Feb. 15, 2014
HOUSTON — Houston Soccer and head coach Chris Pfau have announced its newest class, highlighted by nine incoming freshmen, six of which hail from the state of Texas.
Set to begin his third season at the helm of the program, Pfau, associate head coach Suzie Grech and assistant coach Mike Stoerkel have put together a class that features several top players across the nation.
“I am very excited about this class and the potential that they have coming from the top clubs in the country,” said Pfau. “All these players play against the best clubs in the country and are trained by some of the best coaches in the country. We have a couple of players with national team experience both with the United States and with Mexico. Six of these players are in the 2014 Girls IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. Along with our two transfers this spring; Jordan Brown (National ODP camp in 2012) and Hailey Kirkwood, this group of players will help continue to develop our program to be able to compete in a great American Athletic Conference.”
“These nine incoming players are not only some of the top players in the country, but also bring a strong academic background and will represent the University of Houston positively on and off the field.”
Dallas, Texas (Richland Collegiate HS) | 5’6” | Midfield/Forward
High School: Helped her high school to multiple State Championships… Earned 2011 TCSAAL All-Region and All-State honors…High School team was undefeated during her career…Off the field, earned the “Overall Spirit Award” in the ninth grade…Served as a Mentor and was a member of the Prom Committee
Club/ODP: Played club soccer for the Dallas Texans from 2008 to present…National Experience: Was invited to the 2009 U-17 Mexican National Team Camp in Mexico City, Mexico…Regional Experience: Participated for the 2009 U-17 Mexico Regional Team-National Olympics in Sinaloa, Mexico earning a bronze medal…Played an integral role earning a Gold medal for the 2010 U-17 Mexico Regional Team-National Olympics in Guadalajara, Mexico...Was part of the 2011 North Texas US Region III GODP 95’s Camp in Alabama…State Experience: Was a member of the 2011 North Texas ODP State Team…Was a pool player for the 2009-10 North Texas ODP State Team
Personal: Full name is Vanessa Sylveria Almaguer…Daughter of Sonia and Julian Almaguer…Born October 2, 1995 in Dallas, Texas…Has two sisters, Monica and Clarissa and one brother, Joshua…Majoring in biology (pre-med)
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Vanessa will add great experience in the midfield. She is very technical player that sees the game very well. She can control the tempo of the game for us and is very passionate about the game of soccer.
Houston, Texas (Klein Forest HS) | 5’7” | Midfield/Forward
High School: Four-year letterwinner for the Klein Forest Golden Eagles out of Houston…Was a three-time Team MVP…Three-time First Team All-District recipient…Named 2010 District Newcomer of the Year…Also was a two-year letterwinner in track and cross country…Was a two-time Regional Qualifier…Off the field, member of the Glee Club, International Business Academy and Leadership Program
Club: A member of the Albion Hurricanes…Helped team to a Texas State Championship in 2012…Was part of a Region III Semifinalist Team, which later played in the 2013 ECNL National Championship Tournament
Personal: Full name is Selena Marie Peters…Daughter of Monica and Kenyon Peters…Born July 25, 1996 in Houston…Has three brothers, Jaylen, Kenyon and Desmond…Will pursue a degree in biology
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Selena can play a couple of different roles for us. She has great ability to break a defender down and is a very tricky player on the ball. Her ability to attack and get forward will really help us in the fall.
Romeo, Michigan (Romeo HS) | 5’10” | Goalkeeper
High School: Four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs out of Romeo High School in Michigan…Named All-District, All-League and All-County during her career…Was honored as Team MVP three consecutive years…Named 2010 Michigan State MVG…Helped team earn Michigan State Cup Finalist honors in 2009
Personal: Full name is Marina Elise Manzo…Daughter of Michelle and Salvatore Manzo…Born October 22, 1996 in Romeo, Michigan…Has one younger sister, Sophia and one younger brother, Vince…Majoring in meteorology/geology
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Marina has great size and presence in goal. She reads the game very well and controls her goal box. She will bring great experience from her club Vardar and has played against some of the best teams in the country.
Fort Worth, Texas (Keller Central HS) | 5’2” | Midfield
High School: Three-year letterwinner for the Chargers out of Keller Central High School in Fort Worth…Named 2014 captain…Helped team to a Bi-District Championship in 2013…Was a First Team All-District selection in 2013…Second Team All-District selection in 2012 and Newcomer of the Year…2011 JV Captain and MVP…Notched 14 goals and tallied 15 assists in 2013 with eight goals and eight assists in 2012…Off the field, was a member of the A/B Honor Roll
Club Soccer: Played for D’Feeters Soccer Club from 2009 to present... Odyssey Soccer Club from 2006-09…Helped team to the Region III tournament
ODP: Was part of the NTSSA ODP from 2008-12…Participated in the Region Camp in 2009 and 2010…Was part of the National ODP Camp in February 2012…Is among the 2014 IMG Academy 150 player Pool.
