FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ No. 21-ranked 2016 recruiting class was further enhanced Thursday by the addition of Dutch hybrid defender/midfielder Daisy de Boer, a native of Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Recruited by Razorback Soccer coaching staff for her experience playing in Dutch national teams from 2012 to 2014, de Boer will bring unique skill sets to the team as the Hogs prepare for their 30th season this fall.
“Daisy brings a wealth of experience from both a club and national level,” head coach Colby Hale said. “She’s a very intelligent player with great presence. She is strong, motivated, athletic and savvy. Her game translates very well to the college game.”
A member of the FC Twente Enschede amateur girls team from 2010-2014, De Boer was a part of the undefeated 2012 squad that won a championship playing competitively against boys at that level. She also won a national championship with the top women’s amateur division club DTS’35 Ede during its 2015 season.
She also was a national U15 and U16 team member from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, respectively.
De Boer complements the Razorbacks’ 2016 recruiting class well, which includes a four-star TopDrawerSoccer.com recruit and five three-star recruits. Assistant coach Mario Rincon said de Boer has an interesting story which can be an important asset for the team during the upcoming season and into the foreseeable future.
“International students grow up with and watch the game so it benefits their tactical awareness,” assistant coach Mario Rincon said. “Daisy’s awareness is unbelievable. She’s played at a very high level for the Dutch youth national team and her club team was in the finals during the championships, so her experience will be a positive for all of our returning and incoming players.”
Freshmen will report to campus along with returning players during the summer in preparation for the upcoming fall season. Arkansas will kick off its 2016 season on the road, playing at James Madison on Friday, Aug. 19 at Harrisonburg, Virginia. The home opener will take place two weeks later on Friday, Aug. 26 against NCAA Tournament national runner-up Duke.