April 30, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. –
The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer program has announced the addition of three players to the 2018 recruiting class. Head coach Phil McNamara has signed Hendrikje Baurmann of Germany, in-state product Skylor Keane and Skylar Boes of the Hoosier State to the squad.

“We always expected this class would be a small class due to the fact we did not graduate any seniors this year,” McNamara said. “The important factor with this class was to ensure it complements the returning players along with their strengths and weaknesses, which we feel the above players can achieve. Adding a small quality group to a large returning group should provide a firm foundation for success this fall. In addition to the above players we also add Jill Hildreth to the squad who was unfortunate not to play last season, who will certainly add an attacking presence to our team. We are excited about this incoming group and what they can add to our program. This will be the largest squad we have ever had at UT Martin and hope it will prove strong enough to get us back competing for conference championships. Following a positive spring season I get the feeling the players sense we have a fantastic opportunity this fall. With a hard working summer, the sky is the limit for this new season.”

Hendrikje Baurmann, MF, 5-5, Meerbusch, Germany (Maria Montessori)

Baurmann has been a member of the prestigious club team Borussia Monchengladbach since 2014. This season, she has competed in the Third Women’s League for BM. She has started in 23 of the team’s 25 matches played so far this season while racking up 13 assists. From 2016-17, Baurmann started in 19 matches and netted three goals while connecting for four assists. In 2015-16, she started in five matches and played in 18 total bouts as she tallied three goals to go along with four assists. In 2015-16 the club played in the first U17 Bundesliga. The squad won the Niederrheinpokal in 2016, which is one of the 21 regional cup competitions of German football and serves as a qualifier for the following seasons’ German Cup.

“Hendrikje has the potential to really complete our attacking line,” McNamara said. “She is a forward who enjoys using her pace and fitness to beat opponents providing crosses for team-mates and one-on-one opportunities to score goals. I expect Hendrikje to be very difficult for opponents as she demonstrates very good passing range and the ability to beat opponents on the dribble. She will provide a nice balance of individual attacking presence, link up play with her fellow forwards and quality service to her team-mates for goal scoring opportunities. Hendrikje has quality International experience and will be eager to score goals along with providing quality service to her team-mates.”

Skylor Keane, MF, 5-3, Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)

Keane led Farragut High School to a District and Regional championship as well as a Smokey Mountain Cup Championship in 2017. She netted 11 goals and tallied 11 assists for the Admirals in her senior season en route to being named to the 2017 All-PrepXtra Girls Soccer Team. She garnered Region 2-AAA Player of the Year honors while also being named District Player of the Year and picked up all-state and All-South honors as a senior. Keane picked up all-district and all-region honors in 2016 while being named all-district in 2014-15 also. She was a member of the FC Alliance Black 00’s who won the Disney’s Showcase Championship in 2015 and 2016, the South Atlantic 2015 Championship and the Gatlinburg College Showcase for four straight years (2015-18). Keane was a member of the Olympic Development Program from 2012-13.

“Skylor was very attractive to us right from the beginning as we feel her style of play is very similar to our style of play here at UT Martin,” McNamara said. “Not only is she very athletic and hardworking but she also demonstrates excellent movement off the ball. Skylor is an intelligent player that has the technique and passing vision and range to really hurt opponents in the final third of the field. She will offer fantastic energy and forward thinking from the midfield which can only help our forwards create more scoring opportunities. She is also a player very capable of scoring goals from the midfield which can prove a great asset to any team.”

Skylar Boes, MF, 5-6, Haubstadt, Ind. (Gibson Southern HS)

Boes racked up an outstanding 24 goals and 16 assists as a senior at Gibson Southern High School. She compiled 60 career goals and 50 career assists for the Titans under head coach Emily Kavanagh, leading her team to three consecutive conference championships from 2015-17. She was named all-district in 2017, all-conference from 2015-17 and all-county from 2014-17 and earned team captain and most valuable player recognition in 2017. Boes led the Titans in goals as a senior and junior while also leading the team in assists as a freshman and junior. Boes has also competed for the Sporting Southern Indiana Lady Courage club team, winning the IN State Cup Championship and MRL League Championship, both in 2017. A dual athlete, she garnered two all-conference nods (2017-18) in basketball while leading the Titans to two conference championships in 2016-17.

“We are delighted to add Skylar to our program and expect that she will offer something a little different to our team,” McNamara said. “She is another hardworking midfielder that relishes a good physical battle in a very important area of the field. We hope Skylar will add a form of steel, work ethic and ability to win the ball back quickly in the midfield. She is also a player with good passing vision and range to find forwards and attacking players in space, early and at the right moments in games. Skylar is a player that just loves to compete and help her team any way possible.”

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