Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications
Grambling State University head women’s soccer coach, Justin Wagar, announced on Monday the addition of nine new players for the upcoming season as the Lady Tigers look for an opportunity to bring home the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship.
Wagar and associate head coach Jazmyne Lewis are bringing in five NCAA transfers and four incoming freshman to add speed, talent and experience to the team. Four of the transfers are from NCAA Division I institutions, and the fifth transfer is joining Grambling State from the second-place NCAA Division II program in the nation, Saint Rose College.
“I am really pleased with caliber of recruits we have joining our Grambling State team this year,” Wagar said. “We have a good balance of experience from our transfer players and of youth from our four talented incoming freshmen. This group adds a lot of speed, athleticism, and ball skills. I like the creativity of these players and feel they will make us very competitive in the conference and regionally. We’re looking forward to getting everyone into training camp this August and seeing what we can do.”
GSU 2022 Signing Class
Karlyn Judge is a speedy outside midfielder who played for Austin Sting’s ECNL team. She has great pace, is creative with the ball and can play a number of positions. She’s technical and gifted. She’ll add to our speed of play and transition game.
Madison Covey Taylor is a very athletic shot-stopping goalkeeper from California who played club ball for Manteca FC. She is quick off her line, fearless, with good reaction speed and athleticism. Taylor will compete for an opportunity to play at goalkeeper.
Nia Harley is a NCAA Division I transfer from the University of Illinois-Chicago where she saw action as a true freshman in 16 out of the teams 17 games, which included starting in seven out of the final eight games. Prior to UIC, she played ECNL for Charlotte Independence (CISA) team. Harley has great size, strength, and adaptability. She can play multiple positions and has a high soccer IQ.
Adrianna Pratt is a NCAA Division I transfer from UMKC where she appeared in 15 games her freshman year in the midfield, scoring one goal her freshman year. She was injured this past year and did not play in the fall. Pratt is a true defender with a lot of pace and versatility. She has a good work rate.
Beatriz Kretteis is the former SWAC Preseason MVP, First Team All-Conference selection and SWAC Freshman of the Year in 2019 at Mississippi Valley State. She primarily plays forward but has the ability to succeed anywhere on the pitch. She scored nine goals in her first two years of college ball and is a talented well-rounded player with good creativity and ball skills. Beatriz hails from London, England and will be transferring in as a junior.
Monique Alvarez is an incoming freshman from Southern California who played for the Rebels ECNL Soccer club. She is a very versatile attacking player who can shred opponents off the dribble. She can play forward, outside and center mid, or even at outside back when needed. She’ll add depth and creativity to our squad.
Tea Oldroyd is an incoming goalkeeper from England who played for the Stevenage FC Women’s team. She is also a shot-stopping goalkeeper with a lot of range, good positioning in goal and well rounded. She’s athletic and is a competitor. She’ll add depth for our program and battle for our top spot with our fellow incoming freshman goalkeeper.
Samantha Diaz is a NCAA Division II transfer from New York where she played her first two years of college ball for nationally ranked Saint Rose College. Diaz is very crafty with the ball, can do moves at speed. Her quickness and an ability to do dribble moves allows her to create a lot of scoring chances for her teammates. She scored three goals in college so far from her outside midfield and flank forward positions. She hails from Ogden Utah and played for the Rise FC.
Alyssa Romero is our final addition for the 2022 class and comes to GSU as a NCAA Division I transfer from Oregon State University in the Pac 12. She plays primarily at Center and outside back for her team. She is quick, tackles hard, and is very technical with good footwork. She wants to compete and she’ll get the opportunity to do that for us in the coming years. She’ll make a great addition to our team, we’re excited to have her. Prior to Oregon State, she played for the Legends FC Academy team and for Arsenal FC in California.
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