Feb. 16, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski has released his incoming recruiting class. The Saints will welcome seven freshmen to campus this fall which will comprise the program's Class of 2016.
Siena's incoming freshman class consists of Allison Clark, Cassy Landis, Kirby O'Keefe, Kelly Ristoff, Liz Rogan, Kensey Waterman and Michelle Yanniello.
"I'm very excited about the potential impact that this class will provide with their versatility, athleticism and technical level," said Karbowski. "They have all displayed great character, commitment and an enthusiasm for Siena Soccer. With a youthful but experienced group returning, this class will be a great compliment to recapturing recent success."
A 5'5" back from Bryn Mawr, Pa., Clark was a four-year starter and served as team captain her senior year for Archbishop Carroll High. A two-time Philadelphia All-Catholic First Team selection, she also earned All-Main Line Honors three times. As a senior last fall, Clark was named to the Times Herald and All-Main Line Second Teams. Clark also played five years of club soccer with the FC Delco 94's Force which competes in the prestigious ECNL National League.
"Allison is a technically sound and tactically strong defender," noted Karbowski. "She reads the game extremely well and will not allow much behind her. In addition to her stingy defending, Allison gets forward in the attack and makes very good decisions on the ball."
Landis is a 5'6" striker from Dallastown, Pa. and is set to begin her senior season on the pitch for Dallastown High this spring. She has led Dallastown to the program's first three ever YAIAA League Championships and been recognized as an All-League YAIAA selection each year. A two-time York Daily Record Division I All-Star, Landis has played two years at the ODP level and has been a six-year member of the Pennsylvania Soccer Academy Club Team.
"Cassy is a very talented striker," said Karbowski. "Her great speed, explosiveness and athleticism will allow her to make an immediate impact this fall. Cassy combines her athleticism with a technical and tactical awareness around the goal to provide goal scoring opportunities."
A 5'7" midfielder from Wethersfield, Conn., O'Keefe was a captain and four-year starter at Wethersfield High. During both her junior and senior seasons she was named All-Conference, Class L All-State and a Hartford Courant All-Courant selection. An eight-year member of her Soccerplus CT club team, O'Keefe was a two-year captain of the squad which competed in the ECNL.
"Kirby is a very intelligent, athletic and technically sound central player," noted Karbowski. "She is a versatile center midfielder who defends well and is good in the air. Kirby reads the game well and can get forward with and without the ball."
Ristoff is a 5'2" forward from Syracuse, N.Y. and played five years of varsity soccer at Westhill High. She scored 15 goals and finished with 18 points while serving as team captain last fall and finished her high school career with 70 goals and 35 assists. A two-time First Team All-CNY selection, she was named the OHSL Liberty League Co-Player of the Year, First Team All-State and an NSCAA All-Region II Team selection last fall. A nine-year member of her Empire United Soccer Academy club team which also competed in the ECNL, Ristoff led her team to two State Cup Championships and the US Club National Championship in 2010.
"Kelly is a physically strong player who can play equally well as a target striker and running on to the ball," said Karbowski. "She is great in the air with her aggressiveness and will to compete. Kelly is well versed technically to play in the midfield or defensively as well."
Rogan is coming off a highly decorated senior season in goal for Saratoga Springs High. A 5'7" native of nearby Wilton, N.Y., Rogan was named both the Times Union Section II Class AA and Suburban Council Player of the Year. The New York Section II Class AA Player of the Year and All-Star selection last fall, Rogan led the No. 2 state ranked Blue Streaks to the Section II Class AA semifinals each of the past two seasons. A three-year standout for her NY Elite FC club squad, Rogan led her team to the finals of the 2011 U18 Scorpion Bowl and No. 11 national ranking in the 2011 US Club Soccer Super-20 League.
"Liz is a very well-rounded goalkeeper," said Karbowski. "She has great presence both vocally and with her positioning. Liz's work rate, training habits and technical ability will be a great addition and allow her to compete immediately."
A 5'3" back from Canton, Mass., Waterman led Canton High to the State Championship Game last fall. Waterman tallied 21 goals and 38 assists during her career with the Bulldogs and was named an Eastern Mass All-Star as a senior. A two-time Hockomock League All-Star, Waterman guided Canton to a pair of Hockomock League Championships. Waterman played eight years of club soccer for the Scorpions Soccer Club in the ECNL, leading them to a No. 44 national ranking and No. 2 state ranking last season.
"Kensey is a very skillful and versatile player," noted Karbowski. "She is a sure-footed defender with the ability to get forward with pace. Kensey is a very good decision maker and can start the attack with quality passing or on the dribble."
Yanniello is a 5'2" midfielder from Kings Park High in Kings Park, N.Y. A two-year captain, Yanniello was named All-County as a senior and was a two-time Suffolk County All-Conference selection. Named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Kings Park High, Yanniello led her team to its first league championship in 12 years. Yanniello played three years of club soccer for the Farmingdale Freedom.
"Michelle is a quick and dynamic width player," said Karbowski. "She possesses a great combination of speed and 1 v 1 ability to give her options in the offensive third to provide crosses and go to the goal. Michelle has a strong work ethic and a relentless desire to compete."
Siena's incoming freshman class joins a program which finished 7-7-3 overall last fall and 2-4-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.