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Soccer signees conclude final preps on upswing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s soccer, under the direction of head coach John Cullen, announced in February the addition of nine players to its roster for the upcoming 2016 campaign. Since the class originally signed, the group has completed high school, prep and club careers in anticipation of officially joining the 49ers roster in less than two weeks.

Below is an alphabetical updated breakdown of what each of those players have done since signing in February and a list of the credentials they bring to the program.

Jamie Fankhauser
Named to the all-state squad by the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association … Earned 3A All-PACIS Conference Team honors … Tallied team highs of 11 goals and added three assists for 25 points … Three of her scores were game winners … Registered a hat trick on just five shots in a March 2016 triumph over Wake Christian Academy … Posted another hat trick on only six shots in March 2016 against Providence Grove HS … Assisted on a pair of scores against Greensboro Day School in April 2016 … Presented the High School Senior Excellence Award by the NSCAA … Tabbed as the MaxPreps Athlete of the Game in contests against Coastal Christian HS and Providence Grove HS … Became the first female from her high school to sign to play a Division I sport … Led her high school to its most wins in school history … Served as her team’s captain … Helped guide the Piedmont Triad FC club program to a 7-1-1 record … Squad reached the semifinals of the State Cup … Netted seven goals with five assists for 19 points … Added a game-winning goal … Played ODP her final year … Garnered a spot on the inter-regional, Region III and state ODP squads … Traveled with the inter-regional team to Argentina for games … Rewarded the Kenny Pott Memorial Scholarship … Helped coach the North Carolina Special Olympics team.

Julia Grainda
Named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com All-North Carolina Team … Garnered MVP accolades at the NCHSAA 1A state championship game after leading her squad to the state title with two goals and two assists against Franklin Academy … Recorded the first score within the first minute on a corner kick header … Selected to play in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game … Earned all-state plaudits from the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) … Tabbed as the conference player of the year and to the All-Southern Piedmont Conference squad … Named to the All-Charlotte Observer First Team … Picked to the All-Region 8-1A squad by the NCSCA … Added a hat trick with an assist in a playoff win against Mount Airy HS in May 2016 … Contributed a hat trick in April 2016 against Thomas Jefferson Academy … Guided program to a 23-0-2 final record, including 12-0 in league action … Netted 31 goals and added nine assists for 71 points … Led club program, Carolina Rapids, to a State Cup finalist berth … Team finished second in the highest level in the southeast region (Region III) … Tallied seven goals and contributed eight assists for 22 points.

Megan Greene
Picked as a member of the All-North Carolina Team by TopDrawerSoccer.com … Selected to compete in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game and served as co-captain … Scored a goal for her home state … Named MVP at the East-West All-Star Game as a member of the East squad … Collected all-state honors by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) … Tabbed to the All-Southwest Wake Athletic Conference First Team … Earned the SWAC Player of the Year … Named to the All-Metro Team by the News & Observer … Picked up an All-Region 6-4A nod … Netted 27 goals and added nine assists for 63 points … Scored four goals and chipped in an assist in an April 2016 win against Apex Friendship HS … Finished with a hat trick and two assists in a May 2016 victory over Cary HS … Led high school team to a conference runner-up finish with a 16-5-1 overall and 12-3-1 league mark … Squad was ranked as high as No. 10 in the state … Member of the state champion Triangle Futbol Club Alliance team which finished 18-0.

Mary Manser
Received TopDrawerSoccer.com All-North Carolina Team honors … Played in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game … Earned all-state first team honors from the NCHSAA … Selected to the All-North Piedmont Conference First Team … Named the North Piedmont Conference Player of the Year … Garnered a spot on the All-Charlotte Observer First Team … Tabbed to the All-Lake Norman Team … Received All-Iredell County Team accolades … Picked to the All-Region 11-4A Team … Chosen as the Iredell County Player of the Year by the Statesville Record & Landmark … Received player of the year plaudits from the Statesville Record & Landmark and Mooresville Weekly … Scored 16 goals … Led squad to an 18-3-3 record, including conference title with a 14-0 mark … Grabbed the Lake Norman HS Female Athlete of the Year honor … Nominated for the Iredell County Athlete of the Year … Member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club … Graduated in the top five percent of her class.

Riley Orr
Competed in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game for the West squad … Received all-state honors from the NCSCAA … Picked to the All-Charlotte Observer Second Team … Tabbed to the 11-4A all-region squad … Named to the Statesville Record & Landmark All-Iredell County Team … Garnered All-North Piedmont Conference Third Team plaudits … Selected as her high school team’s defensive MVP … Finished with 20 points on four goals and 12 assists … Chipped in one game-winning goal … Helped guide the Carolina Rapids club program to a runner-up in Region III and State Cup finalist spot … Presented with an academic award at the East-West All-Star Game … Named a Scholar Athlete.

Sara Sandberg
Played exclusively with her club team, Örebro SK … Tallied 25 points on nine goals and seven assists … Scored two game winners … Netted a hat trick in a June 2016 match.

Sophie Sipprell
Named to the All-Southwestern 4A Conference First Team … Selected to the 10-4A all-region squad … Tallied team-high 22 goals and seven assists for 51 points … Awarded with the team MVP plaudit … Set the school’s record for highest career goals with 89 … Saw action with the Charlotte Soccer Academy … Presented with the club’s Amazing Young Woman Award for 2015-16 … Member of the National Honor Society … Recognized as a North Carolina Academic Scholar and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Academic Scholar … Served as a Senior Marshal.

Kelley Suggs
Member of the East squad at the East-West All-Star Game … Participated in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game … Selected to the All-Southwest Wake Athletic Conference First Team … Tabbed to the All-Region 6-4A Team … Tabbed the Fuquay-Varina HS Female Athlete of the Year … Recognized as a WRAL Extra Effort award winner May 6, 2016 … One of five finalists for the NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year … Helped guide the program to a 16-4-1 ledger and second-place result in league play … Tallied five goals, one game winner, with 10 assists for 20 points … Netted the clincher against Apex HS in April 2016 … Member of the state champion TFC Alliance club program that finished with a 16-0-1 record … Graduated with honors … Ranked No. 13 in her class … Honored as a North Carolina Scholar … Served as a Junior Marshal.

Abby Taylor
Played in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game … Competed for the East squad at the NCCA East-West All-Star Game … Named to the NCSCA 3A all-state squad … Garnered All-Coastal 3A Conference First Team accolades … Chosen as a member of The Daily News All-Area Team … Tabbed to the All-Region 4-3A Team … Recognized as The Daily News All-Area Player … Picked as The Daily News Defensive Player of the Year … Poured in 18 goals and added an assist for 37 points … Netted a hat trick on three shots in April 2016 versus Richlands HS and in May 2016 against Cedar Ridge HS in the state playoffs … Honored two times as the MaxPreps Athlete of the Game … Helped guide high school squad to a 20-6-1 overall record, including 10-1-1 mark in league action and berth in the state semifinals … Team posted 14 shutouts, including four in the postseason … Served as team captain for the Jacksonville Area Soccer Association club squad … Named a 2015-16 NSCAA Girls’ High School Scholar All-American … Graduated with a 4.87 GPA … Ranked third among 52 girls on the NSCAA list for GPA … Member of the National Technical Honor Society.