March 12, 2013
We return from our Spring Break hiatus to introduce the fourth member of the soccer signing class of 2013, a dangerous attacking presence and our second player from Long Island, Sasha Gray.
A native of Nesconset, New York, Gray attends Smithtown High School East and was the only freshman starter for the Bulls in 2010. Gray helped lead that squad to a 2011 Suffolk County Championship, as she scored four game-winning goals and averaged two assists per game.
At Smithtown, Gray also lettered in track and field and JV basketball. But on the soccer field, she decided to devote her time to club ball following her sophomore campaign. Playing for coachMichael Demakis, Gray has been a club teammate of Krystina Iordanou with the Albertson Elite Fury. That side is a mainstay in the Elite Clubs National League, and Gray has faced top competition during her prep career.
Gray was named to the U17 All-Event Team at a recent ECNL tournament in San Diego. She also has led the Fury to a U16 championship at the Disney Showcase.
Gray was an ECNL national camp selection as a U14. She also has been involved with the Olympic Development Program, playing in events in Coral Springs, Fla., and Costa Rica.
As highly decorated in the classroom as she is on the field, Gray is an honor roll student at Smithtown East. She is a member of both the Spanish and art honor societies, was a finalist in the school's Business Olympics and spent two years on the Elite Chamber Orchestra. Gray also finds time to volunteer with Athletes helping Athletes.
Personal: Sasha T Gray... Born Aug. 4, 1995, in Syosset, N.Y.... Daughter of Saloian and Garfield Gray... Has one older brother, Alexander... Plans to major in health sciences with a minor in business.
Head Coach Derek Greene on Gray:
"As we were recruiting for this class of 2013 and saw players from all over the U.S., I believe Sasha is one of the more underrated attacking players in the country. When you watch Sasha play, she is technically gifted. The ball stays glued to her foot on her first touch and she's able to run at people at full speed. Her technical speed is outstanding when she's running at a defender 1-v-1.
"I expect Sasha to come in and have an opportunity to start as a forward right away. We'll look for her to be a goal-scorer, but she's also a tremendous playmaker. She can use all surfaces of her feet to set people up for goals. She's also improved her shot and is striking the ball really well. Once she gets here and adjusts to the speed and the physicality of the SEC, Sasha's got an unbelievable future for us."