Tech women's soccer inks six
Hokies announce 2006 freshmen class
February 10, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech women's soccer coach Kelly Cagle announced Friday that six freshmen will be added to the Hokies' 2006 roster. National Letter of Intent signees Robin Chidester (Virginia Beach, Va.), Julian Johnson (Norfolk, Va.), Emily Jukich (Clifton, Va.), Kelly Mitchell (Fairfax, Va.), Kylie Stankovics (Brick, N.J.) and Megan Strawther (Los Alamitos, Calif.) will suit up in the Maroon and Orange this season.

Cagle says that the she is also planning to put out a release on one more talented 2006 commitment in the near future. This will bring the 2006 freshman class up to seven student-athletes.

"I cannot tell you how excited I am about our 2006 signees," Cagle said. "We believe that each of our future Hokies will not only impact our program, but also help continue to shape our team culture as well. First and foremost these six individuals are great people, add to that their experience as a class and their competitiveness as individuals, and I think they will make immediate impact here at Virginia Tech."

Chidester, a 5-foot-10 defender from Virginia Beach, is a three-time All-Beach District honoree out of Princess Anne High School, and also played for the Beach FC Fyre team the past two seasons. She has participated in ODP the past several years and made the Olympic Development Region I team this past summer. Chidester also earned three varsity letters for her high school team and earned first team all-district, all-region, all-area and all-state honors as a senior this past season.

"Robin has grown exponentially as a player in this past year," Cagle said. "While she has been on our radar for a while, she has never been playing better than right now. Her recent experiences at the regional level with ODP have been positive ones, and ones that will help her make a smoother transition to the college game. Not only is Robin a superb athlete but she also is a versatile and savvy soccer player as well. We expect great things right away from Robin, and are excited to have her competitive spirit now on our team."

Johnson, a 5-foot-9 forward from Norfolk, Va., is a former first team all-region, all-conference and all-district selection from Granby High School. Last season, she led her team to a district championship, and led the district in assists. For the past three years she has played on the U-18 Virginia Rush Nike club team. In 2003 and 2004 she made the Olympic Development Program's region 1 team. Julian also participated in both the U-15 and U-16 national camps during the same two seasons.

"Our recruiting process with Julian was actually quite enjoyable, because it took place during significant injury time for her," Cagle said. "We were able to get to know one another very well on a personal level first, and once I realized what a great addition she would be to our program socially, academically and athletically, I knew we needed her here. Julian also has more experience than any other Virginia Tech recruit in the past having had stints with our youth regional and national teams. We believe she will make big impact not only here at Virginia Tech but in the ACC as well.""

Jukich, a 5-foot-4 forward from Clifton, Va., was a two-time first team all-state selection at Centreville High School. She has scored 48 goals and 122 points over the last three seasons in high school, earning Washington Post All-Metro honors in all three season. Jukich was named team captain and team MVP as a junior last year. She played on the Virginia Olympic Development state team for the past five seasons as well as the 2005-06 state champion PWSI Cardinals club team.

""Emily is our "meant to be" story from this class, coming to us late last fall," Cagle said. "Through a set of unusual circumstances both here and at home, Emily committed to us at the perfect time. I know she is excited to be playing in the ACC and for the Hokies, but we too are looking forward to having a goal scorer of her quality coming to our program. She is a terrific finisher and a very organized box runner, so our wide players will find an attractive target in Emily."

Mitchell, a 5-foot-7 forward/midfielder from Fairfax, Va., scored 10 goals and had 36 points for Hayfield Secondary High School to earn second team all-district and all-metro honors. Kelly has played on the DC Y Leauge team and the Bryc Attack club team the past two years. In 2005, the Attack won the state cup championship as well as the Orange Classic Tournament.

"We are glad to welcome Kelly to with our 2006 class," Cagle said. "We feel like she is going to surprise a lot of people with her abilities as a soccer player. Kelly is very technical on the ball and can make an impact both up front or at the midfield position. We have been lacking some qualities that Kelly possesses, and we look forward to feeling her impact."

Stankovics, a 5-foot-6 defender from Brick, N.J., was a first team all-county and all-division selection on the 2005 state champion Brick Memorial High School team. Kylie has played for the PDA Wildcats' club team for the past five seasons, helping them to three regional titles as well as a national championship in 2003. She has also played on the New Jersey Olympic Development Team for five years and the Region I ODP team for one season.

"Kylie comes to us from one of the best club teams in the country, PDA," Cagle said. "She is another one we have had on our radar for some time now because of her potential impact and also for her love for the Hokies. Kylie has been a die hard potential Hokie for a long time, and I can't tell you how special we feel that someone of her caliber already shares the passion we do for Virginia Tech. Kylie is a great defender who can play wide or centrally, and also brings with her a wealth of experience not only with her club team but also with the Region 1 team as well. Kylie was our first recruit in this class to commit and we think her impact will be felt right away."

Strawther, a 5-foot-11 defender from Los Alamitos, Calif., is a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the two-time defending Sunset League Champion Los Alamitos High School team. In 2004-05 Los Alamitos won the CIF-Southern Sports Division I championship with a 22-2-5 record and was selected as the Student Sports No. 1 team in the United States. Strawther has also played for the OJSC Northstars club team the past two seasons and was named the 2004 Sprinter of the Year for her school's track team.

"Megan is our first west coast commitment since our staff arrived here and we are thrilled she chose to follow us out to Virginia for four great years," Cagle said. "Megan is a very athletic soccer player who is a captain for one of the premier high school teams in the country. I can see Megan making a significant impact her first season not only because of her speed and height but also because of her quiet confidence/composure. She seems to be mature beyond her 18 years, and we will look for her to add an athletic dimension to our program that has been lacking in most recent years. Welcome to Virginia, Megan!"

Cagle hopes that these seven players, along with a strong cast of returning athletes can lead the Hokies to greater heights.

"There is no denying that we as a program are not satisfied with where we are yet," she said. "I think all of our returners, as well as our newcomers, will make efforts to continue to route our course in a positive direction."