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Colby Hale and Razorback soccer welcome newcomers
"When putting together the class, we considered many things. The first was their fit with our current players and the culture which they have worked so hard to create. Obviously the physical attributes are necessary to compete to win the SEC, but we also looked at some other aspects. These young ladies will fit in well in terms of their competitiveness, commitment to the game and program, toughness and all of our core values. We are confident in the direction of the program and know that these young ladies will be great additions."

"We are excited about recruiting and this class is a testament to that. Ben and Mario have worked extremely hard in the area of recruiting as well as many other people in the athletics department. We would like to thanks Jeff Long, Provost Gaber, Jon Fagg, Tamesha Greenlee, Eric Wood, Marcus Sedberry, Jeff Hirschey, Dr. Henry, Maribeth Lynes, the strength and conditioning staff, and our players. Recruiting is a team effort and our team has done a great job."

2013 Razorback Soccer Signing Class

Player Postition Height Hometown High School Club Team
Cameron Carter
GK 5-7 Waco, Texas
Midway HS
D'feeters Soccer Club
Taylor Erwin GK 5-8 The Colony, Texas The Colony HS FC Dallas ECNL
Alexandra "Sparky" Fischer
D 5-8 Plano, Texas
Plano West
Dallas Texans
"DeeDee" Green
D/F 5-6 Renton, Wash.
Hazen/Kennedy HS
Crossfire Premier
Mckinzie James M/F 5-8 Rogers, Ark. Rogers HS NWA Lightning
Claire Kelley
M/F 5-10 Tulsa, Okla.
Bishop Kelley HS
TSC Hurricane
Erika Miller D 5-4 Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Catholic FC Alliance
Katherine Moore F 5-8 Blue Grass, Iowa Bettendorf HS CRSA
Kayla Peterson
M 5-5 Coppell, Texas
New Tech HS
Sting 95
Rachel Riggs
M/F 5-5 Fort Worth, Texas
Justin Northwest HS
Solar Chesea ECNL 96
Becca Schamel D 5-9 St. Louis, Mo. Nevinx Hall HS St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Cameron Carter

GK 5'7" Waco, Texas Midway HS
D'Feeters Soccer Club

Cam brings a lot of athleticism to the goalkeeper position. She also brings a lot of toughness. With continued hard work she will make a big difference at the collegiate level. Good luck and great success Cam. - Hugh Bradford, D'Feeters Soccer Club

"Cameron is an intelligent player who has an outstanding ability to read the game and keep in constant communication with her team.  She will make a valuable impact on the Razorback soccer program. - Bill Sharp, Midway HS

Soccer: (HS): Member and key part of teams that reached the state semi-finals, in 2011 and 2012....2011 - 2nd  team all-district, 1st team all-region, 1st team all-state...2012 - district most valuable goalkeeper, 1st team super centex, 1st team all-region, 2nd team all-state...2013 - currently a team tri-captain.

Family: Parents, Shown and Stephanie Carter

Wants to major in:  exercise science or pre-physical therapy

Career plans:  Athletic Trainer or physical therapist

Other honors:  Student council member

Why Arkansas?:  I liked the people, the small campus feel and the support of the community.

What Coach Hale says:  Cam’s strengths are that she doesn’t have many weaknesses. She has good athleticism, technique, presence, and a quality kicking game. She is courageous and competitive and will look to compete for time in goal.

Taylor Erwin

GK 5'7" The Colony, Texas The Colony HS
FC Dallas ECNL

Taylor is the most athletic goalkeeper we've ever had come through our program at FC Dallas.  She can make saves no other goalkeeper her age can make. Arkansas is a great fit for her and I'm going to enjoy watching both her and their program grow over the next four years. - Chris Ring, FC Dallas

Soccer: (HS):  All district goal keeper of the year 2010-2011, 2011-2012...team captain 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Family: Parents, Kim and Brian Erwin

Wants to major in:  Pre-Chiropractic

Career plans:  To be a chiropractor

Other honors:  Hewlett Packard computer video editing award

Why Arkansas?:  I felt like I had a better connection with the coaches and the school. I knew I would fit in here and have the best college experience because I loved everything about the school and had nothing but good things to say after my visit.

What Coach Hale says:  Taylor is extremely athletic and has tremendous potential. She can make the spectacular save and has a good kicking game.

