South Carolina Women's Soccer Completes 2008 Signing Class
Feb. 13, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina women's soccer program has announced that 14 student-athletes will join the Gamecocks in the 2008 season. The list includes the South Carolina high school Player of the Year, an NSCAA/adidas All-American, a Scholar All-American, two All-Region selections, three regional Olympic Development Program members and a Canadian national team member.
"Our coaching staff is very excited about this class of freshmen players," head coach Shelley Smith said. "This is the most talented group of players we have brought into the program and we are anxious to see the impact they will have beginning this fall. We have lost some key senior players from fall, but we are confident this recruiting class will fill some of those holes they have left and they do complement our returning players quite well. We will be a young team, but by far the most talented team we have had here at USC. Our team looks forward to continuing to build on the success we have had and we see these newcomers helping us achieve even greater goals in the future."
2008 Signing Class
Natalie AaronBrentwood, Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-time All-State selection (2005-07) ... Four-time All-Region selection (2004-07) ... All-District second team (2004) ... Region Defensive Player of the Year (2006-07) ... Region Player of the Year (2007) ... NSCAA All-Region III team (2007) ... All-Midstate Team (2006-07) ... Seven-year member of Tennessee ODP team (2001-07) ... Region III camp (2003-07) ... Played for Brentwood Real Madrid Soccer club ... Club team captain and six-time state champions (2001-02, 2004-07) ... Team ranked seventh in the nation (2007) ... Region III regional quarterfinalist (2006) and Region III Premier League North finalists (2007) ... Also lettered in and team captain of basketball team ... Member of National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.
PERSONAL - Full name is Natalie Jane Aaron ... Majoring in business ... Hobbies include playing and watching sports, shopping and hanging out with friends ... Chose USC over Ole Miss, Samford and Vanderbilt ... Favorite athlete is Candace Parker ... Grandfather, David Benson, was a three-sport athlete at Baldwin-Wallace College ... Cousin, Jason Aaron, played two sports at Kentucky Wesleyan ... Cousin, Brian Benson, played soccer at Heidelberg College ... Has one brother, Jeffrey (16) ... Born December 7, 1989 ... Parents are Tom and Julie Aaron.
Natalie Aaron on choosing South Carolina: "I always wanted to play soccer at an SEC school and I love the soccer program here. I really like the campus and atmosphere in Columbia. It's got the perfect location, being close to both the mountains and the beach."
Ellen FaheyFt. Wright, Ky. (Notre Dame Academy)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-year varsity starter and first team All-State (2007) ... Named to Cincinnati Enquirer Kentucky All-Star First Team ... All-Northern Kentucky first team (2007) and second team (2006) ... Southern Ohio/Kentucky Coaches Association All-Star game MVP ... High school MVP and Defensive Player of the Year ... Three-time District 20 All-Tournament team (2005-07) ... Two-time Region 10 All-Tournament team (2006-07) ... Played for Classics Hammer FC club team ... Earned MRL Region II Premier Division runner-up (2005-06) ... Four-time OH-S State Cup champions (2002, 2004-06) ... OH-S State Cup finalists (2003, 2007).
PERSONAL - Full name is Ellen Fahey ... Majoring in exercise science ... Hobbies include cooking and swimming ... Chose USC over Kentucky, Louisville and Xavier ... Favorite athlete is Tom Brady ... Brother, Drew, played baseball for the University of Cumberland ... Mother, Jodi Thelan Fahey, played and coached volleyball at Xavier, was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection and is a member of the Xavier Hall of Fame ... Sister, Katie, is a junior on the Kentucky women's soccer team ... Born May 1, 1990 ... Parents are Tom and Jodi Fahey.
Ellen Fahey on choosing South Carolina: "I loved the atmosphere of the campus. I also really liked the coaches and all the girls on the team."
Morgan JonesOak Ridge, N.C. (Wesleyan Academy)
PRE-COLLEGE - Earned All-State (2006-07), All-Region (2006-07) and All-Conference (2005-07) honors ... Named team captain in 2008 ... Member of United Soccer League Super Y U18 National Team ... Played for Winston-Salem '89 Lady Twins White club team ... Earned Silver Key and Best In Show honors at the Scholastic Art Awards.
PERSONAL - Full name is Morgan Brittany Jones ... Nickname is Mogues ... Majoring in art education ... Hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, skiing, rock climbing, shopping and wakeboarding ... Chose USC over UNC-Wilmington ... Favorite athlete is Shawn White ... Born December 13, 1989 ... Parents are David and Elaine Jones.
Morgan Jones on choosing South Carolina: "I love the atmosphere in Columbia. Everyone is so school spirited. I love the soccer team and the way the coaches relate to the players and everyone is like a family. I love the campus and just the school in general."
