June 1, 2011
CONWAY - Women's soccer head coach Paul Hogan has inked another top-tier recruit to his inaugural recruiting class. After signing Rylie Johnson (later named the Gatorade Arizona Girls Soccer Player of the Year) and nine others during the initial signing period in February, Hogan has now received a National Letter of Intent from under-17 Trinidad and Tobago National team goal keeper Saundra Baron.
Baron, who stands 5-foot-7, served as captain of the Trinidad and Tobago under-17 national women's soccer team from 2007 through 2010. While with the team, Baron gained experience against some of the world's best as she started in goal during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup.
Baron is a graduate of Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C where she played interscholastically for the Hornets. Following her junior season she was named first team all-area, first team all-region and first team all-state for her work between the pipes.
Additionally, Baron has been a member of the North Carolina State Team '94 since 2007. Baron has also played club ball for the 2008 Premier League Champion '93 Twisters and the '92 Twins, who finished in the top four of the 2010 North Carolina State Cup.
Baron, her fellow incoming freshmen and returning upperclassmen will start preseason practice in August in preparation of the team's first match against Jacksonville University at the University of North Florida Tournament on August 19.