12 Nov WSOC: Dodd Signs Five for 2022
HOUSTON – HBU head women’s soccer coach Chris Dodd announced the program’s first signees as head coach on Wednesday with three signees from the greater Houston area and two from the San Antonio area.
Nia Musquiz is a forward from Atascocita High School where she has played for coach Brittney McKolsky. A four-year letterwinner and starter, Musquiz has racked up 28 goals and 22 assists in her high school career and twice earned first team all-district honors. She also earned offensive MVP honors and was an academic all-district selection in 2021. She plays club for the Houston Dash GA2 and coach Gene Van Ness.
“Nia is a crafty attacking player that brings creativity and a no-nonsense approach to scoring goals,” said Dodd. “I see her fitting in across a few attacking positions and am excited for what she has to offer on, and off, the ball.”
Taylor Sanderson is a goalkeeper from Magnolia, Texas and Magnolia High School, playing for coach April Cleveland. A four-year starter in goal, Sanderson has posted 20 shutouts in her high school career and earned all-district recognition every year, including a 19-5A district goalkeeper of the year award. She has also been an academic all-district selection every season. She plays club for coach Roberto Gallegos and Albion Hurricanes FC.
“Taylor is very coachable and a natural leader out of the back,” Dodd added. “She is a strong shot stopper and good distributor who has the tools to become a mainstay in goal for us.”
Makenzie Blan is an outside back from Spring, Texas and has played at Klein High School. Blan is a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, earning all-district honors for coach Adam Bell. She is a four-time academic all-district performer who helped her team to the third round of the state playoffs in 2021. Blan has played club soccer for Challenge 03/04 ECNL-R USC and coach Gary O’Brien.
“Makenzie is a very mature, determined player who is a natural fit for our program,” Dodd stated. “Her attacking mindset, athletic ability, and level of fitness are going to fit in great in the outside back position for us.”
Jordan Bushnell hails from Selma, Texas near San Antonio and is a defender from Clemens High School where she plays for coach Marissa Wood. A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, Bushnell was a first team all-district selection this past season and also picked up second team all-region honors. In 2020, she helped lead her team to a bi-district championship. Bushnell plays club for SA City 03/04 GA and coach Dennis Bryan.
“Jordan is a versatile defender that brings a lot of athleticism and composure to the back line,” Dodd said. “She is great with both feet and can start attacks with her distribution or on the dribble.”
Alexia Murillo, a center midfielder from San Antonio, Texas, will join the Huskies from Brandeis High School where she plays for Madelyn Serrano. She has earned first team academic all-district every year while playing for the Broncos. She plays club for coach Owen Collie and Classics Elite.
“Alexia is a well-rounded midfielder who excels on both sides of the ball,” said Dodd. “Her technical ability, range of distribution, and composure make her a great addition to our midfield.”
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