April 20, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Head Coach Angela Kelly and the Lady Vol soccer program have announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 academic school year. Signees include Jackie Acevedo (Austin, Texas/McNeil H.S.), Molly Buns (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East H.S.), Michelle (Mick) Imgram (Clifton, Va./Bishop Denis J. O 'Connell H.S.), Jaimel Johnson (Kettering, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne H.S.), Véronique Maranda (Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada/College Francais H.S.), Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School) and Leslie Vineyard (St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy).
"This 2005 recruiting class may be the biggest freshman class in Tennessee soccer history thus far," said Lady Vol Head Coach Angela Kelly. "I am very excited about the talent that we are bringing in and look forward to the significant contributions that each of these young ladies will make to our program, both on and off the field. We have lots of versatility within this class and with versatility come new combinations, new formations and hopefully a very exciting and dynamic team to watch.
A former U.S. Under-16 and Under-17 National Team member, Jackie Acevedo ventures to Tennessee with a slew of accomplishments on her prep playing resume. A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Youth All-American, the Austin, Texas, native also picked up first-team all-district honors during her freshman and sophomore varsity seasons at McNeil H.S. and helped her squad to a district co-championship in 2002. A member of the club team '87 Warriors since 1997, Acevedo won a state championship with the Town & Country Warriors Select squad. She played on the U16 and U17 national women's teams as part of the Olympic Development Pool (ODP) and participated in the U.S. National Camp U16 Women's Federation (2003), ODP Regional and National Camp (2001-2003) and was an All-American alternate in 2002. Acevedo was also selected to the ODP '87 South Texas State Team from 2000-03 and trained at the 2004 SportsChallenge Leadership Alliance.
West Chester, Ohio, native Molly Buns joins the Lady Vol program as a decorated soccer player as well as an outstanding student at Lakota East H.S. The National Honor Society member has been bestowed academic honors throughout her prep career including Awards of Excellence in English, Piano, U.S. History and Government. The 2004 All-Academic selection was a silver medalist in the National Latin Exam and received honors in the National Spanish Exam and the Rose-Hulman Mathematics Contest. Buns has participated for three seasons with the Lakota East soccer squad, one on the varsity, and spent two years in the role of captain. She has also earned two letters as a swimmer and even spent a year in the concert band as a flutist. Buns helped guide her 2004 varsity soccer team to a district championship with a 14-4-2 mark and led them to a second-place finish in the Holland Cup in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As a four-year captain of the Cincinnati United Premier club team, she has traveled to 14 states to contest soccer matches.
A highly-touted recruit from Clifton, Va., Michelle (Mick) Imgram has spent four years on the varsity squad at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell H.S. while ringing up an incredible list of prep and club accomplishments. The 2004 Washington Post State Player of the Year helped guide her squad to four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championships (2001-04), three Washington Post No. 1 ratings in the DC Metro Area and a mythical national championship in 2004 as her squad finished a perfect 20-0-0 campaign ranked first in the NSCAA/adidas national high school poll. As a three-time All-Met first-team selection by the Washington Post, a WCAC first-team choice (2001-04), the WCAC Player of the Year (2004) and the 2005 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Virginia, Imgram established a slew of impressive school records at O'Connell. Included among those are marks for single-season goals (32) and assists (24) and the career standards for goals (82) and helpers (62). With her RFC (previously Chantilly) Milan club team, she has been a part of five Snickers Virginia State Cup Championships and is a two-time Snickers National Finalist (2001, 2002). Imgram also has made her presence known on the national level by being selected as an U16 U.S. National Team All-American (2003) and NSCAA U15 National All-America. She has also spent time in U.S. National Team Training (2003) in Chula Vista, Calif.
