Aaron Gordon added another international player to the Mississippi State soccer roster on Monday, after New Zealand defender Johanna Hamblett signed with the Bulldogs.
Hamblett, who was a member of the NZ U-20 Women’s National Team, brings versatility to the 2016 squad as she is able to play defender or midfielder.
“We’re excited to announce that Johanna is joining our team and we’re looking forward to seeing her play in Maroon and White this fall,” head coach Aaron Gordon said. “We’ve been tracking her for the past year and she is a player that was on the rise in New Zealand. “
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamblett also had playing experience with the country’s National Women’s League as she played for Mainland Pride. She led the squad to back-to-back league championships in 2014 and 2013. Hamblett was named the Player of the Year for the Cashmere Technical Soccer Club Premier Team in 2014.
“She will bring versatility to our team and we think she will improve our program,” Gordon said. “I think she wanted to join MSU because she saw the opportunity to make an impact and she liked the challenge of playing in one of the best leagues in the nation.”
Outside of football Hamblett also had an impressive resume in other sports as she participated in many athletic competitions throughout her high school career. With Burnside High School she was a member of the track and field team, surf club and netball team. Hamblett was also a member of the Opawa tennis club, winning a championship in 2012.
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