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Hale, staff add six newcomers for fall

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Hale, staff add six newcomers for fall

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2012 Razorback Newcomers

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas soccer coach Colby Hale has brought in his first group of Razorbacks with six newcomers set to join the program for the 2012 season.

Hale, along with assistants Ben Strawbridge and Mario Rincon, have added a group including freshman defender Teni Butler of Chattanooga, Tenn., freshman forward Ashleigh Ellenwood of Michigan City, Ind., goalkeeper Sarah Gardner of Spring Branch, Texas, midfielder Lauren Hall of Skokie, Ill., forward Lindsey Mayo of Gallatin, Tenn., and junior transfer goalkeeper Sarah Story of Hoover, Ala.

"We are thrilled to have been able to put this class together with just a few weeks to work with," Hale, who was hired in December, says. "It addresses some key needs and will certainly add to our depth in our quest to compete for a Southeastern Conference championship. When we look for student-athletes, we look for the complete package. We want players who have the physical attributes to battle at the highest level, the technical ability to play the way we want to and the mental make-up of winners. We accomplished that with this class and look forward to the impact they will have both next year and for years to come."

Butler started for five years at center back at Baylor School in Chattanooga. A three-time Division II Class 2A all-state pick (2009-11), she helped Baylor to state championships as a junior and senior, and 84 total wins over her career. The Red Raiders were 17-0 her junior year and 19-1 her senior season. In addition, her freshmen team reached the state finals while her sophomore club reached the semifinals.

"The deal-clincher was the enthusiasm that surrounds both the athletic and academic facets at Arkansas," Butler says. "I am excited to represent the Razorbacks both on the field and off, to uphold the many traditions and hopefully initiate a few of our own."

For her career, Butler had five goals and four assists with three goals and one assist her junior year, one goal and two assists as a senior, and one goal and one assist as a sophomore. Her strength is on defense where she helped Baylor record 16 shutouts in 20 games as a senior and 14 in 17 games as a junior. Baylor’s goal against average was 0.20 her senior year and 0.21 her junior season. Baylor had 13 shutouts with a 0.40 goals against average her freshman year and 11 shutouts with a 0.50 GAA her sophomore season.

"We saw Teni late in the process and are very glad we did," Hale says. "She has good pace, reads the game extremely well, understands the bigger picture in team defending and is able to communicate that effectively. She is versatile enough to play a few different positions and we look forward to having her wearing an Arkansas jersey next year."

Buter played club for the FC Alliance 94G Black, winning state titles in 2007 and 2008, and finishing second in 2009. The 2009 and 2010 teams finished second in Region 3.

"Teni has worked hard to become a very good one-on-one defender and to be our leader on the field," Baylor head coach Jimmy Weekley says. "She is a very vocal player who demands the best out of herself and her teammates. She has been one of the main reasons for our success at Baylor. We look forward to seeing her play at Arkansas and having a positive impact on the program."

Ellenwood has played for the Eclipse Select elite club National League Flight "A" team at the U16, U17 and U18 levels. She helped Eclipse win an overall club national title at U17 and advance to the finals at U16.

"With my visit to Arkansas, I found myself in a place where I could be a part of a college family that would help me excel in both the academic and athletic aspects," Ellenwood says. "The combination of helping grow a soccer program and the academics providing me with the best possible chance for a promising future was what I was looking for in my college experience."

From 2006-09, she played for the Indiana/Chicago Magic, winning the U.S. Club national championship in 2009 at the U15 level.

Ellenwood preps at Michigan City High in Indiana. The 5-9 scorer earned all-conference, all-area and team Most Valuable Player honors in 2008 and 2009. Ellenwood scored a school record 32 goals in 2008 and followed with 30 in 2009, leading Ellenwood to the two best seasons in school history. She also played tennis, earning all-state and all-conference honors in 2010 and 2011, and advanced to the state quarterfinals in doubles in 2011.

"Ashleigh is a pure goal scorer," Hale says. "She is good back to goal, running at people and fantastic in front of goal. Ashleigh is a player who flew a little under the radar and we are happy to watch her grow as a player for the next four years."

Ellenwood played on her state’s Olympic Development Indian State team from 2005-10.

"Ashleigh is one of the best true goal-scorers I have coached," Eclipse Select soccer president Rory Dames says. "She is good in the air, has a great build, good pace and her decisions around the box are first class. Her game translates very well to the next level."

Gardner is a 5-10 keeper from Smithson Valley High School. Playing for the Classics Elite Soccer Academy, she earned Keeper of the Year honors in 2010. Gardner helped Classics advance to the Spring State Cup finals in 2010 and 2011.

"Sarah is a goalkeeper we look forward to seeing play," Hale says. "She has great accolades coming out of high school and tremendous size. We have heard good things about her and we are excited she will be joining our family this fall."

On the high school level, Gardner was the 2011 Class 4A District 53 Keeper of the Year, all-region and second-team all-state. The starting keeper from 2009-12, she also earned all-district honors in 2009.

Gardner played on her state’s Olympic Development South Texas State team in 2008 and 2009.

