Defending Sun Belt champs to add seven for next fall

Soccer adds five Americans, two Canadians to roster

February 8, 2011 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The defending Sun Belt Tournament champion Middle Tennessee soccer team will add seven student-athletes to its roster for the 2011 campaign, as announced by head coach Aston Rhoden. The players include a pair from Tennessee, one each from Colorado, Oklahoma and Indiana, and two from Ontario.

2011 Recruiting Class PDF

"First, I would like to thank my assistants Mike Baker and Debs Brereton as well as our returning players and the administration for all the efforts they placed in securing this strong group of student-athletes," Rhoden said. "This is a very talented and versatile recruiting class. Our goal during this recruiting period was to increase the depth and versatility of our team without compromising its quality. The versatility of this class will help us get through a tough and rigorous non-conference schedule.

"All members of this class are coming from high caliber club and high school teams and a few have experience at the region and youth national team levels. All are solid students and fierce competitors on the field. They will allow us to maintain a high level of play over longer periods and play out of several different systems. The 2011 recruits will be a great addition to our strong group of returning players."

Kelsey Branstetter
5-6, D, Highland Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista HS/Real Colorado

Member of high school varsity team since sophomore season ... Named to the All-Continental League Second Team as a junior ... Earned a spot on the Academic All-State First Team following her junior campaign ... Helped team advance to the 5A state semifinals in 2010 ... Garnered a pair of varsity letters ... Member of 5A state second round participant in 2009 ... A six-year starter for club program in the Colorado premier/elite league ... Squad played in the Elite Clubs National League - Top Flight U16 division ... Team was a member of the Red Bull League - Championship Flight U15 division ... Won a state title at the U12 level and was a state finalist from U13 through U16 ... Chosen as a three-star Player to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Has also played high school basketball for three seasons ... Served as a team captain for basketball all three years ... Presented with the basketball team's Highest GPA Award all three seasons ... Given the Golden Eagle Award for basketball as a freshman and junior for leadership ... Tied for first in her class with a perfect 4.0 GPA ... Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior ... Tabbed to the Honor Roll throughout high school ... Placed fourth at regionals in DECA as a junior ... Active with the Link Crew (leadership) her final two years

"Kelsey is a very versatile defender who gets forward in the attack really well. She is a solid defender who reads the game extremely well and is capable of scoring from deep positions and on set pieces. Her determination and drive will add to the overall competitive spirit of our defense."

Allison Daniels
5-5, D, Knoxville, Tenn./Bearden HS/FC Alliance

Selected to play in the 2010 Tennessee East/West All-Star Game ... Received all-state, all-region and all-district accolades in 2010 ... Tabbed her high school's 2010 Most Valuable Player ... Garnered the 100% Award in 2010 ... Recipient of the 2010 Top Dawg Award, the top coaches' award for academic/athletic achievements ... Participated with the ODP Region Pool and in the Region Premier League ... Also ran track in high school ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Collected an AP Scholar Award for high scores on three or more AP tests ... Superior ratings winner in National Piano Playing Auditions in 2008, 2009 and 2010

"Allison is a very smart defender with good technical abilities. She is a very versatile player and will give us tremendous depth in several positions. Allison is capable of playing either side of the field and can be an attacking threat from deep positions."

Melisa Erturk
5-7, M, Ottawa, Ontario/Colonel by Secondary School/Ottawa Fury

Member of the Turkish National Team ... Selected for the National Training Camp ... School won city championship in 2007-08 and was runner-up in 2008-09 competing in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations ... Garnered a spot on the 2007-08 Honour Roll ... Also played varsity volleyball ... Led club team to the Super-Y North American title and 2010 Award of Excellence ... Squad was runner up at the 2009 Provincial All-Star Championship ... Recipient of the 2007 Queen Elizabeth School Athletic and Sportsmanship Award ... Winner of the 2005 and 2006 Gloucester Hornets Soccer Club Leadership Award ... Presented with the 2003 and 2004 Gloucester Hornets Soccer Club Teamwork Award

"Melisa comes to us as a proven winner at the club, high school and national levels. She is a very technical player with keen tactical awareness. Her vision, ability to score goals and her experience at high levels of play will be very valuable to our midfield."

