Soccer Signs Seven to National Letters of Intent

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Feb. 6, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Bryan Blitz announced on Thursday. Kaitlyn Clark (Liberty, Mo.), Lauren Gaston (Los Angeles, Calif.), Allie Hess (Kearney, Mo.), Jessica Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), Alli Magaletta (Chesterfield, Mo.), Savannah Trujillo (Kansas City, Mo.) and Taylor Walker (Lee's Summit, Mo.) will all join the Tigers for the 2014 campaign.

"We're very pleased with our 2014 recruiting class," Blitz said. "We have specific needs and we feel like these student-athletes meet our needs going forward. We're very excited to welcome them to the family."



MIZZOU SOCCER CLASS OF 2014
Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (High School) Club Team(s)
Kaitlyn Clark M 5-4 Liberty, Mo. (Liberty) Scream, KC Select Viati, Sporting Blue Valley
Lauren Gaston D 5-3 Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacifica Christian) Westside Breakers
Allie Hess F 5-11 Kearney, Mo. (Kearney) Sporting Blue Valley, KCFC Futura Academy
Jessca Johnson M/F 5-6 Los Angeles, Calif. (Notre Dame Academy) Westside Breakers
Alli Magaletta M 5-6 Chesterfield, Mo. (St. Joseph's Academy) St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Savannah Trujillo M 5-3 Kansas City, Mo. (St. Teresa's Academy) Sporting Blue Valley
Taylor Walker M 5-1 Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit) Sporting Blue Valley, KCFC Futura Academy

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KAITLYN CLARK

Midfielder | 5-4 | Liberty, Mo. (Liberty)
Club Teams: Scream, KC Select Viati, Sporting Blue Valley
Clark

ACCOLADES:
• Sister of Mizzou senior-to-be Kaysie Clark
• Member of U15 and U17 US Soccer player pool
• Helped KC Select Viati to the 2012 Missouri State Cup Championship
• Named to the 2013 Missouri Class 3 All-State first team
• Earned a spot on the 2012 Missouri Class 3 All-State second team
• Helped Liberty to the 2013 3A Missouri state title

Parents: Douglas and Carrie Clark
Club Coaches: Steve Owens, Timo Kibune, Huw Williams
High School Coach: Tom Rattjakob

Why Kaitlyn chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because I love the campus, it's a great academic school, the soccer program is awesome, and I love that it is just the right distance from home."

Chose Mizzou Over: Miami (Fla.)

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LAUREN GASTON

Defender | 5-3 | Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacifica Christian)
Club Team: Westside Breakers
Gaston

ACCOLADES:
• Part of Westside Breakers teams that were state finalists and played at Texas, Utah, Las Vegas and San Diego Showcases
• Helped Westside Breakers U19 to the 2013 West Coast FC title
• Helped Pacifica Christian to the 2012 league title
• Three-time team MVP at Pacifica Christian
• Also a member of Pacifica Christian's track and field team
• Played varsity volleyball as a freshman and sophomore

Parents: Dr. Bernard Gaston and Margo Gaston
Club Coach: Jason Kelly
High School Coach: Guido Hajeinus

Why Lauren chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because it's been my dream school for the last three years. I wanted a school that had tons of school spirit, great athletics, outstanding academics and a sense of family, and that's what I have found with Mizzou."

Chose Mizzou Over: Saint Louis, Auburn, Loyola (Maryland)

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ALLIE HESS

Forward | 5-11 | Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
Club Teams: Sporting Blue Valley, KCFC Futura Academy
Hess

ACCOLADES:
• Ranked as the No. 71 recruit in the IMG Academy 150
• Helped Sporting Blue Valley to 2013 ECNL national sixth-place finish
• Part of club's 2009, 2010 and 2011 Missouri State Cup championship teams
• Named 2013 Missouri Class 2 All-State Offensive Player of the Year
• Earned first team all-state, all-conference and all-district as a junior
• Scored 26 goals and totaled 52 points as a junior

Parents: Jim and Linda Hess
Club Coaches: Huw Williams, Vlatko Andonovski
High School Coach: Jackie Haller

Why Allie chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because of the great campus and the great academic and soccer programs."

