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Five Sign A&M Soccer NLIs
"It is great to have this talented group of soccer players signed to play at Texas A&M in 2012," Head coach G Guerrieri said. "All of our coaches are excited about the great skills and potential each of these five players brings to the Aggie soccer program. Even though this class is only half the number of our 2011 class, we're hopeful that it can be just as impactful." Read more...

2012 Aggie Soccer Signing Class
Player Position Height Hometown High School Club Team
Britt Blackwell MF/D 5-10 Grapevine, Texas Colleyville Heritage Dallas Sting SC
Janae Cousineau MF/D 5-11 San Clemente, Calif. San Celmente So Cal Blues
Kristi Leonard F 5-6 League City, Texas Clear Creek Space City FC
Karlie Mueller D 5-4 Sioux Falls, S.D. Roosevelt Toro FC
Jackie Tondl D 5-9 Omaha, Neb. Marian Toro FC


Britt Blackwell
Midfield/Defender 5-10 Grapevine, Texas Colleyville Heritage Dallas Sting SC

     

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  • Member of the Dallas Sting Soccer Club from  2005-12
  • Two-time USYSA National Champion (2010-11)
  • 2010 ECNL National Champion (2010)
  • Three-time district champion (2009-11)
  • 2011 State Championship finalist and  All-Tournament Team member
  • Named 5-5A First Team All-District in 2009 and  2010, and was selected the league MVP for the midfield in 2011
  • Chosen the District 5-5A Newcomer of the Year in  2009
  • 2008 USYSA Region III Premier League Champion
  • Played in the 2008 5-5A District and area  playoffs
  • Was a JV captain and MVP in 2008
  • Played for several showcase championships  throughout high school including the 2009 Disney Showcase Challenge A
  • Helped her team to three consecutive North Texas  Soccer State Cup Championships (2008-10)
  • A member of the North Texas ’94 Olympic  Development Program state team from 2006-12
  • Member of the National Honor Society (2011)

“Britt is a great, multi-dimensional player who we think is  going to be very good for the Aggies. As an attacking central-midfielder she  helped lead her Colleyville Heritage high school team to advance all the way to  last year’s state championship game (where she faced off against two of our ’11  freshmen sensations – Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight).  Later in the year she played a key role as a  central defender in helping her Sting ’95 team win their second consecutive  USYS National Championship.
 
  “Britt is a proven winner. Her height and athletic abilities  make her a very dangerous target on set piece situations, while her tactical  awareness and technical skills allow her to be creative and instrumental in the  team’s style and success. One of the things that I most like about Britt’s game  is her sense of calmness even in pressure-packed situations. She makes great  decisions and scores big goals, but she’s also a great influence on the level  of confidence and coolness of her surrounding teammates.
 
  “She has been blessed to have played for some gifted and  incredibly successful coaches throughout her youth career. She plays under  Misail Tsapos at Heritage High School, and has learned from Tatu and Kenny  Medina in the Sting Soccer Club. That great foundation of knowledge will help  her to compete and succeed in the SEC with Texas A&M.”
 
-G Guerrieri



Janae Cousineau
Midfield/Defender 5-11 San Clemente, Calif. San Clemente So Cal Blues

     

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  • Played club ball for So Cal Blues for 10 years  (U-9-U-18)
  • Four-year San Clemente High School Varsity team member
  • SCHS Rookie of the Year (2008-09)
  • 2009 High School CIF and State Champions
  • Two-time High School CIF and State Finalist (2010-11)
  • 2008 Blues Cup Champions
  • Two-time Far West Region Champion (2009, 2011)
  • Two-time San Clemente High School Soccer MVP (2009-10)
  • 2011 All Orange County First Team
  • 2011 First Team All-League
  • Multi League Champions for Coast Soccer League
  • Premier League Champions (2008-09)
  • Born December 7, 1993

“Janae is a fantastic signing for Texas A&M. She is the  ‘total player’ whom coaches dream about having on their team. I really think  that her ability to do so many things so well has probably made people overlook  her for some well-deserved personal accolades. I am so excited to have her on  our roster! She has shown to be a great player on the national youth scene, but  she’s going to be a really great player for Texas A&M.


  “She was instrumental in her club team’s (So Cal Blues)  winning of the Southern California and Far West Regional Championships. When  her team needed to score, Dido (her coach) would put her on the front line and  she’d score. When they need to dominate the tempo of the match with possession  and composure, he could play her in central midfield. And, if he needed to  ‘lock down’ a lead to win a game, he would move Janae to center-back to lead  their defense. I think the Blues made a great run to the USYS National  Championships in Phoenix last summer, and they did it in large part from  Janae’s great abilities.
 
