Flagler Women's Soccer Announces Recruiting Class
ST. AUGUSTINE − Flagler College head women’s soccer coach Teddy Meyer announced his 2011 recruiting class this afternoon. A total of seven newcomers will join 16 returnees. The newcomers are: Cory Amend, Kaeta Choquette, Dempsey Hall, Christina Kinman, Casey Merson, Katie Mitchell, Kathleen Quillian and Jessie Uvalle.
Amend, a 5-foot-3 defender, comes to Flagler from Palm Harbor
University High School. She helped lead the Hurricanes to
back-to-back state titles – one at 5A (2009) and the other at
6A (2010). Amend was an all-Tampa Bay area, all-Pinellas County and
all-Pinellas County Athletic Conference selection.
“Cory is going to be a quality defender or center midfielder for us,” said Meyer. “She’s a versatile player and is good with the ball at her feet. Cory is a smart player. She doesn’t make many mistakes. Cory will be used at center mid and in the back four over her career at Flagler.”
Choquette, a 5-foot-2 goalkeeper, earned Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Class 5A All-State honors after her senior year at Gulf Coast High School in Naples. She recorded 13 shutouts and stopped five penalty kick attempts. Choquette also earned all-district and all-county honors.
“Coming in as a freshman Kaeta will learn to play at a higher level,” said Meyer. “She’s a great shot stopper and brings a good tenacity. She’s a good leader to have in the back. Kaeta is great at communicating and keeping things organized in the box.”
Hall, a 5-foot-3 forward-midfielder, led the Parkside High
School (Salisbury, Md.) team in assists as a junior and senior. She
was a two-time All-Bayside Conference selection and helped lead the
Rams to four consecutive undefeated regular seasons.
“Dempsey is a flyer out of Maryland,” said Meyer. “She has tons of pace and is an outside midfielder. Dempsey can really fly, very similar to current midifelder Amanda Slevin. She’s going to be great getting in behind the back four of other teams - playing her in, through balls, really pushing her on to get in and be an attack-minded player on the outside. Dempsey has a great right foot and can serve the ball and we are looking for a lot of good things from her.”
Kinman, a 5-foot-4 midfielder, comes to Flagler from Florida State College in Jacksonville. FSCJ did not field a soccer team so she has four years of eligibility remaining. She was a two-time Class 2A All-State selection at the Providence School of Jacksonville. Kinman was a two time Florida Times-Union All-First Coast selection.
“Christina is a solid center mid, center back kind of a player,” said Meyer. “She is strong, physical and very good with the ball at her feet. Christina is a player who will push to make an impact in our center midfield area and give depth. She has some good experience playing for one of the top club teams out of Jacksonville. We are looking for a lot of good things.”
Merson, a 5-foot-8 goalkeeper, transfers in to Flagler from the
University of Tampa. She redshirted last year for the Spartans and
has four years of eligibility remaining. Merson prepped at Seminole
High where she was twice named Pinellas County’s top
goalkeeper twice. In her senior year alone, she collected 74 saves
and recorded eight shutouts and helped lead the Warhawks to an
appearance in the Class 5A state final.
“Casey will add depth to the goalkeeper position and push returning starter Cristina Coca,” said Meyer. “She’s a great shot stopper. Casey learned a lot last year as a redshirt at Tampa.”
Mitchell, a 5-foot-8 midfielder, helped lead Niceville High
School to a pair of regional semifinals and a state final four
appearance. She earned all-county honors as well.
“Katie is a center back/defensive center mid-type player,” said Meyer. “She has good size and is good in the air. Katie is another player from the Destin area on the team (along with Krystel Taylor). She will make an impact right away. Katie is a good player who is versatile with the ball.”
Quillian, a 5-foot-9 midfielder, played for the Atlanta-based club team Concorde Fire while attending Henry W. Grady High.
“Kathleen played for a great club team in Atlanta,” said Meyer. “They fared well in the region league. She’s got great size and can play outside or inside midfield. Kathleen has great pace, can knock the ball around and has good first touch. She can hold possession and maintain tempo in the game.”
Uvalle, a 5-foot-2 midfielder, starred all four years at Bishop
Moore High in Orlando. She earned FACA Class 3A All-state honors as
well as all-region honors as a senior. Uvalle helped lead the
Hornets to three district titles. She was selected to the
Brighthouse Sports Network’s All-Central Florida Girls Soccer
“Jessie is a great player out of Orlando and one that we have had our eye on for a long time,” said Meyer. “She is a creative center midfielder who has a ton of ability. Jessie will challenge our center mids right away. She has a strong work ethic, great size and will be a solid contributor right away.”
Flagler is coming off a 5-10-2 campaign last year and went 2-7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Saints return nine starters from a year ago. The 2011 schedule opens with the Flagler Kick-Off Classic on Sept. 1 vs. Anderson University at 9 p.m.