Stetson women’s soccer head coach Manoj Khettry and assistant coach Stephanie Demake are proud to introduce 15 newcomers that will join the Hatters program for the 2014 season, as announced Friday morning.
Casey Baker (Cumming, Ga.), Sarah Collins (Loxahatchee, Fla.), Brianna Hamson (Tampa, Fla.), Kendall Harmon (Tampa, Fla.), Anna Higdon (Catonsville, Md.), Karlie Hightower (Carrollton, Ga.), Ashley Ingolia (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Kathryn Kelley (Matthews, N.C.), Briana Kulisch (Ashburn, Va.), Annette Morton (Lakeside, Calif.), Meredith Sinak (St. Louis, Mo.), Kahri Smith (Fountain Hills, Ariz.), Adrianna Suarez (Kingwood, Texas), Katlyn Sullivan (Fort Myers Beach, Fla.), and Allison Zaccheo (Hanson, Mass.) have all chosen attend Stetson in the fall of 2014.
"Obviously we're excited about bringing in our first recruiting class," Khettry said. "It is a really large class. With 15 student-athletes, it is the largest class that I've ever recruited. From top to bottom they give us a great deal of experience. This class makes our team more competitive right away by the sheer numbers, but also by the quality of the players we brought in."
Hometown: Cumming, Ga.
High School: Lambert HS
HS Coach: Scott Luthart
Club Team: Gwinnett Soccer Assoc. ECNL
Club Coach: Andy Trevors
Parents: Jim and Joanne Baker
Baker helped lead Lambert High School to a 45-12-3 record over the last three seasons, earning regional championships in both 2011 and 2013. This past season she earned the Silver Boot Award for Georgia Class 6A after scoring five goals and recording nine assists. She participated with the Georgia State ODP team in 2010. Baker chose Stetson for its combination of great academics, high level of soccer, and highly regarded coach. Her father, two uncles, and cousin all played collegiate basketball.
Chose Stetson over: Jacksonville State, Colgate
Khettry: "Casey is a technical, hard, and versatile player. We can see Casey playing as an outside back and anywhere in the midfield. Because Casey is a complete player, she gives us a lot of options in how to best utilize her skill-set and I think she has the capability to play as a forward as well. She can strike the ball and is a threat to score goals from outside the box. We like her competitiveness and I know she will find time on the field, we’re just not sure in what position that will be her first year."
Hometown: Loxahatchee, Fla.
High School: The Kings Academy
HS Coach: Craig McMahon
Club Team: Team Boca
Club Coach: Joe Connon
Parents: Lenny and Fatma Collins
Collins comes to Stetson after leading The Kings Academy to a pair of district championships and a regional championship in 2011. She was a multiple First Team All-County selection, was named the Kings Academy MVP in 2011, and earned the Scholar Athlete Award from the school in 2013. Over the last two seasons she has scored 55 goals and recorded 35 assists at Kings. While playing club for Team Boca she helped the team to Orange Classic and Disney Qualifiers Championships. She also participated with the Florida ODP team and was a member of the Region III Pool in 2010.
Chose Stetson over: Coastal Carolina, N.C. State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Florida, UNCG, Jacksonville State, High Point, George Mason
Khettry: "Sarah is a big, fast, athletic left-footed player who will be difficult for defenders to deal with for 90 minutes. She is the type of forward that can take people on and create opportunities off the dribble with her crossing and her movement off the ball. We are hoping she adapts quickly to the college game and our style of play and we expect her to score goals and help create goal scoring opportunities for others. I see her competing for a starting position immediately."
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: Walter Sickles High School
HS Coach: George Arroyo
Club Team: VSI W. Florida Flames ECNL
Club Coach: Rhys Lloyd
Parents: William Hamson and Mary Cunningham-Hamson
Hamson is coming off of a season in which she helped lead Walter Sickles HS to the regional quarterfinals and a 10-6-1 record. She scored 15 goals and had two assists while earning FHSAA Class 4A All-Western Conference First Team honors in 2013, and was an all-county honorable mention with seven goals and 12 assists in 2012. Playing club with VSI, she won the FYSA State Cup and the Florida Cup, and the team was a semifinalist at the ECNL National Finals, and a quarterfinalist at the PDA Showcase. Hamson also participated with the Florida ODP team and was a member of the Region III Pool from 2010-12.
Chose Stetson over: LSU, Alabama, USF, North Florida, UCF, Miami, FGCU, Georgia Southern, FIU
Khettry: "Bri is crafty, technical, and very good on the ball. She is very good under pressure, has good vision, and is a good crosser of the ball. She is a clever player in the attacking third and I think she will help us create more goal scoring chances. She can shoot from distance and is really good at combining with others in tight spaces. If she comes in fit, I believe she will have a great chance to have an immediate impact for us as an attacker."
