Mean Green Soccer Welcomes Eight Newcomers
Eight Players Join North Texas For 2016 Season
Pictured from left to right: Logan Layn, Ashleigh Lyons, Hailey Sutton, Madeline Guderian, Dominique James, Miranda Schoening, Stefanie Grba and Brittnye Loewen
DENTON -- Following a regular-season conference title and a Conference USA tournament championship in 2015, North Texas head women's soccer coach John Hedlund has announced the signing of eight student-athletes to his roster.
"We feel that we brought in a strong class to fit all of our needs," said Hedlund. "Last season's senior class left a tremendous legacy behind: winning three conference regular season titles, two conference tournament titles and two NCAA appearances. In the three years we have been in Conference USA, we have won three championships, two regular season titles and one tournament title. C-USA is highly competitive and in order to stay on top you have to continue to recruit outstanding players with great character, and we feel we have done that with this group."
The eight signees are: Miranda Schoening (Oxford, AL), Stefanie Grba (Mansfield, TX), Dominique James (Fort Worth, TX), Logan Layn (Lewisville, TX), Brittnye Loewen (Mesquite, TX), Hailey Sutton (Red Oak, TX), Ashleigh Lyons (Argyle, TX) and Madeline Guderian (Coppell, TX).
The eight-member class consists of seven high school players and one graduate transfer from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The majority of the players in the Mean Green soccer program hail from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and this class is no different. Seven of the eight signees are from the local region. The one exception is Miranda Schoening, a 6-foot-1 goalkeeper out of Oxford, Ala. Schoening is Hedlund's first recruit from the state of Alabama.
Three of the signees play for Dallas Sting ECNL, coached by Antonio Carlos Pecorari, also known as Tatu. Tatu was one of the most accomplished indoor soccer players in the U.S. and was Hedlund's teammate with the Dallas Sidekicks.
Miranda Schoening | Goalkeeper | Birmingham United ECNL | Oxford HS | Oxford, Alabama
Miranda is a 6-1 goalkeeper out of Oxford, Ala. She was a six-year starter (since 7th grade) at Oxford High School. She has made over 1300 saves for her high school team and was named Most Outstanding Goalkeeper at Oxford in 2013 and 2014. Miranda was named Calhoun County First Team four times and was a team captain in 2013 and 2014. She was selected to play in the 2015 North-South All-Star Girls soccer game and trained in Mannheim, Germany in June of 2015. She has played with Birmingham United ECNL since 2012, making over 350 saves and recording 19 shutouts. She helped BUSA place second at the 2015 State Cup. Miranda has also played with the Alabama Olympic Development Program in 2013 and 2014 and was selected to the ODP Region III pool in 2014. She also lettered in basketball and indoor track and was a National Honor Society member.
"When you lose a potential hall of fame keeper to graduation, you simply have to go out there and solidify that position," said Hedlund. "Like Jackie, Miranda gives us the size and athletic ability we need in goal to contend for titles each year. Miranda comes in with great experience, has a love for the game and most importantly strives to get better each day through her workouts. Brooke's (Bradley) high level performance in the NCAA tournament against Texas Tech makes this great competition between the two going into next fall with our third keeper in Madison (Brown) starting to make positive strides in spring practices."
Stefanie Grba | Midfield | Dallas Texans ECNL | Mansfield HS | Mansfield, Texas
Stefanie has spent time playing with the U17 Serbian national team and was invited to two training camps in 2013 and 2014. She helped lead the Mansfield High School team to a co-district championship in 2014 and received the Mansfield Tiger Pride Award that same year. She was a district honorable mention in 2015. Stefanie has played for the Dallas Texans ECNL since 2014 and has also played for the Solar Chelsea Soccer Club ECNL. Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society and was named academic all-district in 2014 and 2015. Stefanie's brother, Michael, currently plays for the Dallas Sidekicks.
"Stefi reads the game very well and has the vision and touch to get everyone around her involved in the game," said Hedlund. "She is a true center midfielder that looks to go forward, can crack a shot from anywhere on the field and consistently plays with a high work rate. She has a true passion for the game with a high soccer IQ, and I expect her to come right in and challenge for a spot in the central midfield."
Dominique James | Defense | Dallas Texans ECNL | Keller Central HS | Fort Worth, Texas
Dominique lettered in both soccer and track at Keller Central High School. She was named first-team all-district in soccer in 2015. She has played club ball for Dallas Texans, Dallas Texans ECNL and the Solar Red. She holds the school record in the long jump and was a USATF Region 12 Champion in the long jump in 2013. Dominique was a TAAF long jump champion and a runner-up in the triple jump in 2013. Both of Dominique's parents ran track at USC, and her brother, Dustin, is a track student-athlete at Mississippi State. She is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class.
