HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston soccer program added 10 new players to the roster on Wednesday, completing a recruiting process that is four years in the making.

On the first day high school seniors can sign with a university, SHSU head coach Tom Brown announced a class that includes four midfielders (Maggie Falcheck, Ashley Friedrichs, Tyler Pierce and Grace Stine),  three defenders (Danielle Forsyth, Lexi Fowler, Katie Leal) one who can play both in the midfield and defense (Caitlyn McDonald), a striker (Madison Pottorff) and a goalkeeper (Abby DeLozier).

“This signing class helps strengthen us across the field in every position,” Brown said. “All of these players come from strong soccer clubs and I feel that they will be prepared to transition into college soccer.”

All 10 new signees are from the state of Texas with four currently playing in the Houston area. This group will be a big part of building upon a team that finished 7th last season and lost in the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament to SFA.

 

 


Abby DeLozier – McKinney, TX – Goalkeeper

  • McKinney Boyd High School (McKinney, TX) – Coach Meagan Wilson
  • o 4 year varsity player
  • o Honorable mention all-district in 2017
  • o Varsity team captain in 2018
  • o 2017 Bi-District playoff appearance, 2015 Area playoff appearance
  • Club Soccer – Dallas Sting ECNL 2014-17 – Coaches Brian Brian Flanagan, Tatu and Beau Brown, Dallas Texans 2018 – Coach Angelina Pane
  • Active in church youth group
  • Intends to major in Nursing

Why Sam Houston:

“The campus felt like home and will give me the opportunity to be successful.”

  • Parents – Brian and Darolyn DeLozier

Tom Brown says:

“We are excited to add Abby to our team.  She has gained very good club soccer experience and will strengthen our goalkeeping position.  She is very good with her feet and has very quick reflexes.”

 

 

Maggie Falcheck – Spring, TX – Midfielder

  • Texas Connections Academy (H.I.S.D. Charter School)
  • Club Soccer – Texas Rush ECNL – Coach Dave Dengerink and Challenge ECNL – Coach Pat O’Toole
  • o STYSA State Cup Champion
  • o S. Soccer Training Center Participant
  • o 2013 and 2014 – 1st and 2nd respectively in goals scored
  • TopDrawerSoccer 2 star recruit
  • Top 10% of class, All A Honor Roll, National Honor Society Member, English and Science Awards and various community service awards
  • Intends to major in Kinesiology

Why Sam Houston:

“After going on several visits to different schools, I decided to choose Sam Houston State University because it had everything I was looking for. When I first started looking at schools I thought I wanted to go away for college, but when I visited SHSU I knew that I wanted to stay closer, so my parents could come watch me play. I love that it’s in a smaller town and has everything I wanted in a college.”

  •  Parents – Jack and Mary Falchek

Tom Brown says:

“Maggie is an all-around good player who will play somewhere in the flank for us.  She is good at taking advantage of goal-scoring opportunities.”

  

Danielle Forsyth – Spring, TX – Defender

  • Klein High School (Spring, TX) – Coach Adrian Ramirez
  • o 3 year varsity player
  • o Second team all-district in 2017
  • o 3 time district champions
  • Club Soccer – Texas Rush ECNL and Houston Dash DA – Coach Nick O’Shea
  • TopDrawerSoccer 2 star recruit
  • Intends to major in Education.

Why Sam Houston:

“Sam Houston State University is known for their outstanding College of Education; which is great for me because I hope one day to have a career as a Special Education Teacher. The location of Sam Houston is close to my hometown so my family can make it to all my games also.

  • Parents – Don and Dina Forsyth

Tom Brown says:

“Danielle is a very versatile player who can play anywhere on the flank for us.  I think that she has the attributes to become a very dangerous attacking back.  Her tenacious defending combined with quality passing will be a positive addition to our team.”

 

Lexi Fowler – Cypress, TX – Defender

  • Cypress Woods High School (Cypress, TX) – Coach Amy Trocquet
  • o 4 year varsity player and team captain in 2018
  • o District champions in sophomore year. Area finalists last three years
  • o First team all-district as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore
  • o Academic all-district three years
  • Club Soccer – Challenge ECNL – Coaches Pat O’Toole and Chris Maravalli
  • o ECNL National quarterfinalists for three years.
  • TopDrawerSoccer regionally ranked player
  • ODP Region 3 camp in 2014, US Soccer Training Invitee in 2015
  • Academic Honor Roll (3 years), Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Intends to major in business.

Why Sam Houston:

“Sam Houston provides a great opportunity to play soccer at the highest level and receive an outstanding education.   I can’t wait to join my new teammates next year!”

  • Parents – Scott and Tammy Fowler

Tom Brown says:

“Lexi is an all-around solid player who can play multiple positions for us.  I think that she has gained solid experience while playing for Challenge and can continue to develop her level of play at Sam Houston.”

 

Ashley Friedrichs – Royse City, TX – Midfielder

  • Ford High School (Quinlan, TX) – Coach Douglas Miller
  • o 4 year varsity player
  • o Three time First Team All-District
  • o Three time Team MVP and team captain
  • Club Soccer – FC Dallas ECNL and DA – Coach Ben Waldrum
  • TopDrawerSoccer Top 100 Player; ranked as one of the top midfielders; 3 star recruit
  • Top 10% in class, Honor Roll, Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Called into the Mexico Youth National Team in 2014 for a two-week camp.
  • Intends to major in business.

Why Sam Houston:

“Great college & coaches which gives me the opportunity to stay close to my family & to continue to play the sport that I love alongside my best friend & teammate of 14 years.”

Parents – Len and Alex Friedrichs

Tom Brown says:

“Ashley is a very skillful midfielder.   She has very good vision and field awareness.  She will be very important to help create scoring opportunities for the team.”

