Georgia Soccer Inks Eight

ATHENS – The University of Georgia soccer team saw eight players sign a National Letter of Intent Wednesday, formally committing to play for the Bulldogs in the fall of 2007.

"We are very excited to have this great group of young ladies entering our program this fall," said Georgia head coach Patrick Baker. We have addressed needs in our back line, both central and wide midfield positions and our front line. There is the combination of height, speed, quickness, athleticism and skill throughout the class. The addition of Corless, Krase and Simpson at Georgia results in three of the best left-sided players in the country becoming Bulldogs. Again we have put a premium on bringing quality players from in and out of state that represent some of the top clubs in the country. With players committing earlier and earlier, it has allowed this class to get to know each other pretty well and they have developed a wonderful chemistry already."

The Bulldogs signed four players from the state of Georgia, three from Colorado and one from Texas. All eight players are current members their respective Regional Olympic Development Programs (ODP) and they all come from some of the most elite soccer clubs in the nation.

Georgia loses the services of nine seniors this year, but with 15 signees in the 2006 class in addition to the eight in 2007, Georgia has kept its numbers high. With a No. 8-ranked recruiting class in 2006 and with this 2007 class projected to rank in the Top-20, Baker and his staff have been lauded for their recruiting skills.

"Coach Baker has done it again with an exceptional group of signees at Georgia," said Randy Diggs, editor of Soccer Buzz Magazine. "While the 2006 class may rank higher than this year's newly signed group, Georgia hit the mark with a pool of prepsters who could all contribute immediately. The addition of Top 25 recruit Kelli Corless will infuse a defense that was a sore spot for the Bulldogs in 2006. Bringing in Alex Hooker and Marah Falle will give a lot more firepower to an offense that relied tremendously on Freshman All-American Carrie Patterson last season. Georgia's signing class of 2007 is easily one of the Top 25 groups in the country. Coach Baker inked some of the best from the states of Georgia and Colorado and welcomes four athletes ranked among the Top 100 nationally and a fifth who is considered Top 200. Individually, that betters UGA's whopping success of 2006 when the Bulldogs ranked eighth in the country in recruiting with a deep class that had just one Top 100 player."

"Patrick Baker and his staff have done an outstanding job recruiting one of the best classes in the country," said Pat O'Toole, head coach of the TSC Challenge and the Region III U-17 ODP team. "The 2007 class combines great defenders, creative attacking players and it has three of the top left-footed players in the country. Each of the players come from teams and clubs that compete at the highest level. These ladies all have outstanding leadership qualities that will help them continue to excel both on and off the field at the collegiate level. The University of Georgia should be an exciting team to watch next year."

"The coaching staff at Georgia has worked very hard in the recruiting game once again," added Todd Shulenberger, head coach of Tophat '07 Gold. "I think they have put together another tremendous class, signing players from elite clubs in South Texas, Georgia and Colorado. The 2007 class will bring plenty of excitement into an already competitive program. UGA has added some strong pieces to the puzzle which should make for an exciting year in the SEC."

Rachel Barstow Midfielder, Fort Collins, Colo.

Katie Boydston Midfielder, Atlanta, Ga.

Kelli Corless Defender, Acworth, Ga.

Traci Dreesen Midfielder, Lakewood, Colo.

Marah Falle Forward, Lilburn, Ga.

Alex Hooker Forward, Littleton, Colo.

Mariah Krase Midfielder, Spring, Texas

Caroline Simpson Midfielder, Atlanta, Ga.

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