AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas head women's soccer coach Chris Petrucelli and his staff announced the signing of six of the top high school soccer players in both the United States and Canada to national letters of intent on Monday, Feb. 28. Included in this group are a total of four national team players, including three from the United States and one from Canada.
"Anytime you can add five national team players into a program, and we are including Stefanie Logterman (Austin, Texas) in this group since she did not enroll at UT until this spring, you have to be extremely excited," Petrucelli said. "We've signed top players nationally in a number of different positions and we are looking forward to working with these talented student-athletes."
Headlining this group are U.S. National Team performers Erin Davis (Yardley, Penn.), Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas) as well as Canadian National Team standout Stephanie Gibson (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada). They are joined in this 2005-06 signing class by Callie Raymond (Belleair, Fla.), who is a two-time all-conference goalkeeper who starred for the Florida ODP state team, and Jill Gilbeau (San Diego, Calif.), who led her Region IV ODP squad to a Under-19 Championship and played for California's South ODP team in both 2004 and 2005.
"We graduated a number of quality players last season, so we needed to bring in an outstanding recruiting class," Petrucelli said. "With that in mind, I don't think we could have asked for more than this group. They will be ready to play and contribute immediately."
Further biographical information on each of the above mentioned signees is listed below.
2005-06 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WOMEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name Pos. Cl.-Exp. Ht. Hometown (High School)
Erin Davis F/MF Fr.-HS 5-6 Yardley, Penn. (Pendleton)
Stephanie Gibson D/F Fr.-HS 5-8 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada (Holy Trinity)
Jill Gilbeau D/MF Fr.-HS 5-6 San Diego, Calif. (Patrick Henry)
Stephanie Logterman* D Fr.-HS 5-6 Austin, Texas (Westwood)
Kasey Moore D Fr.-HS 5-8 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley)
Dianna Pfenninger GK Fr.-HS 5-10 Sugar Land, Texas (Clements)
Callie Raymond GK Fr.-HS 5-8 Belleair, Fla. (Berkeley Prep.)
* = Signed for the 2004-05 season, but did not enroll until the spring of 2005 due to commitments with the U.S. Under-19 National Team.
A talented left-sided flank player who is deceptive and hard to tackle ... possesses above average speed and creates goals off of her service ... is dangerous as both a forward and midfielder.
* Member of the U.S. Under-17 (2002) and Under-16 (2002) national teams.
* A three-time national team camp invitee (2000-02).
* Played for the Region I and Pennsylvania State ODP Teams for five and seven years, respectively.
* A 2003 adidas Youth All-American who helped guide her ODP squads to three Eastern Pennsylvania State Championships and a pair of Region I ODP titles.
* Attended Pendleton High School and the IMG Soccer Academies in Bradenton, Fla., from 2003-05.
* A forward/midfielder and track athlete at Pennsbury High School for two seasons (2001-03) who was a two-time, first-team All-League selection (2002 & 2003), was named the 2002 Philadelphia Rookie of the Year in soccer and set the school track record in the 400m.
"The reason I chose Texas was because I love the campus and the city of Austin. I also thought that the high-quality players and outstanding coaching staff were a great fit for my objective of developing into the best player that I can be. My goal as a freshman is to help the team win the Big 12 Championship.
Considered one of top Canadian national team players in her age group ... a tremendous all-around athlete who is a tenacious defender and can also be utilized up front ... plays extremely hard and is tough in the tackle.
* Member of the Under-17 and Under-19 Canadian national teams in 2004 after working with the Under-16 as well as Under-17 Canadian national development teams one year earlier.
* Played for the Ontario Provincial Under-15 and Under-17 squads and aided them in capturing the Gold and Silver Medals at the 2002 and 2003 Canadian Championships, respectively.
* A two-year co-captain for the Richmond Hill Raiders Club Team (2002-03) who helped her squad win the Silver Medal at the indoor and outdoor rounds of the 2002-03 Ontario Cup.
* Member of the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) that captured the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Barcelona Cup in Spain.
* An honors student at Holy Trinity High School (2001-05).
* Head House Captain and member of the Student Guild.
"The University of Texas 'hooked' me all the way from Canada. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play for a coach with a tremendous international reputation and to attend a school with such an excellent academic program. In my freshman year, I intend to become acquainted with all of my new teammates and help UT continue to climb the women's soccer rankings.
