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College soccer: Big recruiting class (16) for Catawba women

 From Catawba sports information

SALISBURY —  Catawba College women’s head soccer coach Nick Brown announced the addition of 16 student-athletes for the 2020 school year, including 14 freshmen and a pair of transfers. Two of the newcomers joined the team during the 2020 spring semester.

“We are really excited about the class that we have coming in this year,” Brown said. “We’ve added a lot of quality players, and more importantly first class people, who I know will represent the program and Catawba in the way it should be represented. We graduated a fantastic group of 12 seniors who have been the pillars of this program for so long, but we are confident that this new group will help to continue to move the program in the right direction.”

Joining the Catawba Lady Indians in January 2020:

Jamie Kazenmayer – Goalkeeper – Forked River, NJ – Lacy Township High School – Felician University

Jamie joined the Catawba Indians in January 2020. Transfer student from Felician University. started 14 games and made 103 saves in 2019. started 46 of 47 games at Felician. ranked second in saves and third in winning percentage in the CACC in 2019. ranks in the top 5 in Felician history in games played for a keeper, shutouts and career saves.

“Jamie is someone who came on to our radar pretty late, but the stars seemed to align and it was meant to be for her to join us. She’s had a great three-year career over at Felician and we are hoping that we can lean on her experiences to help us next season both on and off the field. She has already displayed a willingness to work hard and improve, which we are really excited about.”

Ayden Vaughan – Forward – Hickory, NC – Hickory High School – Charlotte Independence Soccer Club ECNL

Ayden graduated early and joined the Catawba Indians in January 2020. played club soccer last season with fellow signee Kylie Vilseck. Ayden’s club soccer team won the 2019 USYS NC State Cup. finished her high school career with 86 goals. three-time all-conference (17, 18, 19), three-time all-region (17, 18, 19) and two-time All-State (18, 19) in her three years of high school soccer. 2018 Northwestern 3A-4A Offensive Player of the Year.

“Ayden is a player that we have had an eye on since her freshman year of high school. Playing high school soccer with Jovana [Sanchez], we were able to watch her play early and often over her high school career. Ayden is a player with a very high work rate and someone who just loves the game. We are excited that she was able to come in early to get acclimated with the college environment. Her speed and ability to run at players will make her a constant threat on the field.”

Joining the Catawba Lady Indians in August 2020:

Gracie Thomason – For/Mid/Def – Rockwell, NC – Jesse C. Carson High School – Charlotte Soccer Academy

Gracie played club soccer for Matt Denton along with fellow signees Hannah Dunn and Nicole Rojas. club team was voted 2017 team of the year at the Charlotte Soccer Gala. State Cup Champions (17, 18). Region 3 Championships (17, 18). Gracie was invited to two ODP regional camps. scored 72 goals while adding 29 assists for 173 points in three years of high school soccer. named captain senior year. three years all-county (17, 18, 19). two years all-conference (18, 19). two years all-region (18, 19).

“Being from Rowan County, we’ve had the opportunity to watch Gracie play a ton over the last few years during high school season, club season and at various camps she has attended at Catawba. It’s always exciting to add local talent from one of the high schools in the area. Gracie is one of the most hardworking players I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with at camps. She has a tremendous attitude toward the game and I know that she will be a great addition both on and off the field.”

Channing Barker – Defender – Dunlap, TN – Sequatchie County High School – Chattanooga Red Wolves Academy

Channing played club soccer with fellow signee Suzie Rodriquez. was the captain of her high school team during her senior year. was named to the all-district team for two years (18, 19). her high school team were two-time D2 state finalists.

“Channing is a player that we identified at our summer showcase in 2019. She stood out amongst the 100+ players that were there, and has been tremendous both on and off the field ever since. She possesses an incredible work rate, a high IQ and always seems to have a smile on her face while she is playing. She will be a great addition on the field, in the classroom and in the locker room.”

Emy Cloutier – Def/Mid/For – Beaufort, NC – East Carteret High School – GPS Seashore Soccer/Premier UK Soccer

Emy scored 61 goals adding 41 assists totaling 163 points in 56 career high school games. in her only game this year she scored three goals and added two assists. named a three-year captain at East Carteret. three-year all-conference and all-region member (17, 18, 19). named student athlete of the week five times by the Carteret County News Times. won the regional cross country championship (16), sophomore (17) and junior (18) and twice finished in the top 10 in the state.

