March 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer head coach Steve Holeman has announced the addition of two players with international experience to the previously released nine-member incoming class for the fall of 2014.
Joining the Bulldogs for the upcoming season will be goalkeeper Louise Högrell – a starter for the Sweden U-19 national team – as well as Florida native and midfielder/defender Eli Martinez of the Honduras U-20 squad.
Högrell comes to Georgia after playing with the U-19 team in her home nation of Sweden. Having made 13 appearances, she helped the squad qualify for the European Championship last summer, and was three times named the team’s most valuable player. She also guided her club team to the Swedish Cup in 2012 and her high school team to two national championships.
“Louise is a very dynamic keeper,” said assistant coach and goalkeepers coach Henry Zapata. “She’s explosive off her line, good in the air, and quick to get to ground. Her vision and ability to distribute will be a great asset to our style of play. Her international experience will make her transition to the college game seamless.”
Martinez will join the Bulldogs after time with the Honduras U-20 squad. Born and raised in Honduras, her family moved to a Miami suburb when she was 13. With the national team, Martinez recently attended an international tournament in El Salvador, competing against teams from El Salvador and Guatemala. Her club team – Weston FC – is currently ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 25 in the nation.
“Eli is quick and scrappy and can play almost anywhere on the field,” Holeman said. “Her technical speed is excellent and her defensive aggression is relentless. We are thrilled to add another outstanding player to this year’s class.”
Before the addition of Högrell and Martinez, Holeman’s 2014 recruiting class was already ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The highly-touted class will supplement a returning group of three seniors, six juniors, and 15 sophomores.