A fearless defender with outstanding speed ... possesses the ability to get up and down the line ... causes problems for opposing defenses with her forward skills ... an attack-oriented defender on both ends of the field.
* Member of the Region IV (2004) and California South (2004-05) ODP teams.
* Aided her Region IV ODP Team in capturing the Under-19 Championship.
* Selected to play with the inaugural Coast Soccer League Premier Development Program Team.
* Played for head coach Abner Rodgers' Laguna Hills Eclipse Soccer Club since 2002 and helped the team win the 2004 Coast League Championship.
* A two-time All-League (San Diego County Eastern League) selection as well as three-time Academic All-League performer as a defender/midfielder at Patrick Henry High School (2001-05).
* Named to the honor roll in each of her seven semesters to date.
"I took longer than most of the other girls to make a decision on where I would play in college because I wanted to look at virtually every aspect of my top school choices. First and foremost, I wanted to ensure I would make a positive contribution to a team that is already outstanding. I wanted to maximize my development as a player, so I wanted to learn from one of the best coaching staffs in the country. I wanted a school that had a strong academic reputation to ensure I received a great education. I looked for a positive environment, with the location of the school, the students and especially my future teammates. I also wanted a school that was close to the beach. Abner Rodgers, my club coach for Laguna Hills Eclipse, spoke very highly of Coach (Chris) Petrucelli and his staff, and UT certainly fit all of my criteria...except being close to the beach. When I visited Texas, it did not take long for me to realize being a Longhorn was the perfect fit. The girls on the team are awesome, the coaches are the best, the facilities are amazing, everyone seems to work hard and Austin is fantastic. I think I will fit in to the style of play Coach Petrucelli has planned for the team and I just could not wait to sign and officially become a Longhorn. In 2005, I expect to learn a lot, work extremely hard, improve as a person as well as a player and, most importantly, give every ounce of effort to a winning Texas team. My expectations for my freshman year are that we will play great soccer and win as a team. I do expect big things for the Longhorns next year because, from what I hear out here in California, everything is big in Texas...Hook 'em."
Another versatile and gifted player who possesses a strong work ethic and can be utilized as both a midfielder and defender ... has shown tremendous endurance and desire in her play ... is technically sound in her performance and is a strong leader.
* Member of three U.S. Youth National Teams: Under-16 (2002), Under-17 (2003) and Under-19 (2003-04).
* Earned nine starts out of her 14 appearances on defense for the U.S. Under-19 National Team during the 2004 campaign and not only contributed three assists but also aided the team in claiming the Bronze Medal at the FIFA Under-19 World Championships.
* Played for the Region III (2000-04) and South Texas State (1999-2004) ODP squads.
* A two-time Parade Magazine (2003-04) and NSCAA/adidas (2002-03) High School All-American as a midfielder and defender for head coach Hue Menzies¹ Town & Country Warriors Soccer Club over eight seasons.
* Helped the Warriors claim the 2003 South Texas State Cup and advance to the Region III semifinals that same year.
* A three-sport standout at Westwood High School in soccer, cross country and track.
* Utilized as a midfielder by Warriors¹ head coach Jim Donahue during the 2000-2001 campaign, while also running cross country and competing in the 400-meter, mile relay and two mile events in track for head coach Dee Jones over two seasons (2001 & 2002).
* Recipient of Westwood High School¹s Academic Award for a GPA over 4.0.
* Member of the National Honor Society, the National German Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Born Stephanie Lynn Logterman on Feb. 25, 1986, in Austin, Texas ... parents are Darrel and Patricia Logterman ... has one younger sister, Lindsey ... a liberal arts major ... her father not only graduated from the University of Wisconsin but also played football for the Badgers from 1968-72
A natural leader on the back line ... displays maturity, instincts and discipline beyond her years ... is outstanding in the air and serves a great ball ... knowledgeable about the game and how to organize a defense.
* Member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team in both 2003 and 2004 who also served as a team captain in her second season after being part of the 2002 Under-16 national squad.
* Included in the U.S. Under-19 National Team Pool (2003-04).
* A 2004 Parade High School All-American and two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American Youth Team selection (2003-04).
* Awarded the adidas Golden Boot Award at the 2002 Snickers National Championships.
* Played for the '87 Eclipse Club Team under the direction of head coach Gui Gui Ferreira from 2002-04 and helped the squad claim the 2002 Under-15 Snickers National Championship.
