Feb. 16, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola Head Women's Soccer Coach Katherine Vettori announced today that seven student-athletes will join the Greyhounds in the fall and comprise the Class of 2014. The incoming class includes five athletes from the Baltimore-Washington region, a pair of international players and several Loyola connections.
Taylor Bryant (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation Preparatory), Toni Cowan (Kinston, Jamaica/Ardenne), Julia Hajjar (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada/Ottawa Fury), Dijana Haracic (Round Hill, Va./Loudon Valley), Sarah Hunt (McLean, Va./The Potomac School), Sally Meehan (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Alex Reed (Fairfax Station, Va./South County) will play for Loyola.
"We are thrilled with the talent level that this incoming class brings to the Loyola women's soccer program," said Vettori. "This group will contribute greatly to the Greyhounds in 2010."
Bryant was nominated for the Gatorade National Player of the Year after being named the District of Columbia Player of the Year and a first-team Washington Post All-Met selection in her senior season as a team captain. She also earned All-ISL recognition in 2009 and was a member of the Maryland Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2006-2008. A defender, Bryant is on ESPN Rise's List for the top players in Washington, D.C. Bryant's father, Dwayne Bryant, was an All-Conference point guard at Georgetown University from 1986-90 and is currently the head coach at Georgetown Prep, where he coached current Loyola basketball player, Robert Olson.
Cowan is currently a right back on the Jamaica U-20 National Team that participated in the Concacaf World Cup pre-qualifying rounds in the Dominican and Trinidad & Tobago. Prior to earning a roster spot on the U-20 team, she was a member of the U-17 National Team that also partook in the World Cup pre-qualifying rounds. She played club soccer with Meadhaven United FC from 2006-2008 and was the co-captain of the Constant Spring Football Club this past season. Cowan was a four-time Most Valuable Player at Ardenne High School and scored 19 goals in the 2007-2008 season.
Hajjar was the leading scorer for the Ottawa Fury in 2007 and 2008 and was selected to the Fury's W-League Team in 2009. In 2008, she, along with current women's soccer player, Tessa McClenahan, led the Fury to the United States National Cup Finals, and the USL Super Y League North American Finals, while also being selected to the ODP National Camp for Super Y Leaguers. That same year, she also received the Charlotte and Alex McCurdy Trophy for being named the Ottawa Fury Clup Top Goalscorer Award recipient. She also played basketball, volleyball and track and field all four years and was a three-time High School Female Athlete of the Year. On the track, Hajjar ran the 100 and 200m dash, as well as the 100m relay where she placed in the top five in Eastern Ontario.
Haracic was an All-Region, All-District and Washington Post All-Met goalkeeper at Loudon Valley with the Vikings. She was a teammate of fellow signees, Alex Reed and Sarah Hunt, on the McLean Dragons who won Region 1 Premier League Championships in 2007 and 2008, the Virginia State Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and the Las Vegas and PDA College Showcase champions in 2008. Her father, Izet, played professional soccer in Germany and represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 1994 Olympics as a bobsledder. Her mother, Anica, participated in professional European karate.
Hunt was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and track at The Potomac School where she led the Panthers to ISL AA League and Tournament titles in 2006 and 2007. A team captain as a senior, she also was a Virginia ODP selection for two seasons. As a sprinter on the track team, she was a member of the state champion 4x800 relay team in 2008 and led the team to two state championships. She was a teammate of fellow signees, Dijana Haracic and Alex Reed, on the McLean Dragons club team who won Region 1 Premier League Championships in 2007 and 2008, the Virginia State Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and the Las Vegas and PDA College Showcase champions in 2008.
Meehan was a First-Team All-County selection at River Hill this past season after relocating from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she led the Waterford School to State Championships in 2006 and 2008. She played club for Phoenix Freestate in Maryland and Sparta United Premiere '92 in Salt Lake City, where she also was a four-year team captain and starting defender. Also a three-year basketball player at the Waterford School, Meehan co-created Asha Ashram for Kids, a volunteer organization that raises money to support orphans at the Asha Ashram Orphanage in Nepal. Meehan's father, Gregory, received his master's from Loyola and her cousin, Amanda Meehan, played soccer for the Greyhounds from 2006-2009.
Reed was a two-time All-State and Washington Post All-Met selection at South County where she holds the career record for goals and assists. She also was a two-time All-Patriot District and Northern Region selection for the Stallions at midfield and forward. Additionally, she was the leading scorer for the McLean Dragons and the USYS National League in 2008-2009 and led the team to Region 1 Premier League Championships in 2007 and 2008. She was a teammate of fellow signees, Dijana Haracic and Sarah Hunt, with the Dragons, who also were the Virginia State Cup Champions in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and won the Las Vegas College Showcase and PDA College Showcase in 2008. In 2006, she was a Super Y ODP National Camp selection and in 2007 was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Champion Washington Freedom Super Y Team. Her father, Christopher, played football and dove for Randolph-Macon College and her grandfather, Karl played baseball at Loyola in 1959. Her brother, Logan, is currently a sophomore at Loyola and plays rugby.
Loyola Women's Soccer Recruiting Class
|Name||Pos.||Hometown/High School (Club)|
Kensington, Md./Georgetown Prep.
|Toni Cowan||D/F||Kingston, Jamaica/Ardenne|
||F||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Ottawa Fury)|
|Dijana Haracic||GK||Round Hill, Va./Loudon Valley|
|Sara Hunt||M||McLean, Va./The Potomac School|
|Sally Meehan||D||Clarksville, Md./River Hill|
|Alex Reed||F||Fairfax Station, Va./South County