April 16, 2003
The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack soccer team signed Lesley Driscoll (Sugarland, Texas), Patricia Foster and Amber Gonzalez (San Antonio, Texas) to National Letters of Intent announced SFA head coach Nicole Nelson Wednesday afternoon.
Driscoll comes to Nacogdoches as the No. 2-rated goalkeeper in the Greater Houston Area by the Houston Chronicle. She was a 2001 Region 20-5A first-team all-district selection while leading her Eclipse '85 STYSA club team to a state title. Driscoll is a versatile player with the speed to play the forward and midfield positions as well.
Foster is a forward with international playing experience. Foster was named captain of the Hessen Soccer Federation's German all-star team. The two-time all-conference forward was named most athletic female at Hanau American High School. Foster guided her team to the Frankfurt district championship as well as a first-place finish in the Landesliga. She has been a part of the Olympic Developmental Program for the past three seasons. Another multi-sport athlete in the Ladyjacks' signing class, Foster has been a starter on the varsity soccer squad since her freshman season.
Gonzalez's trek to Nacogdoches comes by way of William Howard Taft High School in San Antonio, Texas. She is a forward that was named to the 2002 All-San Antonio team. Gonzalez also earned all-district recognition while at Taft High School.
"I couldn't be more excited about this recruiting class," said Nelson. "We were
fortunate to go after the girls we wanted and get them. The strengths of this signing class will improve the areas that we struggled in last season. We've added speed up top and on the outsides. We have goal scorers coming in and returning, with current Ladyjacks Kendra Cannon and Sophia Pantazis returning to the lineup after a redshirt season. This class will impact the program immediately and add depth."
The Ladyjacks finished the 2002 season with a 7-9-4 (.450) overall record and fifth in the Southland Conference with a 4-4-4 (.500) league mark.