George Mason women’s soccer signs 8 U.S. and international recruits
FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason University women’s soccer team has added eight student-athletes to the roster ahead of the 2021 NCAA season.
“We are extremely excited about the eight newcomers who will be joining us this fall,” Deputy AD, Intercollegiate Sports Todd Bramble said. “Full credit to Dirk Vandeveer for his recruiting efforts in helping to assemble this group. We have covered all of our bases to fill our team needs with specific athletic and technical qualities with players who fit our position specific profiles. These are young women of strong character, engaging personalities and a seriousness of purpose that will help us achieve our goals both in the A-10 and beyond – on the field and in the classroom.”
Fr. | Ridgeway, Va. | Magna Vista H.S.
Bitz was a First Team All-Region and First Team All-District selection during her time at Magna Vista High School. Was a captain for the Warriors and a member of the National Honor Society.
“Bri is an extremely talented young lady,” Magna Vista head coach Wes Lewis said. “Her technical skills can change a game and her soccer IQ shows that she is a true student of the game. She also has the intangibles of every great athlete. Her work ethic and competitiveness are elite and her energy, positivity and personality are contagious. She is the definition of a great soccer player and teammate on and off the field.”
Fr. | Pasadena, Md. | Chesapeake H.S.
Cuttler was a nine-time letterwinner (three soccer, four indoor track, two outdoor track) at Chesapeake High School. Selected to the First Team All-County team (2019) and the 2019 WPSL Mid-Atlantic Colonial Division All-Conference.
The goalkeeper was also a four-year scholar athlete, a 2021 STEM Student of Excellence and a 2020 AP Scholar with Distinction.
Fr. | San Antonio, Texas | Stuttgart H.S.
Eddy was a four-time letterwinner for Stuttgart High School where she earned a First Team All-District honor, Second Team All-District honor and an All-State Academic honor.
“Natalie is a wonderful young lady who comes to training every day with tons of energy,” Eddy’s previous coach stated. “She has a very high soccer IQ that allows her to play every position on the field.”
R-So. | Springfield, Va. | South County H.S. (UCONN)
Karimi comes to Fairfax after transferring from UCONN. She did not play in the 2019 season due to injury.
Eman lettered in four years during her time at South County High School. She helped lead her team to a 2018 District Championship and was a two-time captain and three-time All-Conference honorable mention.
Fr. | Austin, Texas | Westwood H.S.
Martinez had a decorated career at Westwood High School where the midfielder was a three-time First Team All-Region (2019-21) honoree and an All-District selection in multiple capacities. Martinez was also a member of the National Honor Society and a 6A Academic All-State (2021) selection.
The Austin, Texas native also played for the Lonestar SC Academy prior to joining Mason.
“She is a very special player with a high soccer IQ,” Lonestar SC Academy Director Wes Schevers said. “Her tireless efforts in midfield, commitment to defending and ability to unlock the game will help Hailey contribute to her new team right away as a freshman. We feel George Mason has just added a fantastic player to their program.”
“Hailey Martinez is the type of player that makes everyone around her better,” Westwood head coach Malcolm Framjee said. “She has the ability to take over each game she plays in but she is very unselfish. Hailey has impeccable vision and can play any position due to her touch and style of play.”
Fr. | Abensberg, Germany | FC Ingolstadt 04
Spittka was the co-captain for the German club team FC Ingolstadt 04 prior to Mason.
“Lea is a team player who is very good at reading the game and winning the ball,” club coach Alexander Ziegler said. “She will be a great addition to the Patriots’ squad.”
Fr. | Raleigh, N.C. | Raleigh Charter H.S.
Spitz was a 2018-19 All-Conference player for the Phoenix and earned the conference’s Player of the Year award.
“Serena is a fierce competitor whose commitment to excellence and appetite for success is second to no one,” Spitz former coach said. “She is a versatile player with the skill set to impact the game both offensively and defensively.”
Fr. | Mosfellsbær, Iceland | Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík
Prior to joining the Patriots, Svansdóttir spent time at both Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík (high school) and for the Fram club team under head coach Christopher Harrington.
“The Patriots are getting a top player, athlete and person in Svansdóttir,” Harrington said. “Halla not only has the ability to change and massively influence games, but is also a top teammate and person. She will add a lot of value to George Mason University’s program.”