USC Signs U.S. U-19 National Team Defender Meagan Holmes For 2005 Season

Feb. 4, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- United States U-19 National Team defender Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS) has signed a letter of intent to play for the USC women's soccer program in the 2005 season, head coach Jim Millinder announced today. With the addition of Holmes, the Women of Troy now have a total of 11 incoming players with nine of them listed in Student Sports' National Top 100.

Holmes has several international caps to her resume with extensive U.S. National Team experience. She played at the 2004 U-19 Women's World Cup in Thailand as Team USA won the bronze medal. Besides her current status with the U-19 team, Holmes played for the U-17 squads in 2003 and 2004, as well as the U-16 teams in 2001 and 2002. She was a 2003 NSCAA All-American and a member of the Bethesda Excel club that won state and regional titles in 2003 and 2004. Bethesda Excel finished second in the nation at the U-16 Championship and third at the U-17 Championship. Holmes is ranked as the No. 2 defender in the nation by Student Sports and No. 5 overall player.

'It's always nice when you add a player who happens to be the nation's best defender,' said Millinder. 'We are excited to have Meagan join us and feel really good about the direction of this program.'

Holmes joins defender Janessa Currier (Walnut/Walnut HS), midfielder/defender Shannon Dickerson (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge HS), midfielder Kelley Finch (Atherton/Menlo HS), forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country/Canyon HS), goalkeeper Brittany Massro (La Verne/Bonita HS), midfielder Ashley Nick (Monrovia/Arcadia HS), defender Jessica Potter (Newport Beach/Mater Dei HS), forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita HS), defender Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa/Montgomery HS) and forward Maryhelen Tomer (Diamond Bar/Diamond Ranch HS).

The Women of Troy finished the 2004 season with a 9-9-1 overall record and return seven starters.

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