February 17, 2010
Women's Soccer Grabs Seven Commitments for 2010
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College women’s soccer coach, Chad Miller, has announced seven commitments for the upcoming 2010 season. The first full recruiting class for Miller brings the Catawba Indians some talented players from across the country to build off of last year’s 13-5-2 record. Joining Catawba in the fall will be Athena Bless (Asheboro, NC), Erin Dugan (Flemington, NJ), Kailey Johnson (Hampstead, NC), Leigh Anne Kuhn (Auburn, AL), Leanne Retundie (Mooresville, NC), Elizabeth Ross (Waynesville, NC) and Anna Toole (Greenville, SC).
“We are extremely pleased and excited about our 2010 class here at Catawba”, stated Miller. “As a staff, our main focus for the class was to add more depth and athleticism to the roster and I feel like we have accomplished that and much more with this group. I believe all of these young women will be very solid college players, but more importantly, I know they will be great personalities for our program and tremendous additions to Catawba College. I am looking forward to the 2010 season and having the chance to work with this group of players. We are very determined as a program to continue the tradition here and contend for another championship next fall. ”
Bless is a 5-6, midfielder from Southwest Randolph High School where she has been named first team all-region, first team all-conference, team MVP and team offensive MVP. Bless also served as captain for the past three years. She has scored over 30 goals in her first three years. Bless has represented the Burlington Soccer Club and SoccerOp, out of Greensboro, at club level.
A tremendous student, Bless is very involved at her school, serving as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes President, National Technical Honor Society President, Senior Class Vice President and Beta Club Secretary. She also is a member of the tennis team and the manager of the boy’s soccer team.
Coach Miller about Athena:
“Athena is extremely crafty and solid technically. We feel like she will bring a flair to the midfield as she has the ability to take care of the ball and get into the attack. We are excited to have Athena join our program not only because of what she will bring to the field but more importantly what she has to offer as a leader, student and personality.”
Dugan, a 5-4, defender/midfielder, has been a three-year starter for Hunterdon Central Regional High School. She has led her team to a 54-23-5 record during her career and the West Jersey “Team of the Year” this season. For her efforts, Dugan was named first team all-conference, first team all-West Jersey, third team all-group, team defensive MVP and had the “Best Defensive Save of the Season”. Dugan played for the Jersey Area Girls club team the past two years and the Greater Flemington Soccer Club the three years before that. She also played for the Princeton Super Y Summer team that played in nationals in Tampa, FL.
Coach Miller about Erin:
“Erin is a very solid athlete with a high work ethic and is a very determined athlete. With her versatility, mentality, and athleticism she has the ability to find herself battling for several spots on the pitch.”
Johnson, a 5-6, goalkeeper, led Topsail High School to a 48-15 record the past three years, posting a .910 save percentage and a 0.74 goals against average. She has delivered 52 goals and 18 assists as a field player. Johnson is also a starter on the Cape Fear ’91 Wave White Premier team.
Also an accomplished basketball player, Johnson was named all-conference in 2009 and is currently leading her team in scoring, steals and free throw shooting. She enjoys playing guitar and loves to surf.
Coach Miller about Kailey:
“Kailey is raw in terms of goalkeeping experience, but is great athletically. With year-round training we feel her potential is unlimited and we are excited to have her at Catawba.”
Kuhn, a 5-6, defender, from Auburn High School, but has made her mark at the club level as she led Birmingham United Soccer Association 92 Elite to the 2009 Alabama State Championship and the finals at the Atlanta Cup. She previously played for Vestavia Hills, where she led her team to victory in the 2007 State Championship and the finals again in 2008, as well as countless other tournament victories. Kuhn also experienced success with the Darlington Soccer Academy and Capital City Streaks.
Among her many accomplishments was representing the Alabama Olympic Development Program in a game against the Mexico under-17 national team. At Auburn, Kuhn has been a three year starter and has led her team to the state finals and state semifinals. Her father, Rick, wrestled collegiately at the University of Scranton and her brother, David, currently attends the University of Alabama Birmingham. Kuhn is a member of the Mathematics Honor Society and German National Honor Society.
Coach Miller about Leigh Anne:
“Leigh Anne is a great student-athlete. We feel like she is built for the college game with her ability to be strong in challenges both on the ground and in the air. She will be in the mix in the back four and also possesses the versatility as a player to contribute other places if needed.”
Retundie, a 5-6, defender from Lake Norman High School, was a key member of the Charlotte Soccer Academy 91 Copa G team that went undefeated in the U18 Premiere Division this year and who were the Dicks Sporting Goods Invitational Champions. She has previously been a member of Charlotte United FC and Lake Norman Soccer Club.
Retundie joins her sister, Alyssa, as part of the Catawba women’s soccer team. She is a member of the French and Eco-friendly generation clubs and also serves as an afternoon counselor at the YMCA.
Coach Miller about Leanne:
“Leanne is a solid player with deceptive speed. Her strength along with her relentless desire to train and improve as a player will allow her to contend for several spots. ”
Ross, a 5-7, midfielder, has enjoyed a stellar career at Tuscola High School. She has made all-county and all-conference all three years as well as all-region the past two seasons. Ross has scored 55 goals and recorded 65 assists for her club team, Carolina Mountain Soccer Club Lady Titans, and won a state championship her freshmen year as a member of the Carolina Elite Soccer Association Region 3 Premier team.
A talented two sport athlete, Ross has qualified for the state championship in both indoor and outdoor track, as well as cross country. She is in the national honor society, editor of the yearbook and captain of Relay for Life. Her coach at CMSC is her sister, Lauren Teague, who played soccer at Western Carolina under Coach Miller.
Coach Miller about Elizabeth:
“Elizabeth is very gifted athletically and her motor is nonstop. She is composed with the ball at her feet and always seems to make the intelligent pass. Her training mentality and work rate will be a great addition to the team.”
Toole, a 5-5 defender, is a four-year starter at J.L. Mann High School and has claimed 13 goals. She is a member of South Carolina’s Olympic Development Program and has been a stalwart on her Carolina Elite Soccer Association 91 Challenge team, leading them to victories in 2008 and 2009 in the Twin City Tournament as well as the CESA Tournament in those same years.
Toole is the second athlete in her family to play at Catawba, joining her uncle Travis Nickens, who played wide receiver for the football team in the 1980s. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a Newberry scholar as well as being the captain of the JV Basketball team.
Coach Miller about Anna:
“Anna is a solid back that possesses good athleticism and composure under pressure and likes to get forward. She is a quick learner and has played at high level with her club and ODP experience and will be in the mix for the back four.”
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