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Ten Newcomers Set to Join Women's Soccer For 2008


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College women’s soccer coach, John Cullen, has announced 10 signings for the 2008 season.  Joining Catawba in the fall will be Marissa DiMarco (Voorhees, NJ), Jessica Leroux (Ajax, Ontario, CANADA), Kaitlyn McFarland (Indian Harbour Beach, FL), Sarah Mosier (Bel Air, MD), Alyssa Retundie (Mooresville, NC), Jessica Schwertner (Mint Hill, NC), Lena Suarez (Charlotte, NC), Lindsay Webster (Hopkinton, MA), Erinn Wescoat (Egg Harbor, NJ) and Alanna Hantho (McLean, VA).

DiMarco, a 5-4 forward/midfielder, was a four-year starter at Eastern High School, helping the Vikings to a pair of Group 1V State Championships.  She was a four-time all-conference selection and made All-State the last two years.  She led her team in scoring as a freshman and was team MVP as a sophomore.  DiMarco played most recently for the Medford Strikers Extreme Club where she was played in the NJ U16 State Cup Finals.  She is the daughter of John and Gwen DiMarco.

Leroux, a 5-6 defender/midfielder, started four years at Archbishop Denis O’Connor High School.  She served as captain of the soccer team and helped win a Lower Ontario Championship in 2005.  Leroux is a defender for her Ajax Titans Club team and can play sweeper, center or outside defense.  She has played on League or Cup Champions in four of the last six years.  She is the daughter of Bob and Tracey Leroux.

McFarland, 5-4 midfielder/defender, started for two years at Satellite High School.  Helped Scorpions to two state finals, including a State Championship her junior year.  McFarland helped Space Coast United Soccer Club to a 2007 regional championship.  She is the daughter of Scott and Susan McFarland.

Mosier, a 5-6 goalkeeper, was a four-year starter at John Carroll High School which was ranked #1 in the State and #7 in the nation.  She helped the Patriots to an undefeated season in 2004 and a conference title as a sophomore.  Mosier was a two-time all-county selection.  She currently plays for the Baltimore Bays U17 club team and helped PSC Elite to a national indoor title in 2004.  Mosier is a three-year member of the Maryland 1989 ODP team (2003-06).  She is the daughter of Ron and Kathy Mosier.

Retundie, a 5-4 forward, was team captain at Lake Norman High School where she was an all-conference performer in helping the Wildcats to a conference title.  She also helped Comsewogue (NY) High School to a pair of conference championships.  Retundie plays her club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Club under Coach Ben Parry.  She played in the Super Y League for CSC advancing to the final four of the Disney College Showcase and the NCYSA State Cup.  She is a member of the NC ODP team.  She is the daughter of Alfred and Carol Retundie.

Schwertner, a 5-6 midfielder, is a three-year starter at Covenant Day School.  She helped CDS to three state titles, scoring 94 goals and earned All-State honors three times.  She was named the Charlotte Observer Female Athlete of the Year in 2005.  Schwertner played four years in the NC ODP Program and plays club soccer for FC Carolina Alliance 89 Red under Coach Stacy Hummer.  FCCA played in Region III of the Premier Leagyue and were three-time State Cup semifinalists.  She helped win the title at the CASL Shootout and the Norcross Cup and were Orange Classic finalists.  She is the daughter of John and Vicki Schwertner.

Suarez, a forward, started four years at Hopewell High School.  She served as captain her senior year and was a three-time team MVP.  She helped the Titans to a conference title and broke school records for goals in a season and career.  She is the daughter of Gonzalo Suarez and Veronica Hunt.

Webster, a 5-9 goalkeeper, started three years at Hopkinton High School where she was captain and team MVP.  She was a three time Tri-Valley League All-Star.  She plays for the Charles River United Soccer Club team is ranked second in the state.  Webster plays keeper for Rhode Island ODP and in the 2006 Region I Pool.  She is the daughter of Justin and Darlene Webster.

Wescoat, a 5-1 forward, started four years at Absegami High School.  The all-conference performer helped the Braves to four state playoff appearances and scored 27 career goals.  She was captain of her soccer, swimming and softball teams and earned 10 varsity letters.  Wescoat plays her club soccer for Medford Extreme Soccer Club and also plays for the A.C. Diablos of the WPSL.  She is the daughter of Joseph and Faith Wescoat.

Hantho started at Langley High School where she also ran track and cross country.  She plays for the Reston Lighting (WAGS) Soccer Club.  Hantho has been captain for eight seasons and sees action at midfield and defender.  She is the daughter of Karl and Marlene Hantho.

“We have brought in a high quality of student-athletes and are very excited about their potential,” said Cullen.  “We are truly excited about this group as the bring depth and talent to cover all our areas of need.  I expect they will improve our team immediately.”

“This group is eager to join us and are looking forward to continuing Catawba’s excellent soccer tradition,” continued Cullen.  “They bring an infusion of high standards that fit well with our program.  They must work hard before arriving to prepare for the college game and be ready to handle the next level.  I’m very confident in their ability to prepare.”

Catawba posted a 14-4-3 record last season and were runner-up in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Lady Indians lost in the conference tournament final to Lincoln Memorial in a penalty kick shootout.  Over the past decade, Catawba has won a pair of conference title, three tournament championships and have advanced to NCAA II regional play three times.  The 2008 team will open with a pre-season training trip to England and Ireland.

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