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Charlotte 49ers women's soccer adds eight recruits for 2018
Three commits from area clubs
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:24 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

The Charlotte 49ers went for another stout class on National Signing Day.

They brought in eight players for their 2018 class, reminiscent of last year’s class of nine (seven of which came from North Carolina). Six of Charlotte’s 2018 signees hail from North Carolina. They join a program coming off consecutive Conference USA tournament final appearances.

“It’s an exciting time,” said coach John Cullen, who led the 49ers to an 11-8-2 season in 2017 and 11-9-2 in 2016. “We’ve gotten to know them over the years and enjoyed the recruiting process. Now, it’s an exciting time for them and their families as they get an opportunity to join us officially and become a part of the 49er family. We want to welcome them and their families to the Charlotte 49ers soccer family. We know they are going to be wonderful student-athletes that we have enjoyed getting to know through the process.”

Three of Charlotte’s signees come from Charlotte area clubs: Carolina Rapids and Charlotte Soccer Academy.

Carolina Rapids:

Brynn Douglas (Hickory Ridge), 5-foot-8, joins the 49ers with all-region 2016 and 2017 honors. She earned a place on the 3A All-South Piedmont Conference Team her sophomore and junior seasons. Heading into her senior season, she has scored 12 goals and tallied eight assists, and has been named the team’s most valuable defender each season.

Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury), 5-foot-5, earned Rowan County Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. NCSCA named her all-state as a junior in 2017.

Honeycutt also earned spots on the all-region, all-county and all-conference squads every season since her freshman year, including Central Carolina Conference’s co-defender of the year her first two season. She was named the runner-up last season. She has scored 57 goals and tallied 42 assists thus far, scoring a team-high 24 goals last season. Beyond the pitch, Honeycutt also led Salisbury to the 2017 dual team tennis state title and ran on state cross country championship in 2017. An A Honor Roll student, Honeycutt earned recognition as a STEM Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society, and numerous other academic achievements.

Charlotte Soccer Academy:

Sarah McHale (Cox Mill), 5-foot-3, earned all-region and all-conference recognition throughout her high school career. She has scored 90 goals for Cox Mill thus far, leading them to three consecutive South Piedmont Conference titles.

Off the pitch, McHale is a National Honor Society and Beta Club member.

Sandra Geiselhart (Ragsdale), 5-foot-7, heads to Charlotte from Greensboro and Piedmont Triad FC. She enrolled at Charlotte for the spring semester after graduating eighth in a class of 331 with a 5.0 grade point (National Honor Society and Beta Club member), and slated to play this spring.

Beyond her all-region and all-conference selection as a junior and as a freshman, Geiselhart played for ODP Team 1 from 2014-16. Before coming to the States, she lived in Sweden, playing for Näsets SK in Sweden.

Haley Shand (Wilmington Laney, NCFC ECNL), 5-foot-5, earned consecutive all-region, all-area and all-conference first team honors. She scored 66 goals and tallied 28 assists in high school.

Off the pitch, Shand has maintained a 4.7 GPA or higher. She is a National Honor Society and Beta Club member.

Emma Totten (Apex, NCFC ECNL), 5-foot-5, earned a spot on the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association all-Region 6 team, all-Southwest Wake Conference second team and ODP Region III in 2017. She led both her club and high school teams in goals in 2017.

Alyssa Moler (Bishop Moore Catholic), 5-foot-5, has been the Florida Kraze Krush (club) captain since 2014, and led the team to the 2017 NPL championship, as well as the 2016 Disney Showcase crown. A Florida ODP Player Pool participant, Moler earned an invitation to the U.S. Soccer Training Center in 2014.

Off the pitch she is an A/B honor roll student, and track and field participant earning recognition as the 2017 rookie of the year.
Annie Sorando (Briar Woods), 5-foot-4, earned all-Conference 14 first team last year, as well as 2017 High School Coaches Award. She led McLean ECNL club team to the 2017 Mid-Atlantic title, and scored 12 goals and tallied five assists. She played in the Virginia ODP system from 2013-16.


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