Baylor head soccer coach Marci Jobson announced the signing of eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The class includes six from the state of Texas and one apiece from Illinois and Kansas.
"We are excited about the 2010 class," Jobson said. "This class has proven themselves to be a special group of players at the youth level and we expect them to come in and make an impact right away. Athleticism, mentality and desire are three words to describe this group of young ladies."
The 2010 class is comprised of three all-state selections, two Olympic Development Program National Championship members, one ODP Regional team player and five players whose teams are ranked in the top-11 nationally. The eight student-athletes will look to continue on the success of the 2009 season, which saw the Bears wrap up the season with an 8-6-5 mark, recording the most wins by the program since an eight-win season in 2002. In addition, Baylor registered three conference wins, which was the most since 2002, and qualified to the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2006.
Taylor Heatherly (D, Naperville Central HS, Naperville, Ill.) Three-time all-conference and all-sectional selection ... 2008 all-city and all-area selection ... Compiled seven goals and seven assists from central midfield position as a junior ... Plays for Ela Elite, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation ... Club team was 2009 State Cup finalists ... In 2008, squad ranked third nationally ... Team finished third at 2007 US Youth National Championships where she was nominated for the Golden Boot Award ... Has had seven semesters of carrying a 4.0 GPA or higher ... Born on April 24, 1992 ... Parents are Don and Kathy Heatherly. Jobson On Heatherly: "She is a tough, hard-nosed player from Chicago's Nationally ranked Ela Elite. Her mentality gives her an opportunity to make an impact at Baylor."
Vic Hoffman (D, Plano West HS, Plano, Texas) Played just one year of high school soccer ... Named 2007 first-team all-district and 2007 Defensive MVP ... Plays club for the Dallas Texans ... Team won 2008 National Championship ... 2008 National League Champions ... Five-time North Texas state team ... Helped guide squad to 2008 State Cup Championship ... Member of 2007 and 2008 Regional Team ... Member of 2009 ODP National Championship Team ... Born on May 14, 1992 ... Parents are Duncan and Terrie Hoffman. Jobson On Hoffman: "She has a rare blend of athleticism and ability and has been a pillar of consistency in the back line for the national Championship team the Dallas Texans. She is a shut down defender who will fit into the way we play perfectly."
Alex Klein (MF, Trinity HS, Bedford, Texas) Helped guide Trinity to district titles in 2007 and 2008 ... Three-time first-team all-district ... Two-time team MVP ... 2009 Star-Telegram first-team super team ... 2009 VYPE all-area team ... 2009 District 5-5A Defensive Player of the Year ... 2007 District 7-5A Newcomer of the Year ... Plays club for Dallas Sting, which is ranked No. 11 nationally ... Team finished second in the USYS Region II Premier League West ... Member of `92 North Texas ODP team, which won region and National Championship ... Born on May 18, 1992 ... Parents are Robert and Dana Klein. Jobson On Klein: "At 5-11, her height allows her to be an excellent ball-winner for us, which is crucial in this conference. She also has the ability to distribute the ball which will add to our team possession."
Michelle Kloss (GK, Cypress Creek HS, Houston, Texas) Has helped Cypress Creek to three-straight district titles ... Advanced to 2009 state quarterfinals ... Two-time all-district ... 2009 all-state selection ... 2009 all-region ... Named 2009 All-Greater Houston ... Two-time team captain ... Had a 0.59 goals-against average to go with 15 shutouts in 28 games ... In 2008, had 12 shutouts in 23 games to go with 0.64 GAA ... Plays club for Albion Blue ... Finished third in State National Cup ... Team qualified for the Disney Tournament as well as Final Four ... Born on Oct. 2, 1991 ... Parents are Rick and Debbie Kloss. Jobson On Kloss: "With a 0.59 goals-against average, good size and good kicking game, Michelle has all the tools to come in and challenge for the starting goalkeeper position next year."
Kat Ludlow (D, Colleyville Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas) Has helped guide Colleyville Heritage to back-to-back district championships ... Two-time first-team all-district ... 2008 District 5-5A Newcomer of the Year ... From defensive position, has totaled 10 goals and six assists in three seasons ... Plays club for Dallas Sting, which is ranked No. 11 nationally ... Club team were 2009 US Southern Regional Semifinalists ... 2009 Red Bull National League Finalists ... Team won 2008 Region III Premier League West title ... Born on Sept. 14, 1991 ... Parents are Mark Ludlow and Jean Laborde. Jobson On Ludlow: "Kat is a very versatile player from the nationally ranked Sting soccer club. She has a unique blend of tools, from technical ability to soccer savvy, that will allow us to utilize her in many different ways."
Georgia Mullins (D, Ronald Regan HS, San Antonio, Texas) Has helped guide Ronald Regan to three-straight district titles, including a regional title and state semifinal in 2009 ... Four-year letterwinner ... Three-time all-district selection ... Two-time all-area super team ... 2009 first-team all-state selection ... Plays club for `91 Classics Elite ... Three-time team MVP ... Member of South Texas Olympic Development Team in 2007 and 2008 ... Born on Sept. 4, 1991 ... Parents are Mark and Susan Mullins. Jobson On Mullins: "A defensive player with the ability to cover a lot of ground and make big plays. She is strong, aggressive and will be a valuable addition to our defensive line."
Selby Polley (F, Wichita Heights HS, Wichita, Kan.) Helped guide Wichita Heights to 2008 and 2009 regional finals ... Two-time first-team all-state ... Two-time first-team all-region ... two-time first-team all-city ... Has scored 69 goals and tallied 29 assists in her first three seasons ... Five-time member of Kansas ODP state team ... Invited to Region II ODP Camp ... Plays club for 2009 State Cup semifinalist, River City Fire ... Named school's Valedictorian ... Born on Oct. 22, 1991 ... Parents are Bruce Polley and Lynne Fletchall. Jobson On Polley: "She is a very good athlete whose breakaway speed will be a factor in whatever position she plays for us. We like her versatility and can see her contributing in a few different areas."
Karlee Summey (MF, Keller HS, Southlake, Texas) Named 2009 team MVP ... Earned 2009 first-team all-district honors ... Named 2008 Team Offensive MVP ... Picked up 2008 second-team all-district accolades ... Led the team in scoring and assists in 2008 and 2009 ... Plays club for Dallas Sting, which is ranked No. 11 nationally ... Squad was 2008 Southern Regional Champions ... Two-time Region II Premier League Champions ... Born on Oct. 27, 1991 ... Parents are Marc and Becky Summey. Jobson On Summey: "Karlee is a very feisty, competitive player who has proven herself to be a very dangerous threat in the midfield or forward position. She will help make our attack more unpredictable and dynamic."