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
High School: H.B. Plant High School
HS Coach: Pam Smith
Club Team: Tampa Bay United Premier
Club Coach: Jim Cote
Parents: Thomas and Deanna Harmon
Harmon was an all-county honorable mention and a “Top Player to Watch” by the Tampa Tribune while playing high school soccer at Plant High School. With an overall record of 30-6-3 over the last two seasons, her squad was the regional runner-up in 2012-13. Harmon’s Tampa Bay United club team is currently ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the Southeast Region. In the spring of 2013 they were a Southeast Region Finalist. Harmon chose Stetson because of its excellent academic reputation and the great soccer program.
Chose Stetson over: Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic
Khettry: "Kendall is the right kind of person for our program. She has a great work ethic, as well as a positive outlook and attitude. She is athletic, fit, and will certainly help us in the back and provide us with depth and be another option as an attacking outside defender. She is the kind of person that most programs look for because she is so good for our team culture and our team chemistry."
Hometown: Catonsville, Md.
High School: Catonsville High School
HS Coach: James Fitzpatrick
Club Team: Maryland United ECNL
Club Coach: Win Puffer
Parents: Daniel and Laura Higdon
Higdon is a three-time all-county and all-division honoree from Maryland. She also earned All-Metro honors from the Baltimore Sun and was named All-State as a senior. Higdon led Catonsville to a Class 4A County Championship, a Region Championship, and a State Final. In 2013 the team finished ranked fourth in the state with a record of 17-2-0, the school’s most successful season. Higdon finished her senior year with three goals and 11 assists. She also participated with Maryland’s ODP team in 2012 and 2013 and was a member of the Region I Pool in 2012. Higdon chose Stetson because she wanted to play for a soccer program that competes at a high level while getting a great education.
Chose Stetson over: Virginia Commonwealth, Longwood
Khettry: "Anna is technically very good, she's left-footed, and she's an excellent passer of the ball. Her tireless ability to get up and down the flank will be an asset, as will her ability to connect passes on a consistent basis. While she isn’t the biggest player, she is tough physically and is a solid 1v1 defender. She gives us an immediate option as a left-back and I know she will fit into our style of play and our system very quickly."
Hometown: Carrollton, Ga.
High School: Carrollton High School
HS Coach: Drew Ebensberger
Club Team: Southern Soccer Academy
Club Coach: Ben Parks
Parents: Bryant and Cathy Hightower
Hightower comes to Stetson after playing at Carrollton High School in Georgia. There she helped lead her team to a 42-15-2 overall record over the last three seasons. She has also played club soccer for the Southern Soccer Academy since 2009. Hightower was selected to a high school all-star game, the Super Y ODP camp, and was the Tournament MVP at the Triangle Friendlies. She chose Stetson because she felt at home from the first moment she stepped on campus.
Chose Stetson over: Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama
Khettry: "Karlie is incredibly hardworking, solid off her line, good with her feet, and a good communicator and organizer. She will help us daily in training because of her competitiveness and her willingness to make others around her better. She has the potential to compete for playing time immediately, just like the other goalkeepers, and I know we are all going to appreciate her personality as a member of our team. She is another person who will help the culture of our program and our team chemistry."
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
High School: Rolling Meadows High School
HS Coach: Jeff Adkins
Club Team: NSA Premier
Club Coach: Bonnie Young
Parents: Jim and Lauren Ingolia
Ingolia played high school soccer at Rolling Meadows in Illinois and played club for NSA Premier. With NSA she has won the Illinois State Championship each of the last three seasons, and won the Regional Championship in 2013. The team advanced as a Nationals participant in addition to winning the MRL Championship, and placing first in the National League. Ingolia also participated with Illinois ODP and was a member of the Region II B Pool in 2011. She chose Stetson because she really liked the atmosphere of the team and the coaching staff.
Chose Stetson over: Western Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Florida Atlantic
Khettry: "Ashley is courageous and extremely athletic. She is aggressive, quick, and explosive between the pipes and will compete for a starting position immediately. She is a confident goalkeeper, great with her feet and at directing and communicating with her defenders, and very solid at crosses. While her size may seem like an issue, all goalkeepers have aspects of their style that they must compensate for. For Ashley, she is going to have to read play and be closer to her line when players get into shooting range, but she has excellent hands and a confident ability to deal with balls in traffic and deal with high shots."
Hometown: Matthews, N.C.
