Feb. 7, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - With Texas Soccer coming off its 10th Big 12 Championship semifinals appearance in program history, head coach Angela Kelly announced Thursday the addition of seven freshmen to her roster for next year. Cara Connatser (Frisco, Texas), Marchelle Davis (Trophy Club, Texas), Julia Dyche (Southlake, Texas), Katie Gernsbacher (Austin, Texas), Jasmine Hart (Haltom City, Texas), Isabelle Kerr (Austin, Texas) and Keagan McCoy (Knoxville, Tenn.) will join the Texas Soccer program beginning in the fall of 2013.
"2013 brings the addition of many more talented young ladies to our current squad," Kelly said. "This class will bring intelligence, athleticism and increase our depth all over the field. Our environment will become increasingly more competitive and we can't wait to get these young ladies incorporated into our squad."
Cara Connatser (pronunciation: con-AT-sir), Goalkeeper, Frisco, Texas (Centennial HS)
Starting goalkeeper for head coach Lauren O'Brien ... named to the District 18-4A First Team as a junior ... plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans and coach Sean Bubb and Ryan Higginbotham ... squad was 2012-13 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Texas Conference champion with a 13-0-1 mark ... team also claimed the 2011-12 ECNL Texas Conference title and the 2009-10 and 2010-11 National League crowns ... member of the Dallas Texans 95 Red team that earned a pair of US Youth Soccer national championship third-place finishes, in 2011 and 2010 ... 95 Red squad also featured fellow signees Marchelle Davis, Julia Dyche and Jasmine Hart.
Marchelle Davis (pronunciation: mar-SHELL), Forward, Trophy Club, Texas (Trophy Club Byron Nelson HS)
Starter for head coach Phillip Salyer at Byron Nelson High School, which opened in 2010 ... school's varsity soccer program begin in the spring of 2011 ... first two years of high school, attended Briar Woods in Ashburn, Va. ... as a junior at Byron Nelson in 2012, helped squad to first state tournament trip and a No. 4 ranking by the Texas Girls Coaches Association ... scored lone goal in team's University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A state tournament semifinal against Cedar Park with a penalty kick, pushing the Lady Bobcats to the championship match versus Highland Park ... one game earlier, in the regional final against Birdville, scored the team's second goal, from nearly 30 yards away, in a 2-1 victory ... Lady Bobcats fell to Highland Park in a shootout for the state title ... named to the 2012 UIL All-State Tournament Team, selected by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO) ... paced Byron Nelson with 26 goals and 10 assists during junior season and was selected as the District 11-4A Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... earned TASCO First Team Region I-4A honors in 2012 ... as a sophomore at Briar Woods, named to The Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention squad ... selected as one of four Cheers Sports and VivaLoudoun.com Soccer Athletes of the Month for March of 2011 ... earned Second-Team All-Dulles District honors as a freshman ... after moving to Texas, joined the Dallas Texans club soccer program, where she was a teammate with fellow signees Cara Connatser, Julia Dyche and Jasmine Hart ... ranked as the 25th-best prospect in Texas by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... while in Virginia, a member of the Herndon Hotspur and Chantilly Soccer Club teams ... Hotspur squad was a semifinalist in the Championship Division of the 2010 Jefferson Cup ... squad was also the Washington Area Girls Soccer League Division I champion in the fall of 2009 and a Virginia Youth Soccer Association state cup finalist ... runs track for Byron Nelson and competes in the 100-meter dash and 4X100-meter relay.
Julia Dyche (pronunciation: dy-SCH), Midfielder, Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS)
A four-star recruit, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com ... the organization's 11th-best prospect in Texas and the 33rd-best midfielder nationally ... a three-year letterwinner for head coach Matt Colvin at Southlake Carroll ... voted to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region VI Team ... tied the Southland Carroll single-season record for assists with 24 as a junior and is second on the program's career chart with 37 entering senior campaign ... added 15 goals during junior season ... helped Lady Dragon squad to a school-record 25 wins in 2012 and a trip to the 5A regional quarterfinals ... as of Jan. 15, 2013, team ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to the Elite Soccer Report ... following junior campaign, earned a place on the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches First Team 5A All-State and Region I-5A squads ... during freshman and sophomore years, program advanced to the 5A area finals ... a First-Team District 7-5A selection as a sophomore after a Second-Team District 6-5A pick as a rookie ... played club soccer for the Dallas Texans and coaches Sean Bubb and Ryan Higginbotham ... club teammate of fellow signees Cara Connatser, Marchelle Davis and Jasmine Hart ... active in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) with multiple selections to the ODP Region III Pool ... invited to attend the 2010 ODP National Camp ... Dallas Texans squad took part in the 2010 Under-15 US Youth Soccer National Championship and the 2011 Under-16 US Youth Soccer National Championship, finishing third at both events ... a National Honor Society member.
