SGSC Lady Hawks Soccer Signs Texas Native Sam Rouse
By: Amy Hancock
External Affairs Coordinator
New Coney, Texas, may be losing a soccer standout, but Douglas, Ga., has gained one in recent weeks. Samantha Rouse decided to bring her talents from Texas to Georgia by signing to play with the South Georgia State College Lady Hawks in the fall of 2016. A leader on the field and in the classroom at Splendora High School in Splendora, Texas, Rouse graduated as a dual credit student in the top 15% of her class and maintained honor roll throughout high school.
Rouse earned numerous honors during her time at Splendora. She played varsity soccer four years and was named First Team All-District each year. She earned the title of captain for three years and accumulated two most valuable player awards. She was also recognized by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) with an Athletic Academic Award. Her high school coaches, Jeff McGuire and Erica Rutledge, encouraged her as a student and as an athlete to help her accomplish her goals in both areas.
As a member of the Texas Rush Soccer Club in Kingwood, Texas, Rouse spent 12 years training, most recently with coaches Jamie Bell, Carlos Gil, and Travis Tyler. She comes to South Georgia with the experience and motivation to be successful as a Lady Hawk.
Rouse’s parents are James and Denise Rouse, and she has one sister, Hailey. Her family and community are looking forward to following her SGSC career and seeing the great things she will accomplish.
The Hawks begin the preseason Aug. 7 and open the regular season Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. against Daytona (Fla.) State College on SGSC’s Douglas Campus.