High School: Porter Ridge High School
HS Coach: Ron Ladimir
Club Team: Lake Norman SC
Club Coach: Philip Poole
Parents: Kevin and Sally Kelley
Kelley is coming off of a junior year in 2013 in which she scored 21 goals and had 12 assists at Porter Ridge High School. She is currently eighth in school history for career goals scored. Kelley led Porter Ridge to a Southern Conference 4A Championship in 2011, and helped the team advance to the 4A Playoffs each of the last three years. She participated with the North Carolina ODP Team from 2010 to 2012. Kelley chose Stetson because of its academics, the size of the schools, and the soccer program.
Chose Stetson over: UNCG, UNC Asheville, USC Upstate
Khettry: "Kat is working with us this semester and is eager to learn and improve every day. Her work rate and positive attitude are excellent. It will be interesting to see where she is developmentally at the end of the spring, and we are hopeful that the experience she receives this semester will allow her to help us improve as a program."
Hometown: Ashburn, Va.
High School: Briar Woods High School
HS Coach: Ann Vierkorn
Club Team: Bethesda Soccer Club ECNL
Club Coach: Ellis Pierre
Parents: Eric and Monica Kulisch
Kulisch played high school soccer at Briar Woods where she helped lead the team to the Region II Quarterfinals in 2011. She also plays club soccer for the Bethesda Freedom and previously for the highly ranked Braddock Road Youth Club. With BRYC she won the Washington Area Girls Soccer Division I league, U.S. Soccer's Regional Championship, and the Richmond Kicker Invitational. Kulisch chose Stetson because the academics, the beautiful campus, and the soccer program were a perfect fit.
Chose Stetson over: Longwood, Radford, Lehigh
Khettry: "Bri is a holding midfielder with a good range of passing and vision. She plays simply which allows her to complete a high number of passes. She has a very good ability to switch the point of attack, and much like our current midfielders, wants to be a part of the attack. I am hopeful that she will provide us with depth and options in midfield, as we were very thin in that position this past fall. I think Bri has a lot of potential to continue to improve as a player and very much like Carmen Bernecker, she can be special technically."
Hometown: Lakeside, Calif.
High School: Granite Hills High School
HS Coach: Elio Bello
Club Team: Albion SC
Club Coach: Tony Scheri
Parents: James and Lucy Morton
Morton comes to Stetson after playing high school soccer at Granite Hills in Southern California. There she was named Most Valuable Player, First Team, and Player of the Year. She also received Outstanding Athlete recognition. While playing club soccer with Albion SC, Morton won the Albion Tournament, the Legends Tournament, and the November Nights Showcase. She also won the Eclipse College Showcase, the Las Vegas Players Showcase, the SD United Tournament, and the Eagles Cup with SD United. She chose Stetson because it has a beautiful campus, competitive soccer, and a prime location.
Chose Stetson over: Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Northern Colorado
Khettry: "Annette is a fantastic athlete with a tireless work rate. She is technically sound, strong, fit and very composed on the ball. We can see Annette playing a variety of positions on all three lines. Because of her versatility, I think Annette is going to get on the field quickly. Where Annette will play is not certain, but we know and expect that she will be on the field for us on a consistent basis and be a solid contributor her freshmen year."
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Ursuline Academy
HS Coach: Annie Beekman
Club Team: St. Louis Scott Gallagher
Club Coach: Tony Grasso
Parents: Scott Sinak and Lisa Cassidy
Sinak played high school soccer at Ursuline Academy where she was named team captain in 2013 and 2014. Playing club ball with St. Louis Scott Gallagher, Sinak won the Missouri State Cup three straight years. In 2013 they were a Region II Semifinalist, and in the summer of 2014 the team will challenge for the Region II title again. The squad also won the Disney Showcase in 2013. Sinak also participated with the Missouri ODP team. She chose Stetson because she felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and the other recruits when she attended an ID Camp.
Chose Stetson over: Belmont, Austin Peay, Western Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Ball State
Khettry: "Meredith is hardworking, quick, and a good defender. She will definitely add to our attack as she is a very good passer of the ball and works hard up and down the flank. Meredith is going to compete for playing time immediately and our hope is that even if she isn’t starting, that she is getting playing time and allowing us to have great depth and versatility with our defenders. I like Meredith’s potential and her upside, and I think she is another player who is going to continue to improve during her four years of college."
Hometown: Fountain Hills, Ariz.
High School: Fountain Hills High School
HS Coach: Alison Mabery
Club Team: Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks
Club Coach: Vic Davidson
Parents: Tim and Deb Smith
Smith comes to Stetson after a high school career at Fountain Hills in Arizona. There she led her team to the State Tournament three times as a team captain. Smith was All-State Second Team selection, as well as a First Team All-Region honoree. She recorded over 100 saves in each of her first three seasons at Fountain Hills, including a 198-save season in 2013. Smith has had an astounding 33 shutouts in four seasons of high school soccer. She chose Stetson because of its high level of academics and the soccer program.
