Women's Soccer Signs SixMay 20, 2014
BREVARD, N.C.- Head women’s soccer coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara and the Brevard College women’s soccer team is excited to announce Jocelyn Springer, Sydney Alencewicz, Kaylee Smith, Carmen Garza, Christiana Jimenez-Beltran, Kimiko Nakanishi as additional commitments for the Tornados.
Jocelyn Springer is a goalkeeper from Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Springer received several awards and honors as a member of her team, including Student Athlete of the Week, Academic All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention. Besides her time on the soccer field, Jocelyn involves herself into the community. She spends her summer as an assistant teacher working with architecture and engineering at Bright Lights and other architecture programs, as well as a Student Athletic Trainer during football at her school.
"She will be a great addition to our goalkeeping position. I’m delighted she has committed to Brevard,” expressed Coach Shinohara, “She has great charisma on the field, as well as athleticism and skills as a goalkeeper."
Sydney Alencewicz is joining the Tornados from Ocoee, Florida as a dual athlete defender for soccer and lacrosse. The dual athlete was named First Team All-Metro three out of her four years in soccer, and has led her team as a captain since sophomore year. Alencewicz will graduate from high school as a National Honors Society member after being involved in the student athletic training program.
“Coming from a very good club and high school background in Florida, she is a technical player and will be able to compete in our conference with her level of skills and knowledge of the game. I’m very happy to have her coming to Brevard and excited to see her compete at this level.”
Florida native, Kaylee Smith, will join the BC squad as a defender and midfielder. Smith has spent seven years on a club soccer premier team and three years on the varsity team at Gulf Coast High School. This year she was named Collier County, Florida All-Star after her success through the season. In addition to her time with the soccer team, she was involved with track, cross country and lacrosse. Smith also placed herself on Honor Roll the last four years.
“We have followed her for quite a long time. Kaylee loves the Brevard area and loves the concept of our team,” spoke coach, “I’m very happy she committed to Brevard. She will bring calmness on the ball with technical ability in the midfield.”
Carmen Garza joins the class of 2018 from Western Harnett High School. Garza was an Academic All-Region recipient for the past two years, in addition to Academic All-Conference for three years. Carmen also spent two years as a regional qualifier while playing for the Eagles. As a student, she contributed her time to the Freshman Focus Ambassador and Junior Marshall programs.
“Carmen is very passionate about the game and born to be a soccer player. I’ve enjoyed seeing her play with great leadership on the field. I’m very excited she is going to join our program.”
Christiana Jimenez-Beltran will contribute as a midfielder and forward for the Tornados. She is from Forest City, North Carolina where she began her soccer career playing in the field her uncle’s set up behind her grandparents’ house. She started each game from freshman to senior year and received All-Conference awards and Offensive MVP. During her last season, she contributed eight goals for Chase High School.
“I’m very excited about Christiana. She is very energetic on the field and brings spark to the team. From what I’ve seen at her high school games, she will just bring great energy with how she plays and with motivation. She will excel in her levels at Brevard.”
Kimiko Nakanishi rounds out this group of six from Hyogo, Japan as transfer from Chukyo University. She has played soccer since she was 10 years-old and was quickly selected for the Aichi city team. While 11 and 12 years-old she started competing in Track & Field. In 2009, she played in the national club tournament at Emperors Cup while making it to the Elite 8 and finals with her high school team in 2010 and 2011. In addition to her high school success, she was selected for the Japan National Youth Tournament.
“She will be the second Japanese player in the history of our program. Her work ethic and hard work made her a better player. She is very enthusiastic and is eager to learn more. I’m very impressed with her athleticism and will bring great speed and pace to our game.”