Lost in all of the excitement of Kliff's awesome football recruiting class was the quite impressive haul that Coach Tom Stone made on NSD for the Texas Tech women's soccer team.
Coach Stone followed his 2013 #16 final national ranking and undefeated Big 12 season with a class that, like Coach Kingsbury, addressed immediate need. This included an impressive 3* Top Drawer all-state goalkeeper from California, Carissa Christensen, who will help fill the void left by All-Big 12 First-teamer Victoria Esson, who allowed only 2 goals in conference play in 2013 before graduating. Goalkeeping in soccer, like hockey, can put you over the top. Tech seems to have landed a good one in Christensen.
Coach Stone also landed 3 other Top Drawer recruits, all 4* commits and all from the state of Texas. Defender Rebekah O'Brien from Spring and Forwards Natalie Schmutz from Texas 5A power Flower Mound Marcus and Sara Summers from perennial 4A state contender Dallas Highland Park were all very highly recruited nationally. Summers was ranked by Top Drawer (the Rivals of national youth soccer) as the #33 college forward recruit in the nation. Schmutz was also targeted by many colleges nationally but she stayed in-state with Tech and was a huge get for the Raider's side.
Tech also signed 2 other out of state forwards, Haleigh Fancher, a high energy striker from Missouri and Alex Marmureanu, another strong but fast forward out of Marymount High in Los Angeles.
5 of the 6 field players that Stone recruited this season all have forward experience which indicates a high skill level in this class. This follows a trend of-late by Stone of going after players like Janine Beckie, who have very high skill level and who usually rise to the occasion in close matches in a very competitive environment like D-1 Big 12 soccer.
While it will be interesting to see how hungry the 2014 squad will be after the best season in program history in 2013, these new recruits indicate that nationally recruited talent are willing to come to Lubbock to display their wares and offer themselves up to a very high level of international style coaching that Stone and his staff offer.