May 10, 2006
Ten newcomers set to join Women's Soccer programSALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College women’s soccer coach, John Cullen, has announced ten signees for the 2006 season. The student-athletes who will join the Lady Indians this fall are Alexandra Beshk, of Mission Viejo, CA, Chelsea Binder, of Woodstock, MD, Kathryn DeRhodes, of Waxhaw, NC, Anjelica Fresia, of Jacksonville, NC, Lauren Graham, of Salisbury, NC, Anna Hamilton, of Kernersville, NC, Lainey Nichols of Frederick, MD, Jenna Peeples, of Longmont, CO, Tashina Wilhelm, of Mount Savage, MD, and Julie Wilson of Norfolk, VA.
Beshk, a 5-4 striker, started four years at Mission Viejo High School. She earned all-league honors in 2005 and was an All-CIF performer. Beshk, who plays for the West Coast Futbol Club, helped the team to a league and state title. “She brings real directness as a forward and is a player, who will attack crosses and has great quickness,” stated Cullen.
Binder, a 5-5 goalkeeper, started three years for Mount Hebron High School. She was a three-time all-county selection and earned All-State honors as a senior. Binder was a team MVP in 2003 and has played extensive club soccer, most recently with SAC Celtics in WAGS Division I. “She has exceptional quickness and agility as a goalkeeper and will compete immediately at this level,” said Cullen.
DeRhodes, a 5-5 midfielder, is a four-year starter from Parkwood High School. She played two years at Weddington High School, helping them to a pair of state quarterfinal appearances and helped Parkwood to the 200 South Piedmont Conference Championship. She was an all-county performer and also was an all-region club selection. In 2004, DeRhodes played for the Charlotte Soccer Club ’86 Blue and was part of the US Club Region III finalists and NCYSA State Finalist. She played for the Charlotte United 87 Region III Premier team in 2005. “She brings a great soccer IQ to our team and is a very creative passer of the ball,” stated Cullen.
Fresia, a 5-7 defender, was a four-year starter on defense for Southwest High School. Was an all-conference selection in 2005 as she helped the Stallions to the East Region finals. Fresia plays for the ’87 OCSA Coastal Crew Club team and was captain from 2002-04. “She is a strong central defender or holding midfield player who brings a toughness to our team and is also a good passer of the ball,” said Cullen.
Graham started at West Rowan High School. She was captain and earned all-conference and all-county honors as a senior. She also plays for the FC Carolina Alliance Futbol Club. “She is a smart player with good technique,” stated Cullen. :It is a success story of a local player coming up through the school and club system to play at her local college program.”
Hamilton, a defender, started at East Forsyth High School. She also played midfield. Hamilton plays club soccer with the Kernersville Soccer Association and has also played for the Charlotte Metro in the Super Y League. “She is a very good defender with quickness and uses the ball effectively,” stated Cullen.
Nichols, a 5-5 midfielder, is a transfer from Charlotte. She was a four-year starter at Middltown High School where she was a three-time All-State selection. She helped Middletown to three conference and one State title. Nichols also helped her club team to a State Championship She was a Maryland ODP Player virtually her entire youth career and was club captain for FC Frederick Soccer Club. “She has a wonderful soccer presence on the field with tremendous vision and is a gifted one on one player,” said Cullen.
Peeples, a 5-4 defender, was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Longmont High School. She was twice named all-conference and was an All-State performer in 2005, scoring five goals from her sweeper position. She helped Longmont to a pair of state quarterfinal appearances. Peeples plays club soccer with Fort Collins Arsenal U 18 Gold team, playing multiple positions with her versatility. “She is a extremely athletic player,” stated Cullen. “She is very flexible as a player and is very competitive, which are wonderful attributes to bring to our program.”
Wilhelm, a 5-4 striker, started four years at Beall High School and was named the Mountaineers' Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She was a four-time all-conference performer and was the 2005 Player of the Year. She scored 41 goals with 20 assists in her career and helped the Mountaineers to three regional finals. “She is a great addition to our program,” said Cullen. “She has a fantastic work ethic with a great eye for goal and a desire to attack teams. She will continue a Catawba tradition of exciting, hardworking, attacking players.”
Wilson, a 5-7 forward, was a four-year starter at Maury High School. She was an All-State and All-Tidewater selection and was the District Player of the Year. She was a two-time all-district pick. Wilson was a first team All-Eastern Region pick with the Virginia Rush Soccer Club, the 2005 Virginia State Cup runners-up. “She brings tremendous speed to our frontline and is very hardworking player who will unsettle defenses,” stated Cullen.
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