FCD College Round-up: November 2, 2011
The FC Dallas Player Development system continues to provide college programs around the country with players that have refined their skills through the FC Dallas Youth program. Our new bi-weekly series will keep track of a select number of former FCDY players and monitor their progress through the college soccer ranks.
Player to Watch
Bradlee Baladez (Sophomore, Midfielder/Forward) - University of South Carolina (9-6-5)
The Gamecocks are tied for 25th in the national poll and recently defeated No. 22 UCF 1-0 in double overtime. Sophomore Bradlee Baladez assisted on the game winning goal in the 110th minute and has been a catalyst for the Gamecocks, scoring seven goals and four assists. Baladez has taken 48 shots and is the primary target up top for USC.
Baylor University (14-3-2) – Natalie Huggins (Freshman, Forward), Catie McGowan (Senior, Goalkeeper)
The Baylor Bears wrapped up their season with a loss to No. 2 Oklahoma State and a win over Oklahoma. The Big 12 tournament will kick off in San Antonio on Wednesday with the Bears in the three seed. Baylor will play six seeded Missouri, who they beat 3-1 earlier this year. Freshman Natalie Huggins started all but one game this season for the Bears. Huggins was fourth on the team in points, with three goals and three assists. All three of her goals were game winners. Senior goalkeeper Catie McGowan played in one game for 20 minutes.
Furman University (12-7-2) – Holly Reilly (Freshman, Goalkeeper)
The Paladins ended the season with three straight wins and have already won a first round match at Davidson in the Southern Conference playoffs. Furman next plays Samford – who they lost to in double overtime in the regular season – on November 4 in the semifinals. Freshman goalkeeper Holly Reilly played in four games this year and collected two wins while allowing three goals.
Hardin Simmons University (17-1) – Eliza Keegan (Freshman, Forward)
No. 6 Hardin Simmons (D-III) completed an undefeated season (8-0) in the American Southwest Conference. HSU outscored their opponents 92-2 in conference play. The Cowgirls have a 145 game unbeaten streak in conference play and will be hosting the ninth straight conference tournament. Freshman Eliza Keegan played in 17 of 18 games and scored four goals on just 11 shots.
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (6-9-1) – Jacob Gerondale (RS Freshman, Defender)
IPFW still has three games to play before the Summit League Tournament kicks off. The Mastadons have not won in their past four games, but battled back in their last game against UMKC to pull out a 3-3 draw in double overtime. Freshman defender Jacob Gerondale has played in 15 games for the Mastodon’s back line.
Iowa State University (9-9-1) – Lindsay Frank (Freshman, Defender), Catherine Reese (Freshman, Midfielder)
The Cyclones ended their season on a high note, winning three of four games. ISU was 2-6 in Big 12 play and missed the conference tournament. Freshman Lindsay Frank was third on the team in minutes played with 1,293. Midfielder Catherine Reese played in three games for the Cyclones this season.
McNeese State University (8-11) – Tori Lasiter (Freshman, Midfielder), Haley Lyons (Freshman, Midfielder/Forward), Krista Steinbeiser (Freshman, Midfielder), Jordan Leinweaver (Junior, Defender), Megan Rogers (Junior, Midfielder/Defender), Jordan Grimes (Freshman, Midfielder)
The Cowgirls finished their season in seventh place in the Southland Conference. Unfortunately, only the top six advance to the conference tournament. McNeese won their final game of the year 3-0 over Central Arkansas on Senior Day. Junior Megan Rogers and freshman Tori Lasiter both played in 17 games this year. Lasiter collected a goal and an assist on the season. Midfielder/Forward Haley Lyons played in all 19 games this season and scored one goal while assisting on three others. Krista Steinbeiser, Jordan Grimes and Jordan Leinweaver did not record any points this season.
Midwestern State University (11-3-1) – Salomon Moctezuma (Freshman, Goalkeeper)
MSU has two opportunities to improve upon their 1-3 conference record before the South Central/Central Regional playoffs begin. Freshman goalkeeper Salomon Moctezuma has not seen time in the net yet this year.
Old Dominion University (11-4) – Skylar Hagan (Freshman, Midfielder)
ODU has one more home game against Drexel before moving on to the NCAA tournament. Midfielder Skylar Hagan has played in 13 games this year and collected one goal and one assist.
Otero Junior College (14-3-2) – Kevin Pineda (Freshman, Defender)
OJC lost in the Region XI tournament to Northwest 2-1. Otero Junior College is ranked No. 7 (NJCAA) after becoming the first Junior/Community College in Colorado to offer a varsity level soccer program.
Southern Methodist University (9-6-1) – Chris Figueroa (Sophomore, Midfielder), Jaime Ibarra (Sophomore, Goalkeeper)
SMU lost their previous game vs. Kentucky 2-0 and have one game left this year against Memphis. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has played in goal 15 times this year and has allowed 16 total goals. Midfielder Chis Figueroa has not played this year due to his status as a transfer student.
University of Arkansas (4-14) – Allie Tripp (Freshman, Forward)
The Razorbacks wrapped up their season with a 3-0 loss vs LSU. Freshman Allie Tripp collected one assist in her 190 minutes of game action this year.
University of Indiana (10-3-4) – Jack Coleman (Freshman, Midfielder)
No. 9 Indiana has a win and two ties in their last three games and will take on Ohio State on Saturday. Indiana climbed one spot in the poll after UC Irvine dropped out of the top 10. Freshman Jack Coleman has played in one game this year for the Hoosiers.
University of Maryland (13-2-2) – London Woodberry (Junior, Defender/Midfielder)
No 4. Maryland slipped from the No. 1 spot by losing to Clemson 2-1. London Woodberry was unable to play due to red card accumulation. The Terps have one more game against Wake Forest before starting the ACC tournament. Maryland tied North Carolina on October 21, which saw London Woodberry play against fellow FC Dallas Academy graduate Boyd Okwuonu. Woodberry has played in 16 of the 17 games for the Terps and has registered one assist.
University of Memphis (18-0-1) – Sam Watson (Freshman, Defender)
No. 6 Memphis finished the season on a six game winning streak. The Tigers will face off with Tulsa in the first round of the Conference USA tournament this weekend. Freshman Sam Watson played in two matches this year and did not record a point.
University of North Carolina (13-2-2) – Boyd Okwuonu (Freshman, Defender)
No. 3 North Carolina have won their past two games, one of which was a 4-0 win over Bradlee Baladez and South Carolina. The Tar Heels have a game against Boston College before moving on to the ACC tournament. Freshman Boyd Okwuonu has played in all 17 games while registering one assist.
University of North Texas (13-4-1) – Michelle Young (Junior, Forward)
UNT won the Sunbelt Conference regular season championship and will start the Sunbelt Conference tournament on Wednesday, November 2. Junior Michelle Young led the team in points with 27. She netted 12 goals and had three assists in her 18 games.
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