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Davidson women's soccer welcomes ten to class of 2015

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Davidson, NC Head coach Greg Ashton has announced that 10 scholar-athletes will join the Davidson program in August 2011 to kickoff their first collegiate soccer season as members of the Davidson women’s soccer team. Among those joining the program is Annie Cleaver of Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC.

The ten young women were part of Davidson’s early decision admissions process and are Ashton’s seventh recruiting class since taking the helm in 2004.

The Wildcats will welcome to the class of 2015: Carly Brahim (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Annie Cleaver (Pittsboro, N.C.), Alexandra Clark (Hendersonville, N.C.), Becca Fisher (Fredericksburg, Va.), Rachel Locke (Carlsbad, Calif.), Lucia Stein-Montalvo (Raleigh, N.C.), Stephanie Piperno (Harwinton, Conn.), Becca Rinkevich (Tampa, Fla.), Julia Singley (Morganton, N.C.), and Rachel Stetler (The Woodlands, Texas).

"I am delighted to have this wonderful group of student athletes join our women’s soccer program in the fall of 2011," said Ashton, who will be entering his eighth season and has gone 79-50-15 at Davidson. "These 10 young women come from six different states but all come from strong club soccer backgrounds. The biggest similarity among these girls is that they all wanted to be at wonderful academic environment like Davidson College. They are not afraid of the challenges that lay ahead of them; they are ready and willing to excel on and off the pitch.

"Each of them brings special talents that I believe can help bring our program further success in the Southern Conference. They will face some extremely tough non-conference opponents before embarking on the always challenging SoCon schedule."

"I also want to thank Erin Lycan, my assistant and recruiting coordinator, for all the hard work that went into the identification and evaluation of this group. We can't wait for August to get here and have them join us for our preseason preparations."

Announcing the incoming class of 2015:

Annie Cleaver
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Hometown: Pittsboro, N.C.
Club Team: Triangle United
High School: Pittsboro
Coach Ashton: Annie is a hard-working back with a no-excuses work ethic. She’s a team player and a real student of the game, and she has gained top level experience playing on former U.S. National team member Cindy Parlow’s Triangle United team.

Stephanie Piperno
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Hometown: Harwinton, Conn.
Club Team: CFC
High School: Westminster
Coach Ashton: Stephanie will add a new dimension to our attack. She has tremendous vision and the ability to unlock a defense with penetrating passes and runs with or without the ball. Steph has played at the highest level with her CFC team and has been a member of the Region I ODP program for many years. I excited with how she will help make our team better in the coming years.

Rachel Stetler
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Club Team: Challenge SC
High School: The John Cooper School
Coach Ashton: Rachel can play anywhere across the backline which gives her the opportunity to compete for a number of positions. She has a strong club pedigree coming from the Challenge Soccer Club in Houston where she has regularly been exposed to both regional and national competition.

Rachel Locke
Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
Club Team: San Diego Surf
High School: La Jolla Country Day
Coach Ashton: Rachel is a smart, athletic goalkeeper with tremendous potential. She has a great frame and quick reactions, and has the ability to make game-changing saves. She has a strong work ethic and steady presence, and we look for her to not only thrive in our competitive goalkeeping training environment but to compete for game time as well.

Becca Fisher
Position: Midfielder / Forward
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.
Club Team: FASA Elite
High School: James Monroe
Coach Ashton: Becca possesses a wonderful positive energy with every activity she enters into. She leads by example and has a tremendous work ethic that will help make those around her better. She is an athletic, versatile player who can score goals upfront and in the midfield. She is also capable of creating opportunities for her team mates with her unselfish play.

Julia Singley
Position: Forward
Hometown: Morganton, N.C.
Club Team: NC Fusion
High School: Patton
Coach Ashton: Julia has a wonderful attitude towards the game. She has a great work ethic and has a shown a passion and desire to be at Davidson and make a difference. She will add to our attacking options upfront and in wide positions.

Alexandra Clark
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
Club Team: HFC
High School: Hendersonville
Coach Ashton: Alexandra clearly demonstrated that Davidson is where she wanted to be. She is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield and has improved in all areas of her play in the last couple of years. She will compete for playing time with the other midfielders in the various formations that we play.

Lucia Stein – Montalvo
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Club Team: CASL Spartan Elite
High School: Broughton
Coach Ashton: Lucia comes from an extremely strong club and high school background at CASL and Broughton. She has the ability and versatility to play in the back and in the midfield. Lucia has demonstrated strong leadership skills which we can help further develop in the coming years.

Carly Brahim
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Club Team: Beach FC
High School: Palos Verdes
Coach Ashton: Carly is a play making central midfielder that distributes well in the attacking third as well as being a ball winner in the air and on the ground. She has a tireless work rate and will certainly add a different look to our midfield combinations.

Becca Rinkevich
Position: Defender
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Club Team: Clearwater Charges
High School: Plant
Coach Ashton: Becca is a sharp, savvy center back who knows how to both read and organize the game well. She understands how to keep the attack in front of her and makes great decisions about when to tackle. Her size and strength will also complement the defensive depth of our backline.

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