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2007-2008 Women's Soccer Roster


Francesca Howells

Class: FR-HS
Position: D
Height: 5-10
Previous School: Oakland College
Hometown: Swansea, South Wales

NOTEWORTHY
Quality backfield player who anchors Middle Tennessee's strong defense ... Possesses solid defensive skills and is a terrific ball winner ... Strong, physical defender utilizes size to her advantage ... Member of the Welsh National Team.

FRESHMAN (2007)
Honors
Middle Tennessee Classic All-Tournament team ... Oklahoma Sooner Soccer Classic All-Tournament team.

Highlights
Earned start in first college match at East Tennessee and proceeded to start all 20 matches ... One of two players to start in all 20 matches ... Scored first career goal in 3-1 win vs. UALR ... Earned All-Tournament honors in the Middle Tennessee Classic after helping Middle Tennessee end a 10-game losing streak to SEC foes in a win against Mississippi State in the title match ... Named to the Oklahoma Sooner Classic All-Tournament team after helping lead the Blue Raiders to a scoreless stalemate against the host Sooners ... Was part of eight Blue Raider shutouts, including back-to-back blankings against Louisiana-Monroe and Denver. The eight shutouts were second most in a season at Middle Tennessee ... Helped defense limit opponents to one goal or less in 15 of 20 games ... Contributed to defense that allowed just 24 goals, third fewest in a single season at Middle Tennessee.

PREP NOTES
Rated one of the top 12 international recruits in 2007 by Soccer Buzz ... Plays for Wales U-19 National Team ... Captained the U-16 and U-19 Welsh National teams ... Attended Arsenal Academy ... Helped lead Cardiff City Ladies to Southern Premiership in 2005 ... Won Welsh Cup with Cardiff in 2004, 2005.

PERSONAL FILE
Born: Sept. 18, 1988 ... Daughter of Delyth and Tony Howells ... Major: Undecided ... Uncle, Colin Howells, was Welsh boxing champion.