Feb. 8, 2013HOUSTON - Four in-state student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars next fall, head coach Chris Pfau announced Friday. Shayne Clewett (Katy/ Seven Lakes H.S.), Christina Collins (Pearland/ Pearland H. S.), Tiffani Echeverria (Sugar Land/ Clements H. S.), and Megan Goh (Fort Worth/ North Crowley H. S.) have joined the 2013-14 squad.
"I am very excited about this class and what they will bring to our program," Pfau said. "This class will not only give us depth, but will push for starting time. They will bring a desire not only to get better, but a desire to push our program to new levels on and off the field. I am very excited about the future here at Houston, not only with us entering the Big East, but with our 2013 class and a very talented group of returners. I expect big things from us."
Clewett, the athletic defender from Seven Lakes High, helped her team advance to the State Finals last season. The Katy, Texas native, and a First Team All-District member, set a school record for consecutive defensive shut outs in 2011 and was named Defensive MVP of her squad. Clewett will finish her prep career as a four-time letterwinner and played for Challenge Soccer Club.
"Shayne is a very athletic and tough defender that is not only a good 1v1 defender, but can go forward," Pfau said.
Collins brings the versatility of a multi-sport athlete. She lettered in both soccer and track and field at Pearland High. Collins has the honor of being named MVP in 2010 and Offensive MVP in 2012. Along with on the field awards, Collins was named to the 2012 Academic All-District Team. Collins played club for Pearland United.
"Christina is a great all-around player," Pfau said. "She is very good with the ball and has some pace that can get in behind the back line."
Echeverria, a three-year letterwinner under head coach Robert Boagni at Clements High, was a vital part to the Rangers success in 2012. She tied for the team lead with 11 goals during the regular season and helped her team advance to the regional semi-finals. To cap her impressive junior season, the Sugar Land, Texas native, was named the MVP of District 23-5A. Echeverria played club for the Albion Hurricanes.
"Tiffani is a very technical player," Pfau said. "She can keep the ball and sees the game very well. She will be able to control the tempo of the game for us."
Goh, a midfielder from North Crowley High, received Utility Player of the Year two years in a row (2010-12) and was named First Team All-District Utility Player in 2011. She went on to help her team claim the District Championship in 2011. The Fort Worth, Texas native, is also outstanding student and was a three-time Academic All-District selection going into her senior year. She also received the Outstanding Academic Achievement award for three consecutive years and will graduate in May in the top-one percent of her class. Goh played for Solar Chelsea Football Club under head coach Chris Gangi.
"Megan is a very smart and hard working player," Pfau said. "She has good footwork and is extremely good on both sides of the ball."
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