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Soccer: Louisiana Adds Seven To 2021 Soccer Class
Ragin' Cajuns add in-state product, five from Texas, one from Colorado in early period
Matt Sullivan | RaginCajuns.com
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Women's Soccer coach Lance Key announced on Friday the addition of seven newcomers to a National Letter of Intent during the 2021 Fall Signing Period.
Signing NLI's to play for the Ragin' Cajuns include forwards Tatum Beck (Flower Mound, Texas), Hailly Waterhouse (Mandeville, La.) and Ally White (Frisco, Texas), goalkeeper Reese Keller (San Antonio, Texas) and defenders Hailey Lander (Lantana, Texas), Gabi Placke (Lantana, Texas) and Paizlee Whalen (Windsor, Colo.).
"The young women in this 2021 class are exceptional," said Key. "As we continue building champions within the Louisiana Soccer program, we are grateful to be adding each of these individuals to our environment. Our staff has worked very hard to assemble a group that exemplify the values and commitments of our culture and that will harmonize with our returners because of who they are and what they stand for.
"We are about the pursuit of excellence as human beings, students and learners, as well as soccer players. Our influence on each other and on our community is critical to what we do every day. We are proud of these young women and feel richly blessed by their and their families' decisions to entrust us with this season of their lives. We at Louisiana Soccer are incredibly excited about our future and the part they will play in it."
Louisiana posted a 9-5-1 record during the 2020 season, reaching the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships for the second consecutive year and posting its best two-year record (18-13-4) in school history.
LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS 2021 SIGNING CLASS
Tatum Beck – F, 5-6, Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)
Reese Keller – GK, 5-9, San Antonio, Texas (Johnson HS)
Hailey Lander – D, 5-5, Lantana, Texas (Denton Guyer HS)
Gabi Placke – D/MF, 5-7, Lantana, Texas (Denton Guyer HS)
Hailly Waterhouse – F, 5-6, Mandeville, La. (St. Scholastica Academy)
Paizlee Whalen – D, 5-7, Windsor, Colo. (Windsor HS)
Ally White – F, 5-3, Frisco, Texas (Frisco Liberty HS)
2020 LOUISIANA SIGNEE CAPSULES
Tatum Beck – F, 5-6, Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS/Warriors SC)
A three-year letterwinner at Flower Mound … a second-team all-district selection as a junior … earned first-team all-district honors and named the district's Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore … earned MVP honors on offense as a freshman on the junior varsity team … led club team – Warriors SC – in goals and assists for five straight years.
Lance Key Comments – "Tatum has demonstrated a hunger and ability to score goals throughout her prep career, which we have been following closely for some time. She is a confident and athletic player who knows how to get at defenders in isolation and also combines well around the box. We are incredibly excited to see that translate into our quest for a Sun Belt championship."
Reese Keller – GK, 5-9, San Antonio, Texas (Johnson HS/Classics Elite)
A two-time all-district selection and four-year letterwinner at San Antonio's Johnson High School … had an 87-percent save ratio in her career … named the San Antonio Express-News Player of the week as a junior … helped JHS to the district title as a freshman … earned Goalkeeper MVP Honors at Exact Camp Dallas as a junior … named CE ECNL Texas-Best 18 (Houston) as a sophomore … member of the U15 ECNL CUP Showcase Champion team in Seattle … a two-year member on the ODP state and Region III team.
Lance Key Comments – "Reese is a talented goalkeeper with an infectious personality and great leadership qualities. She is comfortable with the ball at her feet and has very good range throughout her goal frame. She joins an already very strong goalkeeping corps and will add athleticism and competitiveness that will surely increase the collective quality."
Hailey Lander – D, 5-5, Lantana, Texas (Guyer HS/Sting Dallas)
A two-year captain and three-year letterwinner in soccer at Guyer High School … a first-team All-District 5-6A and district Defensive MVP as a junior … named to the all-region team and a Top Drawer Soccer First-Team All-State selection … earned GHS Defensive MVP honors as a junior … an honorable mention All-District 5-6A pick as a sophomore … also lettered in track … played four years for club team earning team captain honors and helping team to a pair of South Central Regional titles and a second-place finish at the USYS National Championships.
Lance Key Comments – "Hailey is a terrific defender that plays and competes at a very high level. Her athleticism allows her to cover the spaces in and around the back line, and her intelligence leads to very good decision making. She is a young lady that comes into our program with great promise. We are very enthusiastic to welcome such an exceptional student-athlete."
Gabi Placke – D/MF, 5-7, Lantana, Texas (Denton Guyer HS/Sting Dallas)
A three-year letterwinner and first-team All-District 5-6A at Denton Guyer High School … a two-year captain and two-time Academic All-District pick … named honorable mention District 5-6A as a sophomore … played club soccer for Sting Dallas.
Lance Key Comments – "Gabi is a very versatile soccer player who can impact the game from a multitude of positions. She plays with an athletic presence and a competitive confidence that stems from great work rate and intelligence. She is a good passer of the ball and has the ability to get forward from the back of the shape to create goals. Gabi will be a person of influence on and off the field for Louisiana Soccer."
Hailly Waterhouse – F, 5-6, Mandeville, La. (St. Scholastica Academy/Mandeville SC)
A two-time all-district and LSCA All-State selection at St. Scholastica Academy … helped the Doves to back-to-back LHSAA Division I state titles … led the Doves to a 22-0-3 record that was capped in the state championship match at the Ragin' Cajuns Track/Soccer Complex … helped SSA to a 20-1-3 record and 2018 Division I state title … named SSA's overall Most Vaulable Player as a junior … named to the All-St. Tammany Parish team … a two-time All-Metro pick … a three-time Louisiana State Cup winner and four-time Louisiana Classic Soccer League champion for Mandeville SC … a three-time USYS Region III Championship participant … helped MSC to the Southern Regional Premier League Central Division championship and SRPL West/South Division titles.
Lance Key Comments – "Hailly is a creative and talented young woman that plays with tremendous passion. She caught our eye from the first time we watched her and is among the top prep players in the state of Louisiana. She loves to break lines off the dribble and is also a very good server of the ball with the ability to use both feet. We are so happy to be keeping Hailly close to home."
Paizlee Whalen – D, 5-7, Windsor, Colo. (Windsor HS/Arsenal Colorado)
A three-time District 17-4A selection and two-time District Defensive MVP at Windsor High School … helped led the Lady Leopards to a pair of undefeated records in district play … named twice to the Super-Centex team … also lettered in track and field/cross country … a team captain and 2019 Fall Silverlakes Tournament "Game Changer" for Arsenal Colorado.
Lance Key Comments – "Paizlee is a tough and tenacious defender that covers a lot of ground in the back line. She is strong in the tackle and incredibly hard-working. Paizlee has a leadership presence about her when she plays and will add important depth to our talented back line."
Ally White – F, 5-3, Frisco, Texas (Frisco Liberty HS/Sting Dallas)
A two-year team captain and two-time All-District 9-5A selection at Frisco's Liberty High School … named the school's Newcomer of the Year and Offensive MVP as a freshman in 2018 … club team – Sting Dallas – reached the National Cup Finals in 2019 and was a two-time Regional Cup champion (2018-19).
Lance Key Comments – "Ally is a relentless and dynamic player who can play multiple roles throughout our shape. She is strong and athletic and loves to run in spaces with and without the ball. She is a quality ball-striker and a gritty competitor. Ally will bring intangible qualities to the Cajuns. She embodies what it means to be a Louisiana Soccer player."
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