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SOC Pens Four to 2018 Signing Class
Feb. 7, 2018


WACO, Texas - The Baylor soccer squad signed four student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2018 class, announced by head coach Paul Jobson on Wednesday.

The Bears brought in a strong class of Lone Star State products, with a great combination of technical skills and raw athletic ability.

"This is an exceptional class and I am extremely excited to have each of them signed today," Jobson said. "While small in number, the group consists of four of the top recruits in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. Not only will they bring extraordinary talent to our team, but they will fit very well into our culture as a program here at Baylor.

"They are all fantastic people and great students. There is great chemistry amongst this group as well, three of the four have spent most of their careers playing on the same club team in Dallas and two have also spent their high school playing career together."

Kayley Ables
Forward, Waco, Texas, Waco High School, Solar SC (Dallas)

Kayley Ables signs with the Bears to stay with her hometown team in Waco, Texas, out of Waco High School. She played club ball for the Solar SC organization out of Dallas under the direction of coach Adrian Solca.

A two-sport standout in volleyball and soccer, Ables has been nothing short of spectacular for her high school squad, earning the Waco Tribune-Herald's Super Centex Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year over her career. She was also the leading scorer for her club team and already holds her school's scoring record, with 100 goals scored through just three seasons.

She has excelled in the classroom, selected as a member of the National Honor Society and standing in the top five percent of her graduating class.

Jobson on Ables…
"We have always worked hard to keep the best kids in Central Texas at home, here in Waco. We were excited to have Kayley, who is arguably one of the best soccer players to ever come out of Waco. She is an incredible competitor with a tremendous work rate and has a knack for scoring goals."

Maddie Algya
Midfielder, Highland Village, Texas, Marcus High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)

Maddie Algya signs with the Bears out of Highland Village, Texas, and Marcus High School. Algya played both high school and club ball with fellow BU signee, Taylor Moon. Not only do the pair play at Marcus together, but they both played alongside future teammate Elena Reyna for the D'Feeters club organization out of Farmers Branch, Texas, for coaches Randy Shaw and Steve Davis.

She is serving as a captain in her senior season for the Marcus squad, previously stacking up all-district and all-state honors, as well as twice being named the Utility Player of the Year for her district.

Off the field, Algya is a standout student, earning the prestigious Magnificent Marauder award as a top all-around student, selected for the Gifted and Talented program, and earning induction into the Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics) and Spanish Honor Society.

Jobson on Algya…
"I think Maddie is one of the most underrated players in the country. She has a great soccer mind and works extremely hard to make other players look great on her team."

Taylor Moon
Midfielder/Forward, Highland Village, Texas, Marcus High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)

Taylor Moon signs with the Bears out of Highland Village, Texas, playing high school ball alongside future BU teammate Maddie Algya at Marcus High School in Farmers Branch, Texas. She is one of the trio of signees to play club ball for the D'Feeters club organization in Farmers Branch, Texas, under coaches Randy Shaw and Steve Davis.

Moon has collected her fair share of athletic accomplishments, including being named her district's Newcomer of the Year in 2015, the MVP in 2017, and Marcus' Student of the Year in 2016-17. She is a two-time selection to the ECNL National Tournament "Best XI" and was a two-time invitee to the Nike National Soccer Camp in Portland, Ore.

In the classroom, she was also earned the Magnificent Marauder award, recognizing top all-around students at Marcus, as well as being selected for the Gifted and Talented program.

Jobson on Moon…
"Taylor is an extremely talented player that is considered one of the top midfielders in the country. She has a great soccer IQ and can change the pace of the game with her decision-making abilities."

Elena Reyna
Forward, Flower Mound, Texas, Flower Mound High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)

Elena Reyna rounds out the four-member class, signing out of Flower Mound, Texas, and Flower Mound High School. She is the third signee in the 2018 class that played in the D'Feeters club organization out of Farmers Branch, Texas, for coaches Randy Shaw and Steve Davis.

A two-sport standout in both soccer and volleyball, Reyna saw tremendous success with both her high school and club soccer teams. She helped lead the D'Feeters to Top 10 finishes in the nation in 2015 and 2017, helping lead Flower Mound to a state title in 2016, while being named the MVP of the championship game.

In the classroom, Reyna earned the distinction of membership in the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, and the English Honor Society.

Jobson on Reyna…
"Elena is an extremely hard-working player that has the ability to make things happen all over the field for her team."

BU is coming off a historic postseason run, securing a Big 12 title and the program's first-ever trip into the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

2018 Baylor Soccer Signing Class
Kayley Ables
Forward, Waco, Texas, Waco High School, Solar SC (Dallas)
Maddie Algya
Midfielder, Highland Village, Texas, Marcus High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)
Taylor Moon
Midfielder/Forward, Highland Village, Texas, Marcus High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)
Elena Reyna
Forward, Flower Mound, Texas, Flower Mound High School, D'Feeters (Farmers Branch)

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