Feb. 12, 2014
Notes and Bios
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State women's soccer head coach Bill Hempen announced his 2014 signing class on Wednesday afternoon. In total, Colorado State has added 17 newcomers who will join the Rams as they embark on their second season in school history.
After a season full of ups and downs, but filled with hope and promise, Hempen knew that the biggest item his program needed to address was competition.
"One of the things that came up at the end of the year was the overall competition amongst the team that will help, not only our better players push themselves, but also the players that can maybe overtake them," Hempen said. "The kids realized that the competition level in our program had to rise for our program to move forward, and I think these kids will provide that for us."
With 17 new additions to the roster, Hempen has tackled the competition aspect head on. These newcomers will join a Rams team that went 2-13-3 in its inaugural season, but did not graduate a single player.
The Rams are bringing in four transfers with previous Division I experience in sophomore midfielder/forward Meg Gegen, junior forward Jenna Howerton, sophomore goalkeeper Jesse McGinley and sophomore midfielder/forward Jacqueline Rigali. Colorado State is also adding 13 incoming freshmen: Paige Brandt, Bree DeVita, Thayla Dwyer, Drew Guillen, Taylor Hodgson, Jayde Jones, Gianna Marconi, Beth Parks, Kaitlyn Pitcher, Maddi Rodriguez, Ally Serra, Janelle Stone and Bri Sweeney.
Colorado State's class of 2014 features five state championships, eight all-state selections and 23 all-conference selections. Leadership was also a focus for Hempen as 13 of the 17 newcomers were named team captains by their teammates and coaches.
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