Mandy B. Sciba
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin head soccer coach Lance Noble has announced the signing of seven recruits to national letters of intent. These seven student-athletes will join the Ladyjack soccer team next fall.
The recruiting class consists of seven high school seniors. These high school seniors include Christie Mestayer from Houston, Texas, Lauren Matkin from Wimberley, Texas, Kelly Burnett from Austin, Texas, Sarah Roderick from Houston, Texas, Sarah Johnson from North Richland Hills, Texas, Ashley Coleman from Dallas, Texas and Jillian Hazel from New Braunfels, Texas.
Christie Mestayer, a four-year letter winner in soccer, will join the Ladyjacks next fall. Mestayer, a center midfielder from Mayde Creek High School, was a member of the 2000 district 19-5A runners-up team. During Mestayer's high school career she has been named a member of the First Team All-District (2000, 1998) and most the valuable offensive player (2000, 1998). She has also been ranked as one of the top ten scorers in the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle while leading her district in goals scored. Mestayer holds Mayde Creek High School's record for the all-time goals scored by a Lady Ram.
Kelly Burnett will be expected to play defender and midfielder for the Ladyjacks in the fall. Burnett, a two-year letter winner in soccer at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, was named to the All-District Second Team during the 1999 season. Burnett was also named a member of the Academic All-District First Team. As a club team member, Burnett has served as captain of the Austin Capitals, who recently travelled to Wolfsburg, Austria, to compete in the Alpen Cup.
Sarah Roderick, a fullback from Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas, will join the Ladyjacks after lettering in soccer for two years. Roderick led her team to a district championship in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Her team was a region III quarterfinalist in 1999. During her 2000 and 2001 seasons, Roderick's team won the Brazoswood Invitational soccer tournament. Roderick was named the Most Valuable Player during her freshman year (1997).
Sarah Johnson has played as a midfielder and defender for Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, for four years. During her career she has been named to the Woodlands All-Tournament Team, the District 5-5A First Team and Second Team. Johnson led her team to a district championship, bi-district championship and area finals (1999, 2000). In the classroom Johnson has been named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and the National Honor Society.
Jillian Hazel will enter the Ladyjack soccer program after a successful career at New Braunfels High School. The four year letter winner has played goalkeeper for both her high school and the Heat F.C. Angels club team. Hazel has been named to the All-District Second Team as a sophomore and a junior. She also earned All-District Honorable Mention as a freshman. In the classroom Hazel has excelled as a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students and earned Academic All-District honors three consecutive years.
Ashley Coleman is a four year letter winner at Lake Highland's High School in Dallas, Texas. As the 2001 captain of her team she has been named the Most Improved Player during her career (2000). Coleman plays for the Texas Longhorn club team. She has participated in the Surf Cup in San Diego, California and advanced to the semi-finals in November of 2000.
Lauren Matkin will enter the Ladyjack soccer program after a successful career at Wimberley High School. She has been playing soccer for eight years. Three of those have been with her club team. Matkin has had playing time in various tournaments including the Dallas Cup, the Snicker Cup, the Puma Cup, the Waco Tournament and the Houston Labor Day Tournament. During 1998, 1999 and 2000 Matkin and her teammates had two tournament wins each year. She has also been a member of the track and cross country teams, as well as the cheerleading squad at Wimberley High School.