Personal: Full name is Kristina Noemi Schulz…Daughter of Mili and Keith Schulz…Born January 3, 1996 in New Orleans, La…Calls Fort Worth, Texas home…Has three older siblings, Raul, Keith and Samantha…Major is Kinesiology
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Kristina is very talented with the ball and sees the game very well. She has been called into National Camp and plays for a great club team in D’Feeters. She can play in the center of the midfield and will be able to dictate the game for us.
Las Vegas, Nevada (Centennial HS) | 5’6” | Defender
High School: Two-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs of Centennial High School…Helped team to a State Championship appearance after claiming Regional Champions in 2010-11…Also played an integral role on the Regional Finalists team in 2011-12…Named Defensive MVP in 2011-12 and to the All-District Team…Was a two-time Academic All-State recipient...Off the field, was her high school’s Valedictorian...Member of the National Honor Society
Club: Played club soccer for Heat FC...Was a member of the 2012 National Championship FinECNL Rocky Mountain PDP participant in 2013 and 2014
Personal: Full name is Kelsey Brianne Thein…Daughter of Nicole and Tom Thein…Born October 20, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada…Has two sisters, Katelyn and Lindsey…Majoring in mechanical engineering
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Kelsey can play either defensive center, mid or center back. She reads the game very well and is a tough defender that also can create the attack for us. She showcases great toughness in her game.
Henderson, Nevada (Coronado HS) | 5’5” | Defender
High School: Earned varsity letters for Palo Verde High School …Was honored with the Student-Athlete award her first two seasons…Off the field, was a 2011 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership nominee. Currently on the board of the Quantum Physics Club at Coronado HS as the Chief of Athletic Relations. Maintains above a 4.0 weighted GPA through HS career from Honors and AP courses.
Club/ODP: Played for Neusport FC…Helped team to a Nevada State Championship in 2008, 2010 and 2011…Was a member of a Regional Quarterfinalist Team in 2009…Participated on the 2010 ODP Region IV Finalist Team…Also played for Heat FC…Was a member of the 2010 ECNL All-Tournament Team in California…Helped 2012 ECNL Team to the National Finals…TopDrawerSoccer ranks her as a four-star player…Is among the 2014 Girls IMG Academy 150 Player Pool…Ranked No. 28 by TopDrawerSoccer in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest Region
Personal: Full name is Danielle Georgi Dolence…Prefers to go by Georgi…Daughter of Roslyn and Kirk Dolence…Born February 1, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada…Calls Henderson, Nevada home…Has one older brother, Derek
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Georgi is a very athletic player that can get forward from the outside back position. She has great versatility in that she can also play in the midfield. Not only is she a good defender, but someone that can create on the ball too.
Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown HS) | 5’6” | Defender
High School: Earned three letters in soccer for the Eagles of Georgetown High School…Helped 2013 team to a Regional Finals berth…Named Best Defender in District…Played an integral role on the 2012 State Quarterfinals team…Named First Team All-District, Second Team All-Region…Honored as the Central Texas Defender of the Year…Off the field, was a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Mentor Program…Earned highest overall average in math
Club: Played club soccer for the ECNL Dallas Texas from 2012-14
Personal: Full name is Margo Zanne McEntire…Daughter of Gia and Bill McEntire…Born August 9, 1996 in Odessa, Texas…Calls Georgetown, Texas home…Has an older sister, Andee and a younger brother, Haven…Majoring in petroleum engineering
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Margo is a very tough, hardnosed and competitive defender. She works extremely hard in every environment and will push the players around her.
Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood Park HS) | 5’7” | Goalkeeper
High School: Earned four varsity letters for the Panthers of Kingwood Park High School…Helped team to a Regional Semifinalist spot in 2013 and back-to-back Bi-District Championships in 2012 and 2011…Was honored as Goalkeeper of the Year…Named a First Team All-District and All-State goalkeeper
Personal: Full name is Kaitlin Ann Sterner…Daughter of Tracey and Jim Sterner…Born March 19, 1996 in Houston…Calls Kingwood, Texas home…Has two older siblings, J.D. and Willi and one younger sibling, Tony…Majoring in engineering
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Kaitlin is a great shot stopper that can control her goal box. She is a good leader and brings great experience from her club team Challenge and that will help her as a freshman.
Houston, Texas (Awty International School) | 5’6” | Forward/Midfielder
High School: Was a four-year letterwinner in soccer for the Rams of Awty International School…Helped team to four straight District Championship titles…Helped 2013 team to the State Championship…Has played on a high school team that remains undefeated…Named a four-time First Team All-State and All-District honoree…Earned ‘Best Midfielder’ in 2012-13 and 2011-12 as well as ‘Athlete of the Year’ in 2011-12…Also earned ‘Newcomer of the Year’ honors in 2010-11…Also earned a letter in volleyball and cross country
Personal: Full name is Giovanna Bruna Manisck…Daughter of Claudia and Paula Manisck…Born July 29, 1996 in Houston…Has one sibling, Christian…Majoring in biology
Quote from Head Coach Chris Pfau: Giovanna is a very technical forward. She is a good 1 v 1 player, but also can play as a target player. She can strike a ball very well and is dangerous to score from anywhere.
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