JONESBORO, Ark. (2/4/11) – Arkansas State head women's soccer coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge announced the signing of five student-athletes who will join the Red Wolves women's soccer program for the fall 2011.
Four of the Red Wolves signees Katherine Hosea, Jessica Jingblad, Jenna Kelley and Blayne Lang are high school seniors while Aja Aguire will be transferring from Douglas College and will have two years of eligibility remaining to play at Arkansas State.
"The 2011 class is made up of different styles of players all of them capable of challenging right away for playing time," said ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. "Their versatility will allow us to improve on last season's performance. They are joining a very determined and eager group of returning players who will lead them in the right path."
Aja Aguirre is a transfer from Douglas College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Aguirre comes to the Red Wolves with two years of eligibility remaining. The 5-8 goalkeeper was named the BCAA Athlete of the Week for Douglas College as a freshman and ranked second in the BCCAA standings posting 3.5 shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average in eight appearances. She was also the starting goalkeeper for the CMFSC Xtreme Women's PCSL team for three years leading them to numerous championships over that period.
"Aja brings a wealth of experience having played goalkeeper at the college level. She is very agile and commands her box very well," commented Ziyenge.
Katherine Hosea is a 5-5 defender who joins the Red Wolves from the Ursuline Academy of Dallas where she earned all-district honorable mention and led her team to three straight TAPPS Division I State Championships. She is a member of the national honor society and served as Varsity Team Captain.
"Katie is a very good ball distributor and remains very calm under pressure. She is a versatile player who can contribute both in the midfield and defensive positions," said Ziyenge.
Jessica Jingblad is a native of Norrkoping, Sweden but played soccer in the US her senior year as an exchange student in Goshen, NY where she scored 38 goals and had 10 assists. The 5-5 forward was the leading scorer for Kunskapsgymnasiet in her native Sweden.
"Jessica is a composed and tactical striker who maintains a calm demeanor," added Ziyenge.
Blayne Laing is a 5-9 defender who played high school soccer at St.Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. During her time at St. Thomas Aquinas she led her team to Regional Ontario Championships for three straight years and HS Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools championship in 2010. Lang also helped lead the Mississauga Dixie Dragon Soccer Club to the Ontario Cup Finals for three straight years, including capturing the Ontario/Quebec Cup Championship in 2009.
"Blayne is a very athletic and tough tackling defender capable of contributing at both central and outside defense," said Ziyenge.
Jena' Kelley is a 5-4 forward who comes to the Red Wolves from Heber Springs High School in Heber Springs, Ark. While at Heber Springs she helped lead her team to five state championships.
"Jena' brings an extremely high work ethic and can fit in at both the forward and outside mid positions. She is definitely one of the best players coming out of Arkansas," added Ziyenge.