“Emy is a very versatile player that we are very excited about adding. Her ability to play in different lines will give us the ability to change what we are doing on the fly. Emy has a very high motor when on the field and can influence a game in all three thirds. She is always asking questions and constantly wants to learn more to help her become a better player.”

Hannah Dunn – For/Mid – Concord, NC – Cox Mill High School – Charlotte Soccer Academy

Hannah played club soccer for Matt Denton with fellow signees Gracie Thomason and Nicole Rojas. her club team were USYS NC State Cup Champions two years in a row (17, 18). they were also regional semifinalists three times. scored 50 goals, added 29 assists for 129 points in her three years of high school. named a team captain her senior year. all-conference player for three years (17, 18, 19). all-region player for two years (18, 19). All-State her junior year (19) as well as conference Player of the Year (19).

“We are really excited about adding Hannah to the mix. She is another player that we have had an eye on for a few years. Hannah has a real knack for the goal and her style of play will fit in perfectly with how we play. Hannah’s fantastic personality and her love for the game should help her succeed immediately when she gets to Catawba. She’s always played in a winning environment and we hope that the winning continues when she gets to Catawba.”

Kasey Hahn – Midfielder – Davidson, NC – Lake Norman Charter High School – Charlotte Independence Soccer Club ECNL

Kasey played in the Charlotte Independence ECNL program this past season for Dave Carton. played high school soccer for Dave Crutchfield. named team captain for her senior season. scored 57 goals while adding 74 assists for 188 points in her three years of high school soccer. three-year all-conference member (17, 18, 19). three-year all-region member (17, 18, 19). two-years All-State member (18 & 19).. was named conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.

“Kasey is a player that we have been very interested in for a very long time. She has incredible vision, a very high soccer IQ and excels technically and tactically. She has a toughness and competitiveness about her on the field that can’t be taught and the ability to play a wide range of passes with different surfaces of her foot will come in handy immediately. Her fantastic personality will help us on the field and will contribute to our team culture in the locker room.”

Ava Hylton – Defender – Tarpon Springs, FL – Tarpon Springs High School – Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club

Ava played high school soccer for Jason Ranze. scored seven goals and added 17 assists for 31 points. posted 27 career goal and 49 career assists for 103 points… four-year varsity starter. three-year captain. Pinellas primary team (17, 18). played for the Clearwater Chargers for Jason Navas.

“We are really excited to have Ava join us for the 2020 season. We identified her late in the process and were fortunate to get her. She is going to bring speed and toughness to our back line, which will make things very difficult for the opposing team’s forwards. She’s very competitive and works extremely hard which will allow her to succeed in our environment. I think we’ve added another quality person both on and off the field and we are really excited about her.”

Kelsey Holiman – Forward/Midfielder – Concord, NC – Cox Mill High School – Charlotte Independence Soccer Club

Kelsey plays high school soccer with fellow signee Hannah Dunn. her high school team were state finalists in 2018. named team captain for her senior season. scored 17 goals and added 21 assists for 55 points over her high school career. club team won the 2018 USYS NC State Cup Championship.

“Kelsey gives us another attacking option that we are really excited about. Her versatility as a player will allow us to do a lot of different things. She’s got really good speed and gets faster with the ball at her feet. She has scored some amazing goals during the time that we have been watching her play and we are really excited about adding her to the mix. She’s another player who will be a really positive addition both on and off the field.”

Sydney Jimmo – Midfielder – Shelburne, VT – Champlain Valley High School – Colby Sawyer College

Sydney will be joining the Catawba Indians as a transfer from Colby Sawyer College where she played for Gene Smith. scored 12 goals and added two assists during her freshman campaign at Colby Sawyer. named GNAC rookie of the year in 2019. named to the GNAC first team all conference. named conference rookie of the week three times and player of week twice. finished as the GNAC Player of the Year runner up as a freshman. in high school, named Metro Offensive Player of the year and was a first team All-State player. three-time high school State Champions in (16, 18, 19).

“We are excited that Sydney has decided to join us from Colby Sawyer for the 2020 season. Her lone season at Colby Sawyer was an amazing one and we are hoping for the same impact when she walks through the doors at Catawba. During her visit to Catawba she seemed to hit it off with everyone immediately and it seemed like a perfect fit. She’s a hard working student of the game who is really competitive, which I think will allow her to thrive in our environment. She has a desire to work hard, get better and win which we love.”

