CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team has signed five players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Shanna Caldwell announced today. Zoe Cole, Kimberly Isaacson, Jacey Love, Bri Lugo and Christina Remmes will join the Islanders program in the fall of 2014.
"This is a smaller class that will complement our returning players very well," Caldwell said. "All these players come from very strong club programs that have helped them prepare for the transition to college soccer. With 95 percent of our team returning we are looking for this group to add depth and healthy competition every day at practice as they compete for playing time."
Cole is a 5-foot-5 midfielder from Friendswood, Texas, who played her club soccer for Randy Evans at Space City FC. She helped lead the team to a Region 3 quarterfinals appearance in 2013, which was her 12th year within the program. She is one of three signees to have played for Space City. Currently in her senior season playing for Laura Peter at Friendswood High School, she was a First Team All-Texas selection in Class 4A in 2013 after being named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2012.
"Zoe is a creative attacking center midfielder with great vision," Caldwell said. "She also has the ability to get the ball behind the other team's back line."
Isaacson comes to the Island University after playing club soccer for both Space City, alongside Cole, and Eclipse, under Mac McCallum. She led her team to a second-place finish in 2013 after a state championship in 2012. The 5-foot-8 defensive midfielder is entering her fourth year at Elkins High School, where she has twice been an all-district selection.
"Kim is a destroyer in the midfield," Caldwell said. "She will add depth to our holding midfield position."
Love is a 5-foot-8 defender who has played for JD Cochran and the Lonestar Soccer Club since 2008. She led Lonestar to the state tournament in the 2012-13 season. Entering her senior season at Belton High School for Wendy Knight, she helped the Tigers to district championships in each of her first three seasons, their seventh-, eighth- and ninth-straight district championships. She was a first team all-district selection as a junior in 2013.
"Jacey will be a great addition to our backline and defensive mid," Caldwell said. "She is a smart center back that reads the game well. Her experience with the Lonestar 96 ECNL team will help her with a smooth transition to the college game."
A 5-foot-5 midfielder, Lugo joins the Islanders family having played under McCallum and Evans at Space City for the last two seasons. She helped the squad to an 18-2-2 record last year and a No. 1 ranking in South Texas. She started every game the last two seasons and totaled 26 goals and 23 assists. Lugo plays her high school soccer for Kelsie Ragsdale at Brazoswood High School, where she scored 39 goals over her first two seasons.
"Bri is a very dedicated and technical player," Caldwell said. "She can play several positions in the midfield. Her work ethic and work rate will be a spark."
A 5-foot-5 defender who is originally from Puerto Rico, Remmes has played the last 12 years for Challenge Soccer Club under Mike Asen. She started every year as either a midfielder or defender, and helped the squad finish as state runner up last year. At Kingswood High School under Donald Bodron, she helped the squad go 68-10-5 in her first three years and has the team ranked seventh in the nation currently.
"Remmes is a versatile player that can play in the back or midfield," Caldwell said. "She is relentless in her work rate on the field."
The five signees join an Islanders program that had just one senior – keeper Audrey Baldwin – in its debut year a season ago. The team returns all of its scoring from a year ago and all 10 field starters.
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