Alexandra "Sparky" Fischer

D 5'8" Plano, Texas Plano West HS
Dallas Texans

Sparky is an exceptional talent. A very dynamic attacking left back with a wonderful left foot. She is also an outstanding person admired and respected by all. Sparky will be a tremendous asset to the University of Arkansas. - Sean Bubb

Soccer: (HS): 2012 Defensive player of the year, first team all-district, and State Champion. (Club): Game MVP in 2011 in ECNL game against Michigian Hawks in Florida showcase

Family: Parents, Steve and Melanie Fischer

Wants to major in: Nursing

Career plans: To become a nurse

Why Arkansas?: I chose the University of Arkansas because it had exactly what I was looking for in my college experience.....a strong academic and athletic reputation, excellent facilities, and a great "vibe" while on the campus. I really appreciated the coaches combination of a serious commitment to winning, and the ability to laugh and just talk with them! The coaches thrive at competing at the highest level, which is exactly what I had hoped for! One of the main reasons I chose the University of Arkansas were the coaches and the warmth they presented. I love a challenge and I feel that Arkansas will give me the opportunity to be the best student, athlete, and person I can be. Everywhere I went, the school spirit was incredible and it felt like a second home. I am really looking forward to contributing however I am able to for the University of Arkansas and the women's soccer program. Wooo Pig Sooie!

What Coach Hale says:  Sparky is one of the better attacking left backs we saw in the ’13 class. She has excellent pace, quality service with her left foot and defends well in transition.

"Deedee" Green

D/F 5'6" Renton, Wash. Hazen HS/Kennedy HS Crossfire Premier

Dee Dee is a player every one enjoys watching as there is no "slow" in her game. She is a very attack minded left back who brings great pace and energy to the each and every game along with a cultured left foot. She will flourish in the college game with her attitude and natural ability, along with locking opponents down with her defending I expect to see Dee Dee make a impact on the Arkansas's assists stats board.  - Rich Reese, Crossfire Soccer Club

Soccer (HS): Four-year letterwinner on varsity soccer...All League 2nd Team (Seamount 3A), 2009, 12...WA State 3A Championships 5th @ State 09,10...All League 1st Team (Seamount 3A), 2010, 11...WA State Seamount 3A Champions, 2009,10, 12...Team MVP, 2011...Unity Award, 2012...Senior year captain, 2012...Impact Player of the Year award...(Club): Surf Cup Semi-Finalist, 2011...Surf Cup Qtr-Finalist, '09, '08, '07...Mustang Winter Turf (3rd Place), 2007...Washington State Champions, 2007...WA State Championships (semi-finalist), 2008...Regional IV Participant, 2007...FWRL, ‘08/10...(ODP Experience): WA State 94 ODP Team, 2007-2010... Region IV ODP Camp, 2008/10...Region IV ODP Nike Tournament (tied 1st), 2008...Region IV 94 ODP Championships (Finalists), 2009/10...US Club ID2 program, 2008.

Family: Parents, Raynette and Jevon Green

Wants to major in: Undecided
Career plans: To become a sports broadcaster

Why Arkansas?: I chose Arkansas because while at the campus I felt at home. I also like the student athlete guidance that is offered at the school.

What Coach Hale says:  DeeDee has electric pace and a quality service from her left foot. The will compete for time somewhere on the left. She gets forward very well from the left back or can cause defenses problems with her pace as a left winger.

Mckinizie James

M/F 5'8" Robers, Ark
Rogers HS
NWA Lightning

Mack is a very quick, aggressive and physical attacking forward who plays with a lot of heart and hates to lose.  It is a great honor for a home grown talent to get a chance to be a Razorback. She has the skill set combined with a passion that allow her to contribute to a solid program. - Doug Lestrada, NWA Lightening

Soccer: (HS): Arkansas State Champions 2010-2013, Regional qualifier 2012, Premier League Champions 2012 (CLUB):(2010-11) Most Valuable Player...Most Valuable Offensive Player...Hustle Award (2011-12):  Most Valuable Offensive Player and Hustle Award

Family: Parents, Matthew and Stephanie James

Wants to major in:  Undecided

Career plans:  Firefighter/EMT

Why Arkansas?:  My grandfather and both my parents went to the U of A, and it's close to my family.

What Coach Hale says:  McKinzie is a versatile player with many good attributes. She has good athleticism, technique and strikes a ball well.

