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Becky Burleigh met with the media Monday morning to announce the Gators' 2014 signing class.

Monday February 10, 2014Three to join Gator Soccer in Fall of 2014

Gainesville, Fla.

Becky Burleigh met with the media Monday morning to announce the Gators' 2014 signing class.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Head Coach Becky Burleigh met briefly with the media Monday morning during UF’s All-Sports Press Conference to introduce and talk about the three Florida signees that comprise the incoming soccer class. Jessie Holmes (Los Gatos, Calif.), Cassie Owens (Louisville, Colo.) and Talise Romaine (Chicago, Ill.) will join the Gators for the 2014 soccer season.


Burleigh mentioned that this class, despite only having three members, is packed with talent, quality and are a promising addition to the team.


2014 Florida Soccer Signing Class



High School

Hometown (Club Team)

Jessie Holmes


Los Gatos High School

Los Gatos, Calif. (DeAnza Force)

Cassie Owens


Monarch High School

Superior, Colo. (FC Boulder)

Talise Romain


Neuqua Valley H.S.

Naperville, Ill. (Team Chicago)


Jessie Holmes

Played with the Olympic Development Program (ODP)…2012-2013 All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) first-team selection…Part of the Los Gatos High team that captured the De Anza Division of the SCVAL championship in February 20132009-2011 Region IV 96G ODP Camp, University of Idaho…Selected to 96G Cal-North State ODP team from 2009-2011…Represented Cal-North 96G at 2009 Nike Friendship Cup…Selected to 2008 District VI 96G ODP Team…Will graduate from Los Gatos High School this spring.


Becky Burleigh says…

“Jessie is somebody that has played as an attacking role on some of her teams, but we’re looking at her mostly as a defender which is a spot we’d like to have a little more depth in. Jessie kind of came to our attention late, but we were excited that she was still available and we’re looking forward to the contribution she’ll make.”


Cassie Owens

Scored the game-winning goal in overtime, and only goal of the match, to secure the national title for FC Boulder 18U team at the 2013 National Premier League Champions Cup in Aurora, Colo…Co-Captain of FC Boulder 18U team…Member of the FC Boulder 18U team that took home the Colorado Soccer Association State Cup in September of 2013…Scored a goal in the 5-1 State Cup victory that earned FC Boulder U18 team a spot in the 2014 U.S. Soccer Far West regionals…Named to the 2012 5A Front Range League all-conference first team by Boulder County (BoCo) High School Sports…Also part of 2012 All-Region first team after leading the Monarch Coyotes with 18 goals as a sophomore…Suffered an ACL during the fall of her junior year forcing her to sit out most of the spring…Will graduate from Monarch High School in spring of 2014.


Becky Burleigh says…

“One of the best things about (Cassie) competing in Colorado is that the competition is awesome; whether it’s high school or club, there are some great teams out there. She’s pretty much played her entire youth career against some of the best players in the country. What we like about her are her intangibles. She plays with a lot of heart, she’s a great athlete and she brings a lot of competitiveness to the teams she plays on. We think she can play pretty much anywhere for us, maybe except goalkeeper. She’s a forward by nature and we expect that’s probably where she’ll play for us.”


Talise Romain

Four-star recruit by…Team Chicago team captain…Participated in the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Girls Thanksgiving Interregional in Boca Raton, Fla.,…Member of the 2013 Interregional 1996 Region II Team Olympic Development Program (ODP)…2013 Region II 1996 Olympic Development Program (ODP) pool player…one of four from Neuqua Valley High School to sign national letters of intent in 2014 with division I soccer programs…played three years with Neuqua Valley H.S. (season begins in March of 2104)…Neuqua Valley won 3A regional titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013…Will graduate from Neuqua Valley H.S. this spring.


Becky Burleigh says…

“Talise is from Chicago and she comes from a club system that really works hard at developing their players and she’s really benefitted from that. She plays very similar to the way we play. Her style of play and her ability to keep possession of the ball is really important. She’s also a defender, so she’s someone we look forward to come and make an immediate contribution.”



The Gator soccer team shared the 2013 Southeastern Conference title and ranked 10th on the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

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