Golden Eagle Soccer Announces Seven Spring Signings
New Head Coach Mohammed El-Zare inked six high school standouts and one junior college star.
Head Coach Mohammed El-Zare
Feb. 19, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss head soccer coach Mohammed El-Zare announced today the signing of his inaugural signing class, adding prep stars Somer Jones (Mandeville, La.), Jessica Hagarty (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Devin McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.), Breann Hedin (Long Beach, Miss.), Tatum Richey (Duluth, Ga.), and Brittany Taylor (Calgary, Alberta) and junior college transfer Temple Hughs (Hattiesburg, Miss.) to National Letters-of-Intent as part of the 2013 signing class.
"We expect this class to be full of outstanding contributors for years to come at Southern Miss," said El-Zare. "My staff and I are excited to begin working with them for the 2013 season, both as athletes and as representatives of our great university."
The six newcomers will join El-Zare's squad of 22 returners when they take the field in the fall of 2013.
2013 Southern Miss Soccer Signees
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Ponte Vedra High School
Long Beach, Miss.
Long Beach High School
Jones County Junior College (Presbyterian Christian)
Fontainebleau High School
Pass Christian, Miss.
Pass Christian High School
Lambert High School
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ernest Manning High School
Jessica Hagarty 5-6 Def./Mid. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Ponte Vedra High School
A four-year letterwinner for coach Dave Silverberg at Ponte Vedra High School ... Led her team to a pair of Florida state championships in 2009 and 2012 and achieved a No. 4 national ranking with a 20-2-1 overall record in 2012 ... Picked up All-County and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior ... Played club soccer with coach Daniel Villarreal and the Ponte Vedra Storm ... Earned state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011 ... Also participated in the Disney Tournament in 2011 and 2012 ... The Storm are the top ranked Florida select team and No. 12 nationally ... Daughter of Adrienne Hagarty ... A 4.0 student and a member of the National Honor Society
Breann Hedin 6-0 Def. Long Beach, Miss. Long Beach High School
A four-year letter winner for coach Cherie Griffith at Long Beach High School ... Helped lead the team to an 11-7-2 record as a senior ... Tallied nine goals and 10 assists for the Bearcats ... A two-time all-state and all-district performer ... Played club ball with fellow signee Devin McGee for Gulf Coast United and Jeff Bruni ... Won state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Selected to the 2013 Mississippi Association of Coaches South State All-Star team along with fellow signee McGee ... United also won the 2012 Mobile Bay Spring Classic and the 2012 Orange Beach Soccer Shootout ... Named the Gatorade Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012 along with three appearances on the all-state and all-district volleyball teams ... Tallied 430 kills, 172 digs, 144 blocks and 71 service aces to lead her team to the Class II state final ... Daughter of Lisa Hedin
Temple Hughs 5-9 Def./Mid. Hattiesburg, Miss. Jones County Junior College (Presbyterian Christian)
Spent two seasons at Jones County Junior College with coach Dolores Deasley where she led the defensive back line effort ... Started all 14 games for the Bobcats in 2012 with three goals including a game winner against Pearl River Community College
Played at Presbyterian Christian School where she was the captain as both a junior and senior ... earned all-state MAIS honors and captained the MAIS all-star team ... Named one of the top 20 seniors in Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger and was an all-metro selection ... Also earned letters on the softball diamond and track ... Daughter of James Ed and Julie Hughs
Somer Jones 5-4 For. Mandeville, La. Fontainebleau High School
Was a standout performer and four-year letterwinner for coach Carly Hotard at Fontainebleau High School ... Earned first team all-state recognition in 2011 and 2012 with all-metro honors in 2012 ... A three-year first team all-district performer from 2010-2012 ... Played club ball for Chicago Fire Juniors with coach Jose Portfillio ... Daughter of Frank and Sherri Jones ... Has two sisters who also played collegiate soccer, Roslyn at LSU, and Macie at McNeese State
Devin McGee 5-8 Def. Pass Christian, Miss. Pass Christian High School
A six-year letterwinner for coach Marco Mthembu at Pass Christian High School ... Earned All-State honors in 2012 and 2013 as well as All-Conference honors in 2010 and 2011, MVP honors from 2011-2013, and team captain duties in 2013 ... Selected to the 2013 Mississippi Association of Coaches South State All-Star team along with fellow signee Breann Hedin ... Also starred on the track as she added six letters in cross country and five in track and field ... Led Pass Christian in goal scoring for four consecutive seasons ... Named an all-state cross country runner from 2007-12 ... Won state titles on the track in the 800m and 4x400 relay in 2011 with a team state championship in 2009 ... Also played club ball with Gulf Coast United and coach Jeff Bruni ... United were state champions in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Daughter of Jim and Shawna McGee ... Comes from an athletic family as both her sisters are collegiate track and cross country runners, Cory at Florida and Shannon at Mississippi State
Tatum Richey 5-8 For. Duluth, Ga. Lambert High School
Played at Lambert High School for coach Scott Luthart ... Tallied 55 goals over her prep career and earned all-county and all-region all four years ... A four-year letterwinner at Lambert ... Played club ball for coach Mark Mackain and the Atlanta Fire United ... Tallied 29 goals over the course of her club career ... Plans to major in elementary education at Southern Miss ... Daughter of Loren and Kristen Richey ... Father Loren played football at Utah where he set numerous records as a wide receiver
Brittany Taylor 6-0 GK Calgary, Alberta, Canada Ernest Manning High School
Member of the Canadian National Program for the past two years and the Alberta Soccer Association for the past three ... Played club ball with Blizzard Juventus and coach Paul Lombardo, father of current Southern Miss midfielder Natasha Lombardo ... Blizzard won the 2010 Vegas Tournament and were among the top two during the 2011 outdoor season