Soccer team introduces nine players for spring

With nine total newcomers for the spring and upcoming fall, the Horned Frog soccer team is looking to build upon its 2009-2010 record of 9-11-0.

Head coach Dan Abdalla and his recruiting team secured three midfielders, three defenders, two forwards and a goalkeeper to the Horned Frog roster.

Midfielder Kristen Barg comes from Plano West High School and the Dallas Texans club. After leading the Texans to the 2009 U.S. Youth Soccer National League Championship, Barg also helped her team to claim the Region III championship twice, as well as playing for the North Texas ’92 Olympic Development Program team.

Brooke Kviz, a defender from Keller, was also part of the North Texas ’92 ODP team that won the 2009 ODP National Championship. According to GoFrogs.com, Abdalla said the Horned Frogs valued Kviz’s mentality and her fight and competitiveness will be vital to the Horned Frogs.

Forwards Kim Castleberry and Brittany Slyman, both local recruits, will add much-needed speed at the offensive end of the field, as both have backgrounds in track and field. Slyman will start for the Horned Frogs in the fall and is a recipient of the 2005 Manchester United Premier Cup/Nike Cup Golden Boot award. Castleberry is a transfer from Texas A&M and was named the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the class of 2009 by Top Drawer Soccer, according to GoFrogs.com. Castleberry is also currently a member of the U-20 Women’s National Team.

Kaitlin Hellmann and Ashley Jones are new midfielders from California and Texas, respectively. Hellmann was a four-year high school varsity letterwinner and helped her club, Slammers FC, win five straight Cal South State Championships. Jones is a three-time All-East Texas honoree and a 2007 and 2009 first team all-district selection.

Defender Kelly Johnson joins the Horned Frogs from California and Maddy Courvoisier brings a three-time all-state academic selection and 26 career high school goals from Las Vegas.

Lone goalkeeper recruit Gabbi Doughtery comes from Euless and led her high school to two-straight district championships and achieved the 2009 College Board AP Scholar award. Abdalla praised Doughtery’s work ethic, technical ability and determination on GoFrogs.com.

Abdalla said on GoFrogs.com that the Horned Frogs are very excited about the incoming group and the two already on the roster. Abdalla said the program is looking forward to the team being dynamic on and off the field.