A NSCAA/adidas all-region and all-state selection in 2004, Jaimel Johnson has spent three seasons playing varsity soccer at Chaminade Julienne High in Dayton, Ohio. An honor roll and scholar-athlete award winner as well as a member of the Students of Diversity, the Kettering, Ohio, native previously picked up second-team all-area nods in 2002 and 2003 and a first-team choice in 2004. Johnson holds the single-season school records at Chaminade Julienne in shutouts (13) and goals-against-average (0.37). On the club level, she helped guide her Ohio Elite Soccer Academy squad to a semifinal berth at the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Regionals in Rockford, Ill., and a finals appearance at the U.S. Club Regionals in Fort Wayne, Ind., as well as three consecutive state titles from 2001-2003. Johnson participated in the Olympic Development Pool (ODP) national camp in 2003, was part of the ODP Regional Pool in both 2003 and 2004 and was on the ODP State team from 2002-04.
A native of Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada, Véronique Maranda looks to continue a strong tradition of Canadian players that have made a distinct impression as members of the Orange & White such as Rhian Wilkinson, Melissa Amado and Marie-Eve Nault. As a part of the Canadian World Cup and U20 player pool, the midfielder has registered 12 international caps for her home country with the World Cup squad including high-profile match ups with the United States, China and Brazil (two). In the 2004 Four Nation Women's Tournament, Maranda scored a goal for the World Cup squad in a 2-1 loss to China on Jan. 30, 2004. As a member of the U20 program, she has 14 international caps and has found the back of the net on four occasions with goals against Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 15, 2004, in a 3-1 win), Costa Rica (4-0 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament semifinal win on Nov. 13, 2004), Thailand (7-0 in the FIFA U19 Women's World Champ.) and Germany (3-3 tie in FIFA U19 W.C.). Her U19 squad fell in the quarterfinal round of the 2004 FIFA U19 Women's World Championship in Thailand. Maranda also helped guide Canada to a silver medal at the 2003 PanAm Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She was chosen as the Soccer Player of the Year in the Province of Quebec in 2003.
Kylee Rossi joins the Orange & White after stringing together an impressive list of accomplishments on the high school, club and national levels during her prep career at The Pennington School in Pennington, N.J. A 2004 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American and a two-time New Jersey Prep School Player of the Year (2003, 2004), Rossi was chosen N.J. Prep "A" all-state three times (2002, 2003, 2004), N.J. High School Coaches Association all-state four times (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and as an Associated Press N.J. all-state second team choice in 2002 while ringing up incredible totals of 98 goals and 64 assists. Her 2004 squad completed the season as the NJISAA Prep "A" State Champions with a 16-3-1 record. The Trentonian and The Times selected Rossi as its Area High School Player of the Year three and two times, respectively. On a club level as a member of the Langhorne Strikers, she has been a part of two USYSA Region 1 Champions (1999, 2000) and two finalist squads (2003, 2004) as well as a participant on the 1999 Nike Cup Champion and World Cup Finalist. Rossi spent time as a member of the United States U17 Women's National Team and competed against Germany and Canada in March of 2004 in Bradenton, Fla. She was also on the ODP U19 Region 1 squad and on the Eastern (Pa.) State ODP team from 1998-2005. A four-sport star at Pennington, Rossi has also picked up Prep "B" State titles as a member of the school's basketball, softball and lacrosse teams.
As a four-year player at Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis Mo., Leslie Vineyard has helped guide her squad to two district championships (2002, 2003) while picking up a pair of second-team all-state nods. She was chosen as a first-team all-conference choice during her sophomore season and received second-team honors following her rookie campaign. On the national level, she was a member of the 1986 Missouri squad at the 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., that fell in the consolation final Vineyard has also been a participant on her ODP Region squad for five years and picked up a pair of region titles. As a member of the Busch Soccer Club, she finished second two consecutive years in national final appearances. In addition to competing at Cor Jesu in field hockey for two seasons, she proved her ability off the playing field by picking up academic high honors all four years of her prep career.
|Jackie Acevedo||Austin, Texas/McNeil H.S.|
|Molly Buns||West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East H.S.|
|Michelle (Mick) Imgram||Clifton, Va./Bishop Denis J. O'Connell H.S.|
|Jaimel Johnson||Kettering, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne H.S.|
|Véronique Maranda||Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada/College Francais H.S.|
|Kylee Rossi||Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School|
|Leslie Vineyard||St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy|