Women's Soccer: Radwanski looks in-state and northeast for Tigers' signing class

Shannon Horgan, Salma Anastasio, Megan O'Conner, Jeni Erickson, Miranda Weslake join Tigers for 2014

Miranda Weslake (Beaufort Academy photo)

Miranda Weslake (Beaufort Academy photo)

Clemson women's soccer coach Eddie Radwanski has announced the signing of five players, including a trio of in-state standouts, to national letters of intent for the 2014 season.

“We look forward to welcoming this outstanding group of young women to the Clemson family,” said Radwanski. “It’s an exciting time for all of us as we watch our young team continue to grow and develop.

"This group brings loads of attacking mentality and provides us with positional flexibility that will be key going forward. Following last year’s top-five, nationally-ranked recruiting class, we feel that we are taking yet another positive step in our evolution.”

Clemson's signees include three players from Shannon Horgan from Lido Beach, New York, Salma Anastasio from Trumbull, Connecticut, Miranda Weslake of Beaufort, S.C., Jeni Erickson of Greenville, S.C., and Megan O’Connor of Isle of Palms, S.C.).

Three of the five players (Horgan, Anastasio and Weslake) are ranked in the IMG Academy National Top 150.

Clemson is one of only 17 programs to sign three or more IMG Top 150 players for 2014, while seven of the 17 are Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Horgan and O’Connor enrolled in classes at Clemson in January and will participate in spring practice with the Tigers.

Shannon Horgan

Position: D/F

Hometown: Lido Beach, NY (Long Beach High School)

Club Team: Albertson Soccer Club - Coach Paul Riley

· TopDrawerSoccer.com – IMG Academy National Top 150 Player

· National Top 25 as Defender

· #2 overall prospect in New York

· 2013 NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA Class AA first-team All-State

· Named to the 2013 Newsday’s All-Long Island team

· 2011 All-County and Player of the Year

· 2010 All-Conference

· Scored 20 goals her senior season leading her high school to playoffs

· 2013 Albertson Club Player of the Year – Elite Clubs National League (ECNL)

· 2013 Albertson Fury 95 American League National Champions - ECNL

· 2013 Albertson Fury 94 New York State Champions

· Eastern New York ODP 2008-2011

· US Club Soccer National iD2 Camp in 2010 and 2011

Radwanski says: “We rated Shannon as the top naturally left-footed player in the country for this class. She possesses a fantastic technical platform, combined with both power and competitive drive. She has all the tools necessary to develop into an impact player for Clemson. We are very excited that she was able to join us for the spring.”

Salma Anastasio

Position: F

Hometown: Trumbull, CT (St. Lukes School)

Club Team: Connecticut FC (CFC) - Coach Dave Clarke

· TopDrawerSoccer.com - IMG Academy National Top 150 Player

· #4 rated player in the Northeast Region

· Three time All-State, All-New England and All-FAA

· Three time Second Team All-Connecticut

· High School team won the 2011 FAA Championship and NEPSAC Tournament

· Scored over 80 goals in high school career

· Club Team won the 2013 State Champions

· Club Team Region I Champions 2013, US Youth Soccer National Tournament

· Three time Northeast Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) PDP All-Star Invitee (2012-2014)

· Connecticut ODP State Team 2006-2010

· ODP Region I team & International Trip

· UC Club Soccer ID2 National Camps 2009 NJ – 2010 AZ; US Youth National ID Camp in Portland, OR 2010

Radwanski says: “Salma was exposed to the National Team environment at an early age. Since then she has continued to score goals for her teams. She has good understanding of movement off the ball and provides the ability to stretch teams as she loves to run in behind defenses. Her skill set will be a welcome addition to our group.”

Miranda Weslake

Position: F

Hometown: Beaufort, SC (Beaufort Academy)

Club Team: South Carolina United Mount Pleasant

· TopDrawerSoccer.com – IMG Academy National Top 150 Player

· 2013 HSSR SCISA AA/A Soccer Girls Co-Player of the Year

· 2013 HSSR SCISA Soccer Girls All-State Team

· Her Beaufort Academy HS team won the 2010 and 2013 State Championship

· High School team MVP in 2011 and 2013

· Also lettered in basketball and volleyball. Basketball team MVP 2011, ‘12 and ‘13

· Club team won state championship from 2009-12 and was runner-up in 2013

· South Carolina 96 ODP Team (2009-2012)

· 2009 Region III Team

· US Youth National ID Camp in Portland, OR (2010) and Ponoma, CA (2011)

· Lifelong Clemson fan

Radwanski says: “We believe Miranda is the best attacking player to come out of South Carolina in a long time. Throughout her youth career she has consistently done one thing: score goals. Miranda has tremendous instincts around the goal and a knack for applying the finishing touch. Being surrounded by our talented players should help her transition into the college game.”

Jeni Erickson

Position: M

Hometown: Greenville, SC (J.L. Mann High School)

Club Team: Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) - Coach Andrew Hyslop

· TopDrawerSoccer.com - Top 20 prospect in the South Atlantic Region

· Captain of CESA club team from 2011-2014

· CESA State Champions 2010-2012

· Region III Champions with CESA

· ECNL Peak Performer 2013

· SC 95 ODP from 2008-2011

· Three year letterwinner and captain at J.L. Mann HS

· Named All-Region in 2013

· Advanced to the state championship game against Wando and fellow Clemson recruit Megan O’Connor in 2013

· Also lettered in swimming

· Part of the National Honors Society, participated in Palmetto Girls State and is Senior Class Vice-President

Radwanski says: “Jeni is a player that understands the importance of balance in the midfield. She will do a job for her team that many people tend to overlook. She brings a team-first approach to everything she does. I expect her game to continue to develop nicely in our environment.”

Megan O’Connor

Position: F

Hometown: Isle of Palms, SC (Wando High School)

Club Team: South Carolina United Mt. Pleasant (SCUMP) / Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA)

· TopDrawerSoccer.com – Top 20 prospect in the South Atlantic Region

· Her Wando HS team finished the 2013 season ranked #20 in the nation by ESR after winning the South Carolina Class 4A State Championship

· Named to the Class 4A All-State Team after her junior campaign in 2013

· Described Clemson as having “the whole package: strong soccer program, academic focus, beautiful campus and top-notch facilities” in an interview with TopDrawerSoccer.com

Radwanski says: “Megan is a very interesting talent with tons of upside potential. Her physical skill set can add a different dimension to our team. She has very good mobility and technical balance for a player of her height. We are excited to watch her game develop over the coming years.”

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