by Jason Mehl
Director of Sports Information
The TFC Women’s Soccer team has signed three student/athletes who will play for the Lady Eagles in the Fall of 2012. Head Coach Doug Howell projects that all three will make significant contributions as freshmen. The Lady Eagles are losing five seniors from this year’s team that finished 5-10-1 and lost in the first round of the Region Tournament.
One of the three is Jessica Allen, a four-year starter for the Stephens County High School Lady Indians. Allen also played for the North Georgia Soccer Association Lady Rapids. She has played multiple positions for Kevin Boyce’s Lady Indians and her versatility and work ethic have impressed TFC’s Howell. “I have seen her start at forward, outside midfield, and defender, and she can play keeper,” Howell said. “She can hold the ball at her feet against an opponent, she’s hard to knock off the ball and she never gives up.”
Lindsay Zubler will be coming to TFC from Eastern Alamanace High School in Mebane, North Carolina. She has been an outside midfielder and forward for her varsity team the last two years. Howell praised her attitude, work ethic, and her willingness to learn. “Lindsay can really help us. She has a high work rate. She keeps moving and dropping back to help defensively.”
Another Georgia product joining the Lady Eagles is Elizabeth Mattison from Winder-Barrow High School. Mattison has been captain of the Winder-Barrow Lady Doggs, and started for four years as a center midfielder. The Lady Doggs have appeared in the state playoffs twice during Mattison’s career. She also won two state championships playing select soccer with the Lady Galaxy Soccer Program in Barrow County. Howell expects Mattison to bring experience and confidence to the Lady Eagles defense. “She distributes the ball very well and has very good defensive positioning skills,” he said. “She’s strong in the air, and confident with the ball at her feet.”