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UTSA soccer program inks 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 02/07/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head soccer coach Steve Ballard announced Wednesday the addition of 10 players for the upcoming 2013 season, which will be the Roadrunners’ first in Conference USA. 

The group, which represent six different states, consists of high school players Kirsten Buono (Rossmoor, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Emma Makela (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS), Tyane Ramos (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson HS) and Kat Tesno (Conroe, Texas/Oak Ridge HS), as well as transfers Kaytee O’Brien (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage HS/UNC Greensboro), Teresa Offerman (Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll HS/Butler [Kan.] CC), Happy Orere-Amadu (New York, N.Y./Truman HS/Monroe [N.Y.]), Megan Snyder (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission West HS/Butler [Kan.] CC), Taylor Wingerden (Macedon, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon HS/Monroe [N.Y] CC) and Shelby Wright (Yuma, Ariz./Mitchell HS/Nova Southeastern [Fla.]). O’Brien and Wright already have enrolled and are currently attending classes at UTSA during the spring semester.

“First, I’d like to thank associate head coach Kristin Boeker and assistant coach Missy Strasburg,” Ballard said. “Both are outstanding coaches, as well as great individuals who put in countless hours to help assemble this great class. We like this group because it is multi-talented, addresses our needs and created competition within the team. I am extremely excited to have this signing class join our outstanding core of returning players this fall.”

2013 UTSA Soccer Signing Class

Player  Pos.
  Year     Hometown (High School/Previous School) Club Team
Kirsten Buono D  Fr.-HS    Rossmoor, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS) Beach FC
Emma Makela GK  Fr.-HS    Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak HS) Crossfire Premier
Kaytee O’Brien *
MF/D  Jr.-TR    Colleyville, Texas (Heritage HS/UNC Greensboro)
Dallas Sting
Teresa Offerman D  Jr.-TR    Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll HS/Butler [Kan.] CC) Wichita Fire
Happy Orere-Amadu F/MF  Jr.-TR   New York, N.Y. (Truman HS/Monroe [N.Y.]) Independente
Tyane Ramos F/D  Fr.-HS   Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS)
Lonestar SC
Megan Snyder MF/D  Jr.-TR   Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West HS/Butler [Kan.] CC) Kansas City Comets
Kat Tesno GK  Fr.-HS   Conroe, Texas (Oak Ridge HS)
Texas Rush
Taylor Wingerden F  Jr.-TR   Macedon, N.Y. (Palmyra-Macedon HS/Monroe [N.Y.] CC)
Rochester Ravens
Shelby Wright *
D/MF  Jr.-TR   Yuma, Ariz. (Mitchell HS/Nova Southeastern [Fla.])

* enrolled in classes at UTSA this spring

Kirsten Buono
Defender  ·  Fr.-HS
Rossmoor, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)
Club Team:
Beach FC

· Cal South ODP Pool
· Honorable mention All-Sunset League
· Principal’s Academic Honors List

Buono on UTSA …
"I love the feeling I get when I'm around the team. I already feel as if they are my sisters. I also love the excitement of all the coaches and how I feel at home when I'm on the campus."

“Kirsten is a strong, ball-winning center-back who reads the game very well. She has a tremendous work ethic and does not shy away from a challenge. Her composure on the ball and ability to organize her back row also will serve her well at the collegiate level.”
— Anton Arrache, Head Coach, Beach FC

Emma Makela
Goalkeeper  ·  Fr.-HS
Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak HS)
Club Team:
Crossfire Premier ECNL

· 2012 USYSA National Training Camp
· 2010-12 USYSA National Training Center
· 2011-13 Region IV Pool
· 2012 WSSCA all-state
· 2011-12 first-team All-Wesco League 4A
· Kamiak HS record-holder for most shutouts in a season, most career shutouts, most saves in a year and most career saves

Makela on UTSA …
"When I began my college search, my parents told me to look more at the college and surrounding area than the soccer program. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I knew I wanted to leave the rain behind and head toward sunshine. I was first attracted to the San Antonio area after having several ECNL events there. The coaches convinced me that I needed to come check out UTSA. The first time I visited the campus, I realized it had absolutely everything I was looking for and, instantly, I knew that I could be happy there even if I didn't play soccer. The entire coaching staff is amazing and once I went on my official visit and met the girls, I knew that UTSA was the school meant for me."

