So here they are...the 2011 Mizzou Soccer Signing class! We are extremely excited about the amount of talent and enthusiasm this group brings to the family. There are nine in all - from Georgia to Washington, three from Missouri and an international player from Canada.
We will have one-on-one interviews with the new teammates when they arrive on campus next week for their official visits. Until then, read below for some info on this talented class.
CAT BIRCH Forward Yukon, OK (Hurricane FC)
2010 All Conference, All District, Offensive Player of the Year 2008 All Conference and All district 2007 All Conference and All district
"She is athletic enough to compete in the Big 12. She is very physical and skillfully above average, but above all, you aren't going to find a better athlete." - Kerry Shubert, Hurricane FC
"The factors that attracted me to Mizzou were that the girls were all so talented but still seemed like one big family, and I couldn't help but want to be a part of that family." "I 100% decided I wanted to attend Mizzou almost immediately after my first visit because I felt so welcomed and could picture myself there in the future."
KAYSIE CLARK Midfield Liberty, MO (KC Select)
2011 U-20 NT Player Pool 2010 U-17 NT Player Pool 2010 Team USA - U-17 WC Qualifying 2010 U-17 NT - Dallas Cup v. Brazil 2010 PARADE All-American 2010 Region II ODP 2010 NSCAA High School All-American 2010 NSCAA Youth All-American 2009 adidas ESP Camp All-Star 2009 NSCAA High School All-Region
"MU is close enough so my family can come see me play, and the MU atmosphere has a warm family feeling."
"She is one of the best players to ever come out of Kansas City. Technically, she is very good and tactically very strong. She is one of the most competitive people you will ever meet, but you would never know it because she is so humble off the field." - Hue Williams, KCFC coach
CAROLINE STANLEY Goalkeeper Lee's Summit, MO (KCFC Alliance)
2011 U-20 NT Player Pool 2010 Team USA - U-17 WC Qualifying 2010 U-17 NT - Dallas Cup v. Brazil 2010 U-17 NT Player Pool 2010 Region II ODP 2009 U-15 NT Player Pool 2009 Region II ODP
"Her presence is the first thing. She is a good leader from the back. Her dedication is outstanding. You find a ball, find a field and she is there wanting to get better. She is going to have an immediate impact in the Big 12 her freshman year." - Hue Williams, KCFC coach
"I knew I was going to Mizzou during my second visit. I stayed overnight with the girls and I felt like I was already a part of the team. I realized that on visits to other schools I compared everything to Mizzou."
ABI RAYMER Midfield Victoria, BC (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
2010 Team Canada - U-17 WC 2010 Canada-U-17 NT 4 Nations 2010 Team Canada - U-17 WC Qualifying 2010 Canadian U-17 NT Player Pool 2009 Canadian U-17 NT Player Pool 2009 Canadian U-17 POY
"She is technically a very sound and competitive player. Above everything else. though, she is a calming influence and won't be upstaged with the big moment. A lot of our girls have stayed on the west coast for college so I think this is a great testament to Bryan and the Missouri program to attract a player like Abi." - Hubie Busby, Vancouver Whitecaps FC coach
BRITTANY CONLEY Defender Marietta, GA (Concorde Fire Elite)
2009 ODP Region III 2008 ODP Region III
"She is beyond excited to go. I'm from St. Louis originally so it's a little bit of a pride point for me. I think she is going to come in and contribute as a freshman. She has tremendous composure on the ball, she is a pure athlete and she is fast, strong and fearless." - Greg Blasingame, Concorde Fire coach
"The campus was a huge factor, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Also the team's connection with one another - it seemed as if they were all one big family including the coaches and everyone else involved in the program."
TAYLOR GRANT Forward The Colony, TX (Dallas Texans)
2008 USYSA National Champion District 14-4A 1st Team First Team All District
"Everything just felt right at Mizzou. I liked the family type atmosphere amongst the girls and coaches. I also liked that Mizzou takes pride in having all its women's soccer players graduate and I look forward to getting my degree in education. I look forward to being a TIGER!!"
"She has a tremendous work rate. She plays with pace and is very fast - much like (current freshman and former club teammate) Alyssa Diggs. She has won a national championship, she is used to winning big games, and she expects to win. I tell my kids no matter what, Bryan will look after you as a person and not just as a soccer player. I have a tremendous respect for him because of that and I think that's why you are seeing his program grow to what it is today." - Ryan Higganbothan, club coach
LAUREN FLYNN Midfield/Forward Dardenne Prarie, MO (St. Louis Scott Gallagher)
2009 Adidas ESP Camp 2009 Missouri State Champions 2009 MIdwest Regional Finalist 2008 All-Conference Metro 1st Team 2008 State Finalist
"The style and the system that Bryan plays fits Lauren perfectly. She is very athletic, very competitive. She will run till she drops." - John Schneider, Scott Gallagher coach
"The first day I visited the University of Missouri and stayed with the team I knew it was where I was meant to go to school. The hard working mentality and strong bond the team shared was exactly what I had been looking for, and I'm so glad I found it at the University of Missouri."
SYDNIE GREEN Defender Garden Grove, CA (Arsenal FC)
"I knew I wanted to come to Mizzou following my unofficial visit. I just felt like they wanted me to be there. The campus was amazing, the team welcomed me with open arms and the coaches really seemed excited about me being there."
"She is just a fantastic athlete. Very agressive on the ball. She is one of those kids that, as a marking back, she takes their stud forward and knocks her out the park." - Cle Kooiman, Arsenal FC coach
BRITTANEE RANDLE Defender Sammamish, WA (Eastside FC)
'93 WA State Team Region IV Camp (2007 & 2008) Nike Cup (2007 - Champions & 2009) Colorado Showcase (2008) - Champions Region IV Championships (2009 & 2010)
"Dan (club head coach) and I consider her one of the best athletes we have ever coached. She is incredibly strong on the ball and very skilled. She is a very strong leader and an absolute joy to coach. At the end of the day, that combination of pure athleticism and being a team player bodes very well for the Mizzou program." --Frank Gallo , Eastside Futbol Club coach
"Some of the most important factors that I had in mind while deciding on Mizzou, was the fact that I would still be able to play my favorite sport on a high competitive level. Though, the sport itself is important, being able to receive a paramount education at the same time was of the utmost importance. The team was very inviting, and the Coach was so kind; I felt so at home!"