Feb. 8, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Tuesday that Flower Mound High School defender Sam Watson has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Tigers. Watson is the fifth of 13 signees for the 2011-12 signing class.
“Sam is a player that we expect to come in and make an immediate impact,” Monaghan said. “She is a player that we recruited as a center back. She has great size, is very athletic and is not afraid to get stuck in on the tackle. She is just an all-around very good soccer player. She is very mature and she is someone we think can be a great leader for us down the road. She has a ton of potential and she is only going to make us that much better in the back.”
Watson, a Dallas, Texas native, led Flower Mound High to the Regional Semi-Finals in 2008. On the club level, Watson competed for FC Dallas and was the team captain under the guidance of coach Chris Ring.
Watson is the daughter of Tim and Sandy Watson.
|2011-12 Signing Class
||L'lle-Bizard, Quebec, Canada
||John Rennie HS
||Lac St-Louis Lakers
|| Notes: A L’lle-Bizard, Quebec, Canada, native, Kylie Davis was named the 2010 Quebec Female Player of the year. Davis helped the Renegades claim medals in 2007-10 play, including gold medal honors in the Provincial Championships in 2009. On the club level, Davis played for coach Rudy Doliscat and the Lac-St-Louis Lakers. Played in the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in September of 2010 which was held in Trinidad and Tobago Davis helped the U17 Canadian National Team claim the CONCACAF Championship in 2010. She is a current member of the Canadian U20 National Pool. Davis is the daughter of Joanne and Steve Davis.
||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Archbishop Jordan Catolic HS
|Edmonton Victoria Soccer Club
|| Notes: The Alberta, Canada native, Alex Craig received Rookie of the Year and MVP honors during her prep career. Craig also spent time with the Edmonton Victoria Soccer Club under head coach Rick Haxby. Member of the U13-U16 Alberta Soccer Association provincial teams from 2005-09 and played for the U18 Alberta, Canada Summer Games team. Earned seven Alberta Provincial Championships with the Sherwood Park Rangers (U12-U16). With the Edmonton Victoria Soccer Club, earned Major League Provincial Championship in 2010. Also earned the silver medal in the Women's Major League National Championship in 2010. Four-year member of the Canada Soccer Association National Training Centre-Praries (2007-11). Current member of the Canadian U20 National Pool. Craig is the daughter of Doug and Jennifer Craig.
||Notes: Competed as a midfielder for Northgate High. Was a four-year letterwinner and all-state honoree. Played for coach Campbell Chapman on club team GSA Phoenix. Competed for US Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program for six years. Member of the Georgia ODP State Team and Region III Team. Played with current Lady Tiger forward Rasheeda Ansari while with the GSA Phoenix squad. Daane is the daughter of Peter and Kari Daane.
| McCall Gardner
|| Duluth, Ga.
|| Peachtree Ridge HS
|| GSA Phoenix
||Notes: Earned four varsity letters at Peachtree Ridge High School where she played goalkeeper. Competed for the Gwinnett Soccer Association (GSA) Phoenix '93 squad with fellow signee Sarah Daane and current Lady Tiger forward Rasheeda Ansari. Coached by Campbell Chapman on the club level. Was a member of the 2007 U.S. Olympic Development Program Georgia state team. Daughter of Guy and Theresa Gardner.
| Sam Watson
|| Flower Mound, Texas
|| Flower Mound HS
|| FC Dallas
||Notes: Led Flower Mound High to the regional semi-finals in 2008. Was team captain for Flower Mound High and played defender. Competed for FC Dallas and was the team captain under the guidance of coach Chris Ring. Member of the ECNL Final Four Showcase All-Event Team in 2009. Daughter of Tim and Sandy Watson.