“Emma is best described as a fierce competitor. She is one of the hardest-working athletes I have ever seen. She does whatever it takes to get the results needed. She brings energy and fire to her game and shares that with her teammates, which inspires them to work harder and dig a little deeper. She is a leader on and off the field and demands excellence in whatever she does.”
— Beth Stewart Head Coach, Kamiak High School

“Emma consistently has shown a desire to improve and challenges herself in training and games to reach a high level. Her training habits are superb and have resulted in her continuing to improve and grow as a keeper throughout her youth career. Emma is very good at dealing with crosses, is very comfortable playing with the ball at her feet and, in the last two years, has become a great leader and organizer in goal. Emma will be an outstanding Division I goalkeeper.”
— Scott Newman, Head Goalkeeper Coach, Region IV ODP

Kaytee O’Brien
Midfielder/Defender  ·  Jr.-TR
Colleyville, Texas (Heritage HS/UNC Greensboro)
Club Team:
Dallas Sting

· Attending classes at UTSA this spring
· Played two years at UNC Greensboro from 2010-11
· Helped lead the Spartans to the 2010 Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 23 ranking in the final NSCAA National Poll
· 2011 Academic All-Southern Conference
· 2009 first-team all-state, all-region and all-district
· 2009 State Tournament Most Valuable Player

O'Brien on UTSA …
"The opportunity to play soccer again attracted me to UTSA.”

"In a word, Kaytee is a competitor. Athletically, she has a tremendous engine that is rarely out of top gear. A versatile two-way player, she brings a consistent honesty to the field that you can always count on. Simply put, she plays hard all the time."
— Jeff Robbins, Former Assistant Coach, UNC Greensboro (now at Clemson)

Teresa Offerman
Defender  ·  Jr.-TR
Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll HS/Butler [Kan.] CC)
Club Team:
Wichita Fire

· Previously played at Missouri Western (2011) and Butler (Kan.) Community College (2012)
· Helped lead team to national fifth-place finish last fall
· 2012 second-team NSCAA All-American
· 2012 honorable mention NJCAA All-American
· 2012 NJCAA all-region
· 2012 Conference Defensive Player of the Year
· 2010-11 first-team Class 5A all-state and all-region
· 2011 Class 5A Regional Defensive Player of the Year

Offerman on UTSA …
"The coaches were so cool over the phone and I loved all of them when I went on my visit and campus is amazing!”

“Teresa led our defensive unit to a school-record 22 wins with her athleticism and technical ability. She is a player with a great amount of confidence on the ball. She also enjoys defending, and that is a unique combination that greatly increases her value to her team. After transferring to Butler from an NCAA Division II school, she was named an NJCAA and NSCAA All-American and the conference Defensive Player of the Year. Teresa transferred to Butler with the hopes of playing Division I soccer and we are so excited to have played a part in helping her reach that goal.”
— Adam Hunter, Head Coach, Butler Community College

Happy Orere-Amadu
Forward/Midfielder  ·  Jr.-TR
New York, N.Y. (Truman HS/Monroe [N.Y.])
Club Team:

· Played the last two years at Monroe (N.Y.) College
· 2012 honorable mention NJCAA All-American
· 2011 NJCAA Division I all-tournament team
· 2011 NJCAA all-region and all-district
· 2010-11 first-team All-New York City

Orere-Amadu on UTSA …
"I was attracted to UTSA because they offer programs for soccer and athletic coaching and I enjoyed the location, the staff, the coaches and the team.”

“As much as we are going to miss Happy’s incredible talents, I am thrilled that she will be continuing her career as a student-athlete at UTSA with a first-rate coaching staff. It has been a pleasure and an honor to have worked alongside Happy toward achieving her goals of becoming one of the most complete and dynamic players in the country. We will miss her ability to exemplify both compassion and ferocity in everything she does. There is no definitive ceiling for Happy’s unique gifts, but we are more than confident that UTSA is the right place to continue her journey to find it.”
— Jonathan Garber, Head Coach, Monroe College

Tyane Ramos
Forward/Defender  ·  Fr.-HS
Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS)
Club Team:
Lonestar SC ECNL

· Texas-South ODP State Team
· Leading goal scorer for Lonestar ECNL the last two seasons
· 2010, '12 all-district
· Scored more than 50 goals in her junior season
· 2011 District Defensive MVP

Ramos on UTSA …
"After my first visit to UTSA, I fell in love with the campus and really connected with my coaches. They made me feel really comfortable and I immediately knew this was where I wanted to play, where I wanted to call my next home.”

