STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State Soccer has concluded its second season of competition and now head coach Pete Cuadrado has his sights set on year number three. The Texans announced the addition of four student-athletes on 2023 National Signing Day, the first National Letter of Intent signing day for athletes set to begin their collegiate careers next fall.
This year’s class includes a duo from California, Sam Liaty and Sammy Schulze increasing the Californian count on the team to seven equal to those from Texas. The pair of Jessica Baires and Reagan Wagg marks the fourth and fifth Canadians on the roster.
“Really excited about this group we have coming in. We believe this group will come in and have a tremendous impact for our program on and off the field,” said Cuadrado in his press conference. “Can’t wait to get started.”
Let’s meet the four recruits in this year’s class.
Sam Liaty is a 5-5, midfielder/forward from El Dorado Hills, California. She lettered all four years at Oak Ridge High School under Efrain Mercado. Liaty played for Placer United ECNL. As a senior, Liaty led her team in goals and was named first team all-conference. During her junior year, she helped the Trojans win the Northern California State Championship. She also ran and lettered in cross country in her first two years of high school. As a freshman, she set the school freshman record in the half and two mile and was named Freshman MVP. As a sophomore, she set the sophomore school record in the two-mile and 5K. She was a first team All-league selection in each of her two seasons and was a first team All-State selection as a sophomore. She was named Oak Ridge Female Athlete of the Year in each of the first three years of her prep career.
Off the pitch, she has been a standout academically as well. She boasts a 4.4 GPA and is expected to graduate in the top three percent of her class. She earned Principal’s Honor Roll all four years of her academic prep career. In 2023, she was given an AP Scholar award. She intends to major in kinesiology and aspires to be a sports nutritionist. Sam is the daughter of Steve and Stacee Liaty. She has two sisters, Alexandra and Andrea.
Sammy Schulze is a 5-1 forward from Danville, California. She is a three-year letterwinner from San Ramon Valley HS under head coaches Mark Jones and Pat Uriz. Sammy plays for Pleasanton Rage ECNL. She enjoyed a decorated prep career. As a sophomore, she was named San Ramon Valley HS Player of the Week. She was named All-league after her junior campaign. She served as team captain during her senior season. Throughout her prep career, she tallied 15 goals and six assists to total 36 points.
Off the field, she is involved in many community service activities. She volunteers with several clubs such as Crayon Initiative, coaches a Jr. Rec soccer team, the Assisted Athletes Club, and The Have A Ball Foundation. Sammy is the daughter of Derek and Michelle Schulze and has two brothers, Nick and Ryan. She intends to major in kinesiology and aspires to be a gym owner.
Jessica Baires is 5-6 midfielder/forward from Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada. She played four years under head coach Ellen Ward at Elmwood High School. Jessica plays for the Whitecaps REX Manitoba. She served as the team captain and was the top goal scorer. She has earned numerous accolades including Manitoba Soccer Association MVP in 2023, AKSA MVP 2022, WYSA Golden Boot 2021 and the Calgary Tournament Golden Boot. She was also selected for the National Development Center and Canada Summer Games. Baires has made the Honor Roll in each of the past six years.
Off the pitch, she serves in the Canadian Academy of Travel and Tourism and Youth in Philanthropy. She is the daughter of Saul and Elisa Baires. She has two siblings, a brother, Andre, and a sister, Diana. She intends to major in business. After college, she aspires to be a business owner.
Reegan Wagg is a 5-6 midfielder/forward from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, Canada. Played three years at Charles P. Allen High School. Reegan plays for the Whitecaps REX Atlantic. She was named rookie of the year in her first season, team MVP in her second and team captain in her third and final year. Her school was a three-time Provincial finalist. She was a part of the Bronze medalist team at the 2022 Nova Scotia Games and was honored on the Sport Nova Scotia Team of the Year in 2022. Reegan was also selected for National Development Center and Canada Summer Games. She was the U17AAA Halifax County United Team Captain.
A multi-sport athlete she also competed on the Nova Scotia Provincial Hockey Team 2020-21 and at track and field. She was the MVP in 2022-23. She qualified for the provincial final 100m, 200m 4×100 relay and javelin. In the classroom, she earned High Honors in each of her four seasons. She is the daughter of Steve and Hilary Wagg and has one sister, Kenadie. She intends to major in kinesiology and aspires to be an occupational therapist.