Jocelyn SpurrierLawrenceville, Ga. (Brookwood)
PRE-COLLEGE - Listed in RISE magazine as a Georgia top 20 recruit ... Three-year member of ODP team ... Played for GSA Phoenix Red club team and was named captain the past seven years ... Competed in 5A state semifinals in 2007 ... USYSA Southern Regional quarterfinalist in 2006 ... Second place in Region III East Premier League U-16 (2006) ... Region III East Premier League U-15 champions in 2004 ... Club team named Super Y Atlantic Region champions from 2004-05 ... Georgia State Cup finalists in 2005 and 2007 ... Disney Soccer Showcase finalist ... Four-year high school scholar athlete ... Congressional Art Award recipient in 2006.
PERSONAL - Full name is Jocelyn Dawn Spurrier ... Major is international business ... Hobbies include cycling, photography, swimming and hiking ... Chose USC over Kentucky, Clemson, Yale and Elon ... Favorite athlete is Angie Woznuk ... Brother Nate is a senior on the USC football team ... Is not related to football coach Steve Spurrier ... Also has an older sister, Jacqueline ... Father ran track and cross country at the United States Military Academy (West Point) ... Born October 15, 1989 ... Parents are John and Natalie Spurrier.
Jocelyn Spurrier on choosing South Carolina: "I love the school, the coaches and the educational opportunities at the University of South Carolina."
Lauren "Lolly" HollandSuwanee, Ga. (South Forsyth)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-year member of Georgia '89 ODP team (2003, 2005-06) ... Participated in Region Camp (2003, 2005-07) ... U15 National Team alternate ... Two-year member of Super Y ODP region team ... Named to Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Northside soccer team in 2005 and 2007 ... Named to Forsyth County News All-County team from 2005-07 ... High school region champion and state runner-up in 2005 ... Played for Gwinnett Soccer Association club team (Phoenix Red 90) ... Two-time club state finalist and state champion in 2004 ... Three-time USYSA Region III participant ... Region III Premier League East champion (2005).
PERSONAL - Full name is Lauren Elizabeth Holland ... Undecided major ... Hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, listening to music and watching movies ... Favorite athlete is Frank Lampard ... Brother Andrew was a member of crew team at George Washington ... Another brother, Nicky, was a manager for the Georgia baseball team ... Born September 6, 1989 ... Parents are John and Patty Holland.
Lolly Holland on choosing South Carolina: "I chose USC because of the coaches and team atmosphere. I also love the campus and the all-around school is so beautiful."
Kira CampbellLexington, S.C. (Lexington)
PRE-COLLEGE - Earned NSCAA/Adidas High School All-American honors in 2007 ... Two-time All-State selection (2006-07) ... RISE Magazine SC Gatorade Player of the Year (2007) ... All-Region III South Team and class 4A Player of the Year (2007) ... Three-time All-Area selection, two as All-Area Player of the Year (2006-07) ... Three-time All-Region selection, twice earning MVP honors (2005-07) ... SCSoccer.com Super 22 selection ... 4A upper state champions ... Region III ODP pool player (2005-06) ... Played for six-time state champion CESA club team ... Member of National Honor Society ... Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipient.
PERSONAL - Full name is Kira Elizabeth Campbell ... Majoring in biological sciences ... Hobbies include listening to music, playing and watching sports, traveling, going to youth group and hanging out with friends and family ... Chose USC over Duke, Vanderbilt and Furman ... Favorite athlete is Theirry Henry ... Father, Mark, played football at Clemson in 1978 ... Has one brother, Samuel ... Born July 15, 1990 ... Parents are Mark and Lisa Campbell.
Kira Campbell on choosing South Carolina: "I love the coaching staff, the players, the facilities, and most importantly the university itself. I have grown up a Carolina fan, and I know when I first put on my own jersey it will be a memorable experience."
Ali GlemserCollierville, Tenn. (Collierville)
PRE-COLLEGE - 2007 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American ... Earned all-state and all-metro honors in 2007 ... Two-time varsity co-captain and named Offensive MVP ... Played for the Germantown Soccer Association Fury club team and was named club co-captain ... Two year member of Tennessee ODP state team (2006-2007) ... Named The Commercial Appeal "Best of the Preps" finalist ... High school team advanced to state championships three consecutive seasons (2005-07), winning the championship in 2005 ... Also lettered in track ... A National Honors Society and National Spanish Honors Society member, ranks in the top six percent of her class.
PERSONAL - Full name is Alexis Rae Glemser ... Majoring in public relations ... Hobbies include soccer, reading and watching movies ... Chose USC over Miami, Rice, Tampa and College of Charleston ... Favorite athlete is Lance Armstrong ... Cousins Nancy (James Madison) and Julie (Towson) Yago both played collegiate field hockey ... Has one younger sister, Madi ... Born on April 11, 1990 ... Parents are Eric and Jeanne Glemser.
