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Nine Newcomes Set to Join Women's Soccer Program in 2007


 SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College women’s soccer coach, John Cullen, has announced eight signings for the upcoming season.  Joining the women’s team for 2007 are Alexa Baird, of Plainfield, NJ, Andrea Dunshie, of Apex, NC, Becki Facteau, of Raleigh, NC, Christina Fuller, of Port Repbulic, MD, Leala Ghorbani, of Highlands Ranch, CO, Courtney Petrone, of Hampden, MA, Rochelle Poncin, of Bradenton, FL, and Kenley Streetman, of Mooresville, NC.  Also joining the Lady Indians is transfer Shannon Sweeney, of Clemmons, NC.

Baird started four years as a sweeper and center midfielder at Mount Saint Mary Academy.  She served as captain for three years and was team MVP as a senior.  Coach Cullen on Baird: “Alexa is a high energy player who can play in defense of midfield.  She is very solid technically, can run all day and will bring a great deal of athleticism to our team.  We are looking at Alexa as a midfielder who can time runs to get in the box and be a scoring threat.”

Dunshie is a four-year starter from Southeast Raleigh High School.  The forward/midfielder was a three-time all-conference and academic all-conference selection.  She helped the Bulldogs to a pair of conference titles and three tournament championships.  She plays club soccer for CASL under coaching director Jay Howell.  Coach Cullen on Dunshie: “She is a very honest player, who does all the details well that a forward needs to do at this level for her team to be successful.  Andrea defends well from the front, brings people into the game, is very sharp technically and links up well with the midfield and other attackers.  She had a wonderful club career with great coaching and we know she will bring immediate quality to our team.”

Facteau, a midfielder from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, started four years for the Cougars.  She was a two-year captain and an all-conference performer.  She helped the Cougars three playoffs appearances, including one trip the state semifinals.  She played club soccer for Triangle FC under Pete Sadin.  Coach Cullen on Facteau: “Becki is a very intense player with a great work ethic.  She will give our team a real up-tempo style.  She has played several positions for her club team and she is always heavily involved, showing for the ball and winning tackles.  Becki will be an energizer player who allows us to keep pressure on our opponents.”

Fuller, started four years as a striker/midfielder at Calvert High School.  She was a two-year captain and earned all-county honors.  She is recovering from a knee injury and is hopeful of a full return by the pre-season.  Coach Cullen on Fuller: “We are giving Christina as much time as she needs to come back stronger and fully recovered.  She is a player who adds depth to our left side of the field, anywhere down the flank.  Christina’s signing allows our team to be creative and have different possibilities from the left side.”

Ghorbani, started as a defender for three years at Highlands Ranch High School.  She served as captain as a senior and was all-conference as a junior.  She plays club soccer for Real Colorado under coaching director Lorne Donaldson.  Coach Cullen on Ghorbani: “Laela suffered a knee injury in her final school game and will likely red-shirt this season.  We are looking forward to her recovering and joining up when she is back to 100%.  Leala will be looked upon as a central defender or full back.”

Petrone, played three years at Wilbraham Monson Academy.  She served as captain and won the coaches choice award.  She has played club soccer for CASL Spartan Elite (NC) and most recently for Western United (MA).  Coach Cullen on Petron: “She is a very tidy, technical player and shows good footwork with sharp, crisp touches.  Courtney plays sweeper for her high school team and central midfield for her club team.  She is an excellent passer, which will allow her to contribute immediately.  We are looking at Courtney’s passing ability to do many exciting things for our program.”

Poncin played as a midfielder at the IMG Academy.  Coach Cullen on Poncin: “We are delighted Rochelle will be joining us after a wonderful soccer education at IMG under the tutelage of Derek Leader.  Rochelle has been in an intense academic/athletic program devoted to training four to five days a week.  She has gained great experience playing for the Bradenton W-League team in the summer.  Rochelle will be an excellent addition to our midfield and really gives us a strong presence in that part of the field.  We are thrilled at the prospect of Rochelle’s capabilities to keep our program highly competitive.”

Streetman, has been a three-year starter as a midfield/forward at Mooresville High School.  She has earned all-conference and all-region honors in helping the Blue Devils to three playoff appearances.  Mooresville has posted a 57-19-8 record during her career.  She plays club soccer for the Lake Norman ’88 Soccer Club, serving as captain for three years.  Coach Cullen on Streetman: “We are excited at the prospect of Kenley’s strength and striking ability to play as a high center forward.  She can hold the ball up, hold defenders off and has a terrific shot.  We believe Kenley will be a player who attacks crosses and can be a scoring threat.”

Sweeney, a midfielder/forward is a transfer from Queens University of Charlotte.  She played at West Forsyth High School where she was named All-State and all-conference and MVP.  She played her club soccer with T.A.S.C.  Coach Cullen on Sweeney: “We are very excited Shannon is joining us.  She brings a year of college experience having played a significant part in Queens’ 2006 season.  Shannon will be competing for the central positions and has excellent technique with a strong physical presence.”

"We have worked extremely hard to bring in these quality people and student-athletes who will represent our College in the right manner," stated Cullen.  "We say good-bye to our largest graduating class and therefore it was essential to take our time and identify the right people to help us maintain that level of excellence we have established as a program and as student-athletes."

"I'm excited, as this years squad will possess a real youthfulness and hunger for improving as a team and individuals," continued Cullen.  "We will be extremely young and the challenge that awaits us is to grow up together."  

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