Chose Stetson over: Northern Arizona, Nevada
Khettry: "Kahri is long, athletic, and good fundamentally. We are very excited about her potential. She has the size and the physical tools to be a starting goalkeeper immediately and will compete to do so. She has the frame to deal with and dominate crosses in the box and is very solid with her feet. If Kahri can continue to improve her presence and organize her defenders and be a consistent communicator, I believe she has the tools to be a very good Division 1 goalkeeper. She certainly has the mentality and work-rate to do so."
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
High School: Kingwood High School
HS Coach: Donnie Bodron
Club Team: Challenge Soccer Club ECNL
Club Coach: Pat O’Toole
Parents: Jose and Frederika Suarez
Suarez is a three-time all-district selection from Texas. While playing high school soccer at Kingwood, she also earned Academic All-District honors, the Varsity “K” Award, and First Team All-Region honors. This season she has already been named to the National Elite Prep Showcase All-Tournament Team. Kingwood has accumulated a record of 66-10-5 and made it to the regional finals three times during Suarez’s first three seasons. She has played with Texas HeatWave, Challenge Kingwood, and Challenge SC for club soccer, winning the President’s Cup State Championship and earning fifth place at Nationals.
Chose Stetson over: Rice, SMU, Wyoming, Southern Mississippi
Khettry: "Adrianna is a very talented and skillful midfielder. She has a great attacking mentality, excellent vision, and a terrific range of passing. She is also great in the air, displays great leadership potential, and coming from the ECNL environment and from such a storied club as the Challenge SC, she will be well prepared for this level. We expect Adrianna to compete for a starting position in the middle of midfield immediately. Our hope is that she can help us create more goal-scoring opportunities and score a few goals from midfield, as well as off of set-pieces with her head. She is another player who will add a lot of positive energy to our team and help our team culture and competitiveness."
Hometown: Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
High School: Bishop Verot High School
HS Coach: Randy Zavada
Club Team: VSI W. Florida Flames ECNL
Club Coach: Sam Mitchell
Parents: Peter and Mary Sullivan
Sullivan comes to Stetson after earning District Player of the Year and Second Team All-State honors while at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers. The last two seasons Sullivan has recorded 57 goals and 11 assists, finishing 2013-14 alone with 36 in the back of the net, helping her team advance to the Final Four. She played with the Florida ODP Team and the Region III Team. Sullivan will be going on a trip to Italy this April with the Region II team, and was invited to the U.S. National Training Center games in Jacksonville. She also ran cross country and track at Bishop Verot, earning Class 4A All-Area and All-State honors. She chose Stetson because of the beautiful campus, the stellar academics, and the future of the soccer program.
Chose Stetson over: USF, Florida State, FGCU, VCU
Khettry: "Katie is fast, athletic and comes with a great deal of experience from the ODP Regional level. Katie has a good attitude to attack, beat players 1v1, and create goal scoring opportunities for herself and for others. It’s going to be nice to have another speedster up front to challenge opposing team’s restraining lines because she is a threat to get behind defenders with and without the ball. Katie is also versatile and has played outside back at the Regional level; so she is another player who gives us options."
Hometown: Hanson, Mass.
High School: Notre Dame Academy
HS Coach: Liz Mustafoski
Club Team: Scorpions/Breakers Academy ECNL
Club Coach: Sydney Stoll
Parents: Joseph and Denise Zaccheo
Zaccheo helped lead Notre Dame Academy to the Division 2 State Championship with a record of 21-2-0 as a senior in 2013. She also reached the Division 1 State Tournament first round or quarterfinals each of her first three seasons. Zaccheo earned Eastern Massachusetts All-Star honors and was an All-Scholastic Honorable Mention in 2013. She totaled a staggering 73 assists to go along with 26 goals during her four year high school career. Playing club soccer with Scorpions SC, she advanced to the State Cup Semifinals, to go along with winning the Jefferson Cup, the MPS Thanksgiving Showcase, and the Scorpion Bowl.
Chose Stetson over: Cornell, Northeastern, NJIT
Khettry: "Allison has an absolutely great attitude, work rate and is incredibly versatile. She has a lot of potential to impact our program as a defender or forward because of her pace, technical ability, and tenacity. She has a contagiously positive attitude and is usually always smiling. I know we are going to enjoy working with her and I know our team is going to enjoy having her be a part of our program. I think Allison is still learning how to be an attacker, but she is clever off the ball and I know she is the kind of forward who will be difficult to defend for an entire match. Once again, Allison is going to give us immediate depth and compete for playing time. Our hope is that like the other attackers, she will create goal-scoring chances for others and score some goals herself."