Charlotte, N.C. - Head coach John Cullen and the Charlotte 49er's women's soccer program welcomes 11 newcomers to a 2012 team. The 49ers 2012 recruiting class features five players from North Carolina, three from Virginia, and two from New Jersey and one from Colorado. Cullen welcomes Nikki Anderson, of Durham, North Carolina, Caitlin Donovan, of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, Rebecca Forcellini, of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, Tori Fubara, of Richmond, Virginia, Maddie Kiebel, of Parker, Colorado, Alex Meyers, of Oakton, Virginia, Loren Reilley, of Woodstown, New Jersey, Meagan Speck, of Cameron, North Carolina, Katie Thomas, of Apex, North Carolina, Monica Trickett, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Alex Weaver, of Fairfax, Virginia.
"On behalf of myself, assistant coaches Robert Lane and Cory Alexander as well their future 49ers' teammates, we would like to welcome our 2012 class and their families to the 49er family," Cullen said. "We are delighted to add a group of players who we feel will be wonderful student-athletes for the Charlotte 49ers women's soccer program on the field, in the classroom and within the community. They are terrific high character people and we certainly look forward to them each bringing their individual talents to our team.
"When looking for strong student-athletes, we were immediately drawn to this group of young players as we build for this coming season and for future seasons as well. We were very impressed every time as a staff we watched this group play, train and perform in their incredible work ethic, playing to a high standard with a desire to improve."
Anderson, a left back/midfielder and four year varsity starter at Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina, is a two- time PAC 6 All Conference Team honoree, and has played on Triangle Futbol Club (TFC) 93 Navy Girls for eleven years. She attended US Club Soccer ID2 Regional Training Camp in 2006.
"Nikki plays for TFC 94 Girls Navy under the guidance of Pete Sadin," said Cullen. "She is a naturally left-sided player who is extremely comfortable anywhere on the left side from outside back to forward. She loves to attack out of the back, brings good service from the left side of the field, and has a tremendous strike. "
Donovan, a midfielder from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a member of the 3A NCSCA 2011 All Conference, Region, and State Teams. She played with the 2006 NC ODP East Team, and made the 2007 through 2009 NC ODP 1st Teams. In 2009, as a freshman, she started on Cardinal Gibbons' 2A Conference Championship team, as well as their 2011 3A State Semifinalist team.
"Caitlin is a member of the CASL Elite team out of Raleigh under the coaching of Rusty Scarborough and Sean Nahas," Cullen added. "She plays as a midfielder who has the ability to control a midfield as well as penetrate forward with her passing ability. She is a very composed player who can attack the ball in the air and who is strong in the tackle. We are looking for Caitlin to be an excellent ball winner in the midfield for our program. "
Forcellini, of Cinnaminson High School in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, is a 2010 and 2011 Regional All-American, and was named as both a 2010 and a 2011 NJGSCA All State "Top 20" player, as well as being named first-team by the Burlington County Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Trentonian in 2011. She started for Cinnaminson's varsity team all four years, and led the team in goals and assists from 2008 through 2010, including being named the team's MVP for the 2010 season.
"Becky plays for New Jersey Wall Wombats. She has the ability to contribute as either a striker or midfield player," Cullen said. "Two of her greatest strengths are her service from wide positions and the ability to go past players. We are very excited about these two qualities that she can add to our program in the final third. She will challenge defenders with her athleticism in and around the box."
Fubara, a forward, was a three year starter for Deep Run High School of Glen Allen, Virginia, and scored seventeen goals for the 2011 Colonial District Championship team, garnering her Colonial District Honorable Mention, All-Academic, and Central Region All-Academic honors. She played on the Richmond Strikers Elite Team for ten years, and played ODP in the 2007-2008 seasons, making the Central District Team, Virginia State Team, and becoming a Regional Pool selection.
"Tori plays with the U-17 Richmond Strikers Elite team," Cullen said. "She has the capability to play either as a striker or outside back. We are excited about Tori's ability to add some creativeness and effectiveness in the final third. Tori has the potential to go past defenders, an attribute we are excited about adding to our team."
Kiebel, who can play in the midfield or at forward, started and lettered all four years at Chaparral High School of Parker, Colorado, making All-Continental First Team as a sophomore and junior, and Coaches' Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. She played for the Rush Club, where she was part of a four time Colorado State Cup Championship squad, and won State Cup MVP honors as a member of the U-14 team. She played five years on the Colorado ODP team, garnering an Inter-regional ODP National Camp invite for U16, and was part of the Region IV '93 ODP Regional Championship team in 2010.
"Maddie plays for Colorado Rush Nike. She is a midfield player who is technically very clean and efficient with her play," added Cullen. "We are excited about Maddie's potential to help us maintain possession. She has an eye for the creative pass and should maintain a quality level of distribution going forward. Maddie is a player who fits right into how we like to play and pass the ball. We welcome the level of talent she brings into our program."
