Feb. 11, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - - The SMU Mustangs women's soccer team added four field players that will hope to quickly contribute to the team's 2013-14 efforts.
Taylor Barg, Taylor Jackson, Kelsey Gorney, and Madison Reisdorf will all join SMU for the 2013-14 campaign. The group is well-decorated at both the high school and club levels, and could immediately contribute to the Mustangs.
"We're excited by the addition of these talented players," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli stated. "We have to give credit to the previous coaching staff. We are glad the players stayed firm in their commitment to SMU and decided to join our team.
"The group as a whole makes our team better, and each individually will compete for playing time immediately."
Barg, Jackson and Gorney are teammates playing for the Dallas Texans club squad. Barg and Jackson have played together throughout high school at Plano West Senior High and have a friendship that dates back to the fifth grade. Carley Phillips, who played at SMU from 2005-08, is the head coach at Plano West.
Petrucelli and the rest of the coaching staff anticipate additional commitments during the coming weeks.
Taylor Barg | MF/D | Dallas, Texas
Barg plays at Plano West Senior High School under head coach Carley Phillips, who is an SMU women's soccer alumni... Helped lead Plano West to a state title in 2012 and a regional championship in 2011, an area championship in 2009-10 and 2011-12, bi-district title in 2009-10 and 2011-12... Started every game during a 32-game unbeaten streak for Plano West... Barg is currently her team's captain and was a First Team All-District honoree in 2012... Selected to attend the ECNL player development program in 2012... Barg also plays for the Dallas Texans 95s... Helped lead the Texans to a 3rd place national finish in 2010 and 2011, and ECNL National League titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11... the Texans are currently the No.1 ranked team in Region III... Barg also excelled in the classroom, posting a 4.2 GPA as a member of the National Honors Society. Taylor is one of three Barg sisters to have played Division I soccer. Her oldest sister, Courtney, won a national championship with Notre Dame in 2010 and her other sister Kristen is currently a junior at TCU.
Petrucelli on Barg: "Barg is a talented and versatile player. She's effective in both the attack and defense. I see her being an important player in our program for the next four years."
Kelsey Gorney | F/MF | Carrollton, Texas
Gorney is already a well-decorated player in the state of Texas and was invited to participate in the USYSA Region III Girl's Olympic Development Program, visiting multiple different locations throughout Europe... Participated in the ODP Training events in Florida in 2010 and 2011, and earned ODP camp all-star recognition... In all, participated in the Region 3 ODP team from 2010-12... Gorney is rated as a top-20 player in the state of Texas and is a top-150 player nationally according to the IMG Academy... At Hebron High School, Gorney earned District 6-5A Newcomer of the Year honors in 2010 and was First Team All-District in 2011, leading her team to the playoffs every season... Gorney also plays for the Dallas Texans 95s... Helped lead the Texans to a 3rd place national finish in 2010 and 2011, and ECNL National League titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11... the Texans are currently the No.1 ranked team in Region III... Ran varsity cross country as a freshman at Hebron... National Honors Society member... Gorney's older sister Kayla currently plays at Texas Western.
Petrucelli on Gorney: "Kelsey can both score goals and set up goals. She's very effective on the outside of the field. She's a good player one-on-one and serves a very good ball. She has a bright future at SMU."
Taylor Jackson | D | Plano, Texas
Jackson is a proven leader on the pitch, acting as captain at Plano West Senior High School since 2011 and of her club team since 2005... Rated a top-30 recruit in the state of Texas... Earned District 8-5A Defensive MVP honors in 2011-12... Helped lead Plano West to a state title in 2012 and a regional championship in 2011, an area championship in 2009-10 and 2011-12, bi-district title in 2009-10 and 2011-12... Jackson has also earned First Team All-District Honors 2009-12 (every year in high school) and First Team All-Region in 2011-12, as well as Second Team All-State in 2011-12... Started every game during a recent 32-game unbeaten streak for Plano West... Plays for the Dallas Texans 95s... Helped lead the Texans to a 3rd place national finish in 2010 and 2011, and ECNL National League titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11... the Texans are currently the No.1 ranked team in Region III... National Honor Society member... Earned an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for Pre-AP English (2010).
Petrucelli on Jackson: "Taylor is a top-notch defender. She's very good in the air and is strong in the tackle. She goes forward well and can score goals both with her head and with her feet. She's the kind of player every team needs to be successful."
Madison Reisdorf | MF | Scottsdale, Ariz.
Reisdorf starred in four years at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., earning First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State honors while serving as team captain... Scored a total of 52 goals between her freshman and sophomore seasons... Currently has 16 goals and 6 assists in 11 games, and has scored in all but one contest this season... Was an Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar Athlete... Played club soccer with Cincinnati United Premiere and also played with the Sereno 95s ECNL team.
Petrucelli on Reisdorf: "(Reisdorf) obviously knows how to score. That kind of scoring ability is important for any team. Hopefully that kind of scoring knack will continue with her here at SMU. If it does, we'll all be happy."