LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern women's soccer head coach Paul Lawrence has announced the seven incoming student-athletes who will join the Mocs program for the fall 2019 season. In this group of seven, three signees this year are from Florida. The class also features strong talent from the Midwest, a group that includes two players from Illinois, and one from Minnesota. A West Coast representative and transfer from the state of Washington rounds out the class.
"Going into my third season it was important we added players who would impact our roster immediately at this level." Lawrence stated. "We are happy with how it shaped up, it's a collection of talent that will once again give us competition for place and options. Without putting too much pressure on this group, it's important to realize we just graduated some impact players in key spots but feel confident several from this class can step into those shoes immediately"
Jenny Staten – FC United DA, IL
I had been actively recruiting in Illinois ever since I left my previous position at Knox College, so it was natural to keep those connections alive and stay connected to the ECNL and DA programs in Illinois. Jenny was a name given to me after I had expressed a desire to bring in a Goalkeeper that was playing at the highest domestic level here in the US. After impressing during a tryout it was clear Jenny was our main target during the search process, and thankfully we managed to secure her signature after fighting off a few D-I programs locally to her. Jenny is a fearless and commanding GK, her overall shot-stopping ability and quickness was appealing to us.
Kailin Wiley – Edmonds CC, WA
We feel very fortunate to have secured the services of Kailin. Early on we knew we wanted to add some experience within our 2019 class, ideally in a 4-year or 2-year transfer. Our target was to find a Forward with a proven track record. These players are hard to come by, and highly sought after. Coach Ian Brophy was instrumental in using his West Coast and Pacific Northwest College ties to locate Kailin. Kailin had a tremendous goal scoring record in her first season with Edmonds Community College, scoring 16 goals and was named the NWAC Sports North Region MVP. Her overall athletic tools fit our style of play and conference very well. We knew instantly it was a great match and fit for Kailin to join us.
Jill Kinstler – Florida Fire Juniors, FL
What a story Jill is. It's a great example of patience and timing, we are happy it all worked out. Both her mother and older sister attended Florida Southern College, it's a legacy that was an instant connection for us. Jill is someone of high character, a class act kid in all departments. Jill has improved athletically so much in the past two years, we had known about her for some time and remained patient as we watched her develop. Her club team is well coached which kept her in a competitive team environment. We expect Jill to really thrive in our college training setting and grow into a talented defender.
Kim Ciarcia – Space Coast United, FL
We identified Kim as a player of interest very early on during her sophomore year after watching her play at several major events regionally. With starting center backs leaving on the horizon, we knew we needed a commanding center back in 2019 who could dominate the opposition and be ready to play as a freshman. Physically Kim has the tools to be successful at this level, she is a powerful center back who is comfortable with the ball at her feet. We knew in signing Kim what we were getting, someone who would be ready to help us. We have a tremendous amount of respect for her club coach, someone who has really developed her game and improved her.
Claire Maple – White Bear SC, MN
After catching our initial attention at an event in Florida, we got a better look at Claire when she attended our ID Camp during her Junior year. Claire stood out instantly with her energetic and overall technical style of play in the midfield. She covers spaces well, can sit deeper or drive the midfield with her energy. Overall we felt her tools would fit our team dynamic and give her a great chance at being successful in our conference. Claire was fortunate to play on a very successful team in Minnesota comprised of players committed to high-level D-I and D-II programs across the nation. It's obvious that winning traditional at the club level has prepared her for competitive soccer.
Erika Casadevall – Weston FC
After watching her play at a local event, Erika featured at our summer ID camp and really caught our attention. She reminded us instantly of a very successful defender who graduated from our roster, we left all in agreement she would shape into a talented defender if we added her. Erika as a defender reads the game fanatically well, she makes such good decisions which really impressed our staff. She comes with a physical edge, strong 1v1 in a tackle, and plays a technical game out the back. Her overall range of passing and ball retention will massively help us defensively.
Courtney Chomko – FC Lake County, IL
Chomko gave us a nice surprise when she returned to a winter ID camp and stole the show. After previously raising our curiosity, it was the second showing that really made us take notice. She plays with a freedom and creative flair that is harder to find these days. Courtney is full of ideas, but has an end product to her body of work. Her dynamic and direct style of play will hurt teams. We are really looking forward to shaping her career and developing her game. Courtney is already a star at the HS level, we want to help her make that transition into the college game now.