Feb. 6, 2014
**For full bios and information on all nine signees, see the attached PDF**
ATHENS, Ga. --- Just one day after the national signing period for women's soccer opened, head coach Steve Holeman has announced the addition of nine players who will join the team for the fall of 2014.
"This is another great day for Georgia soccer," said Holeman, who will embark on his fifth season in the red and black. "This group of players is very talented, athletic and dynamic. They all love to compete and will provide incredible balance and depth to a core group of returners. They will make us better right away and we are excited to welcome them to the Bulldog family."
Three players - Maddie Burdick, Natalie Goodman, and Rebecca Rasmussen - are already on campus as early enrollees. The class includes four players ranked in the Girls' IMG Academy 150 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, the fourth-most of any school in the nation: Rasmussen (31), Goodman (47), Burdick (59), and Delaney Fechalos (110).
• The forwards include Kelsey Killean (Thornton, Colo./FC Boulder) and Shayna Raekelboom (Brussels, Belgium/Belgium U-19).
• At midfield, Georgia welcomes Burdick (Milton, Ga./Atlanta Fire), Caroline Gualdoni (Suwanee, Ga./Atlanta Fire), and Rasmussen (Golden, Colo./Colorado Rush).
• The defenders include Fechalos (Suwanee, Ga./Atlanta Fire), Goodman (Savannah, Ga./GSA), Josie Love Roebuck (Chattanooga, Tenn./Chattanooga FC), and Carly Settles (Greensboro, Ga./GSA).
Geographically, the group is heavy on Georgia players as usual, with five of the nine coming from the Peach State and joined by two players from Colorado, one from Tennessee, and one all the way from Belgium. The group includes three players from the U.S. U-18 National Team pool in Fechalos, Goodman, and Rasmussen, in addition to one player from her country's U-19 squad in Raekelboom (Belgium). In all, the group includes five players with international experience, factoring in Burdick's time with the U.S. U-15s.
Over the past several years, freshmen have played a vital role in Georgia's success on the pitch. In the last seven seasons, three Bulldogs have been named SEC Freshman of the Year (Carrie Patterson in 2006, Kelli Corless in 2007, and Laura Eddy in 2009).
The 2012 and 2013 campaigns saw the Bulldogs start several freshmen and get significant minutes from its classes of rookies. In 2013, Marion Crowder continued the recent SEC All-Freshman Team trend and made her mark immediately, leading the team in goals (11), points (23), and game-winning goals (7). Georgia has had 14 players make the league's All-Rookie team, four coming in Holeman's tenure.
The most recent signing class supplements a returning roster of three seniors, six juniors, and 15 sophomores from 2013.