“Tyane is an incredible athlete who possesses speed and endurance. She is a tireless runner who gives 100 percent in every training session and game. She is a scorer and provider who has such a strong desire to succeed in everything that she does. I have no doubt that she will be a great addition to the UTSA soccer program.”
— James Armstrong, Lonestar Soccer Club

Megan Snyder
Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West HS/Butler [Kan.] CC)
Club Team:
KC Comets

· Played at Butler (Kan.) Community College
· Helped lead team to fifth-place national finish the past two seasons
· 2011-12 NSCAA All-American
· 2011-12 first-team NSCAA all-region
· 2011-12 first-team NJCAA all-region
· 2011-12 All-KJCCC
· Kansas State Olympic Development Program Team

Snyder on UTSA …
"UTSA’s coaches are hilarious and the girls are more than welcoming. The weather is great and the city is huge! It just seems like a perfect fit for me.”

“Megan has been an outstanding player for us here at Butler. She has a tireless work-rate and understands how to efficiently play the game at a high level. She will provide UTSA with a proven ball-winner who has good ball distribution capabilities. Not only is Megan our team captain and on-field leader, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American, is a leader in the classroom and was named academic all-conference both years at Butler. We are very happy to have been a part of helping Megan reach her goal of playing Division I soccer.”
— Adam Hunter, Head Coach, Butler Community College

Kat Tesno
Goalkeeper  ·  Fr.-HS
Conroe, Texas (Oak Ridge HS)
Club Team:
Texas Rush ECNL

· 2012 District 14-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player
· 2012 first-team All-District 14-5A
· 2012 second-team All-Greater Houston
· 2010-11 second-team All-District 14-5A

Tesno on UTSA …
"I knew from the moment I walked onto the UTSA campus that I wanted to be a Roadrunner. The coaches were extremely nice on my visit and the players that I spent the day with had such camaraderie and made me feel very comfortable. I knew this was the right university both academically and athletically for me."

“The Texas Rush Soccer Club is very proud of the commitment and dedication Kat Tesno has shown over the years in pushing herself to improve. It has not always been a smooth journey, but she always has risen above adversity. We look forward to hearing of her continued development at UTSA.”
— Stuart Fitzsimons, DOC of Competitive Programs, Texas Rush Soccer Club

Taylor Wingerden
Forward  ·  Jr.-TR
Macedon, N.Y. (Palmyra-Macedon HS/Monroe [N.Y.] CC)
Club Team:
Rochester Ravens

· Previously played at Monroe (N.Y.) Community College in 2012 and Fredonia State in 2010
· 2012 NJCAA Division I all-tournament team
· Recorded 15 goals and seven assists last fall
· 2010 second-team All-SUNYAC
· Led Fredonia State with 10 goals and 22 points as a freshman
· 2009 NSCAA High School Girls Adidas All-Region II East
· 2009 first-team All-Greater Rochester
· 2009 Finger Lakes East League Player of the Year
· 2009 Canandaigua Daily Messenger Player of the Year
· Scored 45 goals as a senior
· 2008 first-team Canandaigua Daily Messenger

Wingerden on UTSA …
“I loved both the campus and the City of San Antonio. Plus, it is much warmer than New York.”

“Taylor is a talented and dedicated player who never gives up. Her speed and skill has helped her become a lethal forward, who not only can score, but also distributes to make her a great all-around attacking player. Going to UTSA is a great step and opportunity for her to play with and against some of the nation’s top players. I know she will excel at UTSA.”
— Sal Galvano, Head Coach, Monroe Community College

Shelby Wright
Defender/Midfielder  ·  Jr.-TR
Yuma, Ariz. (Mitchell HS/Nova Southeastern [Fla.])
Club Team:

· Attending classes at UTSA this spring
· Previously played two years at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) from 2010-11
· 2009 All-Sunshine Athletic Conference Team
· 2009 All-County Team
· Three-time Sunshine Athletic Conference All-Academic Award
· 2009 Wendy’s High School Heisman Athlete school winner
· Two-time assists leader for high school team

Wright on UTSA …
“I found everything I was looking for at UTSA. Academically, it was a good fit for myself and I loved the energy of the girls on the team.”

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