Sharon Mayes – Midfielder – Colorado Springs, CO – Discovery Canyon Campus High School – Pride Predators Soccer Club 02 ECNL

Sharon plays clubs soccer with fellow signee Katlyn Rosenbaum. has 15 career high school goals along with seven assists totaling 37 points in her three years in high school. first team Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (19). her club team under Justin Stones were State Cup Champions in 2019. they were also Premier 1 Conference Champions.

“Sharon is a player that we identified on a recruiting trip out to Colorado last June. She is one of the most steady and consistent players I have seen in a long time. She is very good technically and can take control of a game in the midfield. She has the ability to get forward and score goals, but is also able to be a box-to-box midfielder for us. We are very excited about what she will bring to the table both on the field and in the locker room. ”

Suzie Rodriquez – Goalkeeper – Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga Schools for the Arts and Sciences – Chattanooga Red Wolves Academy

Suzie played club soccer with fellow signee Channing Barker. they played club soccer for Luidgi Beauzile on the Chattanooga Red Wolves. played high school soccer for David Poss. named team captain for the 2019-2020 season. named team MVP. all-conference player (19, 20).

“Suzie is a great late addition for us for next season. We saw her play at Disney and she caught our eye immediately. Her leadership qualities from the back stood out immediately and made us want to watch more of her game. She made some huge saves and we decided that she would be a good addition to our goalkeeping team. From the moment we had our first conversation on the phone with her, we knew she would be a good fit.”

Nicole Rojas – Midfielder – Kannapolis, NC – AL Brown High School – Charlotte Soccer Academy

Nicole has played club soccer for Matt Denton along with fellow signees Gracie Thomason and Hannah Dunn. her club team were USYS NC State Cup Champions two years in a row. they were also regional semifinalists three times. played high school soccer for Catawba Alum Allison Parker. missed two high school seasons due to injury and one due to the season being cancelled.

“Nicole is a player that we have been watching for a long time through high school and club soccer. She’s always had an unmatched love for the game and is always looking to learn and improve. Nicole has great vision on the field, is very creative and is never afraid to try new things. We are excited to bring Nicole in to see what kind of player she can grow in to.”

Katlyn Rosenbaum – Goalkeeper – Colorado Springs, CO – Rampart High School – Pride Predators Soccer Club 02 ECNL

Katlyn played club soccer Justin Stones along with fellow signee Sharon Mayes. during her high school career Katlyn has only allowed 19 goals against. she has logged 20 shutouts and made 101 saves.during her shorted season this year she had 11 shutouts. gave up only seven goals, while making 57 saves.

“We are really excited about Katlyn joining our Catawba family for next season. She has impressed us each time we were able to watch her as well as with all of our conversations that we’ve had with her. She really impressed at the two camps that she attended here on campus and we think she has a world of potential. We are excited to watch her grow as a player and see what heights she can take her game to. She will be a great addition on and off the field.”

Kayleigh Venis – Forward – Prince Frederick, MD – Maryland United

“Kayleigh is a player with outstanding speed and strength and has a real nose for the goal. She never stops working throughout the course of a game and is constantly a threat that the opposing team’s backline has to account for. It didn’t take me long to identify her the first time I watched her as a player that we really wanted, and we are excited to see what she can do when she gets to Catawba. She missed some high school and club time due to injury, so she is just so excited to get back to what she loves doing. She impressed us when she showed up at camp here at Catawba and will have a fantastic career with us.”

Kylie Vilseck – Defender – Huntersville, NC – Hough High School – Charlotte Independence Soccer Club ECNL

Played club soccer this past season for Robyn Horner along with fellow signee Ayden Vaughan. won the 2019 USYS NC State Cup. named captain of her high school team during for her senior year. Husky Award winner junior year of high school. scored four goals while adding 13 assists for 21 points during her high school career.

“Kylie is a player that we are so excited to be bringing on to campus. She hit it off immediately with the team when she came on her visit and everything moved pretty quickly after that. Kylie is a tremendous athlete with great speed and good toughness. Her athletic ability will help her contribute in a positive way to our back line. Her personality and her mentality will allow her to flourish here in our environment at Catawba.”

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