With the season still months away, the women’s soccer team here at Clarion University is still busy at work.
This past March, the team saw nine new players commit to joining coach Sean Esterhuizen and the Golden Eagles next fall.
The class boasts loads of potential and herald from several different states, and should contribute right away with the team losing only a single senior to graduation.
Starting in the back, Clarion will return all starters, but will see depth increase as five of the commitments are in this area.
The Golden Eagles added goalkeeper Brigid Stermel from Philadelphia to better support current starter and soon-to-be sophomore Krista Mosi.
Stermel was All-Philadelphia Catholic in her final three seasons of high school.
In addition, Clarion added four defensive players: Andie Hill (Salamanca, NY), Jess Kenny (Mesiah College), Krissie Miranda (Santa Maria, CA) and Anna Sheen (St. Charles, IL).
Standouts of this area of the class include Kenny, a transfer athlete who spent time with one of the best division three soccer clubs in the area.
In addition, Miranda will bring depth at the outside back role for Esterhuizen, which is tradionally a tough role on the field.
Head coach Esterhuizen said, “Krissie is a tough and physical back, who will contribute to our defense.”
In the midfield, the Golden Eagles will again return all of its starters, but will add three new faces to the area.
Jamey Renninger (Lock Haven, PA), and a captain at her high school should add to the team’s depth.
“Jamey is a dynamic player who never stops running, and she will enhance our midfield” said Esterhuizen.
Another player to don the Clarion colors will be Meliah Roman (Elyria, OH), who was an All-Confernce selection this past year.
The last recruit for the midfield area is Elle Stine (West York, PA), who was a four year starter in high school.
Last but not least are the future strikers for the Golden Eagles soccer club.
This area includes just one player, Casey Thomas (Canton, OH), who was a two-year captain and All Division in her high school career.
Esterhuizen said, “Casey brings pace and a tremendous shot to her game as a forward.”
Esterhuizen will lead a young Clarion roster going into his third season with the Golden Eagles, looking to build on the team improvement the previous two years.
The Golden Eagles return many of its statistical catergory leaders for the 2016 season.
McKenzie Sheesley, Alissa Spencer and Aaliyah Odom all tied for the team lead in goals last year with three tallies each.
Marina Kelly returns with the second most points on the team with eight.