Hall attends Stevenson High School but all her soccer experience is on the club level with Eclipse Select in Oak Brook, Ill.

"I picked Arkansas because, after visiting, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else," Hall says. "I can’t wait to make a difference in the quickly rising soccer program."

Hall helped Eclipse win a state cup championship at the U11-12 level, a Gold Cup championship at U15-16 and an FCNL Club national championship at U17-18. In addition, the U11-12 team won Adidas Club and Puma Gold titles, the U15-16 squad won the OcktoberFest championship and the U17-18 team placed second in the Dallas Cup.

"Lauren played for one of the top clubs in the country," Hale says. "That experience will help her transition into the SEC. She has good athleticism, technique and has been coached well. We are excited to have Lauren on campus next year."

Hall played on her state’s Olympic Development state team four years.

"Lauren has potential to be a strong player in the SEC," Dames says. "She defends well and does what we ask of her to help us win games. She is versatile and I look forward to watching her continued progress."

Mayo is a 5-8 forward from Gallatin, Tenn. At Station Camp High, she earned all-state and all-country offensive MVP honors twice and was once the overall district MVP. Mayo was all-state and her district’s MVP as a freshman when she scored 78 points on 33 goals and 12 assists. She had 12 goals and five assists as a junior and another huge year as a senior with 28 goals and 17 assists to earn all-state honors and all-county offensive MVP honors.

For her career, she had 180 points, 73 goals and 37 assists.

"Once I got the job here, her coach called me and told me she had a player we needed to look at," Hale says. "Five minutes in, I knew she was a player we wanted here. Lindsey has a great build, excellent athleticism and we are excited about her upside. There is no question her best soccer is ahead of her and we look forward to having her as a Razorback."

Mayo’s teams won district regular-season titles her freshman, sophomore and senior years, tournament titles her freshman and sophomore seasons, and region championships her freshman, sophomore and junior years.

"I have a lot of goals, both academically and athletically, and I think Arkansas is the place that will help me accomplish them," Mayo says.

She also played for the Brentwood Soccer Club 94 Girls Premier team, helping her team win three state titles and advancing as far as the Region 3 finals.

"Lindsey will do very well in college," Sandy Pollock, head coach of the BSSC 94 Premier team says. "She has the right attitude and desire to continue improving as a player. In addition to her ability to score goals, she has a good grasp of the tactical component of the game, and this will only get better as she plays at a high level."

Story is a 5-10 junior goalkeeper from Hoover, Ala., who started at Ole Miss in 2010. As a freshman for the Rebels in 2010, she set a school record with 109 saves, including a single-game record 17 in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against No. 18 Georgia. Story recorded four shutouts, earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors, had 10 or more saves in three games, and finished the year with a 1.56 goals against average and a .801 save percentage. Story was second in the SEC in saves, second with 6.41 saves per game and seventh in percentage. Her 17-save effort against Georgia was the fifth-best in the nation.

"I chose the University of Arkansas because I believe in the program and the ability of the coaching staff to not only provide me with this opportunity to play in the SEC, but also help me educate myself in preparation for my career after college," Story says.

An all-state selection at Hoover High as a senior, she also made the all-metro team. She played in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game, earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and also played basketball.

"Sarah is a keeper with tremendous potential," Hale says. "She has played a year in the SEC, which will help her transition into the program. She is a good shot stopper and has a fantastic kicking game. We have two great keepers who are already here that she will be competing with for the starting spot. With (assistant coach) Mario (Rincon) training them, we know our goalkeeping position is in great shape."

Following a year at Ole Miss, Story transferred to Darton College in Albany, Ga., and led the Lady Cavaliers to a runnerup finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship. DC also won Region XVII and Southeast District titles. DC finished with an 18-3-2 record, winning Region XVII with a 5-2 win over Georgia Perimeter and the Southeast District title with a 2-1 victory over Brevard. At the national championship, the Lady Cavaliers topped Monroe Community College, 4-1, and Scottsdale CC, 2-1 in double overtime, before falling in the finals to Tyler CC. Story and DC recorded 14 shutouts during the season.

"Sarah is a game-changer," Darton College head coach Ken Veilands says. "She has excellent presence and explosion. Her feet are very good and her kicking game is like none I’ve ever seen. She has a chance to go in and really make an impact in the SEC and I know she is looking forward to that challenge."

Story played club for Vestavia Attack with a trip to the state finals. She was also on the Region III Olympic Development state team.

2012 Razorback Soccer Newcomers

Teni Butler, D,Fr.,Chattanooga, Tenn.,FC Alliance 94G BlackAshleigh Ellenwood,F,Fr.,Michigan City, Ind.,Eclipse SelectSarah Gardner,GK,Fr.,Spring Branch, Texas,Classics Elite Soccer AcademyLauren Hall,M,Fr.,Skokie, Ill.,Eclipse SelectLindsey Mayo,F,Fr.,Gallatin, Tenn.,Brentwood SC 94 Girls PremierSarah Story,GK,Jr.,Hoover, Ala.,Vestavia Attack



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