New Sunshine Conference side has signed a good blend of youth, experience from both local & regional talentPENSACOLA, FL (05/09/11) -
The Gulf Coast Texans of the Sunshine Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)
have announced their initial roster for the Summer 2011 Season. The Texans inaugural season will feature some familiar names from the local area as well as some established collegiate stars. Leading the way will be Shakira Duncan
(above), one of the most decorated players in University of West Florida soccer history who was a two-time NCAA National Scoring Champion and two-time All-American.
Shakira Duncan will joined up top by UWF team-mate and fellow Jamaican Tina Murray.
A very creative player, Murray was named to the Daktronics All-American Honorable Mention team, the All-South Team and Gulf South Conference (GSC) Team. Head Coach David Kemp was very excited by all who turned out at tryouts and is looking forward to their first season in the WPSL.
"I think the squad has a good balance of exciting young talent, many of them local players, and some quality experienced players who will help them develop and mature," said Kemp. "It's great for us to have players like Alicia and Shakira on board, with top level playing experience, who can lead by example and bring some composure to the team. It will also be good for our community to come out and see this team in action in our home games against some of the best players in the Country. We are looking forward to getting started."
The team also announce its staff for the 2011 Season, with Kemp also adding two Texan Youth products to the Coaching Staff in Matt Williams and Austin King. Gerald Praylow joins as General Manager, to provide expertise in organization and marketing.
"Gerald is a great addition to the team, and will ensure our first season is a success," said Kemp. "His personal management skills will be a valuable asset to the program. Matt and Austin both came through our program and both played at college with Matt going on to play in the USL and in New Zealand. They are young and enthusiastic and both expressed a keen interest to be involved in this exciting project.
"It's rewarding to see so many people involved on the playing side and the coaching side who have come through our program and have a genuine love for the game."
Three goalkeepers have been signed to the team, including UWF standout Courtney Jones
who holds many all-time records and was a Daktronics All-American, multiple All-Region and GSC selection. Cagney Valloch
, a Niceville High School product who currently plays for Mercer University, and Lorna Brownlie
from Glasgow, Scotland who plays for the University of Mobile round out the trio.
The defensive group will be led by Alicia Wilson
, who has captained Jamaica at the National Team level, played all over the world and was a multiple All-American selection for William Carey University. Joining Alicia will be Texan Youth product Jess Oram
, an All-State selection for Pace High School who started every game this past year as a freshman for the University of South Alabama.Brittany Soto
brings lots of experience as an All-Conference selection from Birmingham Southern, and Brittany Renner
a bundle of potential as the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Freshman Of The Year, where she had a phenomenal season for Jackson State. Krystel Taylor
, another Niceville H.S. graduate, is also coming off a great freshman season at Flagler College, and UWF's Tori Fish
from will provide energy & versatility.
The midfield provides some familiar local names, led by four Texan Youth products including the University of South Alabama trio - Kristin Sutton
, Clarissa Hernandez
and Shawn Meach
. Alex Pickrell
, another All-State player while at Pace H.S. joins from UWF. Hawaii is represented on the squad by Jasmine Kauka
, currently playing for UAB.
Valuable experience will come from the UWF trio - Brianna Oeser
, Jodi Galucci
and Jordan Stone
. Brianna has WPSL experience playing for the Arizona Rush of the Big Sky Conference, and was an All-South & All-GSC selection for UWF and is fresh off a stint playing in England.
Jordan had a great 2010 season for UWF, being named a Daktronics All-South and All-GSC selection. Duncan and Murray will be joined up top by another Texan Youth product, 2009/2010 PNJ Player Of The Year and All-State selection for Gulf Breeze H.S. Maggie Rodgers
. Maggie is currently playing for the University of Florida.
Opening game for the team will be at home at Ashton Brosnaham Stadium on Memorial Day (May 31) vs. Florida Sol F.C. at 6:00 PM. The full conference will be released this week.
For more information on the team, including how to register for the WPSL "Future Stars" Soccer Camp June 16-18, and info on all Texan programs including tryouts for the youth level, please visit http://www.dallastexansflorida.com. We are also still looking for more sponsors to help with the team, please contact David Kemp for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.About Dallas Texans Florida:
DTF is the Florida Division of The Dallas Texans - one of the top youth soccer clubs in the United States - and is one of the fastest growing clubs in Florida with approximately 450 select players based at their home fields at Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex. DTF has an outstanding coaching staff and offers many different programs to serve all soccer players including Recreational, SuperLiga, Select, High School Prep, ODP, College Prep & Showcasing and now, the WPSL. For more info, visit our official website at http://www.dallastexansflorida.com.About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL):
The WPSL is a 60-plus team national league for the Summer 2011 season competing in five conferences and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)
as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
. The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.
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