Feb. 4, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri soccer team announced their 2010 recruiting class Wednesday, receiving National Letters of Intent from six student-athletes. The incoming freshman class consists of three players from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Alyssa Diggs and club teammates Danielle Nottingham and McKenzie Sauerwein. The trio will be joined in Tiger uniforms by Dominique Richardson (California), Molly Bear (Arizona) and Alex Charlebois (Ontario, Canada).
"Not only are they great players, they're really great people," Missouri Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Their high character will continue the value we place here on the Mizzou Soccer Family and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them into it."
||London, Ontario, Canada
||Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary
||North London Galaxy 92
||Dallas Texas 92
||Dallas Sting 92
||North Richland Hills, Texas
Dallas Sting 92
Position: Center Midfield
Hometown: Fullerton, Calif.
High School: Fullerton Union High School
Club Team: Legends FC
Club Coach: Josh Hodges
Other Schools Considered: Tennessee, Kansas, New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Oregon State, UTEP
Why did you choose Mizzou? "I choose Mizzou because when I first visited the school it just felt like home. Also because of the coaching staff and the environment."
Head Coach Bryan Blitz on Richardson: "Dominique possesses the unique ability to combine both athleticism and goal scoring ability. We're excited to see where her career takes her."
Club Coach Josh Hodges: "Dominique is not only a high caliber athlete but a very intelligent soccer player. She has a high work ethic, great vision on the field, and knows how to score goals! She is extremely competitive and has been a great leader for us on the field. I wish Dom the best of luck in her journey as a college soccer player. I know Missouri will take great care of her!"
Position: Attacking Midfield / Forward
Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada
High School: Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary
Club Team: North London Galaxy 92
Club Coach: Geoff Painter
Other Schools Considered: Canisius, Evansville, Toledo, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, IPFW, Wright State, Purdue
Why did you choose Mizzou? "I choose MU because of it's academic reputation and athletic facilities. My very first visit to Mizzou was very enlightening! The coaching staff and the players were all very friendly and welcoming which made me want to spend my university experience at Mizzou!"
Head Coach Bryan Blitz: "Alex is such a competitive warrior and her versatility is what sets her apart."
Club coach Geoff Painter: "Fast and agile, with a powerful shot from both feet, Alex can play as a high or low striker or as an attacking wide player and with her exceptional ball striking ability she scores stunning goals from distance. She has an outstanding cross from either side and is a maker of goals as well as a scorer of them."
Position: Midfield / Defense
Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
High School: Mountain Ridge High School
Club Team: Sereno Soccer Club
Club Coach: Dave Simeone
Other Schools Considered: St. Mary's, Central Michigan, Villanova, Oregon State, LSU
Why did you choose Mizzou? "People told me that I would automatically know which school was right for me. When I went on my visit to Mizzou, I knew there was no other school in the country I'd rather go to. The potential the Mizzou soccer program has in the future and the connection I had with the coaches and the girls made my choice simple."
Head Coach Bryan Blitz: "Molly brings something different with her gift for playing on the left side, and her ability to play in defense and also midfield bodes well for her future."
Club coach Dave Simeone: "Molly has continued to emerge as a talent as she prepares for the challenge of women's intercollegiate soccer. She's made an impact both as a holding midfield player and centerback which speaks to her versatility. I'm confident that Molly will make an impact for the University of Missouri in the Big 12."
Position: Forward / Midfield
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
High School: Hebron High School
Club Team: Sting 92
Club Coach: Kenny Medina
Other Schools Considered: Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Wake Forest
Why did you choose Mizzou? "I chose Mizzou cause it has a great soccer team and excellent medical program. Also everyone I've talked to loves it up there."
Head Coach Bryan Blitz: "Danielle's creativity and determination in the attack will be a welcome dimension to the team."
Club coach Kenny Medina: "I would comfortably say that, in her age group, she is one of the best forwards that North Texas has right now, definitely the very best. From my time with the team, she's climbed the ladder at a very, very high rate and I've had the opportunity to coach some of the best players at her position. Danielle can live up to those tough standards and she's only going to get better."
Position: Forward / Midfield
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
High School: Coppell High School
Club Team: Dallas Texans 92
Club Coach: Ryan Higginbotham
Other Schools Considered: Georgetown, Williams, Baylor, Colorado College
Why did you choose Mizzou? "Academics (honors college), Division I soccer, coaches and team, campus and friends who are Mizzou students and alums."
Head Coach Bryan Blitz: "Alyssa's electrifying pace coupled with her soccer intelligence adds something special."
Club coach Ryan Higginbotham: "It has been a great pleasure to work with Alyssa over the past three years. Missouri is getting one of the best young women I have had the chance to be around, and also a fantastic soccer player. She has been an influential part of her team winning every team honor possible, which includes the 2008 U16 USYSA National Championship, where she was the Golden Boot Award winner."
Hometown: North Richland Hills, Texas
High School: Nolan Catholic High School
Club Team: Dallas Sting 92
Club Coach: Kenny Medina
Other Schools Considered: Notre Dame, TCU, Texas
Why did you choose Mizzou? "I chose Mizzou because everything felt right when I made my visit. The facilities, programs offered, coaching staff, existing team, and the city of Columbia were warm and inviting, yet challenging."
Head Coach Bryan Blitz: "McKenzie's courage and her athleticism will contribute to our goalkeeping strength."
Club coach Kenny Medina: "She is downright the best goalkeeper that we have here in the area. Because of her goalkeeping skills, we are in the position that we are right now - because of her improvement over the past couple years. Missouri has gotten two of the best players out of North Texas for sure."