Feb. 5, 2014
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:
|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:
Tatyanna Lewis | D | 5-7 | West Coast FC | Escondido, Calif.
Personal: Born Aug. 9, 1996... Mother is Audrey Lewis... Planning on majoring in philosophy.
Marci Jobson on Lewis:
Kathryn Milberger | CM | 5-10 | Slammers FC | San Clemente, Calif.
Personal: Born Sept. 26, 1995... Parents are Kelly and Mike Milberger... Five-time honor roll student.
Marci Jobson on Milberger:
Lauren O'Connell | D | 5-10 | So Cal Blues FC | Bakersfield, Calif.
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:
Jamie Yearout | MF | 5-7 | KC Fury FC | Overland Park, Kan.
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: