University of North Texas women’s soccer head coach John Hedlund has announced the signing of four recuits who have agreed to play for his defending Sun Belt Conference championship program next fall.
The group of new players includes two high school standouts as well as Jessa Koschmann, a native of Pleasanton, La., who is transferring to North Texas after playing last season as a freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and Briana Buchanan, who transferred to North Texas from Creighton in the spring.
The two Lady Eagles’ high school recruits are from San Antonio, including midfielder Misty Cordon from Roosevelt High School and Michelle Partain from Madison High School.
"My game plan going into this off season was to sign a few players that could make an immediate impact next fall," said Hedlund, who guided the Lady Eagles to a 13-5 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. "With this particular recruiting class I believe I achieved this goal."
Last fall the Lady Eagles captured the Sun Belt’s regular season championship for the first time in school history and advanced to the league’s post-season tournament championship game for the second straight year.
JESSICA KOSCHMANN (Austin, Texas)
Played as a defender for one season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last year . . . Led the team in assists and ranked seventh in the conference in assists . . . Played one year at Klein Oak High School and three years at Foothill High School . . . Was selected first team all-district as a junior and senior and picked as her team’s MVP both seasons . . . A team captain as a junior and senior . . . Named her team’s best offensive player as a senior . . . Since 1994 has played with various club teams in Austin and Houston, including the Austin Thunder and Houston Challenge . . . As a member of the Pleasanton Rage she helped the team to a State Club championship in 2001 and a Western Regional Runner-up in 2001.
Hedlund says: "Jessa brings a great amount of experience playing with high profile club teams in Austin, Houston and the state of California. Her ODP, state team and one year of experience playing with the University of Massachusetts in Lowell should make her an immediate impact on the field."
BRIANA BUCHANAN (Carrollton, Texas)
A four-year letterwinner at Newman Smith High School, where she was a four-time all-district performer . . .Named District Defensive MVP and District Goalkeeper of the Year last year . . . Also selected as the Metrocrest Goalkeeper of the Year . . . Listed in Who’s Who American High School Students from 1999-2001 . . . Has played with the Dallas Texans 83 club team for the last five years . . . Was a team captain for the Texans the last four seasons.
Hedlund says: "Bri is the typical type player we try to recruit to North Texas. Full of confidence, very athletic and plays with a lot of heart. Bri is one of four goalkeepers on the roster for next fall. The competition in preseason should be pretty fierce."
MISTY CORDON (San Antonio, Texas)
Has been a varsity starter as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Rossevelt High School, where she also has been a two-time team captain . . . Last season as a junior she was a San Antonio News Player of the Week and selected to the All-City Super Team . . . As a sophomore she received the Sharpshooter Award and was named second team all-district . . . She was picked honorable mention all-district as a freshman, when she was was picked as her team’s Best Offensive Player . . . Also participated in volleyball and track in high school . . . Has played with the Classics Soccer Club since 1995, helping the team win Cup State Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Hedlund says: "Misty has the type of game where if asked she can play several positions on the field. What you first notice about Misty is her speed and indurance. She reminds me of Krista Davey, a former North Texas player who last year played with Mia Hamm of the Washington Freedom of the WUSA."
MICHELLE PARTAIN (San Antonio, Texas)
A three-year starter on the varsity team at Madison High School heading into her senior season this spring . . . Last year she was a team captain who was named first team all-district and all-city . . . Also a unanimous TASCO all-region pick as well as selected to the TASCO all-state team . . . Was her team’s MVP as a junior . . . As a sophomore at Madison, she led her team in assists, was named first team all-district and second team all-city . . . Earned the award as the Most Consistent Offensive Player on her team as a sophomore . . . Was picked second team all-district as a sophomore and named Most Improved Defender on her team . . . Has played with the Classics Soccer Club since 2000 . . . Has also played with the Alliance and Storm clubs from 1987 to 1999.
Hedlund says: "Michelle is a true forward. Her strengths are her quickness to the ball, her ability to finish with either foot and her high work rate. Michelle will make a great addition playing on the forward line next to All-American Marilyn Marin and Melinda Pina."