Feb. 6, 2013
Five student-athletes signed the National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and will enroll at Vanderbilt this fall to play soccer for the Commodores, Head Coach Derek Greene announced this afternoon.
"This is a great group of players with some outstanding speed, skill, and experience that will allow them to understand what it takes to compete in the SEC right away," Greene said. "I am very confident that these young women have a chance to make an impact from the moment they set foot on campus this fall."
The quintet includes Simone Charley (Forward; Hoover, Ala.; Spain Park; Birmingham Legends), Laura Foster (Defender; Knoxville, Tenn.; Christian Academy of Knoxville; Brentwood Premier), Sasha Gray (Forward; Nesconset, N.Y.; Smithtown; Albertson Elite Fury), Krystina Iordanou (Defender; Upper Brookville, N.Y.; Friends Academy; Albertson Elite Fury) and Olivia Liebman (Goakeeper; Austin, Texas; St. Andrew's Episcopal; Lonestar 95G ECNL).
"We are trying to create a culture of competing daily, holding yourself and each other accountable, and working hard every day," Greene said. "All of these young women come from wonderful families that have instilled these core values in them throughout their lives, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to join our Vanderbilt soccer family. Our staff could not be more excited about the future of women's soccer at Vanderbilt with the addition of the 2013 class."
Charley and Foster both hail from the Southeast, each within 200 miles of Vanderbilt's campus. Charley also plans to compete in the triple jump for Head Coach Steve Keith's track and field program. Foster is rated as a three-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer and has played her club ball for nearby Brentwood Premier and FC Alliance.
Gray and Iordanou are club teammates for Long Island's Albertson Elite Fury. Both players are rated as four-start recruits by Top Drawer Soccer, hand have been placed among the Top 10 players in the state of New York.
Liebman (front page picture) is another four-star recruit in this year's class. The goalkeeper has been ranked the No. 2 player in the Lone Star State and the fourth overall goalkeeper in the nation. According to Top Drawer Soccer, Vanderbilt has signed the fifth-best recruiting class in the 14-member Southeastern Conference.
"Signing day is always an exciting day for every staff of an NCAA team," Greene said. "As a staff we take great pride in recruiting, and we work very hard to make sure we are finding the type of player and student-athlete that will take Vanderbilt soccer to the next level. Our program has captured some tremendous momentum on the recruiting trail the last two years and I know people are talking about Vanderbilt soccer nationally. The student-athletes we are signing today, along with our current team, are prepared to put Vanderbilt soccer back on the national scene."
Over the next few weeks, we will introduce each student-athlete individually on vucommodores.com.