League First Team, All-Greater Cleveland First Team selections in 2011 … Picked to the 2010 all-area second team by the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association … Led her high school squad to the 2012 district final … Member of the 2012 national championship club program … Captured state club titles in 2011 and 2012 … Qualified for ECNL regionals in 2013 with her club team … Participated in the PUMA Women’s Elite Showcase … Played for the state ODP program … Tabbed an English Merit Scholar … Chosen for the Saint Thomas Aquinas Award and biology award … Served as class vice president … Earned First Honors for a 4.0+ GPA in the first quarter of her senior year … Recipient of a four-year academic letter.
Allye Reynolds • Fredericksburg, Va. • Massaponax HS • Richmond Kickers
Ranked as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Tallied four goals and an assist in over victory over Orange HS in March 2013 … Posted a hat trick in an overtime triumph against Riverbend HS in spring 2013 … Earned Commonwealth District First Team honors after her sophomore and freshman seasons … Finished as the district’s leading goal scorer … Received an all-area spring athlete mention on the Free Lance-Star First Team as a freshman after tallying 17 goals and adding eight assists for 42 points … Recipient of her high school’s Golden Boot Award … Member of a two-time Virginia State Cup Championship club program … Helped guide the squad to three consecutive Disney Showcase titles, starting with an U16 crown in 2011 … Club team also won WAGS and the Jefferson Cup in the U16-U17 division … Competed at the state ODP level for three years.
Anna Shelden • Raleigh, N.C. • Millbrook HS • CASL Elite
Tabbed to the 2013 News & Observer All-Metro Team … Garnered All-Cap Eight Conference and all-region accolades in each year since her freshman season … Helped guide her high school team to as high as a No. 8 national ranking, before finishing No. 24 with a 21-2-1 ledger during her junior season … Squad won the Cap Eight league regular season (13-0-1 mark) and tournament titles in 2013 … Team won the Brittany Showcase … Played two years with the state ODP program … Attended the 2011 ODP regional camp … Collected 2013 all-academic conference plaudit … Member of the National Honor Society.
Haley Thoma • Hopewell Junction, N.Y. • John Jay HS • Quickstrike FC
Named to the all-section first team in 2012 and 2013 … Selected to the All-League A squad in 2012 and 2013 … Chosen as a Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star each of those two seasons … Served as a team captain for both her high school and club programs during her senior campaign … Tallied five goals as a defender in her final year 2013 … Helped lead her club program to titles at the 2013 Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase and 2013 Manhattan Kickoff Classic … Member of the Eastern New York ODP North squad since 2009 … Earned a spot on the High Honor Roll from 2010-12 and for the first marking period of her senior year … Recipient of the Exemplary Character and Citizenship Award in 2011 and 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society … Received the President’s Award for Education Excellence.
Martha Thomas • Weston, Fla. • American Heritage School • Weston Soccer Club
Accumulated 43 goals and 30 assists for 116 points in just 56 games during her career … Member of the 3A state championship squad as a senior, finishing with a 29-0-1 record … Team was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally … Helped lead her high school team to the 3A state championship in 2013 and a finalist appearance in 2012 … Squad won the state crown her junior year with a 26-2 record … Team was listed at No. 19 in the 2013-14 preseason StudentSports Fab 50 winter sports rankings … Has posted 14 goals and nine assists for 37 points during her final season … Netted 17 goals and added 14 assists for 48 points as a junior … Chosen as an All-Broward County All-Star in 2014 … Received an All-Broward County Second Team selection after the 2012 and 2013 campaigns … Recorded at least five hat tricks during her last two years … Scored 12 goals and added seven assists for 31 points during her sophomore campaign … Recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in 2008 and 2011 … Participated in the US Youth Soccer National League … Member of the National Honor Society.