Meyers, a forward from Oakton High School in Oakton, Virginia, was the team's leading scorer in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She won the BRYC Golden Boot Award in 2008. In 2009, she was named honorable-mention All-Met and All-Region, as well as first-team All-District. She garnered second-team All-District honors in 2010 and 2011. She was a member of the NOVA FC Super Y Championship team in 2010.
"Alex is a teammate of Alex Weaver another incoming player and she played for four-time Virginia State Champion the Chantilly Burn," Cullen added. "Alex offers a unique type of forward whom we will be looking to play more-so down the center of the pitch. She will allow us to hold the ball up and link play around her, as well as be a threat on the end of services and crosses. Alex is a strong, powerful player who possesses a quality strike and is brave in and around the 18 yard box."
Reilley, a defender/midfielder who played at Paul IV High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey, garnered numerous honors while a member of the Eagles, including SJSCA 2011 Defender of the Year and first-team All-Conference defender in 2010 and 2011. The Courier Post and Newark Star Ledger named her to their 2010 and 2011 first-team All-South Jersey teams, with the Philadelphia Inquirer following suit in 2011. She made NJGHSCA's Top 20 in 2010 and 2011, and was her team's Captain and MVP in 2011.
"Loren is a center-back who plays with Penn Fusion under Coach Johnny Rhodes," said Cullen. "She is a strong one on one defender who is competitive every time she takes the field. She has excellent distribution out of the back. We are excited about Loren's leadership potential as she excels in her collegiate career. Loren has played a high level in both club and ODP National Championship teams and we will be looking for her to bring the same high level to our program."
Speck, a 5-foot-5 midfielder from Terry Sanford High School of Fayetteville, North Carolina, played on the Guam National Team in the 2009 FIFA Philippines and 2010 Tai Pei Tournaments. She made the Far-East Soccer All-Tournament Team in 2009 and 2010, as well as being named first-team Guam All-Island in 2009 through 2011. In North Carolina, she was the Mid-South 4A Player of the Year in 2011.
"Meagan played for Pete Sadin on TFC Navy along with incoming teammate Nikki Anderson," added Cullen. "She is a midfielder who can play in the middle of the park or as a wide player. Meagan possesses a quality level of distribution and even higher work rate. She is a box-to-box type player who brings a certain energy level that will be welcome within the program."
Thomas, a forward from Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, was the top goal scorer for CASL Chelsea and Apex High School, as well as a top three goal scorer in the Southeast ECNL Conference. She won a North Carolina State Championship as a member of CASL Chelsea in 2010.
"Katie is a teammate of incoming teammates Monica and Caitlin's and plays for CASL Elite under Rusty Scarborough and Sean Nahas," Cullen said. "She is a player who is continuously improving and should look to become a threat for the 49ers in the final third. She possesses the ability to finish or provide quality service from a wing position. She is also very capable of playing on the left or the right wing. We are looking for Katie to contribute to our attacking unit."
Trickett, a center back from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, produced eighteen goals and ten assists in her career for the Crusaders. In 2011 her CASL Club, which she co-captained, ranked tenth in the ECNL.
"We are thrilled about Monica joining our program," Cullen added. "She also comes from an exceptionally strong CASL team under the guidance of Rusty Scarborough and Sean Nahas as previously mentioned. We are looking for Monica to contribute as a defender or a midfielder within our line-up. She is technically a very sound player with superb athleticism and a competitive spirit. The long-term expectation is for Monica to develop into a great leader for the Charlotte Women's Soccer program."
Lastly, Weaver, a goalkeeper for Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, was a four-year starter for the Cougars, who earned first-team All-District honors as a junior. She has earned All-District honors three times, All-Region and All-Metropolitan honors twice. Weaver was also a member of Chantilly Burn Soccer Club, playing on four Virginia State Championship teams. Shel helped her Chantilly Burn club team to one Super Y National title and a USYS National Bronze Medal as well as a USYS Region Championship and runner-up finishes. Also, she was a member of the Virginia ODP program for three years
"Alex is a goalkeeper who currently plays with Chantilly Burn Soccer Club under Mike Jorden," said Cullen. "Alex will come in and provide depth to the Goalkeeping position. Two standout qualities we like in Alex are her technical ability to be very clean when handling shots or services as well as her athleticism. Both allow her to be very effective and agile around the box."
These 11 newcomers join a 49ers roster which returns 15 letterwinnners from the 2011 team.
"We truly feel we have added a tremendous group that will be wonderful representatives of the Charlotte Women's Soccer Program and Charlotte athletics for many years to come," Cullen said.