Nine signees round out 2014 freshman classAugust 4, 2014
BREVARD, N.C. – Head women’s soccer coach Sigeyoshi Shinohara and the Brevard College women’s soccer team are excited to announce that Carley Gingles, Livia Harrienger, Christy Johnson, Estelle Rault, Hunter Denny, Anita Maryskova, Erin Ritter, Jaylaan Prioleau, and Madison Frazier are the final nine signees to make up this year’s incoming freshman class.
Shelby, North Carolina native Carley Gingles joins the Tornados after being named to the all-conference team from her defender position at Burns High School. She also spent the season as a team captain. Gingles’ accolades also extend beyond the pitch, as she was voted her school’s Homecoming Queen, was the captain of the cheerleading squad, and was named Miss BHS.
“I’ve been very impressed with Carley’s athleticism,” remarked Shinohara. “She’s the type of fullback I’ve been looking for. She has great character on and off the field. I’m very excited about having a reliable back in our defense.”
The Tornados landed a rare dual-sport athlete in Watertown, New York’s Livia Harrienger, who will compete on both Brevard’s soccer and lacrosse teams this season. “She’s a dual-sport athlete who’s very organized and has a very driven character,” said Shinohara, “and she’ll be a great addition to the team with her vast club experience outside of her high school team.”
Harrienger has been a member of the Watertown High School varsity soccer team since the 2011 season, winning three Frontier League championships and qualifying for the state tournament. She also won a championship with her club team. Outside of soccer, Harrienger values community service and has spent time volunteering with several canned food drives and the local Angel Tree ministry.
Brevard will gain a player with exceptional leadership skills in Christy Johnson, who has spent the last four seasons as the captain of the Kestrel Heights School soccer team. She has also spent time coaching a U-14 girls’ team and a U-5 coed team in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Johnson was twice recognized as Kestrel Heights’ Player of the Game and was an Honor Roll student.
“We have been watching Christy for a while,” Shinohara said. “She has great athletic ability with the instinct to score goals and we like that she’s going to join our program.”
Estelle Rault, a native of Rambouillet, France, will also be joining the team in the fall. The midfielder is a former U-19 championship winner.
"Estelle comes from a very strong club background that makes us believe she will be one of the important signings in our women's soccer history," Shinohara said. "She's the first French native to play at Brevard and has a tremendous background of playing experience. She will be a great addition to our program because she can read the game very well. We hope that she can dominate in the midfield and are very delighted that a player of this caliber is joining our program."
“She is coming from Hendersonville and is a local girl,” Shinohara said of West Henderson High School’s Hunter Denney, who adds local flair to the Tornado’s group of signees. “We love having local girls that we can bring in. We’re very excited about the quality of player she is. She competed in track at West Henderson in addition to soccer. I’m very excited about her athleticism and she’s very enthusiastic about playing soccer in college.”
Denney was an All-Region performer at West Henderson while also starring on the track and field team. Her top achievement in track was being part of a Falcon squad that set a record in the 4x100 meter relay. She was named a North Carolina Scholar and participated in Girls State in 2013.
Transfer student Anita Maryskova joins the Tornados after spending the 2013 season on the California State University Bakersfield team. She hails from Liberec, Czech Republic and played for the U-19 Czech National Team from 2011 to 2013 while in high school. She comes to Brevard with the ability to play either the center midfield or forward position and enjoys playing tennis and floorball in addition to soccer.
“Anita comes from a very strong international background,” said Shinohara, “which is something I’ve been looking for. Her past experience with the Czech Republic and being part of a Division I program will enhance and excel our program to the next level. She loves the game, she’s passionate, and she’s definitely going to bring spice to our program."
Charlotte, North Carolina native Erin Ritter is a versatile player that may see time in multiple positions for the Tornados this season. She played club soccer with Charlotte Soccer Academy under coach Erik Gunderson.
“Erin comes from a very strong club background. She has such a great character on and off the field. She’s very smart on the field and she’s always cheering for us and is grateful to play soccer. She’s going to be a fantastic addition to our program,” Shinohara remarked.
Fellow Charlottian Jaylaan Prioleau comes to Brevard from Lincoln Charter High School where she excelled at the forward and right midfield positions. She was an all-conference and all-region performer and was twice named the team’s most valuable player.
“She’s a natural goal-scorer and is very talented as a young athlete,” said Shinohara of Prioleau. “She’ll be set back from injury, but is determined to get back on the field, hungry to play, always willing to learn, and will be a great addition on and off the field to our program.”
Rounding out this year’s signing class is Madison Frazier, an Asheville native and former A.C. Reynolds High School midfielder. She graduated with high honors and was named a North Carolina Scholar in addition to her volunteer work with a local animal shelter.
Shinohara remarked: “She’s very hungry to play in a collegiate program and is delighted to have this opportunity. I really like her appetite to play the game. She’s all about the team, her teammates, and she is going to put her teammates before her. She’s going to be a very versatile player, one of the most ones we’ll have. She has very good physical ability. I think she’s going to bring a physical presence on the field.”
The Tornados will open their schedule with an exhibition matchup against Winthrop University on August 29 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The regular season begins with a trip to Bristol, Tennessee to take on King University on September 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.