April 24, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama head soccer coach Todd Bramble announced the signing midfielder Mia Jahr. A native of Norway, Jahr becomes the 11th member of the Crimson Tide's 2013 class.
“We are certainly fortunate to be adding a player of Mia’s caliber at this stage of the recruiting process,” Bramble said. “She is a left footed player that can play a variety of positions. She is also a good student that I am confident will fit well into our team and the university community. We are excited to begin working with her in August to see how she will fit into our team.”
Jahr most recently helped lead her club team, Stabaek, to a Norwegian national championship in 2011 and a second-place finish with the ToppSerien League. She was also a participant in the UEFA Champions League with her club team.
Jahr maintained a 3.7 GPA at Norges Toppidrettsgymnas Baerum and plans to major in economics at the Capstone.
Jahr joins an already impressive signing class for the 2013 campaign. Below is a brief recap of the 10 additional signees in this year’s class:
Caroline Alexander, D, Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Soccer Academy/Myers Park HS) – Alexander attended the 2012 ECNL Regional Player Development Camp as well as being a regular attendee of the ODP Region Camp from 2007 through 2009. At Myers Park HS, Alexander was a four-year letterwinner and was named all-conference and all-region in 2010-12. Alexander sustained a 4.03 GPA and is planning on entering into the communications program at Alabama. Alexander will wear number 24 for the Tide.
“Caroline is a defensive player that can really play anywhere on the backline for us,” said Bramble. “She can play with both feet, play on the right side or the left side, and has all the qualities to make a good central defender as well. We expect her to come in and make a quick transition to our backline.”
Hailey Brohaugh, MF/D, Madison, Miss. (Chicago Fire Juniors/Madison Central HS) – Brohaugh helped lead the Chicago Fire Juniors club team to the 2012 US Club Soccer National Cup XII Finalists, as well as the 2011 Mississippi State Cup Champions title. She attended the Mississippi ODP every year from 2007 through 2012 as well as attending the 2008 and 2009 U14 National ID Camp. She is coming to the Capstone with an intended major of pre-physical therapy. Brohaugh will wear number 15 for the Tide.
“I like the fact that the lineage of players from Mississippi is continuing,” Bramble said. “You look at our roster and see the success we have had with Molly Atherton and now Laura Lee Smith, to add Hailey Brohaugh from the same state is exciting. She can play in the back, she can play in the center of the midfield and can play a variety of different positions. She is super technical and comes to us with a lot of good youth experience.”
Lauren Collins, D, Homewood, Ala. (BUSA '95/Homewood HS) – Collins was a member of the BUSA ’95 ECNL team that was back-to-back state champions in 2011 and 2012. Collins received the 2012 Defensive POY and MVP awards, as well as the 2011 Offensive POY honor. She also competed in track and recently won the 5A Indoor State Championship in the 800m. Collins maintained a 3.9 GPA and was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Collins has been accepted to the Honors College and is a UA Scholar intended on pre-med as a major. She will wear number 14 for the Tide.
“Lauren’s story is unique with how we discovered her late in the recruiting process,” Bramble said. “She has been a late-bloomer in the process and with that we think she has some untapped potential. We are really excited to sign Lauren and keep the Alabama connection going and have some homegrown talent on our team.”
Danielle Herubin, F, Coppell, Texas (D’Feeters ‘93/Coppell HS) – Herubin was a member of the UA club team where she was selected All-Region forward and invited to walk-on this spring. She helped her club team to Premier League titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and LHGCL-D1 Grand Champions in 2009 and 2010. Herubin was a scholar athlete at Coppell HS where she received Academic All-State and was National Merit Commended. She maintained this academic prowess through college where she has made the Dean’s List every semester and is in the computer based honors program. She is a chemical engineering major. She will wear number 8 for the Tide.
“She has been here at Alabama for two years,” Bramble explained. “We saw her play with the D’Feeters Club, Hugh Bradford’s team in Dallas, Texas, back in the recruiting process. We knew she was a good player and we have kept tabs on her and continued to monitor her progress and the timing was right to invite her to our team in the spring. She is an attacking player with great physical presence around the goal and we are excited she stuck with it and decided to join our team. "
Jordan Meier, D, St. Peters, Mo. (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Club/Fort Zumwalt HS) – Meier attended the February ID2 National Camp in 2010 and 2011, as well as the May U-15 NT Camp. As a senior in 2012, Meier was part of the ECNL Sanford and the Florida All-Event teams. At Fort Zumwalt South HS, Meier was named first team all-conference, second team all-metro and second team all-state. Meier has been accepted to the Honors College and is a UA Scholar majoring in Engineering. She will wear number 3 for the Tide.