* A four-year starter and letterwinner for head coach GuiGui Ferreira's Capistrano Valley High School soccer team (2001-05), who also earned a varsity letter in track and field as a sophomore.
* Helped her team win the Division I CIF High School Championship in 2004 after reaching the semifinals in 2003 and the finals in 2002.
* A second-team All-County and first-team All-League honoree as a defender/midfielder during both her freshman and sophomore years.
* Chosen as the All-CIF-SS Defensive Player of the Year as a junior while also garnering South Coach League MVP honors, Orange County Register Player of the Year accolades and L.A. Times First-Team laurels.
* Also earned her soccer team's coaches award in her first two seasons before claiming school MVP honors in 2004.
* Co-captained her high school team as senior.
* Named the Capistrano Valley Varsity Athlete of the Month in Feb. 2004 and was selected to the 2004 Excalibur All-Tournament Team.
* Invited to participate in the Raleigh, N.C., Final Four Showcase.
* Named Who's Who Among American High School Athletes (2002-04).
* Included on the Principals Honor Roll as a freshman.
* A GATE Student as well as a leader of her school's chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
* Serving as the ASB Girl's Athletic Commissioner in 2004-05.
"After I took my unofficial visit to The University of Texas, I knew that it was exactly where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. The campus, the coaches, the city and the team were exactly what I was looking for in a college. In my first year at Texas, I hope to not only make an impact on the field, but also develop as both a person and a player."
Arguably the top goalkeeper in her age group ... very good with her feet and polished technically ... an extremely hard worker who plays the game at a very high level.
* Starting goalkeeper for the 2004 U.S. Under-17 National Team.
* A five-year member of the '87 South Texas ODP Team who also played for the '87 Region III ODP squad and was both clubs' starting goalkeeper.
* Played for the First Colony Eclipse Soccer Club for eight years, including seven seasons with the nationally-ranked Eclipse '87 Team (1995-2002) as the club's primary goalkeeper.
* Aided the Eclipse '87 squad win a number of titles, including the FILA Texas Cup, the 2002 (Spring) Snickers State Cup, the Spring Classic Tournament in Dallas and the STYSA State Championship during the fall of 1999 (Under-14), the fall of 2000 (Under-15), the spring of 2001 (Under-14) and the spring of 2002 (Under-15).
* A 2004 NSCAA Youth All-American.
* A three-year letterwinner and starter for the Clements High School soccer team (2001-03) who earned 2003 first-team 20-5A All-District honors and was the captain of the freshman basketball team during the 2001-02 campaign.
* Posted a 0.26 GAA over 15 games as a sophomore while collecting 12 shutouts to help her team advance to the UIL State Finals in Georgetown, Texas.
* Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class as she has twice earned Academic Letters (2003-04), been awarded her school's Academic Excellence Award on three occasions (2002-04) and been recognized with Presidents Education Awards Program honors in 2001.
* A four-year member of the German Club and the German National Honor Society.
* Also named the vice president of the German Club (2003-04) and a German National Honor Society Officer (2002-03).
* Member of the Future Business Leaders of America (2002-03).
"I chose The University of Texas because I could not rationalize going to any other school when everything that I need is right here at home.
An athletic goalkeeper with outstanding potential ... possesses a tremendous skill set to go along with quality experience in goal ... a hard worker between the pipes who solidifies a defense with her communication and organizational talents.
* Member of the Florida ODP State Team (2002 & 2004) after playing for the Alabama State ODP Under-15 and Under-18 squads.
* Played for head coach Frank Coorey's Countryside Lightning Under-17 Club Team.
* Aided her team in winning the 2001 State Cup and in reaching the State Final Four in three straight years.
* A four-year starter and letterwinner as a goalkeeper for head coach Ken Roberts Berkeley Preparatory School (2001-05).
* Helped her school claim district championships as both a freshman and junior and reach the regional finals in each of her last two seasons after qualifying for the regional quarterfinals in 2001-02.
* Tabbed an All-Conference performer as well as her team's MVP and the recipient of a Coaches Award as a sophomore.
* Earned All-State, All-County and All-Conference laurels as a junior
* Chosen a senior captain for the 2004-05 season.
* Named to the Dean's List as both a freshman and junior and to the Headmasters List during her sophomore year
* Received an Excellence in Community Service Award.
"I couldn't be more excited. The University of Texas was always at the top of my list; then the chance came along. When I visited campus, it felt like it would be a fit, not just for soccer, although that was important."