University of Houston-Victoria women's soccer coach Adrian Rigby today announced the signing of four more players for the 2017 season.
The signees include junior college transfers Marshae Campbell and Jurnee Fernandez, along with freshmen Araceli Guerrero and Jessica Largaespada.
Here is a look at the 2017 signees:
MARSHAE CAMPBELL, junior, defender, Houston
Marshae is a junior transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where she started in 35 games and helped lead the Lady Norse to a 24-10-2 record and two regional tournament berths during her two years at NEO.
The 5-foot-6 defender was an all-state player in high school and finished with two assists at NEO. She helped NEO record 18 shutouts during her career with the Lady Norse, while she put up nine shots with two shots on goal.
"It felt like a good fit for me, also I will be closer to home now rather than 8 ½ hours away," said Campbell on making her announcement to attend UHV.
She plans to study in the medical field while attending UHV.
Rigby on Campbell: "Marshae is a high energy player that uses her explosiveness to be an effective outside back. She is a strong defender with the quickness and desire to join in on the attack. We'll be looking forward to Marshae strengthening the UHV backline next season."
JURNEE ESPERANZA FERNANDEZ, junior, forward, Las Vegas, NV
Jurnee is a junior transfer from Fresno City College where she helped lead the Lady Rams to a 17-3-3 record and a 9-0-1 record in the Central Valley Conference.
In two years at Fresno, she played in 41 games tallying three assists for the Lady Rams.
A graduate of Hoover High School, she was the most valuable runner all four years in cross country, captain of the cross country team all four years, the team's MVP for soccer all four years, the most valuable runner for track all four years, captain of the track team for two years and the most valuable player for the lacrosse team for three years.
The club teams she has participated with include CVSA, Nomads, Poterville Chivas, and Fresno Fusion.
"When I first got to Texas it was a huge difference from California," said Fernandez. "It was different but good different. I clicked with the coaches and girls right away. It was almost as if we were family."
Fernandez plans to study Kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Fernandez:
"The coaching staff is thrilled to be adding Jurnee to the Jaguar family. Not only is she a fantastic player but she has an infectious personality that exudes positive energy to those around her. Jurnee comes to UHV after two years playing for California junior college powerho
use Fresno City College. She is a skilled attacking player that will add another dynamic threat to the UHV attack."
ARACELI GUERRERO, freshman, forward, Houston
Araceli is a member of the Klein Forest High School team where she has been named all-district all four years, including District 15-6A first team this past season.
A varsity player all four years at Klein Forest, she has started every game since her freshman year. She was named to the all-district second team her freshman season as well as the KFHS MVP midfielder and Players Choice Award winner. Asa sophomore she was named first team all-district and the team's MVP and as a junior served as team captain and was named all-district first team.
She has been a member of the club team Challenge for nine years and has been involved with the KF Orchestra all four years.
"I chose UHV because I love how close to home it is, and how small the campus is to be able to focus on academics as well as soccer," Guerrero said on her signing with UHV.
Guerrero plans to study business while attending UHV.
Rigby on Guerrero: Araceli is a versatile attacking player that can play across the front line. She is able to combine her toughness with great skill play that is a nightmare for defenders to deal with. Areceli has the ability to run at defenders on the dribble or hold the ball up with her strength and technical ability. We are looking for Araceli to make an immediate impact for us."
JESSICA LARGAESPADA, freshman, defender, Katy
Jessica is a member of the Morton Ranch High School soccer team where she has served as the team captain for the past two seasons.
She was named the team's MVP for the 2015-16 season as well as the All-District 18-6A second team.
"When touring UHV, I fell in love with the campus and how tight knit the entire school is," said Largaespada on her commitment to UHV. "They offer my major so that was a big plus as well. But, most importantly the fact that I get to play the sport I love at a more competitive level sold me."
Largaespada plans to study communication design while attending UHV.
Rigby on Largaespada: Jessica is a skilled center back that will make a great addition to our backline. She is very aggressive and strong in the tackle. Jessica is calm and confident in possession which allows her to start the attack from the backline. Jessica will be a positive addition to the UHV program."