HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State soccer has added three mid-year additions to bolster the program, head coach Tom Brown announced on Monday.
The players, all of which are enrolled at Sam Houston and can compete in spring games and practices include Carlota Suarez Crespo, Carly English and Briana Woodall.
“I think there is a renewed expectations to make this upcoming spring and fall a better season and back to the quality we normally play,” 10th-year head coach Tom Brown said. “I think these three players coming in can be impact players for us. We are glad to get them into the system now and not have to wait to have to integrate them.”
CARLOTA SUAREZ CRESPO
Suarez comes to Sam Houston after spending the 2016 season at national runner-up Tyler Junior College. There, the Madrid, Spain, native posted 24 goals and four assists in 24 games while being named First-Team All-Region.
The forward offers a range of success at Club de Fútbol Pozuelo de Alarcón, a club competing in Pozuelo de Alarcón in the Community of Madrid. There, she was named second national division three consecutive seasons between 2013 and 2015.
During the 2011-12 season with C.F. Pozuelo, under 16, she notched 47 goals including 60 in friendly matches. Crespo also supported the senior team in the regional league.
“With Carlota, I think she had a great experience with Tyler last year. She scored a lot of goals and that was an area we struggled last season. I think that will be a very positive addition for us. She is an exceptional athlete and has been successful at quite a few sports.” – Tom Brown
Woodall heads to Sam Houston after spending one season with Oklahoma State. The midfielder played in 13 games, adding one goal, an assist and nine shots – including six on goal – during the 2016 season.
The Kingwood, Texas, native served as a member of Mexico’s U-20 WNT Training Camp in 2015 as well as a member of Mexico’s U-17 National Team. She helped the squad to the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament championship in 2013 and scored nine goals in 14 international games during preparation for the 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
While at Porter High School, Woodall scored 34 goals and tallied 33 assists during her senior season in route to being named District 21-5A Offensive Player of the Year. She was also named The Courier’s All-Montgomery County Co-MVP that season.
“Briana has a lot of great experience. She’s a player who is very technical and good on the ball. She is an explosive player. I think she has good vision. I think the ability for her to get players like Carlota involved will be a big benefit. We look to see a very positive combo.” – Tom Brown
English enters Sam Houston after spending two seasons at Mississippi State. She saw action in four games as a freshman in 2015, adding a game-high 57 minutes against Southern Miss. She earned her first collegiate assist in a 4-0 win against Nicholls.
While at Red Oak High School, English was a letterwinner all four years, adding versatility as a midfielder and defender. She led Red Oak to a Region II UIL Playoff appearance in all four seasons including a No. 6 ranking in total offense and No. 9 in total defense in Dallas-Fort Worth.
English was named District 28-4A first team All-District and Utility Player of the Year following her junior season and was second-team all-district as a sophomore.
“Carly brings us a player in the back where we need some stability. I remember her from her high school days being a very good defender. I think we were missing that at times last year.” – Tom Brown