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Soccer signs four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 04/22/2014
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA interim head soccer coach Greg Sheen announced Monday the addition of four players for the upcoming 2014 season, which will be the Roadrunners’ second in Conference USA.

The class, which represents two states and two other countries, consists of Olivia Johnson (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur HS), Makayla Schmidt (Fairmont, W.Va./Morgantown HS), Kaja Skare (Oslo, Norway/WANG Toppidrett) and Jenny Trommer (Strausberg, Germany/Theodor-Fontane Gymnasium).

“I am extremely excited that these four outstanding student-athletes have decided to continue their academic and athletic careers at UTSA,” Sheen said. “I have no doubt that these recruits will add some much-needed, quality depth to our 2014 roster, and in many cases, compete for playing time immediately.”

Olivia Johnson
Defender/Midfielder  ·  Fr.-HS
San Antonio, Texas (MacArthur HS)
Club Team: Lonestars 96 Girls Black

· 2012-13 S.A. United Club Team Player of the Year
· 2011-12 S.A. United Club Team Player’s Player of the Year

Johnson on UTSA …
“What attracted me to UTSA the most was the chance to play the game at a higher level and facing challenges that will mold me into a better player.”

Sheen on Johnson …
“Olivia is an athletically-gifted defender who can play centrally or out wide. Assuming that she adjusts quickly to the speed of the college game, Olivia will be a force to be reckoned with along our backline.”

Makayla Schmidt
Midfielder  ·  Fr.-HS
Fairmont, W.Va. (Morgantown HS)
Club Team: Mountaineer United Soccer Club

· 2011-13 first-team all-state
· 2011, '13 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year
· 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Midfielder of the Year
· Helped lead team to the 2011 West Virginia AAA State Championship
· 2008-11 Participant in the Olympic Development Program

Schmidt on UTSA …
“I was attracted to UTSA Soccer because of how quickly I was comfortable with the coaches and players. I think that I will become the best player that I can be and have a lot of good times on this team. What excites me most about UTSA is starting a new chapter in my life I can’t wait to meet new people and have a positive and successful experience.”

Morgantown HS Head Coach Nikki Goodenow on Schmidt …
“Makayla’s athleticism, versatility and competitiveness will suit her well at the next level. Once she is in a competitive training environment and challenged everyday, she will flourish at UTSA and in Conference USA.”

Sheen on Schmidt …
“When I went to watch Makayla play, the first thing that stood out to me was her speed. She’s quicker than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Makayla ought to get some good, quality time as a wide defender and/or wide midfielder.”

Kaja Skare
Defender  ·  Fr.-HS
Oslo, Norway (WANG Toppidrett)
Club Team: Grei Kvinner Elite

· 2009-10 all-district team
· 2011-13 one of five girls accepted to WANG Toppidrett High School Soccer Program

Skare on UTSA …
“The opportunity to combine playing the sport that I love with receiving a great education is what attracted me to UTSA. I am very excited to see what this year will bring!”

Sheen on Skare …
“Kaja brings to UTSA a tremendous amount of talent and high-level experience as a central defender. She definitely will compete for quality playing time right away.”

Jenny Trommer
Forward  ·  Fr.-HS
Strausberg, Germany (Theodor-Fontane Gymnasium)
Club Team: 1 FC Union Berlin

· 2011-12 Berlin Champion
· 2010-12 No. 3 ranking in North Eastern German Football Association
· State league selection for U13, U15, U17 and U19 teams
· First division selection for U17 team

Trommer on UTSA …
“It is very important for me to combine my hobby with my academic goals. Playing soccer at UTSA gives me the chance to play at the very best level and to achieve a high education at once. I really want to see how American students live and I believe that UTSA is a wonderful opportunity for me.”

Sheen on Trommer …
“Jenny is a talented forward whose ability to understand and play the game from a tactical perspective is at a level well beyond her years. I fully expect her to compete for quality minutes immediately and, quite honestly, score several goals for us during this upcoming season.”

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