WACO, Texas- Baylor soccer added well-rounded depth to its roster for the 2014 season with the signing of six high school standouts, co-head coaches Marci and Paul Jobson announced Wednesday.
"We are really excited about this class," said Marci Jobson. "They are athletic, they can jump, they can run fast, but they're also good soccer players. They're smart soccer players. Technically, they are all very good on the ball as well. Not only do they bring a tremendous amount of athleticism to the table, they are also very good soccer players as well, and all have a chance to make an immediate impact."
With one of the most successful senior classes in program history departing and leaving eight roster spots open, the six newcomers will help the 18 returners fill the void for the 2014 campaign. The six incoming freshmen include four from California, one from Texas and one from Kansas. Three of them were defenders in high school, two were center-mids and one was a midfielder.
Precious Akanyirige | D | 5-8 | Pleasanton Rage FC | Pleasanton, Calif. High School: Played on Pleasanton Rage FC for nine years...Team captain in 2011 and led club to ECNL national event in San Antonio... Made Cal North ODP (Olympic Development Program) Regional Team in 2012... Lettered in soccer and track every year at Foothill HS... Led FHS to second round of state playoffs in 2012... Started on varsity squad her freshman year... Voted MVP on FHS team in 2012... All-league honorable mention in 2012... Led FHS 4x100 relay to state finals in 2011 and 2013... Qualified for Meet of Champions with 4x100 relay team in 2012... Most Valuable Runner on FHS track and field team in 2012... Won FHS Athlete of the Month in 2011, 2012, and 2013... Scholar Athlete in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Personal: Born July 9, 1996, in Oakland, Calif.... Parents are Margaret and Emmanuel Akanyirige... Has two younger siblings... Received FHS academic letter in 2012 and 2013... Aspires to pursue a career in medical field.
Paul Jobson on Akanyirige: "Precious is a superb athlete. I've seen her play in the back. I've seen her play up top. She's extremely fast. I've seen her jump through the roof. She's an amazing athlete that will really fit in, and in some different places for us, because she's going to be a tremendous athlete and soccer player for us."
Delanie Davis | CM | 5-8 | Dallas Sting FC | Dallas, Texas High School: Played for Dallas Sting FC team since 2005 where she was coached by indoor soccer star Tatu... Led Sting to ECNL Finals in 2012 and 2013... State cup championship with Sting in 2011... Placed third at ECNL nationals with Sting in 2011... Accompanied Sting to USYSA national finals in 2010... Made ODP first team in 2007-08... ODP Region III invitee in 2010... Attended id2 national camp in 2010... Invited to U.S. Soccer Federation National Camp... Ranked in top 150 players nationally by Top Drawer Soccer... Led Lake Highlands HS team to district championship in 2011-12... Placed third in district in 2012-13... Selected to All-District 9-5A squad in 2011 and 2012.
Personal: Born Feb. 20, 1996... Parents are Steve and Cindy Davis... Sister, Carlie, was standout player for Baylor soccer from 2009-12... Volunteers for the Girls Service League... Member of National Honor Society.
Marci Jobson on Davis: "Delanie Davis is going to come in and possibly be able to fill a roll with us as a center-mid or as a defender. She's very good in the air and also very good with the ball. I think she'll be able to keep the ball for us as well as dominate in the air."
Tatyanna Lewis | D | 5-7 | West Coast FC | Escondido, Calif. High School: Played with West Coast FC... Went to ECNL Finals in 2011 and 2012... 2011 Far West League champions... 2011 Region IV national championship quarterfinalist... 2012 Surf Cup Champions... Participated in the 2010 and 2011 Summer ODP... Lettered in varsity soccer all four years at San Pasqual HS... Selected to all-league team all four years... Voted team's 2013 defensive player of the year... Led SPHS to second place finish in Avocado East League in 2012 and 2013... Two-year varsity letterwinner for track and field at SPHS... All-league honoree for track in 2012 and 2013... Qualified for state meet in 200-meter, 400-meter, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay... Received Scholar Athletic award for both track and soccer in 2012 and 2013.
Personal: Born Aug. 9, 1996... Mother is Audrey Lewis... Planning on majoring in philosophy.
Marci Jobson on Lewis: "When we first saw Tatyanna play, I just saw a streak of lightning go down the field. I said that kid is so fast, I knew instantly that she was going to be a big-time college soccer player. She could fill in in the back, fill in up top, out wide, really anywhere."
Kathryn Milberger | CM | 5-10 | Slammers FC | San Clemente, Calif. High School: Member of Slammers FC from 2012-14... Helped Slammers to ECNL national finals in 2012 and 2013... Played a year with Laguna Hills Eclipse FC... Helped Laguna win 2011 U15 state championship... Played five years with Saddleback United Rage FC... Won 2010 Surf Cup championship... 2010 Manchester United Nike Premiere Cup finalist... 2008 Cal South state champion... Three-year letterwinner at San Clemente HS... Helped SCHS win South Coast League championship in 2012... Scholar Athlete all four years... 2013 all-conference and all-district honorable mention... Participated in Southern California Developmental Soccer League in 2011.
Personal: Born Sept. 26, 1995... Parents are Kelly and Mike Milberger... Five-time honor roll student.
Marci Jobson on Milberger: "Katie Milberger is also very good in the air and very good with the ball. I think she'll add to that midfield position as well. She can also play attacking center-mid and get some goals with her head as well."
Lauren O'Connell | D | 5-10 | So Cal Blues FC | Bakersfield, Calif. High School: Qualified for ECNL national finals in 2013 with So Cal Blues FC... Won Blues Cup in 2013... Led South Valley Strikers FC to So Cal National Premier League championship in 2012... Made it to National Cup Elite 8 in 2012... Four-year varsity starter at Frontier HS... SWYL championship with FHS in 2011 and 2013... Nominated for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year... Won Bakersfield Jockey Club Outstanding Athlete award... Three-time all-league choice... Two-time second-team all-area selection... Competed in long jump and triple jump to help FHS win track and field SWYL championship... Commissioner of Girl's Athletics at FHS.
Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1996... Parents are Jill and Joey O'Connell... Academically ranked first in her class of 572... Aspires to be a pediatrician.
Paul Jobson on O'Connell: "Lauren O'Connell is another good athlete who is really good in the air. She'll fill in some different places for us in the back, maybe center-back."
Jamie Yearout | MF | 5-7 | KC Fury FC | Overland Park, Kan. High School: Played for KC Fury FC... Participated in ODP Kansas State team, region and Region II camp for five years... ODP national tournament semifinalist in 2010 and 2011... Took first place in MRL First Division in 2012... Four-year varsity letterwinner at Blue Valley West HS... Led team to state finals in 2012 as her team was ranked 12th nationally by ESPN... Kansas state champions in 2011 and 2013... Totaled 25 goals and 22 assists in BVWHS career.
Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1995... Father is Robert Yearout... Sister, Haley, plays soccer at Kansas... Plans on becoming an orthodontist... Member of National Honor Society.
Marci Jobson on Yearout: "Jamie is going to come in and be a great role player for this team. She's hard-working, good with the ball, and also has some good quickness and speed."