DENTON, Texas (2/3/10) - The North Texas women's soccer team announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon. The Mean Green is coming off a season in which they went 12-7-2 and advanced to the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
All five signees have extensive experience playing for prominent club teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as North Texas head coach John Hedlund will try to fill the void left by graduating seniors Kendall Juett, Kelli Lunsford and Lauren Shockey.
"It's never easy replacing the talented seniors we just lost but I do feel we have a very strong group of girls coming in that will contribute right away and continue the great success we've had on the field as well as the classroom," North Texas head coach John Hedlund said.
Loreli Ramsey, Midfield/Forward, 5'10", Allen, TX (Allen High
Ranked the 16th best prospect in the Texas Regional Top 20 according to TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Ramsey was twice named a first-team all-district performer while playing for one of the top high school soccer programs in the nation. She was part of an Allen HS team that became district champions in 2007-2008 and was ranked the number one team in the country during that span. She played for the Sting '92 club team for eight seasons and her squad was a US Southern Regional Semi-Finalist and Red Bull National League Finalist in 2009. That same club team was a North Texas State Cup Champion 2005-07. Ramsey had a GPA of 4.1 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Kelsey Hodges, Defender/Midfield, 5'7", Denton, TX (John Guyer
Hodges had a prestigious career at John Guyer HS where she was a three-time first-team all-district performer. She was the team's leading scorer in 2009 and 2008 and set the freshman record for goals and points scored in 2007, leading to her Newcomer of the Year selection that same season. In high school Hodges also played varsity basketball and ran track where she set the school record in the long jump. She played club ball for 'Sting 92 from 2005-09 and the Dallas Texans 'Red 92 from 2002-05. Hodges had a GPA of 3.86 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Forward/Midfield, 5'4", Coppell, TX (Coppell High School)
Guderian helped lead Coppell to a state championship her junior season ... She was a varsity starter for three seasons at Coppell HS and was named first-team all-district in 2008 and 2007. She also ran track and was a regional qualifier in 2008 and 2007 and was named the Newcomer of the Year in 2007. Guderian played seven years of select with Inter 92 Blue/FC Texas 92 and FC Dallas 92 from 2002-07. She also played with Solar 92 for three seasons. Guderian had a GPA of 4.38.
Howell, Midfield, 5'7", Lewisville, TX (Lewisville High School)
Howell was a four-year varsity starter and was twice named second-team all-district in 2006-07 at Lewisville HS. She played seven years of club soccer, including the Solar '92 squad from 2006-09. Howell had a GPA of 4.66 and was a member of the National Honor Society and was a member of the Lewisville HS Student Council.
Shelly Holt, Defender, 5'4", Richland Hills, TX (Birdville High School)
Holt played varsity soccer for four years at Birdville High School where she was a first-team all-district selection and named to the all-region team. She also played basketball, volleyball and track where she set the school-record in the pole vault. She played club soccer from 2002-09 for Polaris '92 and played with the Mustangs '92 from 2002-04. Her team was a North Texas State Cup Semifinalist in 2008 and a North Texas State Cup Finalist in 2007 and 2005. Holt had a GPA of 3.5 and was a member of the National Junior Honor Society.