Ali Glemser on choosing South Carolina: "After visiting many different campuses I knew what I wanted, and I fell in love with USC the minute I stepped on the campus. It has everything I was looking for: great academics, TONS of school spirit, and a beautiful campus. Also, with a wonderful coaching staff and great players that are easy to get along with, I knew I wanted to be a part of the team."
Sydney HillAlpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee)
PRE-COLLEGE - Four-year starter at forward ... Team leading scorer (2006) ... Team captain and named Offensive Player of the Year (2007) ... Played for Tophat 08 Gold club team ... Point leader for club team two consecutive years (2005-06) ... Two-time assist leader in Region III Premier League (2005-06) ... Club leading scorer (2007) ... Club team named Georgia State Champions (2005), Region III Premier League Champions (2006) and Regional Quarterfinalist (2007).
PERSONAL - Full name is Sydney Elizabeth Hill ... Undecided major ... Hobbies include Frisbee, art and fashion ... Chose USC over Georgia and Virginia ... Favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo ... Grandfather James Hill Sr. played football and track at Dennison University ... Has one brother, Mac (20) ... Born on November 24, 1989 ... Parents are Jimmer and Barb Hill.
Sidney Hill on choosing South Carolina: "I fell in love with the school on my visits and I really liked the coaches and team. It seemed like a great fit for me and it is only about three hours from my home and an hour or two from my brother at College of Charleston."
Dani HenryAvondale, Pa. (Padua)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-time All-State selection, including two First Team honors ... Two-time First Team All-Catholic Conference selection ... High school team ranked state-best No. 5 nationally ... Two-time state champions ... Played for Kirkwood Blue Monkeys club team as a nine-year starter ... Six-year member of Delaware ODP team ... National Pool Player in (07,08) ... Four-time Regional Team Pool Player (2003, 2005-08) ... Member of Region I: Brazil International Team from 2007-08 ... Participated in National Development Camp (2007-08) and Adidas ESP Camp (June 2007) ... Named to Adidas ESP camp All-Star team ... Starter for Regional team that won Orange Classic Tournament championship (2006) ... Club team was six-time state champions ... Also lettered in track as a sprinter ... Qualified for Penn Relays ... State Indoor track team champions in 2005 and finalist in 2006 ... Named a high school Who's Who member.
PERSONAL - Full name is Danielle Monique Henry ... Nickname is Dani ... Majoring in chemistry/pre-med ... Hobbies include running, reading, art and listening to R&B on her iPod ... Chose USC over UNCW, Maryland, Penn State, Florida State and UCLA ... Favorite athletes include Thierry Henry, Joy Fawcett, David Beckham, Ronaldinho and Mia Hamm ... Has two older siblings ... Born October 24, 1990 ... Parents are George and Carmilia Henry.
Dani Henry on choosing South Carolina: "I love the medicine program they have and I am interested in practicing Medicine. My father is a physician in the OB/GYN field, which I hope to work with him one day. I love USC's campus and immediately could see myself at the school. It's a great environment for me to adapt to and I was immediately comfortable with the campus and the people. When I visited the campus and the soccer team, I felt very welcome; when I am at USC, it feels like home."
Maria PetroniFlowery Branch, Ga. (Buford)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-year member of Georgia ODP team (2005-07) ... Named 2007 Georgia Class AAAA to A Player of the Year ... Honorable Mention at Region III ODP Camp (2006) ... Two-time All-County (2006-07) ... 2008 Georgia "Super Six" selection ... Played for Atlanta Fire United club team that won state championship in 2006 ... Club team participated in Region III Premier League (2005-07) ... Four-year National Honors Society and Beta Club member ... Graduated third in her high school class and maintained over a 4.0 GPA all four years ... Named Buford High Star Student for highest SAT score in senior class ... Also lettered in track.
PERSONAL - Full name is Maria Louise Petroni ... Undecided major ... Member of the South Carolina Honors College ... Hobbies include playing any kind of sports, riding horses, spending times with friends and family, reading and going to church ... Chose USC over Mercer, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Samford, UAB and Miami (OH) ... Favorite athlete is Ronaldinho ... Has two brothers, David (13) and Phillip (10) ... Born July 20, 1990 ... Parents are David and Lori Petroni.
Maria Petroni on choosing South Carolina: "1) I want to be a part of a strong Division 1 soccer program. 2) I love the location being so close to home, and I love Columbia. 3) I have been accepted to the honors college and this is something I want to be a part of."
