June 25, 2019
Brown Announces Eight Newcomers for 2019 Women's Soccer Season
Catawba Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Nick Brown, has announced the signing of seven freshmen and one transfer who will be joining the program for the 2019 season. Joining the program will be Maddie Capel, of Harrisburg, N.C., Riley Dorman, of Clemmons, N.C., Raigen Edwards, of Kernersville, N.C., Helen Summerell, of Statesville, N.C., Emily Marcincavage, of East Bend, N.C., Lejla Mehmedovic, of Salisbury, N.C., Callie Hammond, of Durham, N.C., and Meredith Steward, of Winston-Salem, N.C.
“I am really excited about the players that we are adding to the program this year,” stated Brown. “Each one of these student-athletes have exceled both on and off the field and I think they’ll each bring something extremely positive to the program. On the field, it’s a really good group as we have multiple players who can play different positions and it will help add to what we think is an already deep squad.”
MADDIE CAPEL - Forward/Midfield - Pfeiffer University, Carolina Rapids
Capel is a forward and a midfielder who will be transferring from Pfeiffer University where she played for two years. While at Pfeiffer, she scored 18 goals and added seven assists for 43 points. Capel was first team all-conference and first team East Division All-State during both of her years at Pfeiffer. She attended Hickory Ridge High School, where she had 102 goals, 38 assists and 242 points. Capel was a four-year all-conference and all-region member, and made the all-state team in 2017.
I chose to transfer to Catawba to further my soccer career and to continue growing my soccer integrity, my fitness, and my love for the game. Coming to Catawba will help me become the soccer player that I want to be and allow me to keep working hard in my communication major.
RILEY DORMAN - Forward/Defender - NC Fusion ECNL
Dorman is a defender and a forward from West Forsyth High School. Dorman scored an important goal during the state championship game to help the Titans to the state championship in 2017. She was an all-conference player in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was an all-region player as a senior. Dorman was selected to play in the 2019 North Carolina East-West All-Star game. She finished her career with 22 goals and 28 assists. Dorman was also a two-time captain for her NC Fusion club team.
I chose Catawba College because of the tight knit family feel that the soccer team had when I came to a training session. I waited till my senior year to make my decision and I am glad I did because that led me to find this awesome program. It is also not too far from my hometown, which is good because I did not want to be too far from my family. I really enjoyed my visit when I came and know that I will also benefit from the great academics.
RAIGAN EDWARDS - Goalkeeper - NC Fusion
Edwards is a goalkeeper from East Forsyth high school. Over her career at East Forsyth, she made 83 saves while only allowing 25 goals. Edwards was named a captain during the 2019 season where the Eagles made a deep run in the state playoffs. She was also a team captain during 2018 and 2019.
I chose Catawba for a number of reasons. The reasons that stood out to me the most were the personable coaching staff who kept in touch with me throughout the recruitment process, the rapidly growing and improving program, and most of all the team; all of the current players were so kind and treated me like family from the get go and that was really important to me.
HELEN SUMMERELL - Forward - Carolina Rapids
Summerell is a forward from West Iredell High School. During her senior year, she scored 40 goals and added 17 assists for 97 points. Over her career, Summerell amassed 152 goals and 48 assists. She was named to the all-conference and all-region teams for four years and was an all-state pick during her junior and senior seasons. Summerell is the all-time leading scorer in Iredell County High School girls soccer history and was named the 2019 Iredell County Hall of Fame Female Athlete of the Year. She was named the Record & Landmark County Girls Player of Year in 2018 and 2019.
I chose Catawba because everything about the college is exactly what I wanted. I love that I get to stay close to home, the small class sizes, the super welcoming atmosphere and the beautiful campus. The small community is something I have been wanting and I’m excited to be at a school that feels like family. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the school and the soccer program and I am confident that there is no other place I would want to spend my next four years.
EMILY MARCINCAVAGE - Forward/Midfield - Lake Norman Soccer Club
Marcincavage is a forward and midfielder from Forbush High School. During her high school career, she collected 74 goals and 36 assists for 184 points. She was a three-year all-conference, all-region and all-state performer and missed her senior season due to injury. Marcincavage was named the Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was all named the Region Player of the Year during those same years. In 2018, she was named the Best of Preps Comeback Player of the Year. Her club team won the North Carolina State Cup Tournament in 2017.
I chose Catawba because it’s everything I wanted in a college! It automatically felt like home! It’s also where my parents met and had successful athletic careers, so it’s a privilege to get to carry on the tradition.
LEJLA MEHMEDOVIC - Midfield - Charlotte Soccer Academy USSDA
Mehmedovic is a midfielder who was a two-year captain at West Rowan High School. During her senior year, she scored 19 goals and added four assists for 42 points. Along with being named all-conference team, she was also selected as the Rowan County Player of the Year and was her Conference’s Co-Player of the Year. Mehmedovic finished her high schools career with 40 goals and 15 assists for 110 points. She has been selected to practice and play with the U19 Bosnian National Team.
Family has always been a very important part of my life and being able to stay close to home while continuing my soccer career was an opportunity that I could not pass up. The Catawba Women's soccer program are very close-knit and have a special way of making me feel like I'm part of the family. The college and soccer program have caught my eye ever since I was young and I've always admired so many aspects of the wonderful campus.
CALLIE HAMMOND - Forward - North Carolina FC Elite
Hammond is a forward from Northern High School where she was a captain her junior and senior year. During her senior year, she scored 23 goals and had 13 assists for a total of 59 points. Throughout her career, Hammond scored 90 goals and added 45 assists for 225 points. She was named all-conference during all four years of her high school career. Hammond was named to the all-region team her junior year and was named Offensive MVP all four years.
I chose Catawba because I loved how the campus was set up and how everyone knew each other. The professors interact with every single one of their students and the smallness of the school was going to be a good fit for me. Also I got a good inside look on Catawba before even applying when I did the soccer ID camps. The team was so close and had a good bond. I knew then that the school would be the exact same and I could really see myself as a student on the campus.
MEREDITH STEWART - Midfielder - North Carolina Fusion
Stewart is a midfielder from West Forsyth High School. Stewart’s club team were state cup semifinalists in 2018 and her high school team won a state championship in 2017. She was a two-time all-conference member (2017 and 2019) and led the conference in assists in 2018. Throughout her career, Stewart tallied 18 goals and 47 assists for 83 points.
I chose Catawba as a result of the warmth I felt from the staff and the students, the chance to serve the community, and the strong academic and athletic opportunities provided by the college.
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