BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team is pleased to welcome three additional incoming freshmen for the 2011 season, announced head coach Cally Morrill Friday. The Bobcats, who previously announced four commitments in February, will be joined by Allyson Titsworth, Alex Trujic, and Cynthia Cervantes this fall.
"I am extremely excited about the flair this freshman class brings to the table," said Morrill. "They are an exceptional group of young ladies who fit our vision for the future of the Lees-McRae women's soccer program. We've added versatility and depth within the team this season, which is something we struggled with last year. It's a great situation with the addition of these freshmen to our existing group of talented returners."
Allyson Titsworth - 5-4 - Defender - Holmes Beach, Fla.
Titsworth was a four-year letter winner at Manatee High School, where she was coached by George Ameres. She earned both Defensive "Most Valuable Player" honors and the Coaches Award, while playing her club soccer for the Braden River Rage under coach Rick Ponto. Titsworth is the daughter of Steve and Judy and has one brother, Jack, and one sister, Lauren.
"Allyson comes to Lees-McRae with a strong passion for the game of soccer and the mindset that will have a great influence on the program," said Morrill. "As a crafty and speedy player, she will be seen primarily as an outside back or as an outside midfielder this season."
Alex Trujic - 5-4 - Defender - Naples, Fla.
Trujic joins the Bobcats after a stellar career at Venice High School where she was twice named team Defensive "Most Valuable Player" under coach Sheldon Chamberlain. She attended Pompton Lakes High School in New Jersey during her freshman year, earning all-state, all-league, and all-county honors that season.
Trujic played her most recent club soccer for Naples Elite after a stint on FC Sarasota, where she was a teammate of current Lees-McRae sophomore Kaitlyn Kerrigan. At Naples Elite she was coached by Chris Palumbo. She is the daughter of Robert and Zora and has three sisters, Tanya, Tina and Vicki. Her sister Tina currently plays soccer at the University of Central Florida.
"With her athleticism and versatility, Alex will be seen in a few different positions for us on the field this year," said Morrill. "She's a hard nose player who comes from a soccer oriented family, giving her a great knowledge of the game."
Cynthia Cervantes - 5-3 - Midfielder - El Paso, Texas
Cervantes was a three-year team "Most Valuable Player" at Bel Air High School, as well as a two-time "Most Valuable Player" on the cross country team. She played her club soccer for El Paso Juventus FC under coach Alejandro Martin del Campo, where she was a member of a back-to-back regional finalist team. Cervantes is the daughter of Enrique and Martha.
"Cindy brings a great spirit, attitude and work rate to our program," said Morrill. "As a technically skilled player, Cindy will look to help us in the middle of the park or up on our front line."
Titsworth, Trujic and Cervantes brings the Bobcats' total incoming freshman class to seven after having previously announced the commitments of Samantha Arendt, Kaitlyn Briggs, Ariana Smith and Meagan Thornton in February.
Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.
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