Ellis Commits to TFC Women’s Soccer
Gabrielle “Gaby” Ellis from Huntingtown, Maryland, has committed to the Toccoa Falls Lady Eagles and Coach Jake Warren. Ellis’ signature is the fifth new recruit for the 2014 Lady Eagles.
Gaby graduated from Grace Christian Academy where she was a four year starter for GCA. As a sophomore, she was named to the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League (MISAL) first team, and led her team with 10 assists. Gaby was elected as team captain her senior season. Additionally, she was again voted to the MISAL all-league team and received GCA’s Best Offensive Player award. Gaby also gained playing experience with the Calvert Soccer Association (CSA).
“Gaby is a skilled player that will help us in the attacking phase of the game,” said Coach Warren. “Her natural ability to score and distribute the ball will add an important element to our team. Gaby’s passion for the game and her walk with Christ are exactly the qualities we want in our program.”
The daughter of Robert and Tammie Ellis, Gaby plans to major in Middle Grades Education and Bible at Toccoa Falls. Gaby said of TFC, “I am excited to follow God’s plan for my life, and to be able to play at TFC.”
Pictured above (Back Row L-R): GCA Assistant Coach Alison Davis and GCA Director Wayne Knode. (Front Row L-R): Gaby’s father, Robert Ellis, Gaby, Gaby’s mother and GCA head coach, Tammie Ellis, and GCA Athletic Director Stacie Buhl. Not Pictured: GCA Assistant Coach Glen Bruce.
Lady Eagles Sign Trio
The women’s soccer program at Toccoa Falls College and Coach Jake Warren have announced the signing of three student-athletes who will join the program in August. In addition to those who have already signed with TFC, the new incoming players will add talent and depth as the Lady Eagles prepare for their second season under Warren.
Megan Brown, from nearby Clayton, Georgia, has re-signed with TFC after missing her freshman season with a broken jaw. As a freshman at North Gwinnett High school, Megan was named the junior varsity’s most improved player. After she transferred to Rabun County High, Megan was named the varsity’s most valuable offensive player in her sophomore and junior seasons. Additionally, Brown was a recipient of the Female Academic Athlete award as a junior.
In her senior campaign, Megan was voted as team captain, co-MVP, first team all-region, and a scholar athlete. She tallied 14 goals and 10 assists in her final year at Rabun County. Megan has played her club ball with Atlanta Fire FC and Peachtree Ridge Select.
Megan will major in Early Childhood Education at Toccoa Falls. She is the daughter of Stephen Brown and Jerri Canup.
“Megan is a very skilled and scrappy player that will add some quickness to our lineup,” said Warren of the goal scoring forward. “She has quality club soccer experience under her belt as well as some impressive achievements for her high school team. We are excited to have Megan for the upcoming season as her absence was felt last fall.”
Jacinda “JJ” Lee will enter Toccoa Falls as a transfer student after playing a season at Fullerton College, a junior college in California. JJ will look to fill the center midfielder role vacated by graduating all-region player Lauren Howell.
Before enrolling at Fullerton, Lee starred at Sunny Hills High School and played with Cypress Futball Club, Fullerton Rangers, and Beach FC.
JJ will major in Business Administration at TFC. She is the daughter of Michael and Darleen Lee.
Coach Warren said of JJ, “She will be a wonderful addition to our program. She is a gifted player who is comfortable on the ball and will add a dynamic flair for us in midfield. She comes to us with a wealth of high level club and high school experience as well as one season of college soccer under her belt. We are very excited to have JJ for her spirited personality along with her ability as a player.”
Goalkeeper Emily Truelove will push for immediate playing time between the posts. A graduating senior from North Hall High School (Gainesville, Georgia), Truelove is a multi-year starter at NHHS and has an illustrious club career.
During her time with Lanier Soccer Association, North Georgia Soccer Association, and North Georgia YMCA, Truelove has been a part of two Georgia soccer state championships, one second place finish at the state tournament, and a region championship. Her club team has also won the GRPA state title.
An outdoor enthusiast and future biology major, Emily is the daughter of Jason and Beth Truelove.
Coach Warren said of Emily, “We are very excited about the addition of Emily to our program as she is everything we want in a student-athlete. She is dedicated to her work both on the field and as a student and most importantly passionate about her faith in Christ. Emily will provide some much needed depth for us at the goalkeeper position and we expect her to contribute from the start.”
Stands Signs with TFC
The Toccoa Falls College women’s soccer program and head coach Jake Warren are pleased to announce its first signing of the 2014 recruiting class. Olivia Stands from Boise, Idaho, has signed her letter of intent and will join the TFC Lady Eagles program in the fall of 2014.
Stands is a skilled player who stars as an outside midfielder for Meridian High School. At Meridian, Olivia is a two year starter on the varsity squad and was awarded the Best Offensive Player and the Warrior Award, and is a two time recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. She was also nominated for first team all-region for the 5A Division Idaho. Stands currently plays for Rush Soccer Club and has playing experience with the Boise National Soccer Club. As a member of BNSC, Stands won two consecutive state cups.
Coach Warren said of the signing, “We are very excited to add Olivia to our program. After a great high school and club career, she brings the quality and experience we are looking for in players. Not only is she a talented player, Olivia has sustained success in the classroom and exhibits the character qualities that make her an excellent fit for our school.”
Olivia plans to major in Secondary Science Education and is the daughter of Jeff and Lydia Stands. Mrs. Lydia Stands also attended Toccoa Falls College.