 

Claire Kelley

M/F 5'10" Tulsa, Okla. Bishop Kelley HS
TSC Hurricane

Claire Kelley is a very technical and smart center midfielder. Her greatest attributes is her vision of the field and ability to always find the open player in the attacking third of the field. She is also very good in the air on set pieces and winning the ball in the middle of the field.  -- Kerry Shubert, SoccerCity

Soccer: (HS): Bishop Kelley Invitational Tournament Champions - 2010...Heart of America Classic Tournament Champions - 2012...5A District Champions 2010 & 2011...6A District Champions 2012...5A State Champions 2010 & 2011...6A State Champions 2012...All-District - 1st Team 2010, 2011 & 2012...Newcomer of the Year 2010...Golden Boot Award 2011 & 2012...Offensive Player of the Year 2012...Tulsa World's All-Metro Team 2010, 2011 & 2012... (Club): Oklahoma State Cup Finalist - 2006...Oklahoma State Cup Champion - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011...Region III Finalist - 2009 & 2010...Region III Champion - 2011...USYS National Championship Finals - 2nd in 2011

Family: Parents, Tom and Theresa Kelley

Wants to major in: Undecided

Other honors: "A" Honor Roll every quarter in high school...Wirt Academic Award - awarded to the top grade point average accumulated from K-8 at St Pius X School...Member of the National Honor Society for the past 2 years...Member of the 2011 Class 6A Academic volleyball State Champion Team

What Coach Hale says:  Claire is a dangerous attacking player who is fantastic in the air, sees the field well and has the technical ability to play the ball she wants. She plays on a fantastic club team, scored an important goal a national final and was the Gatorade Volleyball player of the year in OK last year.

Erika Miller

D 5'4" Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Catholic HS
FC Alliance 95 Black

Erika Miller is a complete soccer player that loves the game as much as any player that I have ever coached.  She is a true student of the game and Erika will continue to develop with the excellent coaching that she will receive from the Razorback staff. - Josh Gray, FC Alliance DOC

Soccer: (HS): Defensive MVP, All-District, moved to Tennessee and led the team to the state final four when they had a losing season the previous year. Florida State Champions in 2009 (started as an 8th grader on high school varsity team), Florida state final four in 2010. (Club): Tennessee State Champions in 2011, Region 3 Premier League Central Champions in 2012, Tennessee State runners-up in 2012, played for Creeks Clash coached by Mike Pickett before the move to Tennessee. Florida State runners-up in 2010.

Family: Parents, Johnny and Karen Miller

Wants to major in: Mechanical Engineering

Career plans: To work for the FBI

Other honors: National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, President's List, Summa Cum Laude

Why Arkansas?: I stepped on campus and immediately felt comfortable. The campus is beautiful, and the athletic facilities are top notch. I was also looking for a school with a strong engineering program.

What Coach Hale says:  Erika can play anywhere but will probably be fighting to see time in the back. She has good pace, reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball. As a wide back she defends well and will get forward and help attack, or as a central player she can organize, defend and is excellent in the air.

Katie Moore

F 5'8" Blue Grass, Iowa Bettendorf HS
CRSA

Katie Moore is one of the best strikers of a ball I've seen, Katie can score goals from any distance with both feet. Katie played on the outside midfield, she likes to take opponents on to either get passed them to serve in great crosses for her teammates or to cut inside and take shots on goal. Katie is a team player, she is very coachable and will be a wonderful asset to the Arkansas Soccer program. -- Colin Crichton, CRSA Soccer Club

Soccer: (HS): Team Captain Senior Year, All conference Freshman-Junior years, All-District Sophmore & Junior Year, All-State sophomore & junior year, mvp junior year, lead state in scoring and assists sophomore and junior year... (Club): State Championships 2010, 2011. State finalists 2009,2012.

Family: Parents, Ron and Sandy Moore

Wants to major in: Biology and minor in Chemistry

Career plans: To become a licensed physician and work in a hospital setting.

Other honors: Academic All-State, National Honor Society

Why Arkansas?: All of my family is from Arkansas, and when I graduate high school my parents are moving there so it will be close to home, I like how the school is very spirited and supportive of the athletic programs. I also chose Arkansas because of the size and campus of the school and the great opportunity to play SEC soccer.

What Coach Hale says:  Katie is a good athlete that has great versatility. She was at our camp and really excelled and we look forward to her potential impact here.

