Meier, Baldwin, Moore back for 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Braddock Road Stars Elite are excited to re-sign three key players from the 2014 squad that reached the playoffs in the club's inaugural season. Midfielders Kristen Meier, Carlyn Baldwin, and Rachel Moore will all return for the 2015 season. The Stars Elite have also added two newcomers, Ali Hartman and Amy Luttges, who will both play in their first season in the W-League.
Returning as captain, Meier started 11 games in 2014 and finished second on the team with 11 points (4 G, 3A). The Wake Forest grad joined Braddock Road last year from the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League after spending her rookie season playing for Seattle Reign FC. Meier was drafted by Seattle in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. During her collegiate career, she became the first and only Demon Deacon to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after Wake Forest’s College Cup run in 2011.
A member of the 2014 U-20 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, Baldwin made two appearances for the Stars and Stripes last summer in Canada. As a result, Baldwin was forced to miss most of the W-League season in preparation. The Oakton, Virginia native went on to have an impressive freshman year at the University of Tennessee. Baldwin was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Freshman Team after starting in 20 games and leading her team to the SEC Tournament Semifinals. Baldwin also earned SEC All-Freshman team honors.
Moore, a mainstay in the starting lineup last season for the Stars Elite, scored a crucial brace in a 3-0 road win against the New Jersey Wildcats that sparked an inspiring playoff run for Braddock Road. The freshman had a successful first year at The College of William and Mary, earning 2014 Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Squad along with Second-team All-CAA honors. She made 17 starts for the Tribe and had a team-high six assists.
Hartman currently plays for the BRYC ’96 Elite team and will be playing at Lynchburg University in the fall. Lynchburg won the 2014 DIII National Championship. Luttges, likewise, will compete right away for vital minutes. The midfielder is on the BRYC ’98 Elite team that competes in the U-17 USYS National League. Her strong technical ability will fit well into the team’s possession style of play. Luttges will represent the Stars Elite in the W-League and W-20.
Braddock Road will travel to the Dayton Dutch Lions for a two-game weekend beginning on Friday, May 15. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at the DOC Stadium in West Carrollton, Ohio. The second game will be played on Sunday, May 17 at 12 p.m. For more information on the Braddock Road Stars Elite, check out the team’s website www.braddockroadstarselite.com and follow the team on Twitter (@BRStarselite).