  “Janae is a very smart and athletically-gifted player. Her  height, athleticism, and solid technique combine to make her excellent in the  air and very smooth with the ball at her feet. Dido and her other Blues coaches  have done an excellent job in developing her into a brilliant player who can  fit anywhere in the team’s line-up. As a freshman, I think she has the ability  to immediately compete for any position in our midfield or our back line.”
 
  -G Guerrieri



Kristi Leonard
Forward 5-6 League City, Texas Clear Creek Space City FC

     

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  • Played for Space City Futbol Club (2006-2012)
  • Scored 109 goals and contributed 43 assists in three seasons
  • Topdrawersoccer.com   Top 15 Players in Texas
  • Region III Premier League Team
  • Disney Showcase Champion (2011)
  • Eastern District Division I Champion (2010)
  • Eastern District Division I leading scorer (2009, 2011)
  • Tennessee Elite Camp MVP   (2010)
  • Texas A&M Camp MVP   (2009)
  • District Offensive MVP (2011)
  • Region III 5A Team (2011)
  • Two-time All County Team honoree (2010-11)
  • Three-time All-District Team selection (2009-2011)
  • All-Academic  Team (2011)
  • Selected to the 2011 I-10 Shootout All-Tournament  Team
  • Three-Year Varsity Soccer Starter at Clear Creek High School
  • 2011 Varsity Captain
  • Two-time Varsity MVP (2010-11)
  • Varsity Leading Scorer (2009-2011)
  • Named a Houston Chronicle Athlete of the Week (2011)
  • Class President (2009)
  • Homecoming Court Senior Representative (2012)
  • Received the USAA Foundation Award (2010)
  • Member of Safe School Ambassador, Young Life and Link Crew
  • Ranks among the top 10 percent of her high  school class and will graduate Magna Cum Laude
  • Daughter of Aggie graduates Matt (’86) & Mary Ellen (’86)  Leonard
  • Has two brothers, Kyle (’14) and Kevin 
  • Born September 10, 1993

“I’m excited about having Kristi at Texas A&M. We’ve  always loved having talented left-sided players on our team, and she definitely  fits that bill. Kristi comes from a great Aggie family and is the product of a  solid soccer culture under the guidance of Coach Randy Evans at Space City  Soccer Club.
 
  “Not only has she has been a great student of the game, but  she’s also an honor roll student at Clear Creek high school, which will suit  her well in the competitive academic and athletic environment at Texas A&M.  Kristi has always been the ‘go-to player’ on her high school and club teams and  the player that her teammates depended on to score goals – and often multiple  goals – every game. Her tactical awareness and lethal left foot make her a  dangerous scoring threat within the flow of a match or on any set piece  situation.
 
  “Adding Kristi and her scoring abilities mean that the  college team that led the nation in scoring last season now has another scoring  weapon in our arsenal. She will do fine in our system and I anticipate her  competing for playing opportunities up front or wide in our attack.”
 
-G  Guerrieri



Karlie Mueller
Defender 5-4 Sioux Falls, S.D. Roosevelt Toro FC

     

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  • Member of the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club (2004-09, 2011-12)
  • Played for the Toro Soccer Club (2009-10)
  • Olympic Development Program Region II Team (2009-10)
  • ODP Thanksgiving Interregional (2009)
  • 2010 ODP National Camp Attendee
  • Named the 2009 South Dakota ODP Player of the Year
  • USYSA National League (2010)
  • Participated in the Midwest Regional League-Premier (2009-10)
  • Ranked No. 59 on the ESPN High School Top 150 Players in Country for 2012 list
  • No. 3 on the Top Drawer Soccer Heartland Region 2012 list
  • No. 61 on the Top Drawer Soccer Top 150 Players for 2012 list
  • South Dakota State Cup Champion (2006-08, 2011)
  • NE State Cup Champions (2009-10)
  • Roosevelt High School All-State Team (2008, 2011)
  • Roosevelt Team MVP, Best Offensive Player (2008)
  • Roosevelt Team MVP, Best Defensive Player (2011)
  • Played only club soccer for two seasons as she traveled       with an out-of-state club team year-round (2009-10)
  • RHS Most Encouraging Player (2011)
  • All-Academic Award (2011)
  • RHS Best Defender Award (2011) 
  • Was a member of the varsity track team, competing in the       100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the 4x200m relay (2008-11)
  • A member of the record-setting 4x200 relay team       (2009) 
  • 3.65 GPA
  • Peer Mathematics Tutor at RHS (2010-11)
  • Elementary school student teacher (2011)
  • Co-Founder RHS Cancer Awareness Club (2011) that organized       a major toy drive for children with cancer.
  • Daughter of Darin and Kristie Mueller
  • Has one younger brother, Justin Mueller