Kayla GrimsleyLakeland, Fla. (George Jenkins)
PRE-COLLEGE - Three-time All-State selection (2006-08) ... Named Florida high school Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 ... Won 2008 Florida state championship and named tournament MVP ... Captain of high school and club team ... Played for IMG Soccer Academy ... Three-year member of Region III ODP team (2005-07) ... Four-year member of Florida ODP team ... Served as captain of ODP all four years ... Captain of club team in 2008 that was ranked No. 1 in the nation ... IMG was three-time state champions ... Region III Premier League champions ... Three-time Disney Soccer Showcase finalist (2006-08) and won championship in 2008 ... Named 2004 Women's Sports Foundation SportsGirl of the year in Florida ... Also lettered in track.
PERSONAL - Full name is Kayla June Grimsley ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Hobbies include anything outdoors or in the water ... Chose USC over Tennessee, Florida State and Miami ... Favorite athlete is Steven Gerrard ... Has two sisters and one brother ... Sister Taryn played soccer at Florida Southern College ... Born June 8, 1990 ... Parents are Mike and Cindy Grimsley.
Kayla Grimsley on choosing South Carolina: "I fell in love with the campus and the coaches right off the bat. Then after meeting the team and being around the family they have, I knew I couldn't go anywhere else."
Bonny LepleyBirmingham, Ala. (Mountain Brook)
PRE-COLLEGE - Four-time 6A All-State and Birmingham News All-Metro team selection ... 2008 Alabama Player of the Year ... Named team Defensive MVP her freshman season ... Team captain and team MVP from 2006-08 ... Team won state championship every season ... State Tournament MVP ... Played for Birmingham United Soccer Association club team ... Named club team captain in 2004, 2007 and 2008 ... Nine-time club state champion ... Club team named Region III Premier League Champions (2006, 2007) and ranked 14th nationally ... Member of Art Honor Society.
PERSONAL - Full name is Bonny Elizabeth Lepley ... Majoring in nursing ... Hobbies include art, swimming, tennis, cooking and playing basketball ... Chose USC over Alabama and South Alabama ... Favorite athlete is Michael Ballack ... brother Nicholas is a junior on the Wake Forest men's track team ... Has another brother, Scott (9) ... Born May 31, 1990 ... Parents are Kim and Bob Lepley.
Bonny Lepley on choosing South Carolina: "I loved the city mixed with the college campus atmosphere."
Idana DeCeccoSherwood Park, Alberta, Canada (Archbishop Jordan)
PRE-COLLEGE - Member and starter of U-16 Canadian National Team during its Germany Tour in 2006 ... Member of Candian National U20 pool ... Also participated and started for U-15 Canadian National Team during 2005 tour ... Four-year member of National Training Center Prairies (NTCP) from 2004-08 ... Two-time All-Star Selects National Tournament bronze medalist with Alberta... Played for Scottish Angels of Women's Major League ... Seven-time Provincial Indoor and Outdoor Champions in U-12, U-13, U-14 and U-18 ... Women's Major League Provincial Indoor champions in 2007.
PERSONAL - Full name is Idana DeCecco ... Nickname is Ida ... Majoring in dentistry ... Hobbies include painting, reading, acting and photography ... Chose USC over Purdue, Tennessee, Montana, Princeton, University of Alberta, University of Toronto and Akron ... Favorite athlete is Ricardo Kaka ... Has two brothers, Bret and Crhis ... Born July 10, 1990 ... Parents are Craig and Barb DeCecco.
Idana DeCecco on choosing South Carolina: "I chose USC because of the coaches, availability of academic programs, academic and soccer program rankings and the weather (compared to home in Canada, the winters at USC are very balmy)."
Roya MojarabTacoma, Wash. (Curtis)
PRE-COLLEGE - 2007 South Puget Sound League 4A Second-Team member ... Five-time team captain ... Earned 2005 Best Defender and 2007 Captains and Coaches awards ... Played for Dosveedanya club team ... Placed second in U23 Far West Regionals ... 2006 Challenge Cup runner-up ... Club team participated in Kansas City Legends Colege Showcase ... Member of National Honors Society and French National Honors Society.
PERSONAL - Full name is Roya Mojarab ... Majoring in International Business ... Hobbies include weight lifting, keeper training, watching movies, playing with her cat and socializing with friends ... Chose USC over Troy and Washington State ... Favorite athlete is Oliver Kahn ... Sister, Tiffany, played water polo for Washington ... Another sister, Maryam, played soccer at Tacoma Community College ... Has one younger sister, Leily ... Born June 6, 1990 ... Parents are Mansoor and Regina Mojarab.
Roya Mojarab on choosing South Carolina: "The education is top notch, especially for my intended field. When I visited, their soccer team was not only amazing but they made me feel like I belonged. The coaches' confidence in my skill was another indication that USC was right for me."