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Knights Announce 2019 Signing Class
November 15, 2018
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak has announced her 2019 recruiting class. The accomplished group includes six incoming freshmen.  
 
"We're really excited about the versatility of this class," Roberts Sahaydak said. "We have players in every position, which is what we needed. I'm optimistic that the style of players in this class will help us continue our success on the field and in the classroom."
 
2019 Signing Class

Name Position Year Hometown (High School/Previous School)
Marlee Fray F Fr. Coconut Creek, Fla. (American Heritage)
Talia Gabarra M Fr. Annapolis, Md. (Broadneck HS)
Olivia Lewis M Fr. Cooper City, Fla. (Cooper City HS)
Ellie Moreno F/M Fr. Winter Park, Fla. (Winter Park HS)
Claudia Tamares D Fr. Fleming Island, Fla. (Fleming Island)
Ariel Young D Fr. Ottawa, Canada (Burnaby Central Secondary School)




Marlee Fray 
Forward | 5-5 | Coconut Creek, Fla. (American Heritage)

  • Named 3A Sun Sentinel/Miami Herald Player of the Year in 2017
  • Earned ESMARK All-America honors in 2017
  • Two-time  Sun Sentinel/Miami Herald all-county first team (2016, 2017)
  • Two-time Heritage Offensive MVP
  • Earned spot on All-American Watch List for in back-to-back seasons
  • Member of 2016 state champion squad
  • Between freshman and junior seasons, scored 64 goals with 39 assists
  • Played for the Jamaican National team (2015-18), wining the CFU Caribbean championships and playing in CONCACAF twice
  • Member of the four-time state and 2018 regional and national champions Sunrise Sting 
  • Grandfather Charlotte Moran is a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame


Talia Gabarra
Midfielder | 5-8 | Annapolis, Md. (Broadneck HS)

  • Preseason All-American nominee in 2018
  • Named Player of the Year in 2017
  • Three-time MVP at Broadneck HS 
  • All-State honoree in 2017
  • Two-time All-Metro selection (2016, 2017)
  • Earned Coaches and Capital All-County honors in all three seasons (2015-17)
  • 2017 Top Drawer Soccer All-American Nominee
  • Two-time state champion at Broadneck HS (2015, 2017)
  • Also competed on varsity lacrosse team
  • Mom, Carin, was teammates with UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak on 1996 Olympic gold medal team, and was also a Golden Ball winner
  • Dad, Jim, has coached in the NWSL and played professionally
  • Brother Tyler plays soccer at NC State


Olivia Lewis
Midfielder | 5-4.5 | Cooper City, Fla. (Cooper City HS)

  • Captain of the ODP National Championship Team
  • Three-time First Team All County honoree
  • Member of two-time district champion Cooper City squad (2016, 2017)
  • Earned MVP honors as a sophomore in 2016
  • Tabbed as Rookie of the Year in 2015
  • Also competed in lacrosse where she was the captain of the two-time district champion

Claudia Tamares
Defender | 5-7 | Fleming Island, Fla. (Fleming Island HS)

  • Member of National Honor Society
  • Member of National Spanish Honor Society
  • Ranked in the Top 10 percent of her class
  • Competes under Luis Torres with United Soccer Alliance
     

Ariel Young
Defender | 5-10 | Ottawa, Canada (Burnaby Central Secondary School)

  • Member of the Canadian U17 Women's World Cup squad 
  • Trains with Fury FC
  • Competed for the Canadian Women's National Team in a pair of friendlies in 2017
  • Scored the match-tying header against the U.S. with the U17 team in the Four Nations Tournament
  • Member of the Honor Roll

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