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Ten freshmen of influence
by Paul Kennedy, August 17th, 2011 2:08AM



[2011 WOMEN'S PREVIEW] When the 2011 women's season kicks off on Friday, these 10 freshmen could have an immediate impact. They are among the first-year players who could have a big influence on the 2011 campaign.

Morgan Brian (Virginia). With three goals in two preseason games -- 7-5 loss to Notre Dame and 5-0 win over George Mason -- Brian showed she will be a major factor for the Cavs, who lost their top two scorers, Sinead Farrelly and Meghan Lenczyk. The Gatorade Player of the Year scored 186 goals during his five-year prep year -- yes, she started playing for Georgia's Frederica Academy in 8th grade -- and starred for Florida's Ponte Vedra Storm. She represented the USA at the 2008 Under-17 World Cup.

Dagny Brynjardottir (Florida State). Seminoles coach Mark Krikorian has a long history of recruiting foreign students, and Brynjardottir could be one of the best he's brought to Tallahassee. The 5-foot-10 midfielder is used to competing in elite company. She played for Iceland's national team against the USA at this year's Algarve Cup.

Kori Chapic (Penn State). The Cleveland Cobras product was a forward in high school but plays on defense for the U.S. U-20s.  "Kori is a natural leader and big personality player out of Ohio," says Penn State coach Erica Walsh said. "The physical nature of her game and her work ethic will make her one of our most versatile players and will allow her to challenge for a spot in any number of positions."

Kaysie Clark (Missouri). Clark is considered one of the best players to ever come out of the Kansas City area. She will be a great addition to the Mizzou midfield and could help return the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament. Clark played for the USA in qualifying for the 2010 Under-17 World Cup.

Kelly Cobb (Duke). Cobb did a lot of training indoors on her own and playing against boys during the long Alaska winters to be become on the nation's top recruits. She will team up with U.S. U-20 partner Mollie Pathman in the Blue Devil attack. Cobb is one of six players from the Cook Inlet Soccer Club to sign with colleges in the lower 48 states. She played for Crossfire in the state of Washington in 2010.

Samantha Mewis (UCLA). Older sister Kristie with whom she played on U.S. U-17s and U-20s stayed close to home to play for Boston College. Sam chose to leave Hanson, Mass., for Westwood, where she heads UCLA's freshman class that also includes U.S. U-20s Abby Dahlkemper and Sarah Killion and Canadian U-20 Ally Courtnall and New Zealand World Cup player Rosie White.

Katie Perry (Texas A&M). Perry should step in right away to run the Aggies' midfield. She's a product of San Diego Surf in Southern California, where the A&M staff has recruited extensively in recent years. She spent time with the U.S. U-17s but joined the England national youth team program in 2011.

Taylor Ramirez (North Carolina). Ramirez didn't play for a big club in Southern California, but she wooed college coaches who saw her playing for Orange Soccer Club. She could be the top defender in this year's freshman class and is a big addition for the Tar Heels, who can have lost a lot of talent on its backline over the last two years.

Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford). The speedster from Dallas club D'Feeters had all the top programs after her before she settled on the Cardinal, who also recruited Alex Doll out of Maryland. "Chioma is a dynamic attacking player with great speed and skill," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe says. "She has the ability to beat defenders 1 v. 1 and is a proven goal scorer." Ubogagu was born in London and moved to the USA at the age of 3.

Clarissa Wedemeyer (Texas). Dallas Texans midfield star was reported to have verbally committed to Stanford but changed her mind and signed with the Longhorns in April. "She has the potential to do very well at Texas," says Longhorn coach Chris Petrucelli.

  1. Anthony Charoensook
    commented on: August 18, 2011 at 12:50 p.m.
    Go Kelly Cobb! Alaska is rooting for you! -Daleanna Charoensook CISC 97G

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