Feb. 26, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski has announced his incoming recruiting class. Kristen Connors, Andrea Pereira and Tara Sobierajski will comprise the Saints' Class of 2017.
"We are very excited and looking forward to this class joining our soccer program at Siena College," said Karbowski. "Kristen, Andrea and Tara are individuals of high character that will bring great personalities to the team. The variety of skills they possess will impact the team in every area and contribute immediately to our success."
A local product from Clifton Park, N.Y., Connors continues a long line of Shenedehowa grads to play under Karbowski, himself a former Plainsman. A midfielder and striker, Connors was a three-time New York State, Section II and Suburban Council All-Star. Voted the Times Union Large School Emerging Star in 2010, Connors plays her club soccer for New York Elite.
"Kristen is a very intelligent and savvy player," notes Karbowski. "She has a great understanding of time and space and makes great decisions on and off the ball. Her athletic ability and competitiveness always have her in the right spot to impact the game. Kristen will play a role in the midfield or as a striker that will allow her to impact the team in possession, linking up passes and providing quality decisions going forward in the offensive third and around the goal."
Pereira joins the Saints from Chester, N.Y. where she broke Monroe-Woodbury's scoring record with 68 goals including 25 during her senior year. A First Team All-State, All-Region and All-County selection, she was also named an MSG Varsity Top-20 Hudson Valley soccer player and a Varsity 845 First Team honoree. Pereira played five years at the ODP state level and was a Region I Tournament selectee.
"Andrea is an attacking player who has the versatility to play any offensive role," commented Karbowski. "She plays with great pace, a high energy level and enthusiasm. Her ability to run at defenders with the ball and run onto a pass in space will provide an immediate threat in the offensive end. Andrea has the skill level to score goals from distance and finish opportunities in the box."
A native of Rockaway, N.J., Sobierajski was a three-time All-State selection for Morris Catholic. A center back, she also possessed high scoring potential tallying 53 goals and 69 assists as a two-time team captain. Last fall Sobierajski led her school to the New Jersey Non-Public B State Championship and was named the Morris County Coaches Association Player of the Year and was tabbed the Morris County Player of the Year by both the Newark Star Ledger and Daily Record. Sobierajski, who led her SDFC Lynx club team to a pair of New Jersey State Cup Championships and both a U.S. Club Region A and Region I Premier League Championships last fall, was also named a Third Team All-State selection by the Newark Star Ledger.
"Tara is a very complete player both technically and tactically," said Karbowski. "She has a great understanding for the game and makes great decisions with the ball. Her best qualities may be her composure and calming influence that she brings to the field as a central defender. Tara is a confident player who will make an immediate impact to the team both on and off the field."
Siena's incoming freshman class joins a Siena Women's Soccer program which finished with a 6-11-1 overall record last fall including a 2-6-1 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.