Economopoulos announces first recruiting class

AMERICUS – Georgia Southwestern women's soccer coach Tony Economopoulos announced the Lady Hurricanes 11-member signing class for 2010 on Friday.

Although this will be Economopoulos' second season at the helm for the Lady 'Canes, it is his first recruiting class since arriving on campus last July.

"This recruiting class is very significant for GSW women’s soccer,” said Economopoulos. "It is exciting to announce the group that will be the foundation of our future success.

"The common thread among all these young ladies is that each of them has extremely high standards for themselves and shares our desire to establish Georgia Southwestern State University as a top Peach Belt-caliber program."

Among the signees are: Darton College transfers Audrey Gant and Carolann Simpson; former GSW player Sabina Nell; Lamar County Comprehensive High's Courtney Allison; Toombs County High's Lisa Espino; Woodstock High's Morgan Plasse; Houston County High's Gracie Preston; Brookwood High's Courtney Simpson; Treutlen High's Autumn Stewart; Perry High's Meghan Ward; and Brookwood High's Julia Wells.

"Each one of these student-athletes has experienced a great deal of success in their high school and club careers,” said Economopoulos. “They chose Georgia Southwestern because they believe this is a place where they can continue to reach their personal goals.

"I am extremely happy with this class and eager to begin working with them in August."

GSW Women's Soccer 2010 Recruiting Class

Transfers: 

Audrey Gant (D/MF)
Hometown: Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas (Fla.)
Jr. College: Darton (Ga.)
Club: Plantation Eagles 

Carolann Simpson (MF/F)
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Brookwood
College: Darton
Club: Norcross
 

Additional upperclassman:

Sabina Nell (MF/F)
Hometown: Dubrovnik, Croatia
High School: Houston County (Ga.)
Club: CGSA Strikers
 

Freshmen:

Courtney Allison (GK)
Hometown: Milner, Ga.
High School: Lamar County Comprehensive
Club: Macon United

Lisa Espino (MF)
Hometown: Lyons, Ga.
High School: Toombs County
Club: TCSA Flames 

Morgan Plasse (MF/F)
Hometown: Woodstock, Ga.
High School: Woodstock
Club: Ambush Elite 

Gracie Preston (D)
Hometown: Warner Robins, Ga.
High School: Houston County
Club: Macon United 

Courtney Simpson (F)
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High School: Brookwood
Club: Georgia FC Silverbacks 

Autumn Stewart (GK)
Hometown: Soperton, Ga.
High School: Treutlen
Club: TCSA Flames 

Meghan Ward (MF/F)
Hometown: Elko, Ga.
High School: Perry
Club: Sacred Heart Lady Strikers 

Julia Wells (MF)
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
High School: Brookwood
Club: Georgia FC Silverbacks

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