“Jordan is a central defender who has a tremendous physical presence in there,” said Bramble. She is calm and composed on the ball and we anticipate her having a great spring for us and really busting through the learning curve and getting off to a great start.”
Auburn Mercer, MF, Matthews, N.C. (Charlotte Soccer Academy/Weddington HS) – Mercer was part of the Region III ODP in 2010 and again in 2011. In addition, she was showcased in the 2010 and in 2011 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional. Mercer is on Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 150 list at No. 58. Mercer prepped at Weddington HS where she upheld a 4.1 GPA and spent three years on the varsity team collecting all-state and all-conference accolades twice and was named the conference MVP. Mercer is entering Alabama pursuing an exercise science major. Mercer will wear number 19 for the Tide.
“Auburn is an extremely versatile player,” Bramble said. “I could literally picture Auburn playing on any line on the field from the front to the back. She has a good physical presence. She can head, tackle, she can distribute the ball, can score goals, defend, so she is a well-rounded player that a spring of college soccer is going to do her a world of good and really give her a head start going into next fall.”
Molly O’Keefe, MF, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (Strikers FC/Mater Dei HS) – O’Keefe was on the honor roll throughout her high school career with a 4.0 at Mater Dei HS. She was an ID2 selection as well as leading the team in assists for four years. On her high school team, O’Keefe led the team in scoring in 2011. O’Keefe will be pursuing a political science major when she enrolls in the fall. She has been accepted to the Honors College and is a UA Scholar. She will wear number 18 for the Tide.
“Molly is a midfielder with a big physical presence,” Bramble said. “She plays on both sides of the ball and is a really good defensive midfielder. She can really contribute to the attack with how she can distribute the ball around. She can score goals from long range, so she can really come in and be a threat for us at the midfield. It has really been good for us to keep getting kids from California with some of the best competition in the country. Week-in and week-out the competition really helps them with the transition to college soccer. We are really excited that Molly has decided to join our team.”
Noelle Sanz, D, Temecula, Calif. (Legends FC/ Charparral HS) – Sanz enters her freshman year having already played on the international level as a member of the Costa Rican Women’s National Team. Sanz was an exceptional student at Charparral HS receiving the AP scholar with Honors, CSF, AP Excellence Award, AP Human Geography and Academic Excellence award twice. On her prep team she was awarded the Defensive MVP two years and scholar-athlete all three years. Her intended major at Alabama is chemistry- pre-health. She has been accepted to the Honors College and is a UA Scholar. She will wear number 13 for the Tide.
“We are really happy to get another player from California to add to our team out here,” said Bramble. “Noelle brings the unique quality of being a dual citizen, she also has Costa Rican heritage so because of that she has been with the Costa Rican U-17 National Team. She has also recently been called up to their full team. She played on the US Gold Medal Tour, she was able to play in the game in Rochester, Minn., game against the United States and she has another call-up ahead of her. She is an outside back that comes in from the west coast mixed in with some international experience that should really help with her transition to college soccer.”
Beatrice Sesu, MF, Ghana (Ghana U-20 National Team) – Sesu comes all the way to Tuscaloosa from Ghana where she has been a part of the national youth system and is now a member of the national team. Sesu first made the national pool at the U-17 level where she played at the All-African Games and helped her nation to a second-place finish. Later she helped lead Ghana to the U-20 World Cup, which was held in Japan. At the U-20 World Cup, Sesu started in all three matches for Ghana, including a matchup against the United States. Sesu played every minute of all three games at the midfield for her country. She also played every minute of the U-17 World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.
"Beatrice was the captain of the U-17 team that competed in the World Cup and we really got to know her when that U-17 team came to Tuscaloosa three years ago," Bramble said. "She has plenty of international experience and is clearly a really talented player. We are lucky to be adding Beatrice to our team and I think she is going to have a wonderful experience coming over here."
Kat Stratton, GK, Tupelo, Miss. (Chicago Fire Juniors/Tupelo HS) – Stratton is considered one of the top goalkeeping prospects in the country. In 2010, she appeared in the U-15 National Team Player Pool, Region III ODP and the November U-15 National Team camp. She excelled in 2011, making the Region III Europe Trip and the Region III ODP. She participated in the 2012 February ODP National Camp and the Region III ODP. She maintained a GPA of 3.8, earning the recognition of the THS National Honor Society. Her brother Chris Stratton played baseball at Mississippi State and is now with the San Francisco Giants organization. She will wear number 1 for the Tide.
“Kat has had a great youth career, coming in and out of the youth national team pool,” Bramble said. “As a goalkeeper her potential is unlimited. Once she gets into our daily training environment and working with Jason [Lowe] on a daily basis we really think Kat is going to blossom into a great college goalkeeper.”