Feb. 26, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski and the Saints will welcome seven freshmen to the program this fall. Ashley Carpenter, Kelsey Horst, Kaela Mahoney, Emily Santos, Casey Scott, Michele Tremblay and Madison Vazquez have all returned their binding National Letters of Intent and will comprise the Siena Women's Soccer Class of 2018.
"This is a large class with great talent, versatility and potential," said Karbowski. They are a very intelligent, tactical and possession minded group. They possess a high technical level and combined with great decision making, will impact the team immediately."
A four-time CVAC Section VII All-Star, Carpenter was the 2013 Section VII Division II MVP after scoring 17 goals and adding 15 assists for Seton Catholic. A midfielder and striker from Morrisonville, N.Y., Carpenter amassed 54 goals and 33 assists as a five-year starter and three-time captain. A four-year member of the Nordic Soccer Club team, Carpenter scored 24 goals and added 34 assists in helping guide the squad to a pair of USL Super Y League New England Championships.
"Ashley is a tough, technical and versatile player," noted Karbowski. "Her simple and heady play allows her to step into any position and contribute. She reads the game well and is a decisive ball winner. Ashley brings a variety of qualities that will make her an effective player for the team."
A striker from Chalfont, Pa, Horst helped guide Central Bucks West to a pair of state quarterfinals appearances. A two-time All-Suburban One Continental All-Star Honorable Mention and captain, she played her club soccer for FC Bucks En Fuego. Horst led her club team to a pair of EPYSA State Championships and was team captain the past five years and the leading scorer each of the last four.
"Kelsey brings great speed and pace to the offensive end," explained Karbowski. "She can play out wide or as a striker equally well. She can make dynamic runs with and without the ball which will provide quality attacking opportunities. Kelsey plays with a great attitude and commitment for the game."
Mahoney hails from McLean, Va. where she was a contributor on McLean's district championship team as a sophomore and runner-up her junior year. Mahoney played her club soccer with Arlington Flame which won the 2013 Jefferson Cup and CCL Fall Girls Showcase.
"Kaela is a very technical player who reads the game exceptionally well," said Karbowski. "Tactically she is a good decision maker who plays simple and has experience in the midfield or as a defender. Kaela's consistency and ability to play different positions will allow her to make an immediate impact with her quality as a possession player."
A goalkeeper from Mahwah, N.J., Santos made 65 saves last fall in leading Mahwah to a 13-7-1 record and an appearance in the sectional semifinals. A First Team All-League selection, she was a part of Mahwah's 2010 state championship team. Santos played her club soccer for Albertson Fury which won the 2013 ECNL National Championship.
"Emily is a talented and athletic goalkeeper," noted Karbowski. "She has a tremendous drive, work ethic and commitment. Emily has a unique ability to power dive which allows her great range to cover the goal. Her speed and athleticism will be a great asset to the goalkeeping core."
A Division I First Team All-State selection, Scott captained Exeter High (N.H.) to the No. 1 national ranking for eight weeks last fall. The Kensington, N.H. native helped guide Exeter to a 43-game winning streak and a pair of New Hampshire State Cup Championships. Scott played her club soccer for 2012 NEWSS and Disney Showcase Champions Seacoast United which also produced current Saints Taylor Booth and Anna Grant and fellow incoming classmate Tremblay.
"Casey is a technical, possession-minded player, explained Karbowski. " She has a great touch on the ball, shows patience to possess and makes very good decisions. As a striker she has the ability to combine with and set up her teammates and create scoring opportunities. Casey will provide quality decisions and sharp passing to build and create in the attacking third."
A 2013 All-American runner-up and NSCAA All-Region I selection, Tremblay amassed 104 goals and 64 assists during four varsity seasons at Goffstown (N.H.) High. A two-time captain, Tremblay was also named a 2013 All-New England and three-time First Team All-State selection. She won seven state championships in her eight years with Seacoast United and also played five years for the New Hampshire ODP team. Tremblay was also an All-State selection in track and field where she was the 2013 state champion in the 300-meter.
"Michele is a very creative and intelligent central midfielder," said Karbowski. She makes her teammates better with her timing and accurate passing, ability to create off the dribble and her work rate off the ball and defensively. Michele's technical ability and high fitness level will allow her to make an immediate impact on the field for us."
A native of West Babylon, N.Y., Vasquez was a three-time All-County, All-Conference and All-League selection. She played her club soccer for the Massapequa Stars which reached the top ranking in New York and were a two-time National Elite Women's Soccer Showcase Finalist. A three-time ODP selection, Vasquez was also a two-time All-League selection in basketball.
"Madison plays with a great presence in the middle of the field," noted Karbowski. "She is equally effective as a central midfielder or center back. She is very technical, distributes the ball very well and is tough on tackles and in the air. Madison's versatility and well-rounded talent will make her a valuable addition to the team."
"Each of these players has displayed great character, enthusiasm and excitement about joining the Siena Women's Soccer program," added Karbowski. "We welcome this class and look forward to their contributions to our future success as we work our way towards MAAC Championships!"
The incoming freshman class joins a Siena Women's Soccer program which posted an 11-9-1 overall record last fall and advanced to the semifinals of the MAAC Championships.