Outlook: Excellent athleticism, power and strength ... loves to perform in competitive and intense environments ... comfortable coming out after the ball ... good tactical understanding ... advanced decision making and mobility with elite distribution and foot skills.
Personal: A 2005 graduate of Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y. ... two-sport standout who lettered in soccer and basketball ... produced a school-record 40 shutouts during her high school career and maintained a career 92.4 save percentage ... guided Shenendehowa to a 66-9 record from 2001-04 ... was on the Shenendehowa honor roll every year as a prep ... earned All-State (N.Y.) honors as a junior and senior ... recipient of the Outstanding Goalkeeper Award at the New York State Championship Finals her final two seasons ... named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 New York State Championship ... recognized by several newspapers for her achievements -- 2002-04 Troy Record All-Area Team, 2002-04 Saratogian Dream Team and 2002-04 Albany Times Union All-Star Team ... also named the Troy Record's 2004 Defensive Player of the Year ... led her high school soccer team to four-consecutive New York State Sectional Championships and three (2001, `03, `04) regional titles ... Shenendehowa was a New York State Championship Semifinalist her freshman year and runner-up her junior season ... led Shenendehowa to the New York State AA High School Championship in 2004 where it was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 7 in the country ... member of the Albertson Express Soccer Club which claimed the 2004 and `05 New York State Cup Championship ... club team is ranked full name was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 3 in the nation last spring ... member of her high school's basketball squad which claimed the state's regional championship in 2003 and sectional titles in 2003 and `04 ... in 2003, the basketball team was a state semifinalist ... full name is Jillian Welch Lyons ... daughter of William and Joann Lyons ... born March 18, 1987, in Niskayuna, N.Y.