Soccer Signs Four to Letters of Intent

February 6, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head coach Aston Rhoden announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday, including Franklin, Tenn., product Katy Rayburn, the first of seven expected signees for the Blue Raiders.


Rayburn joins Jenna Capitena (Boca Raton, Fla.), Caroline Schuepbach (San Antonio, Texas) and Jenna Carlsen (Plano, Texas) in Rhoden's second recruiting class at Middle Tennessee.


Rayburn will graduate from Franklin High School this year after leading her squad to a pair of state championships and two state runner-up finishes in her four seasons under coach Jimmy Burchett at FHS. The 5-5 defender earned All-District, All-Midstate and All-State honors all four seasons while earning NSCAA State Player of the Year and All-America honors as a senior. Her club team, the Tennessee Futbol Club '85, also won a state championship in 2002 after finishing as runner-up three straight seasons, and Rayburn is a member of the Tennessee ODP.


"Katy Rayburn is a very strong and physical defender with good leadership qualities and she is dangerous when going forward. She also reads the game very well," Rhoden said.


Carlsen attends Ursuline Academy in Dallas, a perennial Texas state power in girls soccer and currently the fourth-ranked team in the nation by the NSCAA. Ursuline is also the three-time defending state champions in the UIL. Carlsen earned First-Team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior, and was named Second Team All-State as a junior. She has spent three years on the Texas ODP squad and her club team has racked up three state and two Region III championships. She will be looking to lead Ursuline to a fourth state title in the coming weeks.


"Jenna Carlsen is also very strong on the ball and tactically sound from her defender position. She has good field awareness and good speed."


Capitena has scored 16 goals and nine assists thus far this season at Boca Raton Community High School for coach Frank Rodriguez. Capitena earned First Team All-County and All-Conference as a sophomore and junior, and was a team captain and the squad's Most Valuable Defender the past two seasons. She is also a member of the Florida Super Eleven Team and the Florida ODP. Her club team has won state titles seven of the past eight years.


"Jenna Capitena is a strong left-sided defender with good field vision. She is very solid tactically and dangerous when going forward."


 Schuepbach will graduate from Douglas MacArthur High School this year after posting a 0.36 goals-against-average. She has earned All-District, All-City and All-Region honors, and was also named the team MVP and to the All-District Academic Team. Her San Antonio '85 Classics club team has won a pair of state championships under head coach Tony Tommasi and also finished runner-up twice.


"Caroline Schuepbach is a very technical keeper with good hands and she distributes the ball well. She controls the box and will be a great additon.


"Our recruiting class will help us immediately, especially in the back where we lost three seniors. All three defenders have good speed and a very good work ethic, and Schuepbach will be able to come in and battle for the keeper position."


The final three players are expected to sign later this week. The Blue Raiders continue offseason weight and individual workouts and are set to begin a spring schedule in mid-March.


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