 

Katie Leal – Austin, TX – Defender

  • Round Rock High School (Round Rock, TX) – Coach Chad Aldrich
  • o 4 year varsity player and Team Captain as a senior
  • o Honorable Mention All-District in 2016 and Second Team All-District in 2017
  • o Academic All-District
  • o Reached third round of playoffs in 2016 and 2017
  • Club Soccer – Lonestar Soccer Club ECNL – Coaches Wes Schevers and Peter McCann
  • o Reached the Champions League (Top 32 teams in the nation) in 2015
  • 4.0 or Higher Award during all her high school years

Why Sam Houston:

“Sam Houston State University’s environment made me feel immediately at home. SHSU is close-knit family.  The coaches are very personable, and the players have an excellent team chemistry.  Sam Houston State University is the perfect school for me both academically and for continuing my soccer career.”

  • Parents – George and Mary Leal

Tom Brown says:

“I am very excited about having Katie play with our team.  She is a good all-around player who can help us in several positions.”

 

Caitlyn McDonald – Sachse, TX – Midfielder/Defender

  • Sachse High School (Sachse, TX) – Coach Kristen Campbell
  • 4 year varsity player
  • Freshman Year: District Champions, Regional Semi-Finalist; Second Team All-District
  • Sophomore Year: District Champion; Area Finalist, First Team All-District (11-6A), Team Hustle Award
  • Junior Year: District Champion; Regional Semi-Finalist; District 10-6A MVP;
  • Dallas Morning News First Team All-Area; Team Co-MVP Award
  • Club Soccer – FC Dallas ECNL, FC Dallas DA and FC Dallas WPSL – Coach Ben Waldrum
  • TopDrawerSoccer 3 star recruit, TopDrawerSoccer IMG150 list, Winter High School All-America Watch List
  • Intends to major in mathematics.

Why Sam Houston:

“Not only is it important to choose a school whose athletic program is a good fit for me, academia played a big part in my decision, too.  Sam Houston State has a great academic program for Math majors, which is what I plan to study, and offer great internship opportunities.  I’m very excited to see what the future holds for me at Sam Houston State.”     

  • Parents – Sean and Carri McDonald

Tom Brown says:

“Caitlyn is a very good player who can play as a center back or central midfielder for us.  She has played at a very high level with FC Dallas’s WPSL team.  She is very calm under pressure and can help solve the problems that other teams give us on the field.”

 

Tyler Pierce – Temple, TX – Midfielder

  • Salado High School (Salado, TX) – Coach Michael Goos
  • o 3 year varsity player
  • o Freshman year: District champions and Area finalists; All-district honorable mention and All Area Newcomer of the Year
  • o Sophomore year – District champions and State semi-finalists; Second team all-district and First team all-area
  • Club Soccer – Lonestar Soccer Club – Coaches Ashley Schevers and Matt Armstrong
  • o USYS State Champions in 2017
  • South Texas ODP and Regional Pool Player 2012-15
  • Represented US in the Netherlands with Forza Campiones of Austin, Texas. Team Captain, and leading scorer.  Scored 6 goals in 4 games.
  • Salado Student Leadership, National Honor Society and Student Council
  • Intends to major in psychology

Why Sam Houston:

“Choosing Sam was an easy decision for me.  It combines an opportunity to play for a great soccer program and to get an education from a top university with a number of nationally ranked departments.”

  • Parents – Dr. Aaron and Kelley Pierce

Tom Brown says:

“Tyler is a very crafty player with the ball and is good at finding her teammates with the ball.  I think that she can handle the pressure in the midfield and help our team keep the ball.”

 

 

Madison Pottorff – Kaufman,TX – Forward

  • Crandall High School (Crandall, TX) – Coach Eleseba Tanksley
  • o 4 year varsity player
  • o Freshman year: District MVP and 1st Team All-State, District champs and regional semi-finalists, season high goal scoring record of 56 goals.
  • o Sophomore year: 1st Team All-District and Team MVP.
  • o Junior Year: 1st Team All-District and Offensive MVP.
  • Club Soccer – FC Dallas ECNL – Coach Ben Waldrum
  • TopDrawerSoccer 2 star recruit
  • Family Career Community Leaders of America and youth leader at church.
  • Intends to major in pre-vet.

Why Sam Houston

“I really connected with the coaches and liked the style of play.  The school offers what I want to major in.”

  • Parents – Mike and Teresa Pottorff

Tom Brown says:

“Madison is a very dynamic player who has the ability to score goals.  She can play anywhere along the front line, inside or out, and get in to score goals.”

 

Grace Stine – The Woodlands, TX - Midfielder

  • The Woodlands High School - Coach: Dina Graves
  • o Played 1 year at The Woodlands HS in Texas
  • o 3 years at previous school, Sunset HS in Beaverton Oregon.
  • o Finished 2nd in State 2014, 3rd in state 2015, 2nd in state 2016, received OSAA honorable mention 2016.
  • US Soccer ID2 National Camp Selection 2014, ODP region IV Invitational Camp Selection 2014-15, US Soccer Training Center Invitee 2014-17
  • Club soccer: Crossfire United ECNL 2014-16, FC Portland ECNL 2016-17, Challenge ECNL 2017-18 Coach: Chris Maravalli

Why Sam Houston:

“I chose Sam Houston because I see it as the best place to further my education and soccer career. It is full of friendly people, the soccer is competitive, and the campus is beautiful.”

  • Intends to major in business marketing.
  • Parents: Mark and Andrea Stine

Tom Brown says:

“I am excited about Grace joining our team. She has been out injured for an extended period of time but she has got better and stronger each time we have seen her play. She is a quality attacking midfielder who can cover lots of ground and is good at winning the ball back.