Emily Hartshorn
5-9, M, Oklahoma City, Okla./Deer Creek HS/OFC '93

Tabbed as a three-time all-district team honoree ... Named to the 2009 and 2010 Daily Oklahoman All-City Teams ... Chosen as the 2008 Gatorade Rookie of the Year ... Led her squad to the 2009 5A state title ... Also ran cross country, earning one letter ... Selected as a three-time letterwinner as a student athletic trainer ... Member of the National Honor Society since 2008 ... A two-year member of the Key Club ... Garnered a spot on the Principal's Honor Roll since 2008 ... Guided club team to the 2008 USYSA U15 and 2009 USYSA U16 state championships ... Club program was USYSA U17 state runner-up in 2010 ... Team reached the quarterfinals of Region III in 2008 in the USYSA U15 division

"Emily is a strong defensive midfielder with great vision and passing range. She is solid in the air and her physical abilities will add a new dimension to our midfield. She has a keep defensive sense and will provide us with several different playing options in the midfield."

Becky Pedro
5-10, D, Fort Wayne, Ind./Caterbury HS/Fort Wayne Fever

Selected to the Indiana High School Athletic Association's All-District Second Team in 2010 and 2011 ... Served as a team captain as a junior and senior ... Led club program to State Cup title in 2009-10 and as finalists in 2008-09 ... Competed with the Super-Y League from 2007-10 ... Also played with Cleveland Internationals in 2008-09 ... Coached youth teams for Fever Academy Jr. Elites ... Played four seasons with her high school's basketball team ... Helped lead basketball squad to three state championships

"Becky is a strong defender with great technical ability. She is strong in the air, has great passing range and is very composed on the ball. Her physical ability and game awareness will allow us to be even more flexible in the back."

Ashley Reveiz
5-5, D, Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS/FC Alliance

Chosen as an ESPN RISE Tennessee All-Star ... Picked to the All-South Team in 2010 ... Received all-state honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Selected to the 2011 Tennessee Sports Writers Association's all-state team ... Tabbed as an all-region and all-district honoree from 2007 through 2010 ... Named the district's 2010 Defensive Player of the Year ... Chosen as the district's 2009 Forward of the Year ... Earned 2007 Varsity Freshman of the Year and 2008 Varsity Forward of the Year honors ... Presented with the 2009 Pride Award ... Guided her club team to five state championships in a six-year span ... Squad was crowned the 2007 and 2010 Region III Premier League champions ... Team advanced to the 2009 Region IIII region quarterfinals

"Ashley has the ability to play multiple positions and has excelled at all of them. She has good speed, great technical ability and reads the game extremely well. Her versatility will be very valuable to our team and will make us more flexible on both sides of the ball."

Kelsie Roberts
5-7, M, Sarnia, Ontario/Ecole Secondaire Franco Jeunesse/London Gryphons

Selected as a USL First Team All-Star in 2010 playing in the W-League ... Chosen to the USA ODP Team in 2010 ... Selected for the National Training Camp in 2009 ... Named an alternate for 2009 Canada Games Team and as a captain for Team Ontario ... Member of the Provincial Training Program (Team Ontario) from 2003-09 ... Leading scorer for the London Gryphons in the Super-Y League in 2008-09 and for the OYSL's London United Force in 2006-07 ... Top high school soccer scorer in Lambton County in 2009 ... Presented with the Gold Academic Award as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Received the 2007-08 Academic Award of Excellence

"Kelsie comes to us as a proven winner at the high school, club and region levels as a member of the London Gryphons soccer club. She plays both sides of the ball extremely well, has great passing range and is dangerous in and around the box. Her experience at a high level will be an asset to our team."

The Blue Raider soccer team will return to the field for its spring schedule in mid-March.

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