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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s soccer head coach Naomi Kolarova has announced her recruiting class for the 2019-2020 season.
After losing 11 players following her first season in charge, Kolarova has brought in four transfers and six true freshman, including three international players.
Chloé Dion, Goalkeeper, Mirabel, Québec, Canada
Chloé Dion, a goalkeeper from the French-speaking region of Québec, Canada, has the potential to be a quality starter for the Governors. Dion’s club team was the Canadian national champions three years in a row from 2015-17 and she was part of the Québec Provincial Team for four seasons, including traveling to Belgium for a tournament.
Dion was also a member of Canada’s National Training Center and was nominated for the Golden Glove in Québec, an award given to the best goalkeeper in the province. Dion attended Georges Vanier High School and had the best average of goals conceded in the league for three straight years (2015-17).
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Chloé Dion
Karley Roberts, Defender, San Antonio, Texas
Karley Roberts is one of two players from Texas that will be joining the Govs in the fall. The San Antonio native attended Antonian College Preparatory High School, where she was named All-District and All-State all four years of her high school career.
She was also recognized as an Academic All-State Athlete in high school. Roberts played her club ball with Classics Elite in the Elite Clubs National League and also won a National Cup in 2015.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Karley Roberts
Abigail Gemza, Defender, Rosholt, Wisconsin
Abigail Gemza, a Rosholt, Wisconsin native, will be Austin Peay’s first player in 15 years from the Badger State (Jaclyn Lipovsek, 2004). Gemza attended Stevens Point Area Senior High, where she was named both Second-Team and First-Team All-Conference throughout her high school career.
She was also Second Team All-State and was the team’s leading scorer for three of her four years. Gemza’s club team advanced to the Wisconsin State Cup final and she was a member of Wisconsin’s Olympic Development Program for five years. Her good performances in the ODP State Camp led her to receive two invites to attend the Region II ODP Camp, spanning 13 states across the Midwest.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Abigail Gemza
Tara Mannix, Defender/Midfielder, Limerick, Ireland
Tara Mannix will be the second of three internationals to join the Govs next fall, as well as being the first Irish-born player in program history. Mannix, transferring from Limerick Institute of Technology, enjoyed a successful youth career with the Irish Youth National Teams.
She played on the Irish U15 Secondary Schools Team, before graduating to the full U16 and U17 teams and played in the U17 European Championship Qualifiers. Mannix is a versatile player, able to play in defense or in the center of midfield.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Tara Mannix
Maeve Kelly, Midfielder, Nashville, Tennessee
Maeve Kelly, already on the campus of Austin Peay, is an upcoming junior transfer from Chattanooga, where she spent the previous two seasons and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Kelly played 35 games in her two seasons with the Mocs, starting 13 of those.
Kelly attended Franklin Road Academy, where she was a two-time Division II A East/Middle All Region player, leading the team to three Sub-State appearances. Kelly mainly played her club soccer at Tennessee Soccer Club, winning six state titles, a regional title, and a national title in 2017. Kelly also competed in track and field in high school, running the 200m and 400m dashes as well as doing the long and triple jumps.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Maeve Kelly
Ellory Ferris, Central Midfield, Ellensburg, Washington
Ellory Ferris, along with Alexandra Maslowski, joins current players Morgan Drawdy and Kaylee Kraft as players who hail from the Pacific Northwest. Ferris is a transfer from North Idaho College, where she was a two-year starter and captain. She was named to the All-Region team her sophomore year at North Idaho.
Ferris enjoyed an illustrious club career, where she won the Washington State Cup four years in a row. Ferris also was successful playing for her high school, where she was team captain for her junior and senior years. She was named Player of the Year in her conference and also received First-Team All-League honors as a senior.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Ellory Ferris
Alexandra Maslowski, Central Midfield, Kent, Washington
Alexandra Maslowski joins Ferris as the second player from Washington in the class and the final transfer player. Maslowski was previously at Highline College, where she was a part of a team that reached the Northwest Athletic Conference semifinals.
In her prep career at Kentwood High School, she was a three-time Second-Team All-Area honoree and also received First-Team honors her senior year. Maslowski was part of a state champion club team and also helped her club to two Region IV Tournament appearances.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Alexandra Maslowski
Ellie Hawcroft, Midfielder/Forward, Barnsley, England
Ellie Hawcroft, a central midfielder who can also play in an attacking role, rounds out the international signings in Kolarova’s class. Hawcroft attended Barnsley College and captained the England Colleges National Team. Led by Hawcroft, the team won the prestigious Calcio E’ Rosa tournament in Italy. Hawcroft also plays for Sheffield Football Club, recognized by the governing body of the sport, FIFA, for being the oldest soccer team in existence.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Ellie Hawcroft
Jisela Dall, Winger, Rochester, New York
Jisela Dall joins the Govs a promising attacking option for the new campaign. The Greece Athena High School product was named All-County in three of her four years, while captaining the program her junior and senior seasons.
She was a member of New York’s ODP program, winning a Region I championship twice. With her club team, Dall was a two-time Western New York Champion, a Region I US Youth soccer champion, and a two-time participant in the US Youth Soccer National Championship. Dall currently plays for the Western NY Flash in the ECNL.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Jisela Dall
Celeste Espinoza, Forward, Midland, Texas
Celeste Espinoza rounds off the 2019 recruiting class for the Govs. Espinoza has had a unique career, with her high school not offering athletics. Instead, she honed her craft exclusively at the club level. Espinoza, along with Roberts and Dall, also played her club ball in the ECNL. Espinoza’s D’Feeter Soccer Club currently sits in first place in the Texas Conference.
Kolarova’s Thoughts On Celeste Espinoza
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