"Dom is a very intense and physical player; highly competitive with tremendous speed," said Hedlund. "We feel we can play her anywhere up front in the offense but most likely in our system she will fit in nicely as an attacking outside back."
Logan Layn | Midfield | Dallas Sting ECNL | Hebron HS | Lewisville, Texas
Logan won a state championship in 2014 with Hebron High School. In 2015, she helped lead her team to a 16-2-4 record and the District 6-6A title. She was a two-time District 6-6A second-team selection and was also a team captain. She has played for the Dallas Sting soccer club since 2014 and the Sting ECNL since 2015. She has also played club ball for Andromeda FC.
"We're happy to have Logan on board; a true defensive midfielder that covers a lot of ground and has the ability to match up with any opposing midfielder coming through," said Hedlund. "Logan's experience playing under Tatu and winning a state championship at Hebron High School should give her tremendous confidence right away to challenge for a defensive midfielder spot next fall."
Brittnye Loewen | Forward | Dallas Sting ECNL | Poteet HS| Mesquite, Texas
Brittnye was a first-team all-district player in 2015 after scoring 16 goals and dishing out six assists. As a sophomore, she tallied 13 goals and seven assists to help lead Poteet High School to a 15-5-1 record and the district championship. She was named district co-MVP and a Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Region II-4A All-Region Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Brittnye currently plays club soccer for Dallas Sting ECNL and has been with the Sting since 2009. She played for the Dallas Texans from 2005-09. Academically, she was named District 10-4A academic first team for basketball as a freshman.
"We spotted BC at one of our college ID camps, and we really liked her overall game," said Hedlund. "She is a tremendous competitor with great speed, athletic ability and a true passion for the game. Like with Tatu's ECNL team, we feel we can play her up top to cause opposing defenses a lot of havoc, but BC also has the ability because of her speed to play anywhere in the back or even in an outside attacking mid position."
Hailey Sutton | Forward | Graduate Student | Texas A&M Corpus Christi | Red Oak, Texas
Hailey was a three-year letterwinner at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and will graduate in May of 2016. She will play her fifth year at North Texas as a graduate student. At Corpus Christi, she was named to the 2015 Southland Conference All-Tournament team. She led the Islanders in scoring with four goals and one assist in 2015. She finished her career with five goals and three assists. At Red Oak High School, she was named district MVP and second-team all-region as a senior. She was named midfielder of the year as a junior, and was a three-time all-academic honoree.
"We had an opportunity to see Hailey play for Corpus Christi in Las Vegas this fall before our game and really noticed her athleticism, great speed and her ability to go to goal," said Hedlund. "She has that confidence level we all look for in offensive players; consistently taking players on, utilizing her speed, being active in the box and covering the back post. With all of these intangibles she brings, a possible front line of Rachel Holden, Marchelle Davis and Hailey is quite scary for any opposing defenses that we will run into next fall."
Ashleigh Lyons | Defense | Dallas Sting ECNL | Guyer HS | Argyle, Texas
Ashleigh plays for local Denton Guyer High School and was a part of its state championship team in 2013. She was named Guyer's team MVP and captain in 2014 and 2015. Her accolades include being named District 11-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-district in 2013. She was also named the district utility player MVP in 2014 and 2015. Ashleigh played with Texas ODP from 2009-13 and was invited to Region III camp in 2011-13. She has played club soccer with Dallas Sting ECNL since 2011. The Sting played in the national finals in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; finishing fourth in 2014. Academically, she was a member of National Junior Honor Society.
"Ashleigh is another player that comes off of Tatu's Sting ECNL team and a hometown girl from Guyer High School," said Hedlund. "We have had great success recruiting players out of Guyer, most recently with Lindsey Hulstein and Tess Graham. Ashleigh has a great understanding of the game. She is a very technical player that can play anywhere on the field, which is a huge plus for us to be able to use her versatility throughout the season in several spots on the field."
Madeline pictured on left with her sister, Allison, on the right
Madeline Guderian | Defense | New Tech High @Coppell | Coppell, Texas
Madeline was part of a state and national championship with Coppell High School in 2015. She was named first-team all-district in 2015, second-team all-district in 2014 and honorable mention in 2013. Madeline was a four-year letterwinner and was also named most improved player in 2013. Academically, she was an academic all-district honoree for three straight years. Madeline's older sister, Allison, was a four-year letterwinner with the Mean Green from 2010-13 and was a part of three conference championship teams.
"From one sister to another; it is eerie that they are very similar players," said Hedlund. "Like Allison, Madeline is a true right outside back with speed that can attack out of the back. Coming off a state championship this past year from Coppell High School, Madeline should give us great depth and the speed we're always looking for from our backline next fall."
The Mean Green soccer team returns 17 letterwinners from a 2015 squad that won both C-USA titles, finished third in the central region, received top 25 national votes throughout year and ended up with an RPI of 36.