Women's Soccer Head Coach Woody Sherwood Signs Seven For Next Season
Feb. 18, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier University women's soccer head coach Woody Sherwood is excited about the talented seven-member recruiting class his staff has put together for next season. "We are thrilled to welcome our 2014 class," said Sherwood. "This group brings a wonderful blend of athleticism, skill, competitive mentality and outstanding academic success. We are fortunate to be adding such fine young women to our Xavier family and are excited to have them join us in August."
Carly Alfano, a defender from Belle River, Ontario, Canada, and St. Anne Catholic High School, led her high school team to Southwestern Ontario Secondary School Association Championships in 2011 and 2012, while earning MVP and Tier 1 All-Star honors twice. Alfano plays club soccer for the Michigan Gators FC `96 Orange. She helped her team win Michigan State Cup Championships in 2012 and 2013 and the 2013 Disney Soccer Showcase Championship. Alfano competed in the MRL First Division in 2011 and 2012 and the MRL Premier Division in 2013. In addition to soccer, she competed in cross country, winning Team MVP and Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Association Bronze Medalist honors in 2010 and leading her team to a Southwestern Ontario Secondary School Association Championships in 2011.
"Carly is a very good two way player," said Sherwood. "She can play multiple defensive positions and has an outstanding tactical mind for the game."
Kenadie Carlson, a forward/midfielder from Columbus (Ind.) North High School, led her team as a senior with 18 goals and 11 assists for 47 points, earning ISCA First Team All-State, 2014 NSCAA Girls High School All-Region IV, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Area and Team MVP honors. Carlson, who started every varsity game in her four-year career, finished with 53 career goals. Carlson helped her team win the 2012 Regional Championship and 2011 Conference, Sectional and Regional Championships and a spot in the IHSAA Final Four. Carlson, who played club soccer with Carmel United from 2009-13, is now a member of the Internationals. She also was a part of the 2011 and 2012 Region II Regional Pool of the Olympic Development Program.
"A dynamic wing player who has proven she can score goals," said Sherwood. "It's rare in the women's game to see quality wide service. This is something Kenadie is very capable of."
Skylar Groth, a midfielder from Buffalo Grove (Ill.) High School, earned MSL East Player of the Year honors as well as All-State and All-Conference honors as a junior while leading her team to the state finals, finishing fourth. She earned All-Conference and honorable mention All-Sectional honors as a prep sophomore. On the club soccer front, she won a State Cup Championship and made the Regional Semifinals in 2012. Groth is a part of FC United Select for the 2013-14 season. Groth, an excellent student who is a top student in her class, was named as one of the best 11 players of the 2013 nationals while guest playing with a U18 FC United team.
"Skylar is a crafty playmaker who values possession and changes the point of attack through the midfield at an elite level," said Sherwood. "Her ability to set up teammates in great positions will help us this fall."
Gabby LaMere , a defender/midfielder from Carmel (Ind.) Guerin Catholic High School, started as a freshman, earning ICGSA All-State honors while leading the team to its first ever one-class state final four, becoming the smallest school in state history to do so. As a sophomore, Indiana went to a two-class system and Guerin Catholic was the only school to request and receive permission to stay in the larger class and continue to compete against the larger schools. As a key player, she continued to keep her team ranked in the top 10 teams in the state from her sophomore through her senior years. LaMere earned ISCA All-State and Academic All-State honors as a junior and senior, while being named an Indianapolis Star Super Team Player her junior year and Top Team Player her Senior Year. LaMere played club soccer for Carmel United Elite `96 from U-9 through U-17. When the U-18 team disbanded she began playing with Internationals Soccer Club U-18 year. During her time with Carmel United, her teams won five consecutive State Cup titles, several MRL Premier Division titles as well as reaching the 2009 Regional Finals and the 2011 ECNL A Flight Finals.
"Probably the most improved player in our 2015 class," said Sherwood. "Gabby was very good at U15 when we first saw her but has taken her game to an entirely new level. Her passing ability and composure on the ball will make her an option at a number of positions for us."
Cass Nieman, a midfielder from Madeira (Ohio) High School, had a tremendous prep career, helping her team finish a combined 62-12-10 during her career, winning a state championship as a starting defender her freshman year. She earned a long list of honors during her career, including NSCAA Girls High School All-Region, Division III All-Ohio First Team, Team MVP, Team Captain and Cincinnati Hills League Player of the Year as a senior, while earning Cincinnati Enquirer Division III First Team All-Star honors and First Team All-Cincinnati Hills League honors as both a junior and a senior. Nieman, who currently plays for Ohio's Elite U-18 ECNL team in Cincinnati, played nine years with Cincinnati Soccer Alliance, including playing with the U-19 team at the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Midwest Championships.
"Cass is a hard-nosed player who has spent time at multiple positions," said Sherwood. "Her ability to seamlessly adjust between positions in the same game is something we are very excited about."
Maddie Tierney, a midfielder from Villa Hills (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy, was captain of the 2013 Kentucky State Championship Team, finishing with a final national ranking of 15th. Tierney, who set school records for assists in a season and a career, was a two-time First Team All-State selection, two-time Kentucky Regional Team selection and two-time First Team Academic All-State as a junior and a senior. In her senior year she earned 2013 NSCAA Girls High School All-Region IV Team, Team MVP and Cincinnati Enquirer Northern Kentucky Girls High School Player of the Year honors.
"One of the most athletic players in the class, she also has a work rate unmatched by most players," said Sherwood. "Maddie will be able to compete for us in several positions. She is coming off a year of winning both a club state championship and a high school state championship. That winning mentality will help her immediately.
Brianna Timko, a defender from Girard (Ohio) McDonald High School, is one of the leaders of a team currently ranked fourth in the nation in ECNL. Timko has been a part of four Ohio North State Cup Championship teams and won the 2012 U.S. Club National Championship. Off the field, she has earned the McDonald High School Academic Excellence Recognition four straight years.
"When we first saw Bri, we liked the fact that she could play on the left side, was exceptionally clean on the ball and came forward to help in the attack," said Sherwood. "Playing with the Internationals has given her a ton of high level games which she has taken advantage of developmentally."