Lady Tigers Soccer Team Inks Three
Feb. 3, 2000
Memphis,Tenn. - The University of Memphis Lady Tiger soccer team has received national letters of intent from three players for the 2000-2001 academic year. This is a first for the Lady Tiger program who until recently had never before received official commitments from recruits on the very first day of the signing period under Coach Les Szabo. Coach Szabo, has been Memphis' only coach since the inception of women's soccer into the universities athletic program, which occurred during the fall of 1995. Memphis is looking to sign a few more players before the national signing deadline on August 20th.
Jennifer Goff is a forward from Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Goff has been on the varsity all four years and also served as team captain her junior and senior years. She was voted All-District and All-Region all four years, in addition to being named TACA All-State her final three years and NSCAA All-South during her junior and senior campaigns. During her senior year she was the team's leading scorer with 32 goals and 12 assists totaling 76 points. She also led the team her junior season as well and established a season scoring record of 37 goals and also tallied five goals in a single game, another school record. Goff scored 92 career goals and had 32 career assists in 84 regular season matches for a total of 216 career points. She will leave Oak Ridge High School as the All-Time leading scorer in school history. Goff was also selected for the Olympic Development Program as a member of the Tennessee State Team in 1995 & 1996, and was selected to the Region 3 camp in 1996.
Roni Ruiz is a midfielder/forward from A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX. Ruiz who will likely play defense for the Lady Tigers lettered all four years at A&M Consolidated and was selected All-District her sophomore and junior years. She also played club soccer for the Demolition'81 soccer team out of Houston, TX, and helped them reach the state tournaments in 1998 and 1999. The Demolition recently placed second at the Orange Classic, held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. during the fall of '99. Ruiz also ran cross-country earning three letters and was a regional qualifier her sophomore year. She also lettered two years in softball. Ruiz received the Wayne Smith Award her senior year which is annually given to the athlete who demonstrates Heart, Courage, and Endurance.
R.B. Sparrow is a forward from Dulles High School in Sugar Land, TX. She was a four-year starter for Dulles and led the team in scoring her freshman, junior and senior years, missing the majority of her sophomore year due to injury. Sparrow was also an All-District selection during her freshman and junior years, as well as being a former member of the South Texas State Team and has attended the Region 3 camp (both part of the Olympic Development Program). She is also a member of the Demolition '81 soccer team and has been teammates with Roni Ruiz for the last two years. Sparrow however, has been a member of the '81 Demolition since age 10 and has been instrumental in helping the team secure over 200 wins and 14 tournament titles. Demolition '81 has three South Texas State Championships and has been a State Cup finalist all but one year. For her entire career to date, Sparrow has participated in three WAGS, two Surf Cups and three Orange Classics, all with the Demolition.
The Texas tandem and the native Tennessean will now suit up for the Lady Tigers in the upcoming fall of 2000.