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Three players sign to play soccer at SHSU

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Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 23:02

Three players signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer at Sam Houston State University on during Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

Defenders Robin Leefrom Mesquite Horn High School, Ronald Reagan High School’s Ashley Long and midfielder Caitlin Schwartz from Claudia Taylor Johnson High School became the newest additions to SHSU’s squad.

“I feel these three players can have an immediate impact on our team,” head coach Tom Brown said. “I am excited to see how these three will fit into our team.”

Lee enters SHSU coming off a re-torn ACL she suffered last year. At Mesquite Horn, Lee led her team to three second places in district and receiving second-team All-District in 2013. For her club team, Sting 97 Royal, Lee led her team to 2013 State Cup Championshipand Region 3 quarterfinalist.

“She is very good on the ball and can create attacking opportunities,” Brown said. “She can play as either a central or wide defender. She is strong in the air and good at winning balls.

Brown is also adding Long to his defensive line. He plans to use Long as a central defender or on the outside, he said.

At Ronald Reagan, Long earned first-team All-district as a junior and second-team honors her sophomore year. She is also played select for Classics Elite Soccer Clubwhere she played in the USYS National Cup League from 2010-2013.

“We are very excited about Ashley joining our soccer team,” Brown said. “She is a strong tackler who is very good on the ball.”

In addition to tacking onto his defense, Brown signed a promising midfielder to his team in Schwartz. Schwartz is a three-time all-District midfielder and a three-time Johnson Hero Cape Award. She played alongside Long for the Classic Elite Soccer Club, where the duo won the State Classic League in 2013. Long was named Classic Elite’s MVP in 2012.

“Caitlin is an exciting player who can score goals from midfield and also sit deep to be a ball winner,” Brown said. “She also has a very good touch on the ball to start combination play with her teammates.”

Although this year’s signing class is a lot smaller for SHSU than last year’s nine signees, Brown isn’t worried about the size of the class because he knows he’s getting three great players in Lee, Long and Schwartz, he said.

“I am excited to see how these three will fit into our team.”

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