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UTEP Soccer Head Coach Kathryn Balogun announced the addition of three freshman to the program Wednesday. Zoe Collyer, Molly Sutherland and Maddie Malone signed their NLI’s and will don the Orange and Blue beginning with the 2021 fall season.
Collyer will travel across the Atlantic Ocean from her hometown Somerset, United Kingdom, to the Sun City and is currently attending Kings of Wessex Academy, SGS College. Sutherland is another international student-athletes making the long distance from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and attends St. Peter’s School. Malone is a product of Placentia, Calif., and will graduate from El Dorado High School.
“Recruiting the 2021 class has been extremely different from anything we have ever experienced before; however, I’m very pleased with how our staff and team has been able to maneuver through this difficult season,” coach Balogun said, heading into her second season. “We are excited to add Maddie, Zoe and Molly all of which have found their way to UTEP in very different means. Maddie was one of our very first commitments as a staff. She took a chance when there was very little actual evidence of who we were as a staff. Zoe and Molly both come to us from overseas who during a pandemic believed we were the next best step in their soccer career. Both of which have high aspirations for playing after college and using UTEP as a place to develop and compete for conference championships.
“Overall coach [Stewart] Givens, our Recruiting Coordinator, and assistant coach Kate Ward, have done a great job in continuing to push forward, building our culture and bring in the best talent we can even while confided to our offices over the last 10 months. This signing day is special just because of the hardships we’ve faced in getting here but also in how well our staff and team has overcome a multitude of obstacles.”
Zoe Collyer – Wales U19 Performance Squad
Somerset, United Kingdom – Left Back
Played for Bristol City Women’s Academy team for a number of seasons in the highest academy league in the country … opponents on a weekly basis include the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Many City, Liverpool and Birmingham City … called up to the Wales U19 Training for Summer 2020 … played for club team Wales International U17 Squad (2018-19) … scored header against Albania in 2-0 win to help Wales advance to the Elite round in the UEFA U17 Tournament.
“Zoe comes to us from a top academy in England, Bristol City, and plays in the top development league in the country. She has to compete every week against the best players and teams in the FA WSL Academy League and internationally while representing Wales at the youth national team level. Zoe will help balance our attack being a natural left footed player, and she works extremely hard to get up and down the left side of the field as an outside back or midfielder. We are excited to get Zoe to El Paso and help her achieve her goals as a player and student.”
– Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator Stewart Givens
Maddie Malone – Strikers FC North ECNL 03
Placentia, Calif. – Right Back
Plays for club team Strikers FC North ECNL 03 … played varsity all seasons in high men’s and women’s soccer … named senior captain … named First Team and Second Team All-League … 2019 Offensive Player of the Year … third-highest goal scorer … ranked first and second in assists.
“Maddie was our first commitment as a staff and we have seen her play a lot. She plays for a top team in the Elite Clubs National League. She is a very versatile player who has experience playing in a lot of different positions for her club but we see her helping us along the defensive line here. She is a big-time competitor who wants to compete and win! We are excited to add her to our team and bring her personality that fits perfectly in to our teams cultural ‘Building Block’.” – Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator Stewart Givens
Molly Sutherland – Ipswich FC Women First Team and U21’s
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – Center Midfielder
Has developed her skills under the guidance of Ipswich Town FC … played in the WSL Academy League … regularly plays against the best U21teams in England (Chelsea, Arsenal, Brighton, Everton and Reading) … played with the 1st Team, which competes in the third tier of English Women’s football … prior to Ipswich, was a standout player with the Leicester City Academy.
“Molly is another player who will join us from England and has extensive experience playing in the FA WSL Academy League and has made quite a few appearances with the women’s team at Ipswich Town FC. Molly is an intelligent central midfielder who wants to get on the ball, make plays, and dictate the tempo of a game. She has high aspirations as a player to be the best she can be, we are excited she will be joining us and that can help in her development on and off the field.” – Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator Stewart Givens