Women's soccer adds Scott, Månsson, de Graaf to wrap up 2017 signing class

L to R: Erin Scott, Hanna Månsson, McKenna de Graaf
L to R: Erin Scott, Hanna Månsson, McKenna de Graaf

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Campbell women's soccer co-head coaches Stuart Horne and Samar Azem have announced the signing of goalkeeper Erin Scott, midfielder Hanna Månsson and defender McKenna de Graaf to wrap up the 2017 recruiting class.

Erin Scott – Goalkeeper – Dallas, Texas – Bishop Lynch HS/FC Dallas ECNL/Creighton

Erin Scott, a junior goalkeeper from Dallas, Texas most recently played for the Creighton Blue Jays during the 2015-16 seasons.

"We are ecstatic to add Erin to our program," said co-head coach Samar Azem. "She is a competitive and driven person who brings an internal standard of excellence with her to the Creek, to our program and to our goalkeeping unit."

In her time at Creighton, Scott appeared in goal 25 times with 24 starts over two seasons. As a freshman in 2015, she started in all 20 games for the Blue Jays, notching 108 saves and six solo shutouts on her way to a 1.68 goals-against average for the season. She tallied a career-high 11 saves twice in 2015 against Drake and Butler and boasted a .766 save percentage during her freshman campaign.

The Dallas native enjoyed a wealth of success in her high school career as she helped lead the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars to a 52-5-3 record over four seasons under head coach Darrin Hedges. Scott started at goalkeeper all four years and was named a team captain her junior and senior seasons. She earned first team all-district and first team all-state honors as a junior and senior. Scott capped off her high school career with a 2014 state title as Bishop Lynch defeated Ursuline Academy, who had won the state championship every year from 1989-2013.

Scott also played club soccer for FC Dallas ECNL under head coaches Chris Ring and Ben Waldrum, where she served as a team captain for two years.

"Erin comes with a wealth of quality experience, stemming from her time competing with a premier ECNL club in Texas and taking that experience with her to Creighton, where she started and played for a young, up-and-coming Big East team," Azem added. "She competed in high-tempo, high-level soccer games and faced some of the fastest and strongest athletes in the country; faring very well against them."

With two seasons of Division I soccer under her belt, the Camels look forward to seeing what Scott can bring to the table for the 2017 season.

"Erin is technically and athletically sound, and we knew that right away," Azem said. "What caught our attention [in recruiting] specifically was her presence off her line. She's confident and she's got a great awareness of the positional needs. We are excited to see how our goalkeeping unit is enhanced. We have a high ceiling for our goalkeepers and Erin is a pivotal part of that."

Hanna Månsson – Midfielder – Stockholm, Sweden – Värmdö Gymnasium/Endskede IK/Huddinge IF

Hanna Månsson, an incoming freshman midfielder from Stockholm, Sweden, joins the Camels after most recently playing for the Swedish club Enskede IK in 2017.

"Hanna came to us from a reputable Swedish contact we have," said co-head coach Samar Azem. "She has spent a lot of time playing and training with one of Sweden's top club teams, and has a distinguished level of competing and training."

Prior to her time with Enskede IK, Månsson played for Huddinge IF, totaling 54 goals and 65 assists from 2015-16. With scoring statistics of that magnitude for her club team, the coaching staff is hopeful that those numbers will translate to a successful freshman campaign.

"Hanna is a midfielder that is constantly covering ground," Azem said. "That is a quality that allows our midfielders, with our style of play, to see a lot of success. She is very smart about the game so her movement will be efficient for us and effective. We are very excited to add Hanna to our 2017 class. She's a great person and a player that can definitely add a lot to our program."

McKenna de Graaf – Defender – Augusta, Ga. – Augusta Preparatory Day School/Atlanta Fire/Mississippi State

McKenna de Graaf, a sophomore defender transfer, joins the Campbell women's soccer program after playing one season with Mississippi State. The Augusta, Ga. native appeared in 12 games, making four starts for the Bulldogs during her freshman campaign.

"We're really excited to add McKenna as a part of our 2017 class," said co-head coach Samar Azem. "We are a young team and the experience she's bringing in is from a very high level, in one of the top-five conferences in the country. She found a lot of significant minutes at MSU and played against some of the top players in the country. She knows how to compete at the next level, which is the level we are working towards."

de Graaf logged 601 minutes in her first collegiate season, including two 90-minute outings against Tennessee and Texas A&M. The rising sophomore tallied her first career goal against South Alabama, which was a game-winner in overtime. Primarily a defender, de Graaf totaled eight shots with six on target during the 2016 season.

A native of Augusta, Ga., de Graaf enjoyed a wealth of success during her high school years with Augusta Preparatory Day School under head coach Tom Norton. She led the Cavaliers to three-consecutive state titles from 2014-16, earning individual All-State honors each of those three seasons and a defensive MVP award in 2015.

de Graaf also played club soccer for Atlanta Fire ECNL for four seasons under head coach Dom Martelli. She was part of a defense that shutout 32 opponents over four years.

"McKenna is a player we had watched in the recruiting process quite a bit," Azem said. "She is a smart defender and knows how to play to her strengths. She's strong in the air and she's got a phenomenal left foot. She's a very powerful player that brings a lot of quality to our back line."

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