LUBBOCK, Texas – Head coach Tom Stone announced the official signing of six new Red Raiders at the conclusion of Wednesday's Fall Signing Day. Stone will add three forwards, two midfielders, a defender and a goalkeeper.
"With the clubs that these kids are coming from, we really have some great pedigree," said Stone of his six newest signees. "This class has been really well coached, and I think of all classes they might be the ones most ready for the transition to the college life."
The newest Red Raiders, which span four states and Canada, are highlighted below.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Frisco Liberty
Club: FC Dallas (DA)
Hannah Anderson heads to Texas Tech with fellow club teammate Haley Smith. The Plano native lettered her first two years at Liberty High School in Frisco and was named First Team All-District in each of those first two seasons. She has tallied seven goals in 32 starts on the back line with FC Dallas over the last two seasons, playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Her defensive ability will allow her to make an immediate impact, as she will be in the mix to fill in on a Tech back line that will graduate three of its four members after this fall. Anderson comes from a family of athletes, as her father, Russ, was a four-year letterwinner for SMU's football team as a kicker, and her mother, Suzy, was a four-year letterwinner for SMU's women's basketball team as a point guard.
"Hannah can have a big impact on our team in 2019 given the player she is already and the defenders we graduate this season," Stone said. "She is a terrific passer out of the back and already heads the ball at the collegiate level."
PENELOPE "PENNY" MULENGA
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
High School: St. Joseph
Club: REX SK
Penelope Mulenga will join current keeper Marissa Zucchetto next year as the second Canadian talent on the Red Raider squad. The Saskatchewan native comes to Lubbock as a member of the developmental program REX SK, which is one of eight clubs in the Canada Soccer Regional Excel Centre used as stepping stones into the Canada Soccer Women's National Program. Mulenga's high school team, St. Joseph, won the City Championship and Provincial Championship in 2017 and 2018. Mulenga also ran cross country while at St. Joseph, placing top-five in both cities and provincials each of the last three years.
"Penny is a great combination of technical skill and athleticism," Stone said of the Canadian midfielder. "Her uber-competitive nature and composure on the ball will make her a welcome addition to our future midfield."
Hometown: Timnath, Colo.
High School: Fossil Ridge
Club: Real Colorado
Macy Schultz joins the long line of elite soccer talent – including former Texas Tech All-Americans and current professional players Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle, as well as current players Cassie Hiatt, Jayne Lydiatt and Macy Hairgrove – to come to Lubbock by way of renowned club program Real Colorado. A three-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Schultz has been committed to Tech since her freshman year. Since then, she has earned two National Camp appearances and has been a mainstay in the TDS Top-150 since 2015. Schultz has been praised as a dangerous finisher who has great knowledge of the game. She will have an instant rival in the Big 12, as her older sister, McKenna, is a sophomore defender at Iowa State. Schultz will be the lone signee to be arriving mid-year, meaning she will get a head start on connecting with the team through spring ball.
"We have eagerly awaited Macy's arrival since we recruited her out of Colorado three years ago," said Stone of the Fort Collins talent, which is known as a soccer hotbed. "She is an outstanding all-around soccer player who will be a terrific addition to our offense. Her technical skill and soccer IQ are very high."
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
High School: Edward S. Marcus
Club: FC Dallas (DA)
Haley Smith comes to Lubbock as one of three Dallas-area signees. After two years of prep soccer, Smith decided to fully commit herself to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and play with FC Dallas, where she joined fellow signee Hannah Anderson. Through 32 games with the club, Smith has tallied seven scores from the midfield. While she opted to play soccer outside of the prep realm, she represented Edward S. Marcus High School on the court as the starting point guard for the girls' basketball team.
"We have been watching Haley develop her game since she committed three years ago, and we could not be happier with where her game is as a senior," said Stone. "Haley fits our possession style perfectly and her ability to deliver the final pass will be very well received by our talented front line."
Hometown: Papillion, Neb.
High School: LaVista South
Club: Elite Girls Academy
Marisa Weichel will enter Texas Tech as the newest Stone signee out of Elite Girls Academy in Omaha, Neb., joining current Red Raiders Jade King and Margaret Begley. Weichel is a three-time All-State and All-Division honoree for the Monarchs.
"Marisa will give us a terrific back-to-goal presence up top next year," Stone said of the EGA product. "When she gets running at goal, she can really disrupt a back line. She is a physical attacker with excellent ball striking ability. We can't wait to introduce her into our already potent offense."
Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
High School: Bishop Lynch
Club: Dallas Sting SC
Set to add to the already top-class depth Texas Tech touts in net, Madison White signs as the lone goalkeeper in the fall 2019 class. She will join five current Red Raiders as alumni of prestigious Dallas Sting SC. White enjoyed a career season at Bishop Lynch last year as a junior, picking up All-District honors, TAPPS Player of the Week recognition and, eventually, the title of Female Athlete of the Year.
"Madison's pure athleticism is off the charts," Stone said of the team's newest keeper. "Once she gets training with Gibbs and our other keepers, we will really start to see her full potential in goal. Her big personality will be a welcome addition to our locker room as well."
Assistant coach Gibbs Keeton, who coaches the keeper unit, also praised her skills: "She is a keeper with superb natural athleticism and a great presence in goal. The sky is the limit for her ability."
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