July 23, 2018
Women's Soccer Adds 13 Newcomers for Upcoming Season
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College Women’s Soccer Coach, Nick Brown, has announced the addition of 13 newcomers to the program for the 2018 season. The new season is set to kick off on Thursday, August 30 at the Frock Soccer Complex at 5 p.m.
“I feel we have really added to the depth of our team with this incoming class,” stated Brown. “We have a lot of players who do many different things and I am excited to add them to the group. A lot of the players come from winning programs and I’m excited to see how they fit with where we are going with our culture. I think they will all have a very positive impact in the classroom, on the field and in the locker room.”
Katie Beck is a 5-10 defender from Clermont, Fla. She started five years at Montverde Academy and helped the Eagles to a National Championship in 2015. Beck was a co-captain for the 21-1 state Championship team. “Katie is a good player who is coming from a strong program with a winning tradition,” says Brown. “We want her to bring that winning mentality with her to Salisbury when she comes in August. I think she can play various positions for us and will be a presence as soon as she arrives.”
Sarah Bissett is a 5-2 midfielder from Winter Haven, Fla. She was a four-year starter at Winter Haven High School. She was a team MVP and captain for three seasons and helped the Blue Devils to a district final. Bissett played for the Orlando City ECNL program and was selected for US training centers, PDP and super Y national camp. “Sarah was a later signing for us,” quipped Brown, “and we are happy that we were able to get her. She is a very good technical player who has great vision and works extremely hard. She has been playing at high level for a number of years, so we are excited to see what she will bring to the program."
Jennifer Chambers is a 5-7 forward from Newport, Ireland. Chambers plays for the UCD Waves Women’s National League squad and Sacred Heart School. She was a leading scorer for five years straight including a personal best of 64 goals in one season. “Jennifer is a very active and hardworking forward,” stated Brown. “She’s got a great attitude toward the game and always wants to learn more. I’m excited for her to come in and bring her high motor to the field with the rest of our forwards.”
Sierra Davis is a 5-8 goalkeeper from Cornelius, N.C., finishing her high school years at Pine Lake Prep. She was named MVP in 2016 at Carolina International High School. Davis played her club soccer for the Carolina Rapids in their ECNL Program. “Cici has a ton of potential in the goal and we are excited about the prospect of adding her to our already strong goalkeeping contingent, said Brown. “She is athletic with good feet and can be good a shot stopper."
Sadie Hamilton is a 5-6 midfielder from Colfax, N.C. She was a three-year starter at East Forsyth High School. Hamilton captained and led the Eagles to the second round of the state playoffs in her senior season. Hamilton played club soccer for NC Fusion ECNL and Twins City Youth Soccer club over the past couple of years. "Sadie has shown a tactical intelligence over the past few years as we have been watching her,” mentioned Brown. “She seems to make the right decision on the ball most of the time when she gets it. She will add another solid piece to midfield core who did a good job in 2017.”
Sarah Kaempfe is a 5-4 midfielder from Augsburg, Germany. She split her time last season with FC Biberbach and FC Augsburg. Her team earned promotion last season by winning the league championship. “Sarah is a very intelligent player on and off the ball,” stated Brown. “She reads the game really well and is able to make quick decisions all throughout the game. Sarah’s high IQ on the field along with her good technical ability should allow her to be successful when she comes over to the United States.”
Kasey McLamb is a 5-5 defender from Dunn, N.C. She started four years at Midway High School, setting a school record with 93 career goals. She captained the Raiders as a senior and twice helped them to the third round of the state playoffs. McLamb played club soccer for NCFC, seeing her club team win the regional championships in 2017 and playing in the national championships. In 2018, they won Region 3 and competed in the regional championship. “Kasey is versatile player who we feel we can use in a lot of different positions, said Brown. “She is also coming from a club team with a winning culture which will add to what we are trying to do here. She is very gritty and is not afraid to do the dirty work."
Sydney Nadeau is a 5-3 midfielder from Yulee, Fla. She was a four-year captain at Yulee High School. She played her club soccer with United Soccer Alliance’s Academy team. “Sydney is a hard working midfielder with a very high motor, stated Brown. “She is very vocal both on and off the field and can be used in a few different roles."
Courtney Reavis is a 5-7 forward from Harmony, N.C. She was a captain and most valuable offensive player for the North Iredell Raiders. She was an all-conference and all-region performer for the Raiders, scoring 82 goals over her varsity career. Reavis plays her club soccer at Lake Norman Soccer Club and her team won the U-18 State Championship this season and represented North Carolina in the regional championships. “Courtney is a player who I have played against for years in the club circuit and she’s always had a knack for scoring goals,” said Brown. “She’s a good athlete and just loves to play the game. Technically and tactically I have seen her grow as player over the past couple of years so I am excited to see what she will bring to the table."
Mackenzie Rennie is a 5-5 forward from Greensboro, N.C. She played her club soccer for NC Fusions ECNL program. At Caldwell Academy, Rennie twice earned all-conference honors and was twice named All-State. She was also an academic all-conference selection. Rennie helped the Eagles to a pair of conference titles and a state final. During her senior year, she scored 21 goals and had 21 assists in just 18 games. She was a team captain since her sophomore year and had 63 goals with 40 assists over her four seasons. “Mack is crafty forward who also has a nose for the goal,” quipped Brown. “She is tactically intelligent and understands how to put herself into positions to score goals. She can finish with both feet and will be able to play a few different positions for us in the upcoming season.”
Mari Torres is a 5-5 forward from Elizabeth, N.J. She was named All-State and all-county. She captained Thomas Jefferson High School to a 15-5-2 mark as a senior and scored 58 goals over her four year career. Torres was a member of the PDA ECNL club team. “Mari is a very explosive forward who loves to get at defenders on the dribble,” stated Brown. “She is another player who is both left and right footed, which will allow us to attack the opposition in various ways. She’s played at a very high level over the past few years and we are excited to add her to the great forward group that we have returning."
Abby Walters is a 5-7 forward from Jamestown, N.C. She was a four-year varsity starter and two-year captain at Western Guilford High School. Walters played for PTFC for nine years and her ‘99 Lady Black team won the U-19 State Championship in 2017 and competed in the regional championships in 2018. “Abby is a fierce competitor with an incredible shot,” said Brown. “She’s very good with set pieces and is a threat to score all over the field. We are excited to have Abby coming in to join our group."
Katie Webb is a 5-5 defender from Murfreesboro, Tenn. She started three years at Oakland High School. Webb was named captain for the Patriots and her back line gave up less than one goal per game. She received the defensive player of the year award and led her team to the state tournament. She played her club soccer for Murfreesboro Soccer Club. “Katie is a tremendous athlete who can play anywhere across the back line for us,” stated Brown. “With her athleticism, technical ability and tactical awareness, Katie should be able make our back line even stronger than we had already anticipated. Adding her to the strong group of defenders we already have is very exciting.”
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