Zero GA Girls signed by HolemanFebruary 2 2011 at 6:46 PM
The Georgia Bulldogs Soccer Dogs signed three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2011 team.
Tori Cooper: Midfielder, Torrance, CA, South Torrance High School. Cooper was first team All-CIF, All-Pioneer League and All-South Bay each year in high school play. In 2010, she was MVP of the Pioneer League; the team finished at runner-up. Cooper plays with the SoCal Blues in club play, and is a three-time Surf Cup finalist.
Tori is a talented and athletic midfielder with excellent vision and the ability to drive a ball 45 yards to a target during the run of play, UGA head soccer coach Steve Holeman said on www.georgiadogs.com. There arent a lot of players like Tori in todays game. What separates Tori is the intangibles things like determination and courage. Her work rate is off the charts.
Bella Hartley: Midfielder/Forward, Wheat Ridge, CO, Wheat Ridge High School. Hartley was first team All-Conference in 2009 and 2010, as well as first team All-State in 2009. She was also an ESPN All-American honorable mention and ESPN Rise Colorado Player to Watch in 2009.
Bella brings a lot of qualities to the table, Coach Holeman said. She can out-run you. She can beat you on the dribble. She can outmuscle you. And she wont think twice about running you over. Plus shes a natural goal-scorer who has a knack for scoring big goals in critical moments. Bella is impossible to miss on a soccer field.
Jenna Owens: Midfielder/Forward, Highlands Ranch, CO, Mountain Vista High School. Owens was first team All-State in Colorado 5A. She was also NSCAA All-Region in 2010. She and Hartley were teammates on Real Colorado, where they took the state title in 2008 and made it to the finals in 2007. Owens also was the teams second-leading scorer.
Jenna is an all-around talent who is comfortable in the midfield or up top, Coach Holeman said. She brings so much to the table. Shes got pace and power and bite. She can defend and attack. She is very smooth on the ball and is remarkable at dancing out of pressure. She has exceptional technical ability and a knack for delivering the killer ball to spring a teammate in behind the defense. Jennas talent as a distributor her vision, the weight and timing of her passes, her ability to play with any surface its really something.
UGA has been working hard to make soccer a presence in Athens, as well as in college play, and Coach Holeman hopes that goal will be supported by the excitement and talent that the new class of recruits will bring this year.
Were very excited about this signing class, Coach Holeman said. Were adding three players who can potentially start right out of the gates. All of them are talented, extremely hard workers, and exceptionally competitive. They add a degree of bite that will help push us to the next level.
The UGA Soccer Dogs were 11-6-4 in 2010, reaching the SEC Championships semifinals, and ranking as high as No. 17 in the Top 25. Also, the team will return nine players who have started 10 or more games in a season. So, the 2011 season looks bright for Coach Holeman and the UGA Soccer Dogs
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