Kayla Peterson

M 5'5" Coppel, Texas New Tech HS
Sting 95

Kayla is one of the grittiest players I have coached. She does all of the little things that have helped this team win at every level. There maybe other players in the this group that came with more accolades, but Kayla is as important to our success as any of them. -- Kenny Medina, Sting

Soccer:
(HS): 2009 District Champs, 2009 Area Finalist, 2010 Defensive Player of the Year District 7-5A, 2010 District and Area Champs, 2010 and 2011 First Team All District, and Captain 2011-2013. (Club): 2011 USYS National Champions, 2010 USYS National Championships, 2010 ECNL National Champions, 2009 USYS Southern Region Semi-Finalist

Family: Parents, Lisa and Brad Peterson

Wants to major in: Undecided

Career plans: Ultimately, I want to help others. I'm not sure what that exactly looks like for me, but that's my goal in whatever I choose to do.

Other honors: A-Honor Roll all four years, NHS President, 2009 Oral Communication Student of the Year, and 2011 AP U.S. History Student of the Year

Why Arkansas?: It's everything I could ever want in a school. It's perfect. From the challenging academics and the competitive athletics, to the small town atmosphere rallying around everything U of A, there couldn't be a better match for what I want in a college.

What Coach Hale says:  Kayla is a hard-nosed, blue-collar type of player who is simple on the ball and does all of the little things to help her team win. She comes from a great club which will help her transition and will compete for time at Def Center mid.

Rachel Riggs

M/F 5'5" Fort Worth, Texas Justin Northwest HS
Solar Chesea ENCL 96

Rachel is a very creative and versatile player! Very good technically, capable of making the difference in limit situation! Always on the move, she wants to be part of every play, creating or finishing a scoring opportunity! Superb person to be around on and off the field. We are proud to say that Rachel is 100 percent a product of Solar Soccer. She played successfully 7 years at the highest level and I am convinced she will make an immediate impact at Arkansas.-Adrian Solca

Soccer: (HS): Team Captain Junior & Senior Years; All-District Sophomore Year; Leading Scorer Freshman & Sophomore; 2011 ESPN Honorable Mention player of the week; ACL injury Junior Year
(Club): : 2010 Final Four ECNL All Event Team; 2011 - 2012 US Soccer Training @ SMU Campus; Team Captain 2007 - Current; North Texas State Champion or Semi-Finalist 2007 thru 2010; North Texas ODP 2007 - 2009

Family: Parents, Gary and Mellanie Riggs; Brother, Reece

Wants to major in: Criminology with a minor in psychology

Career plans: To become a psychologist

Other honors: Cross Country (one season)...Placed third at District and just missed state qualification at Regionals. Received Academic All-State & Freshman of the year...National Junior High Honor Society member.

Why Arkansas?: The proximity to my home makes it relatively easy to go home or my family to visit, the School pride & spirit and the size of the campus and the coaches and the opportunity to play in the SEC.

What Coach Hale says:  Rachel is a dynamic attacking player with excellent technique and a fantastic work rate. She is active, good in the air and has the mentality we look for in a player.

Becca Schamel

D  5-9 St.  Louis, Mo.
Nevinx Hall HS
St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Becca "Becs" Schamel, over the past two years, has had a significant impact on the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Community.  As the captain of the U18 SLSG Elite ECNL team she has been a positive life force both on and off the field.  Becs has improved her game every single day she has walked on to the SLSG fields which is a testament to her commitment, work ethic, and passion for her team, club, and the city.  She has become a student of the game, is incredibly intelligent, and possesses a great ability to read plays, direct teammates, and control the tempo of the match.  Her ability to distribute from the CB position continues to impress and she continues to improve upon the art of tackling and winning balls out of the air.  But it is her leadership that sets her apart from teammates.  I cannot say enough about Becs, the person.  She lives her life based on a foundation of great values and is respected amongst peers for doing so. Her unwavering care for teammates and spirit for the team has made her a favorite in this club and I know she will be a great member of the Arkansas program. - Scott McDoniel, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Girls

Soccer: (HS):  All-Conference defender.  (Club):  Team captain of ECNL and SLSG

Family: Parents, Kurt and Gail Schamel

Wants to major in:  Biomedical engineering and Spanish

Career plans:  Wants to be a doctor

Other honors:  Scholar-Athlete award...1st Honors....Excellence in Math award, English Enthusiast, NHS Member.

Why Arkansas?  I loved the school when I visited.  Arkansas has the academics I need and value.  The soccer program is very exciting and something I am grateful to be a part of.

What Coach Hale says:  Becca is a center back who we are excited about. We picked her up late in the process and I think her best soccer is ahead of her. She is a tenacious center back with good athleticism and an understanding of the bigger picture within the game.