Feb. 27, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar University women's soccer team signed three recruits who will play for the Lady Cardinals this fall.
Coming to Lamar are Megan Campbell (Coral Springs, Fla.), Jannet Hernandez (Houston) and Shavonn Johnson (La Verne, Calif.).
"We feel as though we're adding great depth," Lamar coach Dewi Hardman said. "All three players have the ability to make immediate contributions as freshmen."
Campbell is a four-year letterwinner at American Heritage High School, where her team won back-to-back state championships in her junior and senior years after finishing as the state runner-up in her sophomore campaign. In addition, she played for the Weston FC club team, which is ranked 14th in Florida, and attended the Olympic Development Program Super Y National Camp in 2009.
"Megan is a versatile player, who plays forward, but played right fullback in high school," Hardman said. "That shows she has a great ability to adapt and the willingness to do what is needed."
Hernandez, who graduates from MacArthur High School this year, plays club soccer for the Albion Hurricanes, ranked second in South Texas and 62nd nationally. The team won the Region III Premier League West title in 2011.
"Jannet is an attacking midfielder," Hardman said. She does a good job of being deceptive in her movements. We see a lot of possibilities going forward. We're fascinated by what she brings - creativity and imagination."
Johnson, a second-team All-Hacienda League selection at Bonita High School this past season, plays club soccer for Legends FC, which won the Far West Regional League and Southern California Developmental League titles in 2011. The club team is ranked sixth in Southern California and 19th nationally.
"Technically and physically, she's a good addition to the team," Hardman said of Johnson. "She has played as a fullback, center back and forward. She has a tremendous amount of pace and a great work ethic."
The Lady Cardinals are coming of the most successful season in the five-year history of the program, posting a 9-8-2 overall record and finishing third in the Southland Conference.
"We are heading in the right direction," said Hardman, who wrapped up his fourth season as coach. "I believe these players will help us compete for Southland Conference championships."
The Lady Cardinals, minus their new signees, will host Houston Baptist in an exhibition game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamar Soccer Complex. Admission is free.