Katie Gernsbacher (pronunciation: gerns-BACK-er), Midfielder, Austin, Texas (McCallum HS)
Three-year starter under head coach Nancy Honeycutt heading into senior year ... as a junior, selected as the District 52-4A Offensive Most Valuable Player and was a first-team all-district pick ... helped McCallum to the District 52-4A championship as a junior ... named to the 2010 all-district team ... played club soccer with Lonestar 95G for head coach Don Cameron ... teammate of fellow signee Isabelle Kerr ... selected to participate in the March 2012 Elite Clubs National League/id2 Player Development Program ... attended the Elite Clubs National League National Showcase Event Series in San Antonio in February 2012 and was named to the U17 All-Event Team ... invited to the U.S. Soccer Training Center in January 2012 ... named to the 2010 South Texas Olympic Development Program squad ... Lonestar squad participated in the 2010 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship after winning the South Texas tournament title ... member of the Austin Soccer squad for the 2010 Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games (Jewish teenage Olympics) and helped the team to a silver medal ... voted as the Texas Soccer Academy's most valuable player in 2009 ... suited up for the McCallum basketball team as a sophomore ... off the field, served as McCallum's freshman class secretary and is involved with student council and math club.
Jasmine Hart, Forward, Haltom City, Texas (Keller Fossil Ridge HS)
A four-star recruit, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com ... ranked by the organization as the seventh-best player in Texas and the 24th-best forward in the country ... a First-Team District 7-5A selection as a sophomore and junior ... plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans and coach Sean Bubb ... club teammate of fellow signees Cara Connatser, Julia Dyche and Marchelle Davis ... participated in the 2012 Players Development Academy Showcase in Zarephath, N.J. ... took part in the U.S. Under-15 Girls' National Team mega-camp in Sunrise, Fla., in February 2012 ... selected for the 2010 Olympic Development Program Championships as a member of the Region III North Texas squad ... Dallas Texans squad took part in the 2010 Under-15 US Youth Soccer National Championship and the 2011 Under-16 US Youth Soccer National Championship, finishing third at both events ... team claimed the 2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Texas Conference title and the 2010-11 and 2009-10 National League crowns ... played basketball for Fossil Ridge her first three years under head coach Stacy Henson ... as a freshman, helped the team to a 24-11 overall record and playoff berth.
Isabelle Kerr (pronunciation: IS-a-bell), Defender, Austin, Texas (St. Andrew's Episcopal)
A two-time All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) selection for head coach Zack Pope ... led team to first ever SPC D-2 tournament championship and D-1 tournament appearance ... four year starter for Lonestar 95G Elite Clubs National League team from 2009-13 under head coaches Don Cameron and James Armstrong ... co-captain of 2012-13 squad ... club teammate of fellow signee Katie Gernsbacher ... team catured 2009-10 ECNL Group B regular season champion and ECNL Group B national tournament finalist ... squad claimed the USYSA 2010 and 2011 National Cup State championship and 2009 Disney Cup Championship ... involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a member of the 2008 and 2009 South Texas ODP teams ... off the field, was invited to the 2009 National Youth Leadership Forum and is a member of the St. Andrew's Honor Council ... received academic recognition as an AP Scholar.
Keagan McCoy (pronunciation: key-GAN), Goalkeeper, Knoxville, Tenn. (West HS)
A three-year starting goalkeeper for head coach Sonny Trotter ... chosen as a team captain for senior season ... named the team's most valuable player as a senior in 2012 ... following final campaign, selected as the District 4-AAA Goalkeeper of the Year after posting 11 shutouts ... named to the Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra, District 4-AAA and Region 2-AAA First Teams ... squad finished senior year with a 4-3-0 record in Class AAA Region 2 District 4 competition, went 12-6-2 overall and advanced to the district semifinals with a 3-2 victory over Maryville in the quarterfinals ... as a junior, earned Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra Second Team honors while being named to the all-region second team and all-district first team ... played club soccer for FC Alliance 95 Black II and coach Josh Gray ... squad claimed the 2011 US Youth Soccer Tennessee state championship ... team won the January 2013 Premier-Black division title at the Disney College Showcase ... attended camps at the University of Tennessee under the direction of then-Lady Volunteers, and current Texas, head coach Angela Kelly ... two older brothers were involved in collegiate soccer as Cody played for Memphis (2008-11) and Jack at Clemson (2011) before transferring to Tennessee ... father, Kyle, went to The University of Texas.