“Karlie is a very special player who has been positively impactful  for her club, high school, and USA Olympic Development Program teams. She is  fast, skillful, and has an incredible work rate. I’m sure that she is going to  step right into our Aggie soccer culture and quickly succeed.

“Karlie is a dedicated player who has the athletic components  to positively change the game, and the experience to play many positions on the  field.  As a club player her family would  drive her several hours, three-or-more times a week, from South Dakota  to-and-from her training sessions in Omaha, Neb. 

“We first discovered her while she was playing as a  winger for Coach Marcus Kelcher on her Toro FC team in Omaha. I was very  impressed with how hard she worked off the ball, and how dangerous she was when  she got it. She was constantly creating scoring situations for her team and  made a hugely-positive impact on the team’s success. Then a few months later,  we were just as impressed with her abilities and tactical awareness while she  was playing as an outside back for the Midwestern USA ODP team.

“She has been a dominating ‘personality player’ on her  past teams and we think she can be an incredible college-level defender, where  she can utilize her skills and athletic capacity to relentlessly attack from  deep, wide positions.”

-G Guerrieri

 



Jackie Tondl
Defender 5-9 Omaha, Neb. Marian Toro FC
     
     

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  • Member of the Toro Bravo Soccer Club (2005-12)
  • Toro FC Team Captain (2009-12)
  • ODP Region II Pool Team (2009-10)
  • USYS Region II Champions (2008)
  • Third place at the 2008 USYS Nationals
  • USYS Midwest Regional League Premier (2007-11)
  • USYS Midwest Regional League Co-Champions (2011)
  • Third-place finish in the 2010 USYS National  League
  • 2011 USYS National League Division Champion
  • State Cup Champion (2008, 2010-12)
  • No. 90 on the ESPN Rise Top 150 list
  • No. 12 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Heartland Region  list
  • Surf Cup Semifinalist (2009)
  • Finished third at the 2010 Disney Showcase and  second in 2011
  • U18 Club team finished No. 2 nationally in the  Top Drawer Soccer rankings
  • Three-year varsity starter at Marian High School
  • Two-year MHS team captain
  • Second leading scorer as a junior defender  (2010)
  • Two-time All-Metro first team selection (2009-10)
  • Two-time Class A first team member (2009-10)
  • First Team All-Class Super State (2009-10)
  • 2010 Nebraska State Champion
  • Two-time Nebraska Metro Champion (2009, 2011)
  • 2010 Academic All-State
  • Helped her MHS team to a No. 19 national ranking
  • 2011 ESPN Rise Spring All-American second team
  • Was also a nationally-ranked tennis player  through age 16
  • 4.11 GPA
  • Earned MHS Academic Scholarships all four years  of high school
  • Four-year honor roll member
  • Involved in the National Honor Society, Campus  Ministry and Big Sisters/Little Sisters
  • An active Special Olympics volunteer
  • Senior Class Officer
  • Born Oct. 21, 1993 to parents Matt and Tracy  Tondl
  • Has one sister, Lauren

“Jackie is the kind of player that championship teams are  built around. She’s a tough, smart leader on the field and a great teammate who  will do whatever she can to help her team win.
 
  “Much of the success her club team has had this year  (finishing first in the USYS National League) can be credited to Jackie. If  defense wins championships, you only have to look at her to understand why that  must be so. She is tall, strong, tough, has good speed, and solid leadership  skills.
 
  “The first time I saw her play was in 2009, and she had  already verbally committed to play for the University of Nebraska. I thought ‘Wow  - that kid is really good and we’re going to struggle to get past her when we  play the Huskers.’ But, things changed – Nebraska left our league and she  decided not to attend her parents’ alma mater. So, when we heard that she had  de-committed from Nebraska and wanted to visit A&M, we were obviously very  excited. A few months after visiting College Station she made a pledge to be an  Aggie.
 
  “She is going to fit into our soccer family very well and  will be able to make our Aggie defense a lot stronger during her career.”
 
-G Guerrieri