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PROVO, Utah - The BYU women's soccer team reloads for the 2012 season with another talented recruiting class as it prepares for its second season in the West Coast Conference. The seven recruits hail from Utah, California and Oregon.
To watch video of Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood talking about the recruiting class, click here.
Name: Miranda Bailey
Hometown: Loomis, California
Highlight: 3-time First Team Sierra Foothill League selection
Name: Taylor Campbell
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Highlight: First Team All-State in 2011
Name: Sarah Chambers
Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Highlight: Oregon All-State First Team in 2010
Name: Camille Green
Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
Highlight: First Team All-State from the Salt
Name: Paige Hunt
Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
Highlight: First Team All-State in 2010 and 2011 from
the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News
Name: Michelle Murphy
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Highlight: 2011 Utah Ms. Soccer from Deseret News
Name: Courtnee Wood
Hometown: Layton, Utah
Highlight: 2011 Deseret News All-State
"We're really excited this year to add seven great incoming freshman to our team," said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood. "It's always a big day for each of these girls. We're going to bring in a lot of Utah girls this year that we've known for a long time and we're excited about that. All of these girls have been to camps over the years and we're really familiar with them. We couldn't be more excited to add all of them to a great returning cast that we have. We have five girls from Utah, a girl from Oregon and one from northern California.
The thing we love most about all these girls is that they're amazing athletes, great competitors and have played at the highest levels. We're really looking forward to seeing them out on South Field."
All seven recruits combine for numerous state championships and each one has had at least two All-State recognitions. A well-balanced mix of players will add to the cast of returning players who recently finished their first season in the WCC with its seventh-straight winning season and 16th overall since 1995.
The incoming freshmen will join the Cougars in early August as they chase a WCC title and NCAA berth. The Cougars begin their 2012 campaign on the road against No. 28 UC Irvine on August 17.
Del Oro High School
Placer United (Ron Benjamin)
3-time First Team Sierra Foothill League selection … State Cup Finalists in 2011 … four varsity letters from soccer … Team’s MVP after leading the team in goals scored her junior year … State Cup semifinalists in 2008 … Far West Regional Championship in 2011 … Team Captain … Scholar Athlete in 2009-12 … Talons Chapter of the National Honor Society his junior and senior year … student body president 2011-12
Coach Rockwood about Miranda: "Miranda is a great technical player with very soft feet and good vision on how to distribute the ball. She did a tremendous job on her club team as one of the top players and we've been able to follow her for the last few years. We're excited to add her to our midfield line."
Alta High School
Utah Avalanche 94 Black ECNL (Joanna Barney)
First Team All-State in 2011 … Second Team All-State in 2009 and 2010 … Defensive 2011 MVP … ODP Region Team in 2010 … 5A State Champions in 2008, 2009 and 2011 … 2009 PDT Champions … 2010 Disney Showcase Champions … 2009 Denver Regional US Club Champions … varsity player 2008-11 … varsity starter 2009-11 … holds team’s defensive state shutout record … holds team’s consecutive shutout record … holds team’s fewest goals allowed record … honor roll in HS from 2006-11
Coach Rockwood about Taylor: "Taylor was a state champion at Alta High School where she set all sorts of records. She's a phenomenal athlete with great quickness and speed. She has a lot of experience playing at the centerback spot but can also play outside. People who have watched our team know we like to attack from the back line and Taylor will be able to do that whether she's in the middle or out wide."
North Medford High School
Westside Metros Fury (Stan Rodrigues)
All-State First Team in 2010 … 2009-11 All-Conference 6A First-Team ... HS Varisty team captain in 2010-11 … HS MVP in 2009-11 … Player of the Year for 6A in Southern Utah for 2010 … Oregon ODP in 2009-11 … State Cup champions with WSM Fury in 2010 … State Cup Finalists with WSM Fury … Surf Cup Finalists in 2011 with WSM Fury … Nomad Cup Finalists in 2010 with WSM Fury … ran varsity track in 2008-09 … national torch Honor Society in 2009-12 … State Meet Qualifier in Calculus, Student of the Month from Rotary Club in 2011
Coach Rockwood about Sarah: "Sarah is a great goal scorer. She's little but is fiesty and runs hard. She's not afraid of the ball and really knows how to score goals, which is something we need to add to our team: the ability to put balls in the back of the net."
Viewmont High School
Forza Futbol Club (Eric Landon)
First Team All-State (Salt Lake Tribune) … Freshman female athlete of the year (CJH) … Second Team All-State (Deseret News) … High school captain … HS State 5A finals in 2010 and 2011 … HS State 5A Semifinals in 2009 … MVP Mayors Cup in 2008 and 2009 … State Cup Finalists in 2009 … two years Utah ODP … Premier League Club team captain … lettered all 4 years of her HS varsity team … Viewmont HS Athletic and Academic student of the month … national honor society for 3 years
Coach Rockwood about Camille: "Camille from Viewmont had a lot of success at the high school level and on her club team. She's another amazing athlete who's very versatile and is strong in the air."
Bountiful High School
Utah Avalanche (Lou Plank)
Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News First Team All-State in 2010 and 2011 … Region 6 Midfielder Co-MVP in 2011 … 4A High School Regon Champion in 2008 … MVP midfielder in 2010 and 2011 … Varsity team captain in 2010 and 2011 … State Cup Finalist in 2009 with Utah Rush … State Cup Finalist in 2011 with Utah Avalanche … 4A High School State Finalists in 2008 … 4A High School State Quarterfinalist in 2009, 2010 and 2011 … 4A High School Region Co-Champion in 2011 … 4-year HS varsity player … 3-year varsity starter
Coach Rockwood about Paige: "Paige plays for the Avalanche club as a very crafty and physical player. She's very versatile in that she's played a lot of midfield this year but also a lot of defense. That really adds to her ability to go where we need her to go. The more versatility these girls have, the better we can fit them in where we need them. Paige will be a great addition to either of those positions."
Alta High School
Olympique Montreux (Matt Bain & Nate Murphy)
Second Team All-State in 2009 and 2010 … 2011 Ms. Soccer from Deseret News … 5A MVP in 2011 from the Salt Lake Tribune … Outstanding striker for Region III in 2011 … Outstanding midfielder for Region III in 2011 … school record for most goals and assists in a single season with 37 goals and 22 assists … team captain for 2010-11 seasons … Blaze Ironman prep award … HS state champion 2008-11 … Honor Roll 2009-12 … National Junior Honor Societey
Coach Rockwood about Michelle: "Michelle is the Utah Player of the Year. She's from Alta High School and is a tremendous player with a lot of speed. She knows how to score goals, is very crafty with the ball and has great vision. As far as our attack goes, we really feel like she'll be an instant addition and we're anxious to have her join us."
Layton High School
LaRoca F.C. (Tim Crompton)
2011 Deseret News All-State Second Team … 2009 Deseret News All-State Honorable Mention … 2008, 2011 Standard Examiner All-Area First Team … 2011 Top Ten scorer in 5A … TopDrawerSoccer.com’s 4-star ranking … 6-time State Cup Champion … 2006-08 ODP State Team … 2010 ODP State Team, Regional Team & National pool … 2008 Disney Soccer Showcase Smifinalists … 2010 Deseret News Basketball All-Region Second Team … Scored over 50 goals in HS career, 18 of those came in senior year … 2-year HS captain … 4-year varsity letterwinner and starter in soccer & basketball … 2011-12 National Honor Society member
Coach Rockwood about Courtnee: "Courtnee plays for LaRoca club team and was really the core of her team where she's had a lot of success. She's got great heighth who is obviously good in the air and is, again, able to distribute the ball really well and score when she needs to."