Chose Mizzou Over: No other schools

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JESSICA JOHNSON

Midfielder/Forward | 5-6 | Los Angeles, Calif. (Notre Dame Academy)
Club Team: Westside Breakers
Johnson

ACCOLADES:
• Sister of Mizzou sophomore-to-be Jasmine Johnson
• Part of Westside Breakers teams that were state finalists and played at Texas, Utah, Las Vegas and San Diego Showcases
• Helped Westside Breakers U19 to the 2013 West Coast FC title
• All-Sunshine League first team honoree

Parents: Ron and Sheila Johnson
Club Coach: Jason Kelly
High School Coach: Manu Appelius

Why Jessica chose Mizzou: "Once I visited Mizzou, I fell in love with the campus. I like that it is a big campus filled with many diverse people who are welcoming. The soccer team seemed to be very friendly and close. Mizzou has everything that I'm looking for in my college experience."

Chose Mizzou Over: Pepperdine

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ALLI MAGALETTA

Midfielder | 5-6 | Chesterfield, Mo. (St. Joseph's Academy)
Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Magaletta

ACCOLADES:
• Helped St. Louis Scott Gallagher to three Missouri State Cup titles
• Also part of club's title in the Disney Shootout
• 2013 Missouri Class 3 All-State first team
• 2012 Missouri Class 2 All-State second team
• Named all-conference first team in 2012 and 2013

Parents: Ed and Kim Magaletta
Club Coaches: Scott Sinak, Tony Grasso
High School Coaches: Maureen McVey, Courtney Hulcer

Why Alli chose Mizzou: "It is very convenient for my parents to come watch me play. The competition is definitely very strong and it will be a challenge to play at the team's level."

Chose Mizzou Over: Kansas, Iowa State, Indiana State, Arkansas State, Drake, Dayton, Saint Louis, TCU

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SAVANNAH TRUJILLO

Midfielder | 5-3 | Kansas City, Mo. (St. Teresa's Academy)
Club Team: Sporting Blue Valley
Trujillo

ACCOLADES:
• Ranked as the No. 90 recruit in the nation in the IMG Academy 150
• 2013 NSCAA All-American
• Helped Sporting Blue Valley to the a sixth-place national ECNL finish
• Part of Sporting Blue Valley's Missouri state title teams from 2008-11
• 2013 Missouri Class 3 All-State Player of the Year
• Helped St. Teresa's to an 18-3 mark and the state title game in 2013
• Tallied 75 points on 31 goals and 13 assists as a junior and 21 goals and six assists for 38 points as a sophomore
• Earned 2012 Missouri Class 3 All-State first team and 2011 and 2010 second team honors

Parents: Mark and Stephanie Trujillo
Club Coaches: Huw Williams, Vlatko Andonovski
High School Coach: Jeremy McElduff

Why Savannah chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because of the environment and the excellent facilities."

Chose Mizzou Over: Penn State, Virginia, Notre Dame, San Diego, Texas A&M

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TAYLOR WALKER

Midfielder | 5-1 | Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit)
Club Teams: Sporting Blue Valley, KCFC Futura Academy
Walker

ACCOLADES:
• Part of Sporting Blue Valley's U 16, U 17 and U18 ECNL Flight A Division Champions
• Helped Sporting Blue Valley qualify for the U18 ECNL National Championships
• 2012 and 2013 Missouri Class 3 All-State second team
• 2011, 2012 and 2013 all-conference
• 2011, 2012 and 2013 All-Kansas City Metro Team

Parents: Michael and Michelle Walker
Club Coaches: Huw Williams, Vlatko Andonovski
High School Coach: Dave Wiebenga

Why Taylor chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because I had toured many different universities and met a lot of great people, but it wasn't until I came to Mizzou during the summer that I truly felt like I was home. I also loved the fact that I will still be close to home so my family and friends will be able to come watch me play. I also chose Mizzou because they have a physical therapy program and I am planning on going into that field."

Chose Mizzou Over: Memphis, Arkansas, Tulsa, UMKC


 

 

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