CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer program has added four student-athletes to its 2006-07 recruiting class, head coach Rohan Naraine announced June 1. Janessa Bowen (Spring, Texas/Klein), Bridget Boyle (Chicago, Ill./Marist), Allison Hobson (Springfield, Va./West Springfield (Hofstra)) and Alli Tamburro (Frankfort, N.Y./Frankfort-Schuyler) have signed national letters-of-intent to attend CCU.
Bowen, a defender, was an All-Houston First Team selection by the Houston Chronicle her senior season at Klein High School in Spring, Texas. She is a three-time Defensive Most Valuable Player for the Bearkats and helped the squad to a District 14-5A championship in 2006. Bowen was a three-time All-District pick and a two-time All-Region selection while captaining the Bearkats during her senior season. She also has competed throughout the country with the Texas Rush Soccer Club.
Boyle, a defender/midfielder, was an All-Sectional player in Illinois for Marist High School in 2006. She has played the last two seasons for the W-League Chicago Gaels in the summer. Boyle had 14 goals and 11 assists her sophomore season for the Redhawks and was named Marists Offensive Most Valuable Player and a Daily Southtown Most Valuable Player. She added 12 goals her freshman season.
Hobson, a midfielder/forward, played two seasons at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., where she played in 25 games and helped the Pride to a Colonial Athletic Association championship in 2005 and a co-championship in 2004. Hobson scored the game winner her freshman season in a 2-1 overtime win over Maine and took 10 shots her first year. She went to high school at West Springfield in Springfield, Va., where she played with current Lady Chant Heather Haupt. While with the Spartans, Hobson helped the team to a Patriot Division championship. She also was an Honorable Mention All-Metropolitan Team by the Washington Post in 2000.
Tamburro, a midfielder/forward, broke Frankfort-Schuylers scoring record with 79 career goals and 15 assists her senior season. She was the Center State Conference Division I scoring leader each of the the past four years and was captain of the Maroon Knights her final year. She was a First Team Center State Conference All-Star for three years and was chosen to the All Section III Class C Frist Team her junior season. Tamburro also helped Frankfort-Schuyler to sectional play in both 2003 and 2004. She was a member of the Coliseum Juventos travel team, competed on the Under 19 New York State Cup team and played club soccer with current Lady Chant Stepheney Gerhardt.
The four student-athletes join Nicole Davis (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant), Stacey Dillon (Canton, Mich./Plymouth), Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Louisiana State), Maegan Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Cal State Fullerton), Meghan Long (Smithfield, R.I./Lasalle Academy) and Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) in the 2006-07 recruiting class.
"Its a solid class," Naraine said. "A lot of the players can play anywhere on the field. This gives us a lot of depth at all positions. Im excited to work with them. Its a great addition to our program that we have here. The players that are already here will challenge the newcomers and they in turn will challenge them. Thats the best way to improve your program."
Coastal returns seven starters from last years squad that went 13-6 and tied for second place in the Big South regular season standings.