Goalkeeper Alison Holland Signs with Memphis
Feb. 15, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Goalkeeper Alison Holland out of Troy, Mich., has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the University of Memphis women's soccer team, head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Friday.
"Alison has a lot of potential. She is a very technical goalkeeper," Monaghan said. "She has played at a very high level playing with one of the top club teams in the country. She's had a lot of experience with the ODP and we feel that she is a polished keeper coming out of high school. She has a lot of the tools that will allow her to compete at this level. It is always nice to get a player from one of the top clubs in the country and I think she will step in here and really push our returning keepers."
A four-year varsity starter at Troy High School, Holland helped her team to the Division I State Championship finals in the last two seasons. She picked up All-State Division I honors in 2011 and 2012 and was named an ESPN Top 150 player in the 2013 class. She holds schools records for shutouts in a season with 17 in 25 games in 2010 and equaled in 2011.
On the club scene, Holland shined for the Michigan Hawks, earning state titles in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Hawks were an Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) National Championship finalist in 2012. Holland has been on the Michigan ODP team since 2008 and was in the Region II ODP pool in 2010. Holland has allowed just one goal in State Cup pool play quarterfinals, semifinals or final games while playing with the Hawks. She participated in the United State Soccer Training Center in 2010. Holland enjoys yoga, playing with her dogs and going to Starbucks. She has completed eight AP classes and plans to attend the Helen Hardin Honors Program at the University of Memphis.
Why did Alison Holland choose the University of Memphis?"I chose the University of Memphis because it had everything that I wanted for my future college. The soccer program is very promising and the coaching staff had the balance of coaching styles that I was looking for. When I was visiting, I knew it was a college I could see myself attending. The honors program was the rigorous academic program that I was looking for. In all, the academic and soccer program at Memphis really impressed me, allowing me to make the decision to attend the University of Memphis. I am excited to see where my college career in the south will take